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October 30, 2022

Rock

Filed under: Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Landscape Photography — John Siskin @ 12:40 pm

Abiquiu Rock

I am always interested in shape and texture. This is one reason I shoot so many black and white images. This may be, probably is, why I find myself shooting rocks so often. I could try to differentiate between shoot an actual rock and a cliff or a rock wall, but for the purposes of this page, these are pictures which are about shapes and textures. These images are not about specific rocks, but are about the abstract form. I return to these subjects repeatedly, they inspire and fascinate me. A lot of the less abstract images are on other pages including the Petroglyph images and, soon, images from Bandelier and Tsankawi. Please check out my other pages below.

I often do things which make shape and texture more powerful in my images. Perhaps the first important thing for me is to get really close to the subject and use a wide-angle lenses. I also distort shape and contrast in post. So, these images are not meant to be recordings, but are interpretations. I hope you will find them as fascinating and inspirational as I do./span>

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image, please e-mail me at john@siskinphoto.com and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.




I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff.



 

 

A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

 

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

October 23, 2022

Petroglyphs

Filed under: Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Other — John Siskin @ 12:16 pm

Monument Valley Petroglyph

I’ve really enjoyed exploring and photographing New Mexico. I’m sure all the images I’ve done in the last couple of years make that clear. One of the most interesting aspects of this area is the long human history. One of the most compelling and oldest human behavior is leaving our marks in stone and wood. Whether in Lascaux Cave in France, the Leang Tedongnge cave in Indonesia or the New York Subway, humans have been writing on the wall for a long time. In this area the marks were carved into the rocks, which means we can still see them today. Of course, depending on the type of rock, some marks are much easier to photograph than others. There is a dark coating on some rock in the desert that is possible to chip off, which makes some of the pictures easy to see.

I’ve photographed petroglyphs at several places, La Cieneguilla, Tsankawi, Canyon De Chelly, Bandelier and Rinconada Canyon. I don’t know what these marks mean or how they relate to the cultures of the indigenous people who left these marks; but I do think that they are fascinating to photograph. I hope you will enjoy these images.

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image, please e-mail me at john@siskinphoto.com and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff.




A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

October 1, 2022

Introduction

Filed under: Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Landscape Photography — John Siskin @ 4:13 pm

I have been posting photographs from New Mexico, on a daily basis for more that two years now. This has been a really good thing for me. It has kept me engaged in doing photography and kept me making new images. A lot of people have been very supportive of this work, for which I am really grateful. So, I really want to continue doing this. However there have been some frustrations in the way this has evolved. I have posted on Facebook, in a couple of areas, and on LinkedIn and sent out e-mail. Unfortunately, this doesn’t create any coherent archive of my images. Also, it means that the images are transitory, today’s image replaces yesterday’s shot. Another challenge is that since I post one image a day, I often have a great many images that may never be posted.

In my time of being an active commercial photographer I did not have nearly as much freedom to do creative work. Now, with retirement from commercial work I have been able to do the creative work that originally excited me photographically. I am very grateful to still be excited and able to do such work. So, I am now going to try to present the work in a different, deeper, way. I will be using my blog to display images that relate to each other as groups. Of course I will continue to post daily images in the same way I have been.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. So, I am going to put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff!

I will also be making prints available for purchase. Of course, I am flattered when anyone wants a print of any image I’ve made. And, it must be said, more so when they want to buy a print. If you have a United States mailing address the price will be $65 for a print approximately 11×14 inches. This price includes shipping. If you’d like to order more prints at the same time, they’ll be only $60 for each additional print. This includes shipping and handling. I’ll be putting instructions and a PayPal link with each group of images. These will be digital prints made with an 8-color ink set on paper which is rated for 100 year endurance with these inks. I may make some handmade prints available at a future time. I invite your questions and ideas about this project! Please e-mail me at john@siskinpthoto.com. I also would be interested to know what you think about  any of the images.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

 

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

Monument Valley

Filed under: Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Landscape Photography — John Siskin @ 2:10 pm

Thanks for viewing this group of images. This is the among the first of my new group image pages. Since it’s new I would really appreciate feedback. Also, of course some things may not work, and so it goes…

This group of images is from Monument Valley in Arizona. I went in early 2022. Images were made with my Nikon D-850 and my Mamiya Super 23. I usually refer to this as a Mamiya Press. I was using Ilford Delta 400 in the Mamiya. Harry Nez Jr. was my guide. He was fabulous.  Thanks so much for your continued attention!

