Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Flâneur Before & After

The winds that have come with the January rains may occasionally blow my windows open, and the hair from Callie's cat may jam up the printer once in a while, but I've still managed to spend a good chunk of the month working in the studio printing and editing and sequencing "Arcana." That project is pretty much wrapped up (I just have to decide on including a handful of images and one possible re-shoot) and now my focus has turned to "Flâneur."

To digress for a moment, I generally create a new printing technique for each of my projects — without being too technical, this can include large choices, such as black & white or color, what kinds of papers (watercolor or Luster), how I work with the images digitally (Lightroom or Photoshop) how I work the images inside those programs (for instance, curves or levels for dodging). While I always strive desperately to avoid trying to be the photographic equivilant of prog rock's overly technical noodling, I do pride myself on being a good craftsman. "Flâneur" is probably the most subtle project I've shot which curiously means that my printing technique has to be even more refined than normal so as to avoid being overly flashy (such as "Bridges of Desire"'s highly-wrought grainy images).

As I sit here staring thoughtfully at test strips, I figured it would be interesting for those of you who follow my work to take a look at some before and after comparisons of some of the new pieces I'm currently printing. The first image is directly from the RAW as shot and the second is as printed.

"Faded ‘Bar at the Folies Bergères’" (As Shot)
Eron Rauch, 2011

"Faded ‘Bar at the Folies Bergères’" (As Printed)
Eron Rauch, 2011
Archival Inkjet Print



"Bird" (As Shot)
Eron Rauch, 2011
Archival Inkjet Print

"Brid" (As Printed)
Eron Rauch, 2011
Archival Inkjet Print




"Garage" (As Shot)
Eron Rauch, 2011
Archival Inkjet Print

"Garage" (As Printed)
Eron Rauch, 2011
Archival Inkjet Print



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Falling Star, Fallen Angels" Mix by DJ Harmless


After some encouragement from my friends I have made a DJ mix to celebrate being retired from spinning records for a decade. My old DJ name was DJ Harmless and I mostly spun parties and clubs around Chicago and Minneapolis from ages 17-21. Mostly spun lots of bad trance at first, but a couple of friends I made in the scene got me interested in jazzy house and more sophisticated techno (and even some drum and bass) — Jose and Shannon, wherever you are, you gave me good taste in dance music. From there, I got burnt out and stop playing the club and party scene pretty quickly, being more of an introvert focused on loving the music (specially the IDM scene), and finally quit all together during art undergrad for photography, selling my tables and records when money was in direly short supply. Not having to worry pleasing anyone elseThis mix grabs lots of diverse, dark, glitchy, sub-pounding elements to titillate both your mind and groove. It was a fun experience learning the new software-based mixing methods, since I only ever spun on vinyl, and I want to say thanks to Callie, for bringing the idea of doing a new mix up at Royksopp concert, and for Mixmaster Massey and DJ Softcore for constantly encouraging/harassing me over beers to make a comeback and though out a new mix.

You can download an mp3 of the mix, "Falling Stars, Fallen Angels," here.

Or, I posted it to stream on Mixcloud! Whoo, technology!

Anyway, on a personal note I turned 31 yesterday, and I'm mostly huddled in the studio trying to make as much art as possible (also play lots of AI Wars) while Callie gets better in Maryland. I miss her encouragement and love of life every day! She's doing an amazing job getting better and will be home soon though!