Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Art Al Fresco at Grossmont

"Art Al Fresco" is a preview of ArtWalk Liberty Station. Why am I posting about it? Well, I was one of 12 local artist invited to show at Grossmont Center in La Mesa this coming Saturday, July 30th, between 10:00am to 3:00pm.  It will be located in the center of the mall and is intended to be a preview for the upcoming Liberty Station ArtWalk in August. So come on out and check the artists showing sculpture, oil, canvas, jewelry, glass, and photography. I've been busy getting prints ready to go, so I hope to see you for a day filled with art and color!

Some of the matted prints available.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Shooting from the Heart

I tend to photograph from the heart, which is very different than working with your head. When I spot a scene that stirs my soul, whether it's automotive, roadside relics, or even plants, I photograph it. Then it's on to the computer, where I start working on the texture, value scale, and colors in post-processing. Here's an example, shot on a walk with my wife in La Jolla one warm sunny afternoon. We were making our way down a small dirt path on the edge of a cliff overlook when looking down it stopped me in my tracks with its unique shapes, opening to the sun and saying, "I dare you to touch me." As usual, my photograph, a little raw with some attitude.

Botanical Blend #6
This is from my "Botanical Collection " collection and is printed on archival paper. The image is 12"x 12" and is matted, with a black museum frame 16"x 16", ready to hang, and enjoy.

You may purchase it here and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I will refund the shipping. $275 + $30 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Capture...

I love surprises. This was one for my friend, Kaid. Some time ago he asked me to get a shot of him vintage racing his Alfa. An Alfa that had trophied back in the day at Autodroma Nazionale Monza, Italy. A special car, indeed.

I'm sure Kaid had forgotten the ask, but I hadn't. After shooting at numerous vintage races, I captured the one I wanted to present to him. Enjoy, Kaid!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Retro Fair...

Retro, well not really. Only one year old. Shot at the San Diego County Fair...

Walking the midway zone early in the morning before the rides started taking on their passengers. I noticed the motionless Ferris wheel. As I stood at the bottom gazing up, it reminded me of a vintage ride from the past, maybe from Europe or a small mid-west town fair. Fairs I love. The smell of corn dogs, fried chicken, apple pie, sounds of kids screaming on the rides. and the smell of animals all blend in just fine...

This is from my "Fabricated Curiosities" collection and is an archival print. The image is 8" x 8" and is matted, with a black museum wood frame 12" x 12", ready to hang and enjoy in your B/W collection.

You may purchase it here for $85.00 plus shipping and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I'll refund the shipping of $25.00 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. This one Sold.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Shooting Pictorialism

I've always been drawn to "Pictorialism" for some reason when it comes to photography. It just resonates with me. In definition, it's an approach to photography with a soft-focus such as this gas station that emphasizes beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the documentation of reality. Maybe it's my underlying desire to go back to slower times, as this was the hallmark of photographers in the first decades of the 20th century. Some of the greats that started shooting this way were; Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. They would later reject the painterly atmospherics of pictorialism and set a course of sharper focus followed by the rest of the photographic world.

"Cafe 11"  © John Straub
This image was shown for the first time at Art Walk in Little Italy in May. It's from my "Road Side Salvage" collection and is archival pigment on high quality archival paper. There are two sizes available, a 16"x 24" for $95.95 plus $20.00 postage and 24"x 36" for $210.00 plus $20.00 postage shipped within the US or Canada. The larger of the two is signed and numbered out of a limited edition of 25. Both will come ready to be matted and framed.

Sizes Available

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sometimes They get Printed...

Most photographs I make are personal pictures and never end up in print. Sometimes they do, as this one did, went on to show, and on to a collector in Corning, New York. Oftentimes, however, they are simply photographs I hope resonate. They end up on Facebook, or here. I guess the moral to the story is, that if you see something I post and you would like a print. Feel free to contact me.

A/P and one of one printed, © John Straub  



Thursday, May 12, 2016

On the road...Decaying Dreams #14

I shoot this area a lot, and decided to take a detour off the main road and into the community of Salton Sea Beach. Just the name attracts. Turning onto Desert Dr. I came across this triple wide. The look I love. One of those places where you imagine what memories there were. How hauntingly appropriate the ghostly clouds look over the corner of Desert Dr. and Frontier St.

Decaying Dreams #14
This is from my "Decaying Dreams" collection and is archival pigment on cotton rag B/W paper. The image is 12"x 18" and is matted, with a black museum frame 18"x 24", ready to hang and enjoy in your B/W collection. It's the A/P out of a limited edition of 25, signed and was shown at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.

