Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Feature Article in PhotoEd Magazine

I have long been a fan of PhotoEd Magazine. I was first alerted to this publication when my friend and fellow photographer, Angela Marklew, was featured in their book arts issue. I have submitted to them twice, and the first time I had one of my Polaroid transfers featured in their Reader's Gallery. I blogged about it here.

The second time I submitted, they were looking for portfolio submissions by photographers who were working in historic processes. I contacted Felix Russo, the magazine's publisher, and asked if Polaroid processes would be considered. He was looking for photographers working in all alternative processes and asked me to submit some of my tranfer work. I sent him two bodies of work, my Seeing Double Polaroid Spectra Series, and Personally Created Iconic Memories (which I need to upload to Picasa or Flickr...). Six images from Iconic Memories were selected to appear in the magazine and I was asked to write about the series. I received both a contributor's credit on the magazine's masthead, as a writer, and then had my article in the contents and in the magazine.

No matter how many times I have seen my work in print, as a professional photographer, it is always exciting. I am thrilled to be in full color, across two pages, of this wonderful Canadian publication. And especially to be in THIS issue. It is the 25 issue, called Photography Revisited. It features many talented photographers working in processes from albumen printing to cyanotype toning to pinhole and toy camera photography. I have read about half way through the issue, and I can't wait to get online to check out even more of these artists' work.

Here is Mr. Russo's editorial for this issue:
"With this issue we celebrate a milestone, our 25th issue — a good time to reflect on what photography is and why photographers are fascinated with their art of choice. PhotoEd has always considered that photography is not a singular activity with a uniform approach. In fact, one of the lures of photography is the almost infinite paths that it offers to anyone setting out on a journey of photographic exploration. The sum total of all photographic discoveries, inventions, and processes are available for you to discover. The relation of past processes and present practices is symbiotic—mutually beneficial. Encompass the entirety of photography and you will be rewarded with many rich experiences. Thank you for taking PhotoEd along on your journey and for your support over the years.

The fall 2009 issue of PhotoEd will be a survey of post-secondary colleges, universities, and professional schools offering an education in photography. Consider having your school featured in this issue. Students attending these schools are welcome to submit their portfolios. The photographic universe is expanding at an accelerating pace and education will be your ticket to this new world."

If you are a student, what are you waiting for? Get together your best work and submit to PhotoEd....

I am a photographer for exactly the reason Mr. Russo talks about in his editorial. Photography doesn't present just one option, it is compilation of all things within its history. The options are unlimited, the possibilities endless. It is never the same. I am obsessed with photography. It is my passion. I am so grateful to be able to turn my passion into something that speaks to others.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

National Pinhole Photography Day

Detail #3 by IMRE BECSI

Yippee!! I have to admit, in all of my time as a student of photography, which started in high school, went through two university degrees, and now I teach, I have never made or used a pinhole camera. It is on my list of things to do... which is what I love so much about photography, there are so many possibilities when it comes to processes. Anyway, I want to get into pinhole photography. And since I am such a Polaroid addict, I think I will either buy a Polaroid pinhole camera or make one. When I was researching for this post, I found several very helpful and generous how-tos on making a Polaroid pinhole camera. Check them out, and if you make one, and use it, sent me some photos so I can blog about you.

How to Make a Polaroid Pinhole from Make Magazine.

How to Make a Pinhole Polaroid Camera by DuChamp on Flickr.

Pimp My Polaroid on Silverbased Blog.

Where to Buy A Polaroid Pinhole Camera (Daylab).

A Polaroid pinhole can use Fuji instant films.

Here are some wonderful images I found online made with Polaroid pinhole cameras... Just click on the info below each photograph to be taken to that person's website or blog.

Dandelions By Adrian Hanft

Pinhole 24 by Moominsean

By Katier

By Cecil Rimes

Fish Market by Marcelo Saraiva

I hope you are inspired! Now go, make some images...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Boats Adrift in Stockholm

These lovely boats were bobbing near shore in Stockholm, Sweden.
Image by Tiffany Teske

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


This image is from a long running series of Polaroid transfers incorporating people, fruits, and vegetables. One day, I will get an album of these images together and post it to the left as a slide show. This is a lovely image that may be my favorite from the pear series.
Image by Tiffany Teske

Monday, April 20, 2009

Chain - Ottawa

I love the little details. They draw me in, make me bend down for a closer look. This is a chain, used to hold open the door of a cathedral in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is part of a series of images I made of the Hintonburg Area of the city.
Image by Tiffany Teske

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tulips - Ottawa Parliment

Ottawa's Tulip Festival is an event that people flock to from all over the world. Since I lived in such close proximity to Ottawa for several years, I was able to spend a lot of time photographing the tulips. I am itching for spring, since here in the Canadian Rockies we still have snow...
Images by Tiffany Teske

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Self Portraits with My Babes

Images by Tiffany Teske

I took these images of my 2 1/2 year old daughter and my blossoming belly, which contains another little girl, whom we can't wait to meet. I love having the time to spend with my girl. To photograph her, and myself in the process. Here is an image of the Polaroids developing...

