Moons pass without a single glance by Jim Sincock

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“Moons pass without a single glance” is a quick still life I shot the other day while in my studio. I often use my iPhone as a “sketchbook” to check my still life ideas before setting up the 4x5 or 8x10 camera to shoot film, paper negatives, or wet plate collodion.

I’d like to think I will turn this concept into a series of images, but it seems most of my time in the studio has been spent on non-photo or art work. After quitting the art fairs I ramped up my antique sales through my Relic Antique & Vintage business, perhaps trading hobbies. And more recently, my wife & I have been working on a business plan for a medicinal herb farm which we’ve wanted to start for far too many years now.

I am constantly photographing, but it sometimes feels like if I am not working a “serious” photo project I start feeling like I’m not doing photography at all. I think that mentality came along when I became a working artist and doing exhibits and art festivals. Sometimes that mindset can get in the way of creativity and change the flow. For 2019 I hope to change that a bit and allow myself creative freedom without the constraint of feeling like I need to produce work for others.

Back to the photo above, and the title “Moons pass without a single glance.” That line is a from a poem of mine and it popped into my head as I was looking at my 8x10 camera in my studio. I had taken the photo in a sort of stream of consciousness way that I do some of my still lives, and the line from the poem arose in my mind after taking the photo. Perhaps a series for myself will come of this.

New Work by Jim Sincock

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Before the snow and deep freeze hit, I was out photographing at the Nicholson Wildlife Refuge in Caledonia, Wisconsin. The unusual amounts of rain we had over the summer, and through the fall, really changed the landscape there. The water in this scene had been an old road grade which was part of the hiking trail in past years. This year it seems it is more of a canoe trail!

Since moving back to Wisconsin five years ago, I have watched certain areas turn into wetlands, and in the case I watched the existing wetland expand.

I am pleased with the way this image turned out, especially once I worked my contemporary Pictorialism magic on it.

Open House News by Jim Sincock

Since I first got my studio at 16th Street Studios in early 2014, I have had my studio open during the Get Behind the Arts tour in the Spring, and for the 16th Street Studios Holiday Open House, but this year I will be out of town for the holiday open house. Sorry, I’ll miss you all! It is always such a fun event.

Feel free to contact me to make an appointment to see my work in person, or you can order prints of my color work from Olson-Larson Galleries.

New Gallery Representation by Jim Sincock

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I am excited to announce that I am now represented by Olson-Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines, Iowa! Prints of my contemporary Pictorialist style are now available through the gallery.

The gallery approached me to be in their Photo-Sensitive photography exhibit this summer and my work was well received. I am excited to be represented by them, and happy to have some of my work in the University of Iowa Hospitals Project Art collection.

OLSON-LARSEN GALLERIES is a contemporary gallery representing over 60 of the finest artists in the Midwest. Located in Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines, Iowa, Olson-Larsen fulfills its commitment to original art through exhibitions and support services for clients ranging from individuals to corporations.

Site Update by Jim Sincock

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I’m in the process of updating Interrobang :: Jim Sincock Art + Photo with a new design and new photo galleries. If you caught me in the middle of the update you may not find a lot of photos in the galleries, so be sure to check back. For now, just click on Projects in the menu to see the galleries.

Secret Paths by Jim Sincock

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I love waking up to a nice sunrise, but sometimes I enjoy a foggy morning even more. Earlier this week we had a nice foggy morning and I grabbed my camera gear and headed out to River Bend Nature Center in Racine. I managed to photograph for over an hour before the sun broke through the fog and before the mosquitoes came out in force.

This image is perhaps still a work in progress since I am still working on getting the right feel. I’m using my Pictorialist style on the image to further enhance the dream-like feel I felt while out photographing that morning.

Signs of Man in the Wilderness by Jim Sincock

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I usually prefer my time in nature to be more of a wilderness experience, free of the sights and sounds of man. Yet there are times I do enjoy decaying manmade structures being taken over by nature.

I found the remnants of this old factory along the Ice Age Trail in Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. It even has some fairly creative graffiti art on it which I enjoyed.

Consolidating Websites by Jim Sincock

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I have decided to return to the simplicity of one website for my photography and art, and have chosen Interrobang.org to be the main one.

When I started selling my photography at art festivals I had decided to set up www.jimsincockphotography.com as my main image catalog for print sales, and none of my other art. Since I am no longer doing art festivals I wanted to consolidate all of my photography and art onto one website again. Interrobang has been my longest running website (since 1996) and its is once again the site for all of my art.