Thanksgiving Sunrise by Mark Andre

There are those precious few moments when you can get completely lost in the moment. Sunrise has always been that time for me. With all the haze drifting from the west coast and the perfect low clouds, Mother Nature put on a show. The low clouds meant that the sunrise was brief. For just a few moments sun exploded underneath the clouds while the waters of the reflecting pool stayed pristinely still.

Venturing into Medium Format by Mark Andre

A few of you may have been following my journey into film since acquiring a Minolta X-700. I have been having fun with it, but never quite got the image quality out of it I wanted. I began the search for another Camera and settled on jumping into medium format film and the Bronica ETRS system.

I haven’t fully kitted out the system yet, but so far, so good! The depth and image quality are definitely closer to what I’m looking for from analog photography. The image below come from my first few rolls varying between Kodaks Portra and Ektar film stocks.

Art at the Hirshhorn on Ektar 100

The Moon and the Sky, Ektar 100

East Wing of the National Gallery, Portra 400

Sun Falling on an Empty Fountain, Ektar 100

Fall Sunrise by Mark Andre

With the clocks turning back, fall colors have finally hit DC. I was out with some friends to catch Sunrise this morning and it was beautiful! The sun washed the tidal basin in an amazing glow popping the reds, yellows, and oranges beyond explanation.

Hopefully you had a chance to get out today and catch the beautiful weather before the leaves are all gone!

Pulse at the Hirshhorn by Mark Andre

This morning I had the chance to check out a brand new series of installations opening at the Hirshhorn Museum November 1st.

The three pieces by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer exploring the relationship of Biometric Technology routinely associated with privacy invasion to us in a more comfortable context.

The pieces all beg the user to scan their fingerprints and take their pulse. The scans and heartbeats then become a part of the exhibition. The wall takes on the unique ridges and loops of all their users.

The second room is filled with three tanks of water. Each tank has multiple input points where users pulses are captured and transferred into the water where the light shining on the surface reflects the motion up and onto the wall. The interaction of the different inputs and waves with the shadows of the others moving along the gallery.

The final piece is the most impressive. In a dark room filled with incandescent bulbs that pulse with the heartbeat of the person at the pedestal, all the other users are left marveling at the peaceful space. When no one is connected, each of the previous pulses is shown in one of the bulbs.

Opening November 1st, the installation is sure to be a hit with everyone who visits. Be sure to head to the museum to check it out.

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