March 14, 2010

Today's Feature: Watt & Shand #8

Watt & Shand #8 is in the spotlight today, with images from February 2009. This one is all about scale and perspective. Workers were replacing the balustrades around the roof perimeter of the original Watt & Shand building. I liked this shot showing the scale of the man in relation to the scale of the building, and printed it in three crops and sizes.I dialed the color scheme way back for this one, using grays in silks and cottons, browns in Harris tweed wools, and a bit of blue to echo the reflection of blue skies in the windows.
More vintage blue hues are in the cyanotypes of the crane image. The oranges of the previous works in the series are referenced here by the yellow lines in the handwoven Indian cotton on the left. Here's the picture I used for the cyanotype images. It's a cool image but I like it even better after it's been printed and stitched; it adds dimension and hints at more of a narrative. "Transformation: The Watt & Shand Series" opens this Friday with a reception from 6-8 at the Arts Hotel Gallery in Lancaster, PA. There will also be a special reception on Thursday, March 25th from 5-8, and a First Friday reception on April 2. I hope to meet some of you there, it's sure to be a lot of fun, and if you want to stay for drinks or dinner I can recommend the adjacent bar and upscale restaurant.

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