Antique Bottle Collection Photo Series by Jim Sincock

Most who have been following my work for a long time have seen bottles from my antique bottle collection make it into my various still life photo series. My collection is fairly modest and most bottles were picked based on how they might look in one of my photographs, or the quality of light the give when I shine a studio spotlight through them. 

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New prints available, and other random news by Jim Sincock

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I've added many new images to my print shop on Jim Sincock Photography, and still have many more to add. That site will eventually hold my entire collection of images that will be available as open edition prints. Limited edition or one-of-a-kind prints and art pieces will be available here on Interrobang.

If you've visited this site in the recent past you may recall I also had my antique & vintage business here. I've decided to keep that separate from the art & photography and reformed that business as Relic Antique & Vintage www.relicantique.com

Antique objects from my collections have long been the subject of my still life photography, and those photographs will continue. Many of my still life images are shot on traditional film, paper negatives, gelatin dry plate, and tintype (wet plate collodion.) My antique bottle photos have been popular at many of the art festivals I've done over the years and I will be offering both open edition prints and unique one-of-a-kind prints of those images soon.

Lastly, art festivals. For 2018 I have decided to stop doing art festivals and will only be selling my prints and art online or through my art studio. 

First Still Life of the New Year by Jim Sincock

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It seems I haven't been taking too many photos lately, and definitely not many with the film cameras. Today I decided to try out an antique lens a friend gave me. I'm not sure what it came off of but it fits my 4x5 camera. This was shot as a paper negative, then scanned and adjusted digitally. 

The lens appears to have a homemade waterhouse stop in it, although it has a very shallow depth of field. The glass of the lens is filthy, but I'm not sure I want to clean it. It seems to add to the soft focus dreamy feel and I'm kind of digging it!

I'm quite happy with the way this image turned out and will surely work on some other ideas. 

Woodland at River Bend by Jim Sincock

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I've always been drawn to the sometimes chaotic scenes in nature. Complex and layered scenes which become an abstraction when viewed more intimately than the larger surrounding landscape. I'm not even sure if they would be called landscapes, since these images remove the sense of location. With landscape photography, I've found that many people feel compelled to ask "where is that?" while with these images location is somewhat irrelevant. Images like these are subtle yet extremely complex. 

Photographing scenes like these can be a daunting task. How does one make sense of a scene which is heavily overgrown and seemingly missing an obvious composition? And when you do find a composition that works for your eye, how do you make a final print which will convey the scene as you saw it in your mind's eye? 

I had begun to figure out how to make sense of these scenes in black and white, and now with my new color work I am learning the complexities which come with the range of color and subtleties. I prefer overcast flat light or foggy days when photographing these scenes because the contrast of hard sunlight doesn't fit the mood or vision I have for these scenes. In creating a final print which fits my vision, I draw my my extensive knowledge of custom printing in the traditional wet darkroom. 

This series will be ongoing, yet I hope to exhibit a portion of the work in 2018. Prints will also be available from my other site, www.jimsincockphotography.com

Site Update for Jim Sincock Photography by Jim Sincock

It seems like I'm always updating my websites, doesn't it? Well I have done it once again, this time updating www.jimsincockphotography.com to have a similar look as Interrobang, and to have easier online print ordering. That site will eventually have my full collection of landscape and industrial landscape images which will be available for purchase as open edition prints on various print materials. Many images will also be available for stock licensing, just ask. 

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Autumn Woodland Hike by Jim Sincock

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I love hiking and photographing in the woods on overcast and cloudy days, the quality of light is softer and adds a mysterious feel to the scene. For me, the woods seem more quiet on days like this and adds to the sense of peacefulness and solitude when I'm there. The colors also change to a more muted pastel look which adds to the mysterious dreamy feel. Then again, anytime is a great time for a hike in the woods!

A Matter of Subject by Jim Sincock

I moved into my studio at the 16th Street Studio in the Racine Business Center in the Spring of 2014 and have created hundreds of photos in the studio and around the old factory building. My cameras and media have range from iPhone digital to 8x10 tintypes and most things in-between. 

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Sony a7RII vs. 4x5 Film by Jim Sincock

There is something about using a 4x5 camera and shooting real film that I haven't been able to let go of in this digital world. I've always assumed 4x5 film would be better than any digital that I could afford, just as I assumed traditional silver printing would always be better than inkjet printing. After years of making carbon inkjet prints alongside silver gelatin prints, I found there are times where the digital carbon inkjet print was clearly better than the silver gelatin print I made. So what about my film vs. digital question?

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