Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Recent Sightings

    The DeWitt Typewriter Company was out and about doing some Christmas shopping. Even with the hustle and bustle of the season there's always time for antique-ing. Here are some recent sightings of the typewriterly kind:

Whew! What a great place for typewriter spotting! Would not be surprised if we missed one. Typewriters can be sneaky like that. We'll have to go back sometime.

More photos and info available on the The Typewriter Database.

One machine came home with us, but not one from the above list. So, you'll have to stay tuned for more on that!

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Under the Darkroom Lights Part II

Paper negatives of pinhole images

            Round two of the pinhole photography workshop. Thanks again to the Youth Arts Alliance for bringing this fun activity to The Art Lab. Hooray for easy access to creative happenings!

            A vintage piece of luggage and some leftover foam padding made a great case for Granny. I felt quite stylish toting it around.

All tucked in!

           Here are my digital renderings of those paper negatives:

The first one is always a little wonky.

I rushed this composition and left out my lil' balloon dog.

That's better. Hello, lil' balloon dog!

Seems I captured a ghost! Is this typer haunted?!

             Overall, I am happiest with two of the pinhole images. So, I framed them together and gave them as a gift to my brother for Christmas.

Make and give gifts!

            The other two were made in a rush. (I was excited, ok?!) I'm learning that I need to slow down, take my time, and not get impatient with myself. 

            I had a great time meeting some new people who had a variety of experience levels. Some were trying out this process for the first time. Nice to see a heathy interest in pinhole imagery, and darkroom work experience.

            Granny made a gracious model for this photo shoot. I knew she would! Go ahead and take a bow, old girl!

That's all, folks! Have a happy New Year!! See you again sometime in 2022!!!

Monday, November 8, 2021

Under the Darkroom Lights

Paper Negatives made by pinhole camera

        I went to a pinhole photography workshop at the MSU Broad Art Museum recently and really enjoyed learning about this fascinating process. Getting images was an exciting and stimulating experience. Thank you, to the Youth Arts Alliance for bringing this workshop to The Art Lab.

        I brought the images home and began working out how to invert the images. I downloaded a photo editing program and figured it out fairly easily. A little bit of tweaking and here's what I came up with. 

        If I get a chance to do this again I would like to bring a prop. I'm thinking typewriter, perhaps Granny, after I blow the dust out of her first, of course.

        Did you know there is a Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day? The next one will be on April 24, 2022. Add that event to your calendar and while you wait, check out some images from the gallery of the last Pinhole Day.

        And now I will leave you with some advice that has clearly withstood the test of time!

Newspaper clipping found in dictionary purchased at an estate sale