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image please e-mail me at john@siskinphoto.com and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff.


 

A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

 

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

Taos Pueblo

This group of images is from Taos Pueblo here in New Mexico. The pueblo is more than a thousand years old and is still occupied today. All images were made with my Hasselblad SWC (purchased from Used Photo Pro) and Ilford Delta film. The Hasselblad SWC is fixed lens camera with a 38mm lens in front of 120 film. The lens is remarkably even and sharp. This camera was made in about 1957, not as old as the Pueblo, but still pretty impressive.  Thanks so much for your continued attention!

Thanks for viewing this group of images. This is the first of the new group image pages. Since it’s the first I would really appreciate feedback. Also, of course some things may not work, and so it goes…As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image please e-mail me at john@siskinphoto.com and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff!


A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

Monastery Road

This group of images was made over several trips toward Christ in the Desert Monetary near Abiquiu in New Mexico. I usually don’t get all the way out to the Monastery. It’s 14 miles out a dirt road, and frankly the journey is often more interesting than the destination. I’ve taken most of the cameras I currently use out to this area including the Nikon D-850, Mamya Super 23 and the 5X7 Linhof Technika. It’s one of my favorite day trips! Thanks so much for your continued attention!

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image, please e-mail me at john@siskinphoto.com and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff!

 

 

A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

 

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

Night Sky

Filed under: Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Landscape Photography — John Siskin @ 2:10 pm

Since I’ve been out here in New Mexico I’ve done a lot of sky images. It’s big sky country! I will be posting other groups, but I wanted to start with some night sky images. I’ll leave the astrophotography details to those more interested in them. I’ve used a couple of lenses, each has it’s interesting features for this work: an old Nikkor 35mm f2.8 Perspective Control lens, a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 and a Soviet era 16mm Fisheye Lens.  Regardless most of the images were made with my Nikon digital cameras: the D800 and the D850. Anyway, I really enjoy this work, and I hope you do also. Thanks so much for your continued attention!

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image, please e-mail me at john@siskinphoto.com and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff!

A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

Flowers

Filed under: Animals,Fine Art,Fine Art Portfolio,Micro Photography — John Siskin @ 2:10 pm

Since I’ve been out here in New Mexico I’ve done a lot of images of flowers, no surprise there. As you may know from other posts, I use a lot of interesting, even strange macro/micro equipment. I particularly like the Medical Nikkor (old version), Vivitar 90-180 Series 1 Flat Field Zoom and the Nikkor 60mm F2.8 Micro. Regardless most of the images were made with my Nikon digital cameras: the D800 and the D850. Anyway I really enjoy this work, and I hope you do also. Thanks so much for your continued attention!

 

As you might imagine I’d prefer that these pages don’t get filled with a great deal of text. If you’d like information about a specific image, please e-mail me at john@siskinphoto.com and I’ll let you know what I know. Of course, if you have specific requests about an image you’d like to purchase please use the same address. If you’d like to go ahead and purchase an image, please use the Paypal link below and give me the browser link to the image and your shipping address.

I am also trying a couple of things that will give people an opportunity to support this work. While I am fortunate to have enough money to continue to do this work, some things are pretty expensive. For instance 11×14 film is hard to get and costs about $300 for just 25 shots and a 120 roll of Ilford Delta 400 is close to $9. I have put in a link to Roberts Camera/Used Photo Pro that may get me a few dollars. I’ve bought a bunch of my used cameras from Used Photo Pro. They’ve been great! Roberts, basically the same place, is one of my go to suppliers for film. When I was living in Indianapolis their store was just a couple of blocks from my studio. So, I know them well enough to really recommend them. If you want to help me out, please use the link below to check out their stuff!



A few links

Siskinphoto.Home

Introduction Page

Monument Valley

Taos Pueblo

Night Sky

Flowers

Monastery Road

Petroglyphs

Rock

Ice and Snow

Tsankawi

I did a large show when I was still in Indianapolis called Courting Chaos. The link will take you to the pages which describe the work and its evolution. These images are, well, chaotic and many of them are nudes. I hope you’ll find it interesting.

Links to my books, still available at Amazon!

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