Steampunk Art?


Yesterday, Sunday, I had the day off again, but instead of going to Bristol, I wanted to do something else.  It took a while to decide between seeing the tall ships in Chicago (I hate driving around in Chicago, and couldn’t really afford parking, plus admission, plus food), or going to the Illinois Railway Museum.  Eventually I decided to go to the Railway Museum.

It took forever and a day to get there because it’s in the middle of Timbuktu.  It was an interesting day though, because it was my first real day spent with my antique 50mm f1.4 that was gifted to me.  All manual focusing all day.  It was a little odd, but fun.  I was taking pictures of things I normally wouldn’t, trying to expand my vision of photography.  When I got home, I had a few images that I think look kinda cool after a little photoshoping, so I’ve created a new gallery on my website for them, because I plan to add to the gallery from time to time. I’ve called it Steampunk Art, but I’m not sure if it’s the kind of stuff people would hang as art in their home?

During the month of September, it looks like the railway museum offers free admission on weekdays. I think I may take another trip up there on a day off in September. I’m guessing that the steampunk communitiy might find it interesting too.



Steampunk Victorian Ball – Absinthe Minded Professors

Thursday evening last week, I covered the Steampunk Victorian Ball for the Absinthe Minded Professors.  It was a challenging event shoot for sure.  It was in Milwaukee, which isn’t my favorite city to drive in, but it wasn’t hard to find.  Finding my way home was a nightmare though.  Anyway, I arrived a bit early to try to see what the venue would look like in advance of having to start shooting.  It was a wonderful venue, with beautiful accent lighting, a nicely lit stage, and photos were turning out great.  Shortly after the show started though, for some stupid reason, they turned on a nasty yellow work light that flooded the whole venue with ugly yellow light, and threw off my camera’s metering for the rest of the evening.  It ruined the mood of the “ball” too.  Oh well, with a little work in post, the pictures turned out ok. 

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So the steampunk costumes and garb were incredible. I really wish I had the money to create a costume for myself. Many people dressed in Victorian era clothing, but one guy actually had created from scratch, a set of folding wings that would activate by hand control, and were mounted to a gear box on his back which was VERY steampunk.

Overall, the Steampunk Victorian Ball at the Hyde Bar in Milwaukee on 26 Aug 2010 was a big success. An incredible steampunk turnout, with music, stories, fire, acrobats, Tesla coils, electricity, and most importantly, steampunk enthusiasts. The Absinthe Minded Professors danced, mingled, and put on an incredible show for this considerable crowd of steampunks.

The Absinthe Minded Professors combine victorian science fiction storytelling and classical music in a bizarre fusion that evokes a gritty future past that never was, popularly known as “Steampunk.” Drawing on historical seeds of nineteenth century history Joshua Safford creates strange fantasy that is colored by Mich Regier’s textured strings warping the classics. Both these artists are veteran performers of the Renaissance festival circuit, having toured the country, as individual artists as well as being part of bands and performance troupes for over fifteen years. Both have been involved in performance projects historical and surreal.

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Bristol Renaissance Faire Photos – Medieval Photo Alchemy

Over the summer, I’ve been attending Bristol Renaissance Faire, and working on a new gallery on my website that I call Medieval Photo Alchemy.  I call it this, because in trade rags, when you over photoshop an image into a different type of art, they call it “photo alchemy”. Some of the images in this gallery are from last year at Bristol, but most of them are from the 2010 season.  This is a gallery of images that I have photoshoped into more than just a photograph.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours studying new photoshop techniques over the summer, and I think I’ve developed a style of my own from all the practice.  It all started by trying to mimc the “Dave Hill” effect.  Still haven’t figured that one out, but along the way, I’ve been able to accomplish some pretty cool techniques.  I’ve also learned some techniques from Calvin Hollywood, and from a local photographer who I respect a great deal, Michael Barton.


So I think the hundreds of hours of watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, browsing forums, and following instructional websites, may have paid off? I guess not having a social life can pay off in some ways?! 🙂 If you’d like to see the full gallery, just click on one of the images above to go there. I hope you enjoy them.