Monday, December 8, 2014


A few works in progress from a new series called Desert Navigation.  Many of the original images are from my residency at PLAYA and were the starting point, but are more complex than recent work in that they utilize pinhole images, lens based photos, texture screens, and iPhone apps in their creation.

Navigation With Out Numbers



Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Some more images from the series. All were shot using the iPod Touch 5G and Squid Cam Lens (front element removed). The series has been progressing, but I still have to shoot a lot of frames to get a keeper. It just takes time and effort to find out what works and gain some control over the process.

Rocking Chair Test

Bridge Approach

1st Street Tressle

Static Discharge

Thursday, November 13, 2014


While I was at the PLAYA residency I started a new series of abstract photos. They were shot using my iPod Touch 5G and Squid Cam lens with the front element removed. The concept was to reduce the photograph to its essential forms and  produce a soft focus abstract image. Some of these images were shot during the residency and others were shot after returning home to Albany.

Playa Trail

Playa Pond

Playa Abstract #3

Song for Spotted Robe

Shape Shifter

Distillation #3

Cala Lilly - Winter

Saturday, November 1, 2014


These are some of the ICM abstracts from my artist residency at the PLAYA. All were shot using the iPod Touch 5G and Long Expo app.

Playa Dawn

Dust Up

Spirit Comes #5

Playa Song

Playa Sunrise

Playa Sunrise #2

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I have returned from my adventures in Eastern Oregon. I spent two weeks at Playa, a artists reidency program. Had a great time, and met some amazing artists and writers from all over the U.S. For the most part, I spent my time hiking and shooting on the playa, but I also did some shooting in Paisley, the Paisley Caves, Picture Rock Pass, and Christmas Valley. The two weeks really flew by and I was not ready to come back quite yet.

Ranch Road #5

Trail Lounge - Christmas Valley, OR

Paisley Perk - Paisley, OR

Geoglyph #1 - Summer Lake

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Some new ICM abstracts from the last month or so. All but the Littoral Zone were shot with my E-P2/pinhole set up. Range Fire combines pinhole images with a straight photograph. The last one was a combination of digital images, iPod images and iPad apps.

Ancient Seas #12

Solar Transit

Range Fire

Littoral Zone

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Some recent shots from the Oregon Coast using the iPod 5G and Hipstamatic camera app with a lens/film combination of Jane/Black Keys B+W. Processing was done in SnapSeed on my iPad 4G.

Alex & Maria #1

Inbound - Newport

Jack on the Rocks

Shooting Stars

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


A few photos from the family picnic on the 4th. All were captured using the iPod Touch 5G and  Hipstamatic app. Settings: Lens - Tinto 1884, Film - Black Keys B+W film.

I keep being drawn back to this lens/film combination.  It does have some of the qualities that toy camera and Lensbaby work has, and yet seems even more primal. For some reason these qualities touch me in a way that straight photography rarely does. I don't know why the film is called a B+W because there are always some areas of very desaturated color in the photo. I do like the end result, however I can do without the frame, and have been thinking about removing it from the images for  printing.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LaSells Show

Some of my ICM work is in a Albany Artists show "10x10" at the LaSells Center on the Oregon State University campus. If you are in the area please stop by.  It is a great showing of the many talented people in the mid-valley area and includes painting, pastel, photography, and paper constructions. Please pass the information along to others that might be interested. Thanks - Kurt

Monday, June 9, 2014

New ICM Abstracts

I got pulled away from doing these with my exploration of mobile photography and have finally gotten back to working on these two. I had hoped to be able to combine this style of working with the iPod/iPad, but so far have not been able sort out the workflow. We'll see if it comes to pass in the future.

Ancient Seas #8

Ancient Seas #11

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Reteo Style Attempts

Along with everything else, I have been try out the iPod Touch with Hipstamatic app to see if could find a way to achieve a toy camera look. I have been torn between what I have gotten using my M43 camera and the Lensbaby system, and the mobility of the iPod. There are so many choices in camera apps and within processing app that it has taken several months to get there. I think I have found the solution. Below are some earlier attempts using different lens/film combinations, and the final photo which was shot using the Tinto 1884 lens paired with the Black Keys BW film.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photo Abstraction

I have been reading about and viewing lots of abstract photography of late. There are several people on Flickr that have peaked my interest. The works by Ger Veuger, Carol Murray, and David Strom, are very well done, and always interesting. Here are a few abstracts that were shot using the iPod Touch 5G. The processing was kept really minimal using Snapseed on my iPad. They are a more formal approach that I have been doing of late, but still exciting to see pop up on the camera's LCD. It will be interesting to see if they hold up over time.

Water Street Abstract #1

Water Street Abstract #2

Water Street Abstract #3

Friday, April 4, 2014

A New Blog

I have created a new blog to showcase my exploration of digital painting. Please check it out if you have a interest in that type of work. Kurt

Desert Time #3

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Old Oak - Variations

Here are a few versions on a old oak tree from Talking Waters Garden in Albany, OR. They were shot using the iPod Touch 5G, and edited with various apps on the iPad. It is pretty amazing what you can do with the photo apps available for the phones and tablets. The biggest issue is the resolution if you are planing on producing prints or books. That will change I am sure over time. There are a few camera apps that will give you Tiff files that are 8x10 at 300ppi.

Old Oak - TWG v.1

Old Oak - TWG v.2

Morning Light - TWG

Tangled Oak - TWG