Limited Edition Production Day

White Cow

It’s been quite a year so far and hard to believe that we are in the last couple of days of October. Much of the summer has been spent on shooting, perfecting new techniques and shows. While I have been producing a great deal of work, limited editions have not been a focus in recent months. I’m happy to say that today that is changing. I will be in the studio focusing on creating fine art limited editions of works today and the weeks to come. For those who are not familiar with my limited editions, I rarely create more than 10 in a series and normally stick to 5. In creating limited editions I choose the best museum quality media for the specific work and hand print each work myself. If you ever see a shot of mine posted to social media that you are interested in obtaining in limited edition, please ask. If I have not yet run a series of the work in limited edition, I am often quite open to doing so. The work you see here I ran in two sizes with an edition of 5 in each size today. The paper selected was Museo Portfolio Rag 300 GSM. This mat paper has no optical brightness and brings out the mood of the work.

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New Show On View for October and November in Solvang

Return From Fig. Mtn.

I’ll have a new show on view at Royal Oaks Winery in Solvang. A reception will be held on October 8th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. This show will include more of my Platinum Emulsion prints, limited editions as well as rustic framed works.

Read The Press Release: Valley Life Through The Seasons

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September Reception & Exhibition

Stages of Oak

“Valley Life” Photography by Christopher L. T. Brown

On View the month of September beginning September 1st, 2015

On view will be a collection of archival photographic works depicting scenes from the Santa Ynez Valley landscapes and ranch life, nicely framed in rustic vintage barn wood.

 

A reception for the artist will be held Thursday September 3rd, 2015, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Meet the artist and see his award winning works while enjoying wine, music and appetizers.

 

Exhibition and Reception to be held at:

Valley Grind Urban General Store & Coffeehouse (www.valleygrindcoffee.com)

3558-A Sagunto St.

Santa Ynez, CA 93460

(805) 688-1506

 

Also see my permanent collection at the Solvang Gallery Address:

446 Alisal Road, Suite #19 (upstairs), Solvang, Ca. 93463 (appointments preferred)

Phone: 805-694-8626   Web: www.TychoBrown.com

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Analog Week

FigMtnDragonTree

I’ve had a great week so far working with some old cameras and processes. Digital is certainly here to stay, but I do love some analog camera and darkroom work. This shot started off with FujiFilm Neopan and the New55 projects Monobath developer. So far I really like the grunge that you can get out of the Monobath and the character you get with vintage lenses. Of course you don’t have to go the grunge route, but if you are going analog… Why not project a vision?

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Wildling Museum Show “Natures Patterns”

Alien Roots in Platinum

Alien Roots in Platinum

I am excited and honored to announce that my work “Alien Roots in Platinum” will be exhibited at the Wildling Museum’s upcoming show “Natures Patterns” as part of their annual photography contest. The show will be on view from August 8th to September 28th 2015. A reception will be held from 4-6 PM on August 8, 2015. See the Wildling Museum’s web site for more information.

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Gallery Los Olivos June Show and other Updates

ReturnFromFigMtn

I’m so happy to say that my work “Return from Fig. Mountain” took first place in the June Artist Guild show at Gallery Los Olivos. The theme of the June show was the road less traveled. The show includes work in many mediums reflecting both figurative and literal interpretations of the theme. The show will be on view through the first Wednesday in July at Gallery Los Olivos in the Guild Room. The trip is well worth your time and the word is that you can find a good glass of Wine in Los Olivos.

I added a new section to the digital gallery today for Platinum Emulsion prints. While this section does not contain all my platinum emulsion work, there is a nice subset of the current gallery show.

Summer is in full swing and there are lots of outside shows and events to enjoy. In addition to other shows that I covered in my previous post, I just added Los Olivos “Day In The Country” to my list of shows for October.

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Schedule & Hours Update

OldWood

I had back surgery after the first of the year, which slowed me down for a few months and caused some sporadic Gallery hours. The good news is that it was successful and I’m getting back in shape now for what looks to be a very busy summer. I’ve already been out shooting on the weekends and feeling good about my work. In planning for summer, I have decided to do a lot of Art-In-The-Park shows in Los Olivos as well as the upcoming Vintners and Harvest festivals among others. As a nature and landscape photographer, I love to get out doors and enjoy some of our local venues and festivals.

