Thursday, September 22, 2016

Eclectic Gathering...

As an artist, I'm always looking to make my photographs stand out, not just for the viewer, but also for myself. In my journey, I have had a tendency to lean my images a bit to the raw side with an attitude, seeking out ways to make my work different from the norm. I don't mind breaking the rules as long as it's pleasing to the eye.

This image is from my "Metal Exposed" show in Carmel during Monterey Car Week this past August. It's a 16" x 24" dye-infused print on aluminum with a double float backed by 20" x 28" bright brushed aluminium. The image is an A/P called "Eclectic Gathering" as the 356 cars sit next to each other as to be talking among themselves. If one only knew what the conversion was about...

Eclectic Gathering
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, $995 + Tax, shipping included anywhere in the continental U.S. or Canada.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tent Shows, and Galleries, and Race Cars...Oh my!

It's certainly been a busy time. First doing ArtWalk at Liberty Station, unpacking general interest photographs that night as the show ended, then repacking my automotive photographs the same night for a trip up north the next day to show in a Carmel gallery during Monterey Car Week. Wow...I need a breather!

Really, what I want to say, is a big "Thank You" to all of you that came to ArtWalk, and the gallery in Carmel to say hi. And an even bigger thanks to those of you that added to your fine art collection by leaving with one of my pieces! We had a great time, didn't we?

BTW: If you want to see my pieces from ArtWalk or from the "Metal Exposed" show in Carmel, please check out my photo site at: JohnStraubImageWorks.com

"Metal Exposed" at Gallery by the Sea Carmel

Friday, August 12, 2016

You're Invited to a Special Show!

One of the favorite times of the year for gearheads, Monterey Car Week! Porsche's, Ferrari's, Lambo's, Cobra's and more gather for an all out car fest of shows, auctions, racing, parties, and just flat out looking at everything with four wheels.

Now here's the exciting news for JohnStraubImageWorks. I'm having a show and rolling out a limited edition line of fine art automotive photographs called "Metal Exposed" August 16 - August 21, hosted by one of the top ten galleries in Carmel, California and you are invited!


So please take some time from racing at Laguna, the Porsche Works Reunion, the Concorso Italiano, the Exotics on Cannery Row, the auctions, the Carmel Concours, and the Pebble Beach Tour, and come into the gallery to check out my art. Speaking of the Pebble Beach Tour, that's the day of my art reception. So come early to get parking, check out the cars parked on Ocean Avenue and then come to the reception.

Here's the info on the gallery. It's the top photographic gallery in Carmel featuring the artwork of Michael Kent Lynberg called "Gallery by the Sea Carmel." It's on San Carlos between 5th and 6th. Avenues. The hours that they are open, 10:00-5:00 Monday-Saturday, 12:00-4:00 Sunday. You can check out Michael's beautiful art here, "Gallery by the Sea Carmel." 

I hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

ArtWalk Liberty Station

ArtWalk @ Liberty Station is returning to San Diego this weekend, August 13-14, and you're invited! Join me for a weekend filled with art, food, live entertainment, and fun for residents and visitors of all ages.

The 11th annual ArtWalk @ Liberty Station and will feature the works of over 200 artists from around the globe. The art on display will showcase every medium from painting, sculpture and glass work to fine jewelry and of course photography. Attendees will also be able to enjoy live music, delicious street food options and a wine and beer pavilion in a beautiful al fresco setting. So, don't forget to come by my tent, number 504 and see some cool new images. Who knows you may decide to take one home with you. Here's one that just speaks to me, a limited edition...

"Cafe 11" is a 24" x 36" archival print and framed.
ArtWalk @ Liberty Station will be held at Liberty Station's Ingram Plaza, 2645 Historic Decatur Road (corner of Historic Decatur and Roosevelt Road). The fine art festival will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on August 13 & 14 and attendance is free. For more information, please visit https://www.artwalksandiego.org/liberty station/

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/