Monday, November 28, 2011

Hip Coffee Table: Part II

Now, on to the messy part.

Step 11: Elevate table above a sheet to protect the floor, tape edges of the coffee table:

Step 12: Prepare to mix epoxy. Safety first!

Step 13: Mix resin and hardener vigorously for 2 minutes:

Step 14: Make a mess/spread as evenly as possible on the table in the 10 or 15 minutes before epoxy starts to harden:

Step 15: Make a lil plastic tent to protect the table from dust while it dries (this takes a few hours to set completely and a few days to fully harden):

Step 16: The finished, shiny product!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Hip Coffee Table: Part I

Sometimes it's nice to put down your real camera.

Inspiration: Mr. Anthony Soufflé left the top of his Ikea coffee table at my house when he took off for Illinois (he took the legs). He had previously varnished a copy of the New York Times on the table - the Damon Winter Hipstamatic photos from Afghanistan front page. I wanted to do something else with it, and inspiration came to me while laying in bed one night. Hipstamatic photo collage coffee table. Why not?

Step 1: Solicit help from friends with iPhones. Thank you Chris Detrick, Trent Nelson, Djamila Grossman, Ramin Rahimian, Nicholas Draney, Matt Nager, Anthony Soufflé and my sister, Kaleigh, for contributing to my insanity:

Step 2: Google "epoxy" and "polymer" and figure out what those things are. Procure necessary supplies:

Step 3: Make vague estimation of how many photos will physically fit on the table and pick favorites:

Step 4: Size all the photos, because Costco doesn't do custom sizes or fit-to-scale, apparently. Order prints:

Step 5: Trim all photos to square. Get blisters. Decide, on a more realistic level, how many and which photos will go on the table (sorry, Trent):

Step 6: Decide just how many photos of Mike Terry are appropriate on one coffee table:

Step 7: Make vague estimation of layout for photos:

Step 8: Test adhesive methods:

Step 9: Test Polytex solution in well-ventilated area. Protect area from cats:

Step 10: Initially attach photos with tape and trim the edges:

That's it so far. The Polytex "liquid glass" takes several hours to set on the test piece, then I will know the best way to go about adhering and sealing the Hipstamatic prints on the actual table. Until tomorrow!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sgt. Bitton & Radar

Sgt. Chris Bitton of the Weber County Sheriff's Office gets a smooch from his Belgian Malinois police dog, Radar, at a park in West Haven on their last day of work Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. After 20 years with Weber County, Bitton is leaving to work for the UTA police. Radar, who is 10 years old and primarily became a narcotics dog after losing his canines, will retire to Bitton's backyard.

In Between 3

Friday, November 11, 2011

Aspen Hill Cemetery, Revisited

In 2005, I photographed and light painted (with the master of lighting Dave Black) at Aspen Hill Cemetery in Jackson, Wyo. as part of the Fall Photography at the Summit workshop. I tagged along on a freelance assignment and photo adventure with Djamila Grossman in Jackson last weekend and went back to the cemetery to visit some of the same graves and make photographs. Beautiful snow. Strange things people leave their dead. And nothing much had changed...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Día de los Muertos

Students from Weber State University brought flowers to lay on graves and then cleaned and raked leaves at Ogden City Cemetery to celebrate Dia de los Muertos today.