John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography: Blog https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:56:00 GMT Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:56:00 GMT https://finkster.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u262209069-o830847847-50.jpg John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography: Blog https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog 96 120 Of The Earth 3 - Portobello Mushroom https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/of-the-earth-3---portobello-mushroom Of The Earth series continues with a Portobello Mushroom.  

After what turned into a long search for the perfect specimen, I finally have satisfaction. 

This shoot was a pleasure on several levels.  I made three plates and kept two.

I think I nailed the interior, with all it's glorious linesI and tones.  Wonderful detail makes me happy.

That is what I was after, but I wanted the exterior to complete the set of images.  A fine addition. 

So here are the two latest images to the "Of The Earth" series.

As always, click on the image to visit the gallery version. 

Portobello Mushroom Interior 

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4x5 Collodion on Black Aluminum
Toyo's Goerz Dagor 6.8

Portobello Mushroom Exterior  

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4x5 Collodion on Black Aluminum
Toyo's Goerz Dagor 6.8

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) black aluminum organic matter portraits still life tintypes wet plate collodion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/of-the-earth-3---portobello-mushroom Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:46:37 GMT
The Collodion Book eBook version available now! https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/the-collodion-book-ebook-version-available-now

I am happy to present this announcement from The Collodion Book team.

The eBook version of The Collodion Book is now available for download.

My image, "The Yellow Dahlia" is included.

Please support our art.

Sincerely,

John Fink Jr.

The Collodion BookThe Collodion BookThe Collodion Book

You can buy and download it on this link:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/the-collodion-book-team/the-collodion-book/ebook/product-21876600.html

 

 

Dear collodionist and all friend all over the world,
we would like to thank you all for participation on this project.
the collodion eBOOK ! is ready for you !

You can buy and download it on this link:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/the-collodion-book-team/the-collodion-book/ebook/product-21876600.html

Thank you all !
Martin Ježík and the collodion BOOK ! team

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/the-collodion-book-ebook-version-available-now Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:36:10 GMT
Mischief Night https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/mischief-night Time for a little mischief.  They stole the truck.  They loaded the keg!  

"Hey" shouted Sid, let's take this baby on the road.  "Into the night" cried the lot of bones. 

"The cold stones call us back".  "To our yard of graves" shouted Sid.

Down, down down they rolled.  "How the hell were we ever this high?" they wondered.

The iron gates opened, the cold wind swirled round and round.  As they slowly rolled to a stop.

And so another MIschief Night...................

Mischief Night

wet plate collodion, Still Life, Skulls, Skeletons, Bones, GraveyardsMischief Night101714
5x7 Collodion on Black Aluminum
Universal Studio Camera

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/mischief-night Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:34:04 GMT
Exile & Crucifixion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/exile-crucifixion So to continue my Mask based series, "The Unforgiven", I once again created settings outside.

I also stayed with my 4x5 Crown Graphic camera.  It's a nice format for this project.  

Exile takes place in tall grass.  

I didn't particularly care for crawling around in it, but I love the end result, so it was worth the effort. 

The Leitz 2.5 is fantastic.   Love the bokeh the grass turns in.

Crucifixion employs two additional masks.  Israeli and Nato models.  

The scene depicts the classic Christian Crucifixion of three. 

As always click on the image to go to the gallery.

Exile

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4x5 Collodion on Black Aluminum
Leitz Hektor 20cm-2.5

Crucifixion

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4x5 Collodion on Black Aluminum
Leitz Hektor 20cm-2.5

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/exile-crucifixion Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:39:16 GMT
The Unforegiven https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/the-unforegiven I have started a new project titled, "The Unforegiven". 

It will be a theme using various masks I have collected over time.  

This plate was shot with a 4x5 Crown Graphic camera.

Not much more to say at the moment, but the first plate is titled "Aftermath".

Click on the image to see it in the gallery. 

Aftermath  

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4x5 collodion on black aluminum
4x5 Crown Graphic-Leitz 20cm-2.5

 

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/the-unforegiven Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:41:32 GMT
Transgression https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/transgression Ok, back to the dark side.

