After the whirlwind of activity leading up to the Light Chasers exhibit at the Castle Community, I’m entering a “recover and refresh” phase of my life. I had an elective surgery recently, and I am on six weeks of leave from work, so it’s a good time to slow down, take stock, and set goals for the next twelve months.

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Show Time

We’re just days away from the reception for the Light Chasers: An Intersection of Science and Art exhibit. I’m grateful to have received some nice publicity in the 507 Magazine. One of my pieces is on the cover, and John Sievers wrote a very nice article that appears inside. Click here to go the article.

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Grains and Pixels

I’m in the final stages of preparing my art exhibition for “Light Chasers: An Intersection of Art and Science”. I sent my final images off to the printer, eager to see the images in print, as opposed to on my computer screen.

My print house contacted me, to express concern over the quality of the images I submitted. They identified that the images looked pixel-y when enlarged. My heart sank a bit.

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Adoption Story – Emerging Musicians

This flame was adopted by Rosei S, who has dedicated it to all the young emerging musical talent she enjoys. Rochester provides lots of opportunities for musicians, singers, and songwriters to get in front of audiences and try out new works, develop one’s performance chops, and promote one’s first efforts at recording.

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Adoption Story – MN Guitar Society

This flame was adopted by Ben G of Rochester, who dedicates it to the Minnesota Guitar Society. Ben is a performing guitarist and guitar instructor, and he speaks of how he was influenced early on by MGS concerts and the musicians he heard. To this day, MGS brings world class guitarists to Minnesota. They also sponsor open mic-style jams at a St. Paul coffee house, where guitarists of all abilities can meet other players and also perform casually in a non-threatening environment.

You can follow the MN Guitar Society on Facebook, or by visiting their website. Please consider making a donation to support their efforts to foster guitar performance and education in Minnesota.

Dedicated to the MN Guitar Society
Dedicated to the MN Guitar Society

More Caffenol

There’s been quite a bit of experimenting going on since my last blog entry. I have had some success with my coffee developing, but I was not getting the results I hoped for. I developed quite a few rolls of film that finished with a very faint image in the negative. This would result in a very dark image when you make it “positive”, which would mean I either underexposed the film (I’m pretty sure I did not), or I under-processed the film (most likely the case.)

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Caffenol Experiment 1

This blog entry opens up a series of blogs I’ll write as part of my “Light Chasers” project. Today, I discuss my initial experiment in developing film with coffee.

The practice of developing black and white film with coffee (“caffenol”, as it is known colloquially) is well-described. There is a group of caffenol aficionados on Facebook (click here), on Flicker (click here), and there is a full website dedicated to the subject (click here).

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End of an Era

For a span of close to seventy years, members of my extended family have held an annual gathering on their farm. When my mother was a young girl in the 1940s, she would go to her aunt and uncle’s farm in Elk River, MN. In those days, the gatherings were called powwows. My mother was not a farm girl, but she still talks fondly of those visits to Uncle Mike and Aunt Irene’s farm.

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