You may purchase it here and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I will refund the shipping. $395 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.

Monday, May 2, 2016

"Open Desert" at Palm Spring Art Museum, and Welcome

First, I would like to welcome my new subscribers from last weekends Art Walk in Little Italy and say "thank you" for taking an interest in my photography!

Well, I'm pretty jazzed about this email received from the Palm Springs Art Museum concerning the upcoming "Open Desert" show.

"Dear John Straub,

We are pleased to inform you that a selection from your submission has been accepted to exhibit as part of the photographic slide show developed for OPEN DESERT Music and Photographic Arts Showcase.

We hope you can join us at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater.  The event will feature an international selection of photographic submissions projected in collaboration with the explosive musical talent of: Drum Hall, Tribesmen, Caxton, and Mike Pygmie Ensemble.

Congratulations!"


This will be coming from my B/W series called "Decaying Dreams." I've spent quite a bit of time documenting some of the conditions around the Salton Sea, an area of California that has suffered badly with the drought. If you would like info on the show, here is a link: http://opendesert.org/

Friday, April 22, 2016

"Mission Federal Art Walk 2016" is here...


"Mission Federal Art Walk, Little Italy" is just around the corner, in fact, it's going to hit us in the face. This April 30th through May 1st, Little Italy's vibrant streets will be spilling over with color for the 32nd year. It really does have something for every art lover and one of the things that makes it so special is, you get to meet the artists, over 350 of them. But, I'm not here to tell you about the other artists, I'm here to tell you I will have a booth full of sweet color botanical images, framed and ready to hang, as well as some special black and whites. You can preview some of my images on my site: JohnStraubImageWorks.com

So, come by, check out my art, in booth 318, at the corner of India and Cedar. You never know, you may find that unique image that you can't pass up.

Here's a link to Mission Federal Art Walk.

Friday, April 8, 2016

One of the Best...Dorothea Lange

When I think of photographers, my thoughts always turn to one of my favorites, Dorothea Lange. She was known best for her Depression-era photography for the Farm Security Administration. One of her best know images is one called "mere migante" (migrant mother), shot in 1936. The image was one of a woman holding her children under a tent in Nipomo, California. Lange had spent a month driving the central valley documenting what impact the federal programs had in the rural area, when she came upon the migrant camp. There's a link later where you can read in her own words what made her turn around on a rainy day when she saw a "Pea-Pickers Camp" sign on her way home from shooting. She only took 5 shots that day. One of them ending up to be her most iconic image.

Anyway, I was fascinated by the fact in this image, she was sitting on her car with camera in hand to get a shot.

Dorothea on her 1933 Ford Model C Wagon. The camera, Graflex 5x7  Series D. Photo credit Wikipedia

Friday, March 25, 2016

Speaking About Road Trips...Decaying Dreams #22

Yep, speaking about road trips in the last post, this image was captured while I was researching areas around the Salton Sea. I happened on this bullet ridden abandoned shack and water tower. Standing and staring, the bright silver belly tank perched upon the tower just spoke to me. I think the best images, impress some kind of emotion on the viewer. How about you?

Decaying Dreams #22

This is from my "Decaying Dreams " collection and is printed on special B/W archival paper. The image is 12"x 18" and is matted, with a black museum frame 18"x 24", ready to hang, and enjoy. It's the A/P out of a limited edition of 25, signed and was shown at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.

You may purchase it here and have it shipped to your door, or if you're in San Diego, pick it up at my studio on 30th Street, and I will refund the shipping. $395 + $40 to ship anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada. A/P SOLD.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

George Barris at Monterey Car Week

I was going to post about George Barris some time ago, but you know how things go...

I shot this about three years ago during the Monterey Car Week
 at the Automotive Fine Arts Society show at Pebble Beach. 
The self-proclaimed "King of the Kustomizers" passed away at his home in Encino, California last November 5th. He was 89, and even at that age he was a regular at car events, constantly shaking hands, signing autographs, and bringing his classic smile to warm the hearts of everyone. The last time I saw him was two years ago at the Los Angeles Auto show, and as I did always, posed to get a selfie with him.

George started out like a lot of us, building model cars and modifying them as a kid. It was only natural that he should do the same thing on a larger scale. He started a customizing business with his brother in Lynwood, L.A. after the war, there chopping and sectioning countless cars, including the era-defining Matranga 1940 Mercury and the Hirohata 1951 Mercury. He built cars for television shows as well as celebrities such as Sonny and Cher, Elton John, even John Wayne. He truly was a classic, just like the cars he created and I'm sure he will always be remembered by the rod and custom community. Godspeed, George!