It's that time of year where Poe starts to creep back into my psyche and my themes turn dark.

If you have any doubts as to my dark side, please listen to my CD, "Finkster - Perhaps A Nightmare".  

Where can I get this CD you ask?  Please contact me and I'll send you a signed copy for $7 plus shipping.

It's definitely worth a listen and yes, it's dedicated to E A Poe, among others.

Transgression.  I'll leave it up to the viewer to decide who transgressed who.

Enjoy and as always click on the image to visit the gallery.

Transgression

wet plate collodion, Still Life, Skulls, Skeletons, Bones, GraveyardsTransgression092614
5x7 collodion on black aluminum
Ross 12" 4.5

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/transgression Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:47:02 GMT
Flowers https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/flowers After a time away from florals, I return with this latest set.

I'm always happiest when I work with flowers and natural elements.  

My ongoing series of Florals and Of The Earth continue with a peace of mind that just fits.

Enjoy!  As always, click on the image to see the gallery.

Curcuma In Vase

Dead Roses In A Vase

Curcuma

Lotus

 

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) Still Life collodion floral tintypes wet plate collodion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/flowers Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:46:58 GMT
No Safety From The Storm Of Deception https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/no-safety-from-the-storm-of-deception No Safety From The Storm Of Deception is a concurrent theme (see Sister's A Gas).  

It also originated from my childhood experiences.

Based again on the concern for safety from nuclear holocaust in the early 1960s.  

We were taught to hide under a school desk if a nuclear event took place.

This image steps away from an individual Icon to an Iconic moment or personal memory.  

Not much has changed over the years as deception still prevails.

The Masters Of War* are alive and well, while our blood runs in the gutter.  

As a so called enlightened society, will we ever learn from the past?

*©Bob Dylan Thank you Bob.

No Safety From The Storm Of Deception

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5x7
Collodion on Black Aluminum
Universal Studio Camera

 

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/no-safety-from-the-storm-of-deception Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:15:57 GMT
Sister's A Gas - "The Mask Series" https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/sisters-a-gas---the-mask-series "Sister's A Gas"  My contribution to the fantastic 

"Wet Plate Collodion International Collaborative Collection","The Mask Series",

"Images Captured from International Artists with a Common Prop Theme"

 
First, let me say it is an honor to take part in this wonderful project,
alongside so many brilliant artists in the wet plate collodion world.  
People from all over the globe, dedicated to an historic mid-19th century photographic process.
 
I would also like to thank my dear friend Shane Balkowitsch, the organizer of this exciting project.  
A true gentleman and wonderful collodion artist.  Thank you Mr. Balkowitsch!
 
Sister's A Gas came about in a slow and methodical fashion.  
Centered around the M10 Gas Mask, it brought back specific childhood memories.
They struck a cord and brought ideas on what image I would create.
As a grade school student during the Sixties, at a time when many thought we were very close to nuclear annihilation,
we were taught benign survival techniques.  One I remember well was hiding under our school desk.  
 
I went to a parochial school.  I remember well having nuns tell us to get under our desks, to put our head between our legs.
This is the basis for the image Sister's A Gas.  One has to see the humor in these childhood absurdities.  
So sister, I don't know what stockings you wore, but here you are.
As an adult, you damned well knew that getting under the desk wasn't going to save us from a nuclear bomb.
Did you know it would leave this strong impression on us for life?  Did you care?
The M10 has it's head between your legs now and we like the view!  Sister's A Gas!
 
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5x7 Tintype
Universal Studio Camera

"Wet Plate Collodion International Collaborative Collection",
"The Mask Series",
"Images Captured from International Artists with a Common Prop Theme"
 
Sister's A Gas Studio Teasers
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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/sisters-a-gas---the-mask-series Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:43:30 GMT
Return Of Icons - Lincoln's Emancipation https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/return-of-icons---lincolns-emancipation This is the latest edition in the on going Return Of Icons series.

