Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Polaroid Part Two . . .

I had forgotten how much fun it was to create these Polaroid emulsion transfers. And a lot of the fun came from the fact that each one is unique. Each time the emulsion was placed onto the watercolor paper, different wrinkles and degrees of wonkiness would appear. The cat (isn't the backlit fuzziness cool?) was photographed in New Zealand; the surfers stand along the shore at The Wedge in Newport Beach, California; and the tulips bloomed in a cemetery in Oakland, California.

Does anyone know if this can be done with our digital images some way? I don't mean using a Photoshop faux Polaroid border, but a physical way of getting an already-taken digital image onto a piece of Polaroid film and then running it through the standard emulsion-transfer-float-it-off-in-warm-water process? Guess it's one more thing for me to research, but if anyone has a quick answer, please let me know. Thanks! ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Polaroid revisited . . .

Years ago I created Polaroid emulsion transfers, using a PolaPrinter, which exposed my 35mm slide onto Polaroid print film. The resulting print went into warm water where the emulsion, looking like a floating silk scarf, was gently lifted out and placed onto watercolor paper.

I was cleaning out some files today and came upon a number of these original prints, so I photographed them using a 35mm digital camera. I still love the look and can't wait to perhaps incorporate these images into some of my montages. We shall see. This is a shot of the Huntington Beach Pier, originally photographed using a Canon A1 film camera. I combined the image with a photograph of metal, which created the "stars" in the sky. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, March 27, 2010

No. 209

Chris and I had lunch yesterday at Quimby's in Newport (where we have NEVER had a bad meal) and then walked around afterward to see what we could find. I was attracted to the weathered look of this house. The original image was pale blue, but I fancied it more with a sepia-colored look. ©Carol Leigh

Friday, March 26, 2010

The love affair continues

Another day, different lighting, and the love affair continues. A quest has now begun to find more plumb-bobs to add to the photographic mix. I doubt I'll find any at Target... ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Yuki desu (it is snowing)

I get a feeling of soaring cliffs, the ocean, emptiness, snow, and a lone bird. ©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I'm in love again . . .

I fall in love with the strangest subject matter. Remember the oil cans from last year? Well, right now it's plumb-bobs . . . I have only one, but I hope more come my way. And what will be next? Theodolites? ©Carol Leigh

Of crows and time and inspiration

I'm conducting a photomontage class right now and I fear I've become so immersed in doing it that my own creativity has dried up! For the past week it's been a struggle to come up with something in my own work that I find interesting and different. I've been working on this guy for a couple of days and it's gone through many permutations along the way. When I push too hard, it pushes back and the results seem contrived.

This one's now done. And it's time to move on. But to what? Time will tell. ©Carol Leigh

It would be so nice if you weren't here

Tough day for photography yesterday. No parking available at my special little beach. Next beach had way too much blowing sand to safely shoot. No parking at the fishing boats, either -- everybody's taking advantage of good weather for fishing and they have to park their vehicles somewhere while they're away. So when I returned home, my only choice was (sigh) the cat. As you can see from the slightly cranky look on her face, she wasn't happy that I was crawling around under the dining room table trying to photograph her from her own level. Kind of an "it would be so nice if you weren't here" sort of look. Shot with a cheapo and cheesy 18-55mm lens, but a lens that focuses a close as 6" inches, so it comes in handy. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, March 22, 2010

My, what big, um, EYES you have!

I'm moving photos around these days, shifting things from one hard drive to another, from one external drive to another, and came across this shot of an old telephone in New Mexico that I'd never done anything with. It provided a bit of humor for me yesterday, when I especially needed it. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Little brown bag

Shallow depth of field with just the front edge in focus, sepia toning, I'm pleased. ©Carol Leigh

Monday, March 15, 2010


The square format is appealing to me these days and I've created all sorts of montages such as this that are completely abstract, consisting of practically nothing recognizable. I'll combine walls and trees and rust and netting and shadows to create a mood, an impression. A bit of paint becomes a harvest moon. Scratches imply birds or salmon in migratory motion. The seasons change, the colors of summer fade into browns and oranges, blacks and greys — the colors of quiet continuity. ©Carol Leigh

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Big Square No. 2

A gangplank, an L.A. highrise, a rural Oregon warehouse, pine trees, handwriting, and a lot of staring at the computer monitor went into this piece, which took about five hours to make. My decision now becomes, do I go have a cup of coffee and begin my day? Or go back to bed and finish my night? ©Carol Leigh

Friday, March 12, 2010

No. 145

Corrugated metal, wood, cement walls, salt stains, some drawing of my own, and, of course, a ruler! ©Carol Leigh

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tulip Fields

Walls, bits and pieces of other photos, and a black and white treatment went into the making of this piece. ©Carol Leigh

Walls, Paper, and Time

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Crows through the glass, alas ...

A combination of crows, metal, a hand-painted background, and more for this one, which I can't decide if I like or not. Time will tell. ©Carol Leigh

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eucalyptus Leaf

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Metal Calligraphy

In my current photomontage class, Janet G. posted an image that had an Asian feel to it. Inspired by her work, I took a look at some photos I'd taken of metal and combined a few to come up with this piece. Art is everywhere, is it not? ©Carol Leigh

Monday, March 8, 2010


A moody, almost Asian-feeling photomontage. ©Carol Leigh

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Created from some of the photos I took yesterday on my Oregon exploration.
©Carol Leigh

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Powerball 13

Scratched metal, a sidewalk in Tucson, adding machine tape, and more went into this one. ©Carol Leigh

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Heading Home

I'm beginning to think lack of sleep enhances the creative process. Again, around 2:30 I was wide awake. Even the cat, who usually accompanies me wherever I am in the house, knew better than to get up, remaining snug and warm on the bed. But if I'm up, why not go MAKE something?

And so I put this together from a variety of photographs, including sidewalk texture, handwriting from an old journal (thank you, Rich Baker), one of my own background paintings, and more.

Coffee at breakfast and I'm now wired up and ready to continue on. Abby the cat is asleep in the chair next to me. We all have our priorities . . . ©Carol Leigh


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