Mini-Narratives in Acadia

I’ve finally completed a fairly significant item on my to do list: an ebook highlighting my photos and my experience of being artist in residence for Acadia National Park. I’ve created a photo ebook for every residency I’ve been a part of; a practice I plan on continuing.

This time I tried to approach my composition of the book from a slightly different perspective. Rather than orchestrate the book around the linear narrative of my time in the park, I instead chose my top 10 locations and wrote some quick stories to accompany my photos. Since the Schoodic Peninsula is a lesser known portion of Acadia, I kind of see it as an unofficial guide to the must see portions of that area of the park.

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A view of my Lightroom window as I was building the ebook.

I’m also working on getting this ebook in the Kindle bookstore on Amazon, along with the ebooks from my last 3 residencies. I haven’t decided on the price I’ll be offering them for just yet, but the good news is, you don’t need to worry about it. If you’re on my mailing list, I plan on sending out a free copy to your inbox very shortly. If you aren’t on my mailing list yet to receive a monthly newsletter from me, head over to my website, benpanter.com, scroll down to the bottom and enter in your email. Then I’ll be happy to include you in this giveaway.

And as a side note, I did make this same ebook as a print book as well, though I haven’t decided yet if I’ll make that available to buy, or just order a copy for my own records. If you haven’t ever made a book through Blurb.com, I’d highly recommend it. The process is simple and rewarding.

I’m also working on getting my favorite images ready to print. It is not easy to narrow down thousands of photos, down to hundreds of potentials to be edited, down to a hundred for a book, down to just a handful to make available as prints. Below are just a few of my favorites. Ultimately I’d like to keep it to just about 15 of the true, stand out images.

I’ve always slacked when it comes to getting images ready to print and sell on my site. I’m always one to try a diy solution rather than something off the shelf, but I’m learning that in some areas, it’s just not worth it. So, I’m looking into more automated print selling solutions. One that I recently started checking out is Crated.com. I really like that they focus on just selling prints, rather than lots of other random tchotchkes¬†like they do at redbubble and society6. Crated prices seem really reasonable, and of course they claim great print quality. Have you every ordered a print from them. I’d be very curious to hear your experience.

Goin’ Someplace Special Project

This semester, on top of teaching two classes at RCBC (Intro to Art and Photo 101), I had another opportunity to do a teaching residency through Rutgers – Camden Center for the Arts. For 9 weeks, once a week I’ve been visiting 4 3rd grade classrooms in a Camden charter school. Whenever I get an opportunity like this, I always want to lead the kids in a project that they would never be able to do if I wasn’t visiting, and since my wife is a k-3 art teacher, I have a pretty good idea of the range of projects that elementary students typically accomplish.
So, the project I led them in was a 3 color reduction print-making project of their self portraits. Week by week I led each student through the process. Some of the steps are fairly advanced for 3rd graders to be doing together in a group setting, but I think the final results are awesome. To finish it off, I digitized each of their prints and combined them into a 3×13 foot banner displaying every student that did the project. The text, “we are going someplace special” relates to the book that went along with this project “Goin’ Someplace Special”.
I’m proud of these students for sticking with it even when it got tough and I think this banner will make for a great addition to the school.

Below I’m including some of the best individual prints.

Post-RMNP

I’m currently in post-production with all my images from the residency. It is a huge task to sort and select, and then select again before deciding which images will go all the way through to a final edit and eventual print or selection for the book. It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been home and I’m just now getting to the place of doing a final editing run on some of my images.

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Screen shot of 5 images I was working on tonight

Tonight I was specifically working on the images that I will turn into engineer prints and give to 4 of my kickstarter backers. I’m glad to finally be fine tuning adjustments (yay for masking!) and I can’t wait until I see the final prints. If you don’t know, an engineer print is basically a giant xerox, so you end up with a black and white image that has a low-fi look. My images will be printed 3ft x 4ft and I’m pretty sure they’ll look awesome.

Next I’ll be working on finalizing the images that I’ll be giving to backers as inkjet prints. I’ll also be making all those images available for sale on my website.

Thanks for staying tuned.

Acceptance into Perkins’ Works on Paper show

That’s right! A recent work of Ben’s has been accepted into a show! This is in the well-known Perkins Center for the Arts which is located in Moorestown, NJ. This particular work is a long, vertical print- NOT a photograph. And the exhibition is entitled Works on Paper. More information (dates, photos, etc) to be forthcoming.

[by] melissa

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