In this image, we see Abraham Lincoln lying in repose with his most meaningful work, 

"The Emancipation Proclamation".  This work's importance can never be underestimated or denied. 

It is the "Truth" that most of us take for granted today.  It is the "Truth" that some people of ignorance still deny today.

It is the "Truth" that took Abraham Lincoln to an early grave.

I honor and respect this "Truth" and I honor Lincoln's courage and wisdom.  He was a true human being.

Lincoln's Emancipation

wet plate collodion, portraits, icons, Return Of Icons ProjectLincoln's Emancipation071414
5x7 Collodion on Black Aluminum
Universal Studio Camera
Ross Xpress 12"/4.5

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) Abraham Lincoln The Return Of Icons Series collodion portraits still life tintypes wet plate collodion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/return-of-icons---lincolns-emancipation Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:02:00 GMT
Latest Floral https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/latest-floral New floral images.  A mixed bag that adds to a number of on going themes.

Three Dead Lilies

Flowers In Clear Glass (Floral Abstraction Series)

Orchid (new bloom)

 

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) collodion floral floral Abstractions still life tintypes wet plate collodion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/latest-floral Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:30:20 GMT
Past Lives - More Of My Old Starrett Tools https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/past-lives---more-of-my-old-starrett-tools For The Past Lives Series.

Here are a few more collodion images of my Starrett precision tools from the old tool and die days.

Starrett Tools

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5x7 Collodion on Black Aluminum
5x7 Kodak 3D Camera

 

My Old Calipers & Depth Gage

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5x7 Collodion on Black Aluminum
5x7 Kodak 3D Camera

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) black aluminum collodion memories old things still life the past lives project wet plate collodion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/past-lives---more-of-my-old-starrett-tools Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:07:07 GMT
Past Lives 4 - Tool & Die https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/past-lives-4---tool-die When I graduated high school I went into an apprenticeship for tool and die.  

It was more my father's idea than mine.  

I couldn't complain, the pay was very good at Circle F Industries.  It afforded me all I wanted at the time.

Alas, this was the early 1970's and the economy went to hell (remember the gas lines).

I was layed off after two and a half years.

The one bright spot in my time at Circle F Industries, was my meeting two tool makers who were photography enthusiasts.

They got me started in 35mm photography, and before long, I was developing my own film in my parent's basement.  

A good friend of mine, Tom Giraldi (where are you now?) and I started doing concert photos

We photographed every show that came through the Philadelphia Spectrum in those years.

I think back fondly on those times.  Anyway, back to tool & die.  

Below are more of the tools that are in my personal collection from those days.

Hope you enjoy them.  Use the images to link to the gallery.

Old Starrett Micrometer

wet plate collodion, black aluminum, old things, memories, the past lives project, still lifeOld Starrett Micrometer060214
5x7 black aluminum
Symmar-S 8"/5.6-F11/1:50

Starrett Thickness Gage

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5x7 black aluminum
Symmar-S 8"/5.6-F11/1:50

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) wet plate collodion, past lives project, tool and die, tools, micrometer, thickness gage https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/past-lives-4---tool-die Fri, 13 Jun 2014 03:47:05 GMT
White Roses On Old Wood https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/white-roses-on-old-wood Here's what happens when you lay some dried roses on old wood.

I used the old B&L triplet for that nice soft look.  I really like it.

These are both 5x7 on black aluminum.

As always, click on the image to go to the gallery.  Cheers!

White Rose On Wood

 

Three White Roses On Wood

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) collodion, tintypes, Still Life, roses, wet plate collodion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/white-roses-on-old-wood Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:09:14 GMT
Of The Earth - 2 - Spanish Onion https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/of-the-earth---2---spanish-onion From our local market, a king of Spanish Onions.  I'm looking forward to sampling it soon. 

Click on the image to go to the Gallery.  Enjoy!

 Spanish Onion

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5x7 Black Aluminum
Schneider Symmar-S 8"
F11/1:35 sec.

