Friday, September 12, 2008


Sometimes I could swear that it's just happenstance that we can only pay attention to a moment at a time. I think some of my pictures are actually showing more of what's there than the eye can see or the brain can hold on to. To wit, there's an average of maybe 15 people in each frame of the roughly 160 pictures taken over 45 minutes that form the basis of this picture. So out of a couple of thousand people, only the nineteen pictured here are stepping in the same way, with one foot about to hit the ground. That's a fact.


Here's what happened in about a half hour's time at MIT a week or so ago as students started to repopulate the campus.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Self Portrait

Here's my newest Color People picture, hot off the LCD. That's is me in the green tee shirt, taking a picture for a tourist. She's next to me in pink, and she and her friends are also on the steps just above the camera I'm holding, as well as way up near the top of the stairs.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Pins: How Does He Do It?

Here's my set up for making a large 16-panel pin picture. In the paper plate are 56 red pins, 92 green pins, and 48 blue pins. The white panel is a piece of foam board tacked to the outside wall of my back porch. (Click on pictures for larger view.)

I stick them all in a new piece of foam board. You can seen my pencil guidelines, which are cropped out in the final project.

This N0. 16, and you see the cumulative holes in the background.

And here are the holes (all 3,136 of them) by themselves. The project took me two days to stick in the pins photograph the panels and two days to prepare the files and print them.
The final product is a 16 panel rectangle of an overall wallpaper-like pattern, with more holes accumulating in the background with each progression. But, remember, it all happens in a single rectangle, over and over again. Note: the above green is R56/G92/B48!

What Was He Thinking?

• Of Sol Lewitt's wall drawings
Carl Andre's floor pieces (rgb is meant to be displayed on the floor)
William Hartnett and other American trompe l'oiel painters
• Pins, in these pictures, can be thought of as pixels
• Each panel uses pins in this mix: (R56/G92/B48). This makes a dark green (the color of the green grid). What I've arrived at is the color of a landscape!
• With holes accumulating in the background (while the foreground retains the same number of pins in each panel), I thought this was an interesting way to look at time. (Also see my Color People II project, which kind of does with people what I've done here with pins.)