|Tomatoes, Painting Against Wall, 2012 -- John Chervinsky|
Blackmon. Also on exhibit, is a selection of new color works by John Chervinsky from his series “Studio Physics.” An engineer working in applied physics, Chervinsky's photographic work is an investigation into the nature of time, light, space and gravity.
In honor of Chervinksky’s exhibit at photo-eye he has agreed to tell us a little more about the making of one of his images - Tomatoes, Painting Against Wall, 2012.
|Action Painting II -- Mark Tansey|
|Original tomato photograph|
This particular setup is illuminated by two laboratory grade stroboscopes made by General Radio. These repeating strobes are capable of producing flash durations as fast as 100 nanoseconds and are therefore capable of freezing a moving bullet. They are however, very directional and not typically intended to light a scene. I solved that problem by using consumer grade fluorescent light diffusers that I obtained from the hardware store.
Eventually I made a stroboscopic photograph depicting the motion of tomato as pendulum onto transparency film. I scanned and cropped that image to the inside of the picture frame and emailed a jpeg of it to a painting factory in China. I asked them to send pictures of this painting as it was being produced, figuring that I could influence its direction. Instead, they sent an image of the completed painting along with a series illustrating its progress after the painting was completed. Still, I felt very lucky that they did so at all, as any extra requests or questions that go beyond a business interaction, are usually met with silence.
|Tomato painting in progress in painting factory in China|
|Tomato painting in progress with finished painting|
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For more information on John Chervinsky's photographs, please contact Anne Kelly at photo-eye Gallery by email or by calling (505) 988-5152 x202.