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FACULTY SHOW 2009: Recent Work by SRJC Faculty

November 5 - December 12, 2009

Gum Drops

John Bressie, Gum Drops
digital inkjet print, 12-1/2" x 16" 2009

Artist Statement

Gum Drops is a photograph originally made in 1968 in my studio in San Francisco. This is an inkjet pigment print from a digital scan of the 4x5 Ektacolor negative. There are two light sources, a photoflood incandescent bulb in a reflector and daylight from a north-facing bank of windows. The warm and cool effect is what I find interesting and the multi-colored gumdrops. Plaza Hall is from a set of both a color transparency and a color negative. These were originally combined to create a bas-relief effect. More recently I added digital layers to the image and allowed the color to shift wildly. The print has a positive-negative, inside -out quality I like. I find certain color combinations exciting. I am not necessarily interested in true to life color representations. I like working with strong graphics and posterization effects. Running Fence refers to Christo’s Running Fence, which was completed in 1976. The original 4x5 color negative for this photograph was made at that time. Only recently was the digital work done to complete the image. A great deal of derivation filtering was done in Photoshop CS4 to create the dramatic effect. This is inkjet pigment print (gicleé).

Teaching Philosophy

I teach black & white traditional wet process. It is the nature of light, primarily, that I want to convey through photography. I think most photographs are made too quickly. Working at a slower pace allows for better observation of light qualities.


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