Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Learning and Gathering Phase

When the artwork is not being produced there is much absorption of information. Currently going over the old typography books and falling in love with fonts all over again. Which is probably obvious from the exemplars I've posted. I am also trying to dig into the brain pan and find all the places that I have hidden some great informational gems. I have to be honest and tell you that this political campaign season has really piqued my interest and is taking up much of my time.

So while things swirl in a chaotic cloud in my head, I leave you with a few bits to absorb on your own. When the dust settles we will see what has been left.

First: Print Magazine's online source has a variety of great visuals and some in depth articles. This one featuring Czech poster design was fascinating.

The magazine covers all things related to design, color history and meaning, typographers and foundries, theory and application.

Print will also clue you in on some great things that you may not have otherwise discovered in terms of small imprints and magazines from around the world.

In other places around the web, art seems to abound. I found a drawing on pintrest and followed the story here. It takes a while to navigate this blog. But Tommy Kane has an interesting take on life and art in his surroundings.

And of course there is the work that keeps the bills paid. Winter is not really cooperating with the light for photography when I am home so I am also focusing on the baking of recipes and translating of said recipes. It looks like the busy season will commence for us in the middle of the grey bleak midwinter. Oh well... I guess that is how life goes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Photography Practice

Just a small collection of the food I've photographed from my own kitchen. I am looking at the end of the year and wondering, after 51 posts to www.amgerman.wordpress.com if this is something that I enjoy enough to keep doing. Retrospection can be such a pain.

I love this. I have always loved food. And I have always loved writing. Now that I am getting better at the photography aspect I am more comfortable with this. Am I comfortable with calling myself a food photographer? Not just yet. Am I comfortable with the concept of an identity change away from visual arts (canvas and the like)? No.

I want to see myself as an artist. I miss getting my hands dirty and playing in paint. But I also have to acknowledge that I may never have the ability to live on my own and have the space to work with. I can make my tiny kitchen work to crank out this stuff. But I need a little more room for the art that I do in paint and canvas. I also need to not feel like I am always in the way when I work. 

Still so much to consider. But there is always the art of creative cooking! 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Studio Lighting

The weird weather has made it mandatory to find a way to do studio lighting. The only sunny days which would have given me the perfect light for the dramatic food shoots have been my work days. And the sun dashes behind shelves of clouds the second I get in my car. No point in racing home for a photo shoot. What cop would believe that was why I was speeding home?

There are cupcakes languishing in the fridge waiting for their close up and the grey days keep piling on. Gotta do something so we can eat the last 4 tempting treats.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Blog Changes Arrived

What do you do when you are laid up with a bum hip? You change your blog template and watch stupid banal movies on Netflix after you've binged on Jessica Jones.

So I think that I am settled with this look. It is fresher, doesn't take a lot of energy away from the posts and leaves off the weight that the darker background had.

As for banal and stupid movies on Netflix.... I don't know why I am still watching this drivel.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pantone 2016

The 2016 color of the year has been announced from Pantone. This year, it is a winning duo the pale pink of rose quartz and the pale blue of serenity. Why two? Gender equality.

A politically correct choice of color?
No secret, I hate pastels. And I am a little bit biased against the colors because I so strongly dislike pastels. I don't know why we can't have more jewel tones. Last year's marsala was a nice deep color at once serene and bold. And so perfect to go with jewel tones as a balance.

Now these colors, the shade of a tepid sunset. I can't wait to see what next year's color will be.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Germany in Nuts

Working on some baking prep work I got a little crazy with the hazel nuts before roasting. Germany in Hazelnuts. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Getting better at macro photography

Up close and personal this looks like a mountain of pumpkin seeds. In reality it is just a small handful in the bottom of a glass dish.

Reality is a bit tweaked though. I almost feel as if I was able to be standing in the bowl taking the shot as well as viewing the shot. Sometimes the macros turn out and sometimes they don't. I haven't yet figured out the magic to the art of macro photography. But I think that part of the key is to not think TOO hard what you are doing.

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