In line with all the upcoming shows and my current work load, I have decided to change our gallery hours to be by appointment only. I do intend to open the gallery from time to time without notice as well as for receptions and exhibits, but calling for an appointment will be the best way to view current works. I am always happy to open for private viewings. Even on short notice.

Here is a list of the outdoor shows that I currently have planned for the year:

I will likely do one or two more local shows, but these are the currently planned events. Also remember that I am always happy to open the gallery for private viewings upon request.

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Valley Grind Show!

The November show at the Valley Grind in Santa Ynez was a resounding success! As a result of “some of the best sales they have seen” I was able to make a nice donation to the French Bulldog Village (bulldog rescue) in honor of my frenchie Annie. Thank you to everyone who was able to come by and see the show. A special thanks to all those who picked up one of my works. Happy Holidays!

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Musings on Photographic Style and Seeing

All In A Days Work

I often have people ask what type of a photographer are you? What camera equipment do you use? Another common question is what is your process? I think most photographers receive these types of questions quite frequently and have canned answers. These are always hard questions for me to provide meaningful answers to. Primarily because a simple answer to any of these questions would be limiting and incomplete. For instance I know of some photographers who consider themselves Black & White or Color Photographers. In my work I lean towards B&W or muted tones and colors because the work I create is often about lines, textures and flow, but… I have been known be drawn to color and would never want to be restricted in that way. The key concept is that I’ve always thought about photography as being about “seeing” more than anything else. To that end sometimes I see, texture, other times I see gesture or flow and yet on another day, the seeing is about color.

The concept of “seeing” also carries onto the selection of subject and tools. It is easy for me to say that I am a Nature and Landscape photographer who shoots digitally. That said, I love all the subjects available to me in the real world and depending on how I’m “seeing” that day, reserve the option to use any of the many subjects and tools available to bring a vision to life. While I love digital photography, I also thoroughly enjoy the traditional large and medium format camera approach to film, Polaroid, tintype, etc. When it comes to printing currently it’s hard to argue with the quality of a professional ink jet system, but I find the traditional darkroom process as well as gum, platinotype, etc. to be a perfect fit for certain ways of “seeing”. Mixing tools and process up can be very rewarding.

The selection of tools, process and medium for work is where a heavy investment in research and training is a must. I’ll often spend months researching, learning and perfecting a new technique or re-learning and re-perfecting an old technique only to find that it’s just not right for the project. While frustrating at the time, this is what builds experience and provides insight in the long run. I like to look at this as creative downtime. I’ve had quite a bit of creative downtime this year, but don’t regret any of it even thought I do complain from time to time.

In the end, I never want to limit myself to a single approach, category or set of tools to bring what I see to life. The underlying body of my work will ultimately in some way be a manifestation of what I was seeing and thus uniquely mine. Hopefully you will see this in the final work.

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Reception & Exhibition at Valley Grind Urban General Store & Coffeehouse

Visitadores Rope

Visitadores Rope, 2014

 

“Rustic Scenes from the Santa Ynez Valley”

On View the month of November beginning November 2nd, 2014

Meet the artist and see his award winning works. On view will be a collection of archival works depicting scenes from the Santa Ynez Valley landscapes and ranch life, nicely framed in rustic vintage barn wood. A reception for the artist will be held Friday November 7th, 2014, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

 

When:

Friday, November 7th, 2014

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

Exhibition and Reception to be held at:

Valley Grind Urban General Store & Coffeehouse (www.valleygrindcoffee.com)

3558-A Sagunto St.

Santa Ynez, CA 93460

(805) 688-1506

A portion of all proceeds from this exhibit will go to the “French Bulldog Village” in memory of our French Bulldog Annie. The French Bulldog Village is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Rescue, Rehabilitation, and placement of French Bulldogs in need. You can find out more about FBV from their web site at http://frenchbulldogvillage.net

Annie

Annie

 

Also see my permanent collection at the Solvang Gallery Address:

446 Alisal Road, Suite #19 (upstairs), Solvang, Ca. 93463

Phone: 805-694-8626   Web: www.TychoBrown.com

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