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Bliss Was Paralyzing - Emulsion Lift

I shot this image at my friend's wedding in Maine, in 2005. I made it into an emulsion lift later. I want to do a whole series from her wedding, all very universal images, that anyone who has been a bride can relate to but at the same time are very personal to her.
Image copyright Tiffany Teske

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I photographed this at the Common Ground Fair in Maine.
Image copyright Tiffany Teske.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

She Was Feeling Brave - Norway

I shot this while in Hammerfest, Norway.
Image copyright Tiffany Teske.

This image is available for purchase here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Naked Light

Polaroid Transfer by Tiffany Teske.

This image is available for purchase here.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

SX-70 Base for Daylab For Sale

In light of the blog post below, the one about manipulatable SX-70 film being available through PolaPremium, I wanted to post about the SX-70 base I have for sale. I have two of these, both nearly new, because I bought one and then I bought a Daylab 35 in an online auction and the base it came with was SX-70. I am selling it for $100 with free shipping. Daylab still sells them for $199 + $10 shipping. Here is my listing on Etsy.


Image by Futurowoman

Ok, so maybe I have been living under a rock, but I was under the impression that there were no longer any viable sources for FRESH SX-70 film. The last time I had bought some, it was Special Blend, available through PolaPremium. I had not seen it available for some time. Then, I got my trusty PolaPremium e-newsletter, thank goodness, and I see that they are now offering a film called TZ Artistic, which fits into SX-70 cameras, and you can manipulate it!! Wow! My SX-70 cameras and base for my Daylab need rot on the shelf anymore! The link above brings you to the site. You get 8 pieces of film for $21 US. And, as many a PolaPremium shopper knows, they are located in Europe. BUT, they will now be shipping to US customers from within the US. This means $9, 2 day shippings, instead of $24. Now go check out the the image gallery to see the creamy colors and instant vintage look of this incredible film...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ahhhh, Rejection....

Go Fly Away Home, Mixed Media Piece, by Tiffany Teske

Never a fun thing, but it is better to have tried and to be rejected than to never have lifted a finger to try. I take rejection in stride. You never know what other things may come from it. I have a friend who even made an art exhibit based on rejection. I am a bit funny when I am contacted via email by a place I have submitted to. It takes me awhile to even open the email, not sure whether I have been accepted or rejected. Once the initial realization of the reality is processed, it is pretty easy to move on...

Tremendous Journey, Mixed Media Piece, by Tiffany Teske

Anyway, I have submitted my recycled mixed media series, Wanderlust, to Cloth, Paper, Scissors. The reason I am writing about it here is that each of the pieces, which are made on record album jackets, has some form of one of my Polaroid transfers or Polaroids on it. Either as an original transfer or as a copy in a bamboo tile. I just made a slide show of the images to the left, if you would like to see them. And the Artist Statement for the Series is below...

Road Trip, Mixed Media Piece, by Tiffany Teske

Artist's Statement for Wanderlust:

Long before talk of fossil fuels and the environmental footprint of travel dominated the news, people have had the need to explore their surroundings and beyond. This wanderlust is practical for some, while for others it is about adventure, curiosity, and a need to have new experiences. The reason that people travel, both now and in the past, are many. I seek to explore these reasons in my newest body of mixed media work. Using recycled materials, including Polaroid transfers made for past exhibitions, I have created a series of collages on 12 1/4" by 12 1/4" thrifted record album jackets. As someone who suffers from a serious need to roam and to learn new things, the concept of wanderlust appeals to me. As someone who is currently grappling with the present state of our world and how best to explore it while keeping my environmental impact to a minimum, I am presenting an alternative to actual travel for the viewer. My hope is that these works will provide you with a green way to wander, by using your imagination in collaboration with my visuals.


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CanArtisan Blog Feature

On the Road Again Original Polaroid transfer by Tiffany Teske
This image is available for purchase here.

The other day, while checking out the forums for my Etsy teams, I spotted a link for CanArtisan. It is a blog that features the work of "talented, independent Canadian business owners with a passion for creativity and the handmade." It is a new blog that also features a shop directory so you can buy Canadian made. I signed up to have my shop listed there and was pleasantly surprised when I received word from Brandi, of CanArtisan, that my Polaroid transfer of Minis in Australia was featured in a post yesterday. On Tuesdays they feature items for the guys, which is such a great idea. Guys shop, too! Cheers to you and thanks for putting together such a great blog!