Monthly Archives: September 2007


Today, I picked up two promising books from the library: Photography and the Art of Seeing and Photographing the World Around You, both by Freeman Patterson.

Why? By accident, mostly. I was actually looking for a book on comic book art. I was reading an article talking about the graphic-novel-inspired compositions that are used to film Heroes, and I wanted to see if I could incorporate some of these elements in my photography.

But I didn’t find anything that interested me. So I started poking around the photography section instead, and found these books. I’ve just started the first, and one of the things that Patterson talks about is freely experimenting. And, of course, with a digital camera, there’s absolutely no reason not to.

The experiment that interested me the most was over/underexposing photos by 3 stops. And, while I feel the results were interesting and taught me something, I don’t think I got anything worth posting. But I did get two other pictures.

The first was inspired (loosely) by a story Patterson told about photographing spiderwebs. He mentions trying different angles and composition with the goal of capturing the emotive impact of the spiderweb, not just a documentary recording of the web’s shape. As I was reading this, the fading light was shining through some potted plants by our front window, and I took a dozen pictures of one of the plants. The result:

The second picture I got was of a small porcelain leopard that I’ve photographed many times, but this shot’s different that others that I’ve taken:

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A Korean cockroach

Actually, it’s supposedly some form of ground beetle.

Origami ground beetle

Model by John Montroll. Folded from diagrams found in Origami For The Connoisseur. (I absolutely cannot spell “connoisseur” without looking it up.) I used a 20 cm square of fairly thin hanji. This was only the second time I’ve folded the model – the first time was a few days before, from a 15cm square of ordinary origami paper (often referred to as kami), just to get a feel for what the folding sequence was. That paper was too thick to properly finish the legs and antennae, but I had no problem when using the hanji.

Here there be dragons.

Well, one dragon, anyway:

I have an intermittent fascination with Origami. It’s reached what’s probably an all-time high: Yesterday I drove all the way across the city to an art supply store and purchased a variety of paper, including a couple huge (24″ x 36″) sheets of hanji, paper handmade in Korea from the bark of the mulberry tree. When I got home, I turned some of it into a dragon.