My formal training was all in the darkroom, it was there under the safe lights that I really began to love the print, after all it’s the final step in the process of revealing the fruits of our labor to the world. I spent years perfecting my craft, split filter printing, mixing developers from scratch to control contrast, digging through chemical archives looking for that little something extra for an image, manipulating negatives to extend their range, and creating toners to put the final feel into that perfect print. For me printing has always been a passion. I was back in the darkroom 2 weeks ago, it’s alway nice to visit your roots, smell the chemistry in the air, watch the magic happen, and of course print big.
#3, 30″x40,” •Silver Gelatin Print• 2012
I’ve had the opportunity to work with Peter Larson on several occasions and this piece is absolutely striking to stand in front of. “Refuge” 40×60 is now in Gray’s Auctioneers permanent collection and available for sale.
There is a fantastic show now hanging at Bay Arts “The Bomb” Curator Ross Lesko put together a wonderful collection of work from local favorites and international artists. Stop out to see this show, it is not to be missed. Preston’s work always amazes me and working with him on his prints is always a pleasure.
Morning Rain 12×16″ by Preston Buchtel
A beautiful showing of art and photography opened this past Friday night at the Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of art. Among the artists showcased was Paul Sobota, I had the opportunity to work with him on producing these images to paper and you need to make the journey to see them and all the other great work on display.
-Search For Water- 40″x50″ Paul Sobota 2012
I spent quite a bit of time digging through my Alaska to Mexico collection of images in the last couple weeks preparing for this group show at Heights Arts. I found these images that Craig Johnson of CJ Designs took of me riding. Some of the places we went and the roads we used to get there were tough going. Some may even say those are not roads. I hope to see you on Friday night at the opening. Thanks Craig for the shots.
Opening Reception is March 2nd, 6pm–9pm.
I am pleased to say I have been selected to show work at the Heights Arts gallery next month. I will be showing a collection of images from my extensive travels last year. Opening reception is Friday March 2nd 6-9pm, I hope to see you there.