 

 

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) aluminum black collodion life matter organic plate portraits still tintypes wet https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/of-the-earth---2---spanish-onion Sat, 24 May 2014 02:56:02 GMT
Past Lives - 3 - Early 20th Century Measuring Tools - Wood Depth Gauge & Levels https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/past-lives---3---early-20th-century-measuring-tools---wood-depth-gauge-levels Visiting dear friends the other week we discussed wet plate collodion photography. 

My friend has a wonderful workshop and dabbles in collecting old tools from the 19th and early 20th century.

I have always held a fascination with old tools,

and the craftsmanship that went into creating them as well as those who used them.

I have a few of my own which I will photograph later.  

Below is an old wooden depth gauge (notice the scale still visible) and some old levels.

I can imagine the work these tools have seen in various trade shops of which  very few exist today.  

It also points to the quality of these tools which were made to last a lifetime.  

Can we say the same about tools made today?

Click on the image to go to the gallery.  Enjoy.

 

Early 20th Century Measuring Tools - Wood Depth Gauge & Levels

 

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5x7 Black Aluminum
Schneider Symmar-S 8"
F11 at 1:50 sec.

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) wet plate collodion, black aluminum, old things, old tools, memories, the past lives project, still life https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/past-lives---3---early-20th-century-measuring-tools---wood-depth-gauge-levels Sat, 24 May 2014 00:10:04 GMT
Floral Abstractions 3 - The White Rose & Mustard Yarrow Flower https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/floral-abstractions-3---the-white-rose-mustard-yarrow-flower The Floral Abstractions Project continues with a White Rose in Blue Glass and,

a Mustard Yarrow Flower in Clear Glass.  The clear glass is almost invisible

I love the rose.  It was quite a challenge to get the detail in the white petals and still keep it soft.  Enjoy.

Click on the image to go to the gallery. 

White Rose In Blue Glass Abstraction

 

 

Mustard Yarrow Flower Abstraction

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/floral-abstractions-3---the-white-rose-mustard-yarrow-flower Fri, 23 May 2014 23:03:36 GMT
Cherry Blossom Tree & Roy's Arch https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/cherry-blossom-tree-roys-arch These two images are of the Cherry Blossom tree on our property,

and our former neighbor Roy's flower/vine arch.

Please click on the images to see them in the gallery.  Enjoy

Cherry Blossom Tree

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5x7 Alumitype
Schneider Symmar-S 8" F11/5.6

Roy's Flower/Vine Arch

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5x7 Alumitype
Schneider Symmar-S 8" F11/5.6

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) collodion wet plate, alumitypes, landscapes, trees, exterior spaces, exterior structures, Cherry Blossom Tree https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/cherry-blossom-tree-roys-arch Tue, 13 May 2014 19:14:24 GMT
The Life Of A Bird & View From A Hot Air Balloon https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/the-life-of-a-bird-view-from-a-hot-air-balloon This is an image from the ongoing series, "The Life Of A Bird".  

Here we have Pepe surveying his domain from his hot air balloon.

It saves time and energy to travel this way :-)

Click on the image to see it in the gallery.

View From A Hot Air Balloon

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5x7 Alumitype
Schneider Symmar-S 8" F8

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) collodion, wet plate, ferrotype, tintype, still life, paparazzi, hot air balloon, the life of a bird https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/the-life-of-a-bird-view-from-a-hot-air-balloon Tue, 13 May 2014 16:13:34 GMT
Floraal Abstractions 2 https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/floraal-abstractions-2 More floral abstractions.  I very much like this look and will be doing many more.

As always, please click on the images to go to the gallery.  Enjoy.

Wild Flower In Tall Glass Abstraction.

Wild Flowers In Blue Glass Abstraction

 

Brush In Tall Glass Abstraction

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jfink@finksterproductions.com (John Fink Jr. Fine Art & Collodion Photography) collodion, wet plate collodion, floral, floral abstractions, still life, tintypes https://finkster.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/floraal-abstractions-2 Tue, 13 May 2014 15:51:03 GMT