Thursday, April 29, 2010

Neighborhood Topography

Neighborhood Topography, originally uploaded by quercus design.
When I was a kid I used to ride around my street on a turquoise bike with a banana seat and a white wicker basket with plastic flowers on it, taking pictures of houses with a Brownie camera. When I got older I had a red ten-speed and a plastic Kodak Instamatic, and I took pictures of houses all over town. The photos almost never looked the way I wanted them to, and I had no idea what was missing. Mostly they were awful, but I never threw them away. I never threw anything away! Then I turned 40, realized I was turning into my mother, and started vigorously either using things or getting rid of them. These particular photos are square-format prints from the late 70s and early 80s, incorporated into a series of drawings I've worked on for several years, exploring synchronicity between topography, geology, cartography and other ways of creating and defining landforms. (In my last 'life' I was a landscape architect. Technically I still am, but I haven't practiced for a couple of years. Long story.) A couple of them showed up in my last post.
Neighborhood Topography (detail)

 There are more detail photos on my Flickr page. If you click the photos they will take you there.
1970s photos process-printed on Kodak paper, Higgins black India ink (both waterproof and non-w), Higgins Calligraphy ink, Sakura Micron pens, Pilot Precise pens, Arches watercolor paper.

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