My collaboration with Diana Shay Diehl continues!
During the week of July 5 through July 12, every day we will each be making a print using photosensitive chemistry on natural fiber papers. While this time of year brings lots of sun for each of us, the environments are completely distinctive with different botanicals and even amounts and intensity of sunlight. These prints are going to about 5"x7" on cotton rag or natural fiber paper...each an original work. Each morning during that week, we will post our images. Please follow us on our journey! We would love to hear your comments.
The photograph above is from my studio to give you an idea of some of my inspiration as well as some of the tools and materials that I use in my alternative photography.
Here is the link to Diana's blog
Diana Shay Diehl Instagram
Ellen Dooley Instagram
Also, along with each post I will be adding a link to something that I found inspiring. This week, I watched an artist talk given by the amazing photographer, Keith Carter. His images are beautiful, haunting and speak eloquently of light, space and memory.
One of the great gifts of collaboration is that it brings out the best in each artist. One doesn't want to disappoint the other person in the collaborative relationship. Of course, I also don't want to disappoint myself. Checking in regularly helps refine ideas and techniques: a winnowing process to help separate the grain from the chaff.
Diana and I talk probably once a week or so. We both have busy lives with commitments to work, family and friends. But our relationship is important...it is a touchstone to a goal for the year. We discuss encaustic techniques, have informal critiques, and interpret dreams. This week we are each exploring new dip pens and inks...We send each other links and invitations to zoom talks we think sound interesting.
Here is one of the Zoom artist's talks we shared for this week..The Southeast Center for Photography has some great ones... Coming up this week is Jane Fulton...Take a look.
Diana Shay Diehl Blog
Diana's Instagram images
Ellen's Instagram images
Come along with us!
This is my favorite print of the season so far...
The cyanotype is made from a digital negative of a photograph I took this week on a hike through Hovander Homestead, a large 350 acre old homestead near my home.
This is an A4 print on Uwa Senka, a beautiful lustrous Thai Kozo from Washi Arts.
Clouds and Lily Pads
There is no doubt that this past year has been a difficult one...probably for all of us, right?
At the beginning of 2020, I had plans to go to Japan...to study and to teach..but by spring, those plans were put on hold..and remain on hold..at least for now.
I decided to take advantage of the opportunity of being at home to make a print almost every day. And I did that.
But one of the things I have missed the most is the opportunity to connect with other artists while teaching and traveling. Of course, the visual and cultural stimulation of travel also provides a wealth of new ideas and colors and vistas for photography and for personal expression.
About six months ago, I received an intriguing proposal from a fellow artist and photographer. While we share visual and artistic sensibilities, I live minutes from the United States/Canadian border and my new friend lives moments from the United States/Mexican border. She lives in the desert with the Joshua trees and I live in the land of cedars and ferns.. After several conversations, we decided to begin a collaborative project to show some of our work together, side by side for at least the coming year.
Since then, we have had many telephone conversations, texts and emails. And we actually met in person for the first time for a an afternoon long cup of coffee when Diana came to Washington to visit her son, I think we are the best kind of collaborators, encouraging and supportive...while sharing information from techniques to books and sources for materials. Diana Shay Diehl is an inspired and skilled photographer and artist and genuinely connected to that sense of place and environment that gives her work its unique voice.
We decided on a long distance, North/South, desert and forest collaboration. We both have been using alternative photographic processes. Our goal for this year is to share work across the miles by means of this artistic collaboration. We will start to share work on our individual blogs with links to the other, and plan to begin a website together with opportunities for interaction and feedback, and the possibility of some gallery showings of our cross-continent project.
You are invited to share our journey as the project takes shape. We look forward to hearing from you!
Here is the link to Diana's blog..
Diana Shay Diehl blog
I encourage you to follow Diana on Instagram @mojavelight
Here is a link to her art projects on Instagram @projectmojavelight
And a link to my Instagram account @ellenjdooley
When I first shared the image below, "Wound" with Diana, we knew we were onto something. This image shows the fragile Silver Bark Birch. They are easy wounded by harsh winter weather or drought-like conditions and have been negatively impacted by warming temperatures. Diana had just made a similar image in her environment.
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