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Studies in Composition, Part 1.

Recently, I acquired a new Canon 30d DSLR camera. I have always been somewhat of a purists and dark room rat, so the decision to go digital was not an easy one. However, I am quickly starting to the benefits of shooting digital, as it definitely enables me to learn and experiment more with exposures and lighting without going through roles of film. With that being said, I am sure soon enough I’ll be lured back into the murky confines of the dark room. There’s nothing quite like perfecting a print by hand, and watching an image emerge at your fingertips. Plus, sometimes I just get a hankering for smelly chemicals. Above are some shots of Mel Dogg and I romping around Park City.
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Speaking of photography, Heidi Johansen has some wonderful images at her site. I first discovered Heidi’s work on the cover of Throw Me the Statue’s latest album, Moonbeams.
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While at Indiana University, Jordan Tate taught me most everything I know about picture takin’. Although his class made me give up photography for a bit, and at times he could be quite an asshole, I definitely finished the semester with a better appreciation and understanding for photography.

November 7, 2008   No Comments

Leia Bell’s Signed & Numbered

Video Courtesy of Park City Television

If you haven’t been to Salt Lake City printmaker Leia Bell’s shop, Signed & Numbered, I would highly recommend planning a visit. The shop sells limited edition prints along with magnets, t-shirts, and a whole host of other hand printed goods. Also worth mentioning is that the shop is directly below record store, i.e. moneytrap, Slowtrain for quick and efficient shopping. Give these people your money.
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Lately I have been trying to hone my drawing skills. In doing so, I have been seeking inspiration and have found more than a few noteworthy sources. Check out illustrator Kyle T. Webster’s page, along with his Daily Figure sketchblog. Also, worth viewing is Urban Sketches, a collaboration of various artists’ sketchbooks featuring people and places. Lastly, painter and printmaker Dan Grzeca (pronounced “Jet-sah”) has some marvelous work. I especially love the show prints.
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Some other miscellaneous observations:
Astonishing + Inspired + Terrifying = Man On Wire. See this movie.
Currently in rotation on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, Blitzen Trapper’s Furr, Calexico’s Carried To Dust, and David Vandervelde’s The Moonstation House Band. Life’s too short to listen to shitty music.

October 19, 2008   No Comments

The Old Town Rag on Ace Jet 170’s Found Type Friday

The Old Town Rag is pleased to announce that we were recently featured on the design and type blog, Ace Jet 170, as part of their weekly Found Type Friday. Our set of vintage Mustang type is the source of all this excitement, and can be viewed in it’s entirety on The Old Town Rag Flickr page.

Thanks again to the Ace Jet 170 crew.

October 7, 2008   No Comments