Saturday, October 7, 2017

'Only an empty bucket can be refilled'


“Silence is the language of god, 
all else is poor translation.”

“What you seek is seeking you".

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing there is a field.
I'll meet you there".

The author of the above? 
Rumi

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/875661.Jalaluddin_Rumi

Monday, September 4, 2017

Beach Mirage

I did this darkroom print really quickly, simply - wasn't much impressed w/ the result immediately, but it has grown on me. Who is this huge figure in the distance, coming thru a misty tunnel?

Is this the begining of a zombie apocalypse movie?
Or something more benevolent?



Above, digital coloring


The source image for this, made at Ocean Beach, SF, CA., was on this roll/film.



The place is a magnet for anyone looking for an enlightening refreshing experience without having to go very far at all. I lived in SF from '92-2001, i spent many a dollar on bus fare going to and fro. That's all it took, a buck, RT ticket.

At the west side of town, it extends south for miles. It's landmark structure - Cliff House - has undergone numerous renovations. The Sutro Baths was a huge vault of a place, that took in ocean water in a controlled way for a frothy cold bath. Above both of those, Sutro Gardens. Adolf Sutro liked to name places after himself. The ruins of the Bath House still take in hi-tide seawater, a path north leads to several viewpoints, and trails lead down treacherous land to rocky beaches.






The same set-up - the glassy surface of wet sand - made for a roll or two of the waves, rippling back and forth against each other, very late in the day. It became the cover image for one of my books.





'Seeking the Vibe'



Hope you're enjoying the sand - there's plenty left - Stop in again!



Friday, July 21, 2017

More sand... and recording devices


The sand is a constant recording device.




It is washed clean with the the next high tide.


The earth itself is a recording device.

But you'd need to talk to a geologist to decipher it, and get an explanation. 
And it would only be temporary, geology is always open to revision.






Let's enjoy our short time here.

Climate change is for real.

We are polluting the planet beyond beyond any immediate repair.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

More sand - an Ocean Beach sculptor is at work




So here's this chunk of quasi-sandstone, fallen off a crumbling cliff at the beach. Someone has decided it's face is a canvas, so they carve - a palm tree.
Sand is a long time in the making, and has a long life cycle.
I remember my Mom taking us three kids to uncounted destinations in Maine north of us, and on the way back we stopped many times at 'The Rock Shop'. No music here, just rocks, of all kinds. There was always a tumbler at work. Nature has a tumbler too - it's called the ocean.







On a more serious note:
Excellent article, read it.
BTW, if you like the image at the top of the page 
(which was done in a traditional chemical darkroom and then handcolored), 
you should check out my website:

After many years of making darkroom photomontage (since the late 80's), and not being able to get arrested for it except for a few appearances in competitive group shows, and some assignment illustrations in various magazines ....I am designing & publishing books I make at Blurb with 'Bookify' - two of them are on Amazon, one is at Blurb.



'California Beach Trip':
On Amazon:


'Desert Trip'
On Amazon:


'Seeking the Vibe'
On Blurb:

Previews of all at:


I haven't run out of sand images quite yet....... stop in again :-)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Moonrise...


...and a love declared.

Humans use the sand as a canvas. (Check out April 18 post too.)



The only limit is imagination.
Personally, i think mother nature is a whole lot more creative.




Monday, May 15, 2017

More sand...


..and two micro-climates. You might not be familiar w/ the term, i don't know where else it is used except in The SF Bay area. A typical summer's day? In western SF, the fog is socked in, temp = 55 degrees.  A mile or so to the east in the business district and what's called 'soma' = 'south of market', it's sunny, mild and 25 degrees warmer.

'Microclimate'   
Delicately sculpted sand encloses a distant view, fog curling over the hills.

The sax player is busking at Ocean Beach's Cliff house.
 Fog is teasing him, sand encases him, sort of.

Here's a better view of that fog burnin' off. It's magical :-)

And to finish things off, two 'walkin' images.





Check out my self-published books:
California Beach Trip: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1364579138



Interested in learning how i do photomontage?



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Smooth wet sand, Ocean Beach, San Francisco




Wet sand on a beach at low tide becomes a canvas.



.... which then becomes a maze? or perhaps a map? 
Much of life is a matter of 'it's all in the eye of the beholder'. 
Is the glass half empty or...?
Is it a map to the way out (or in?)... or a maze to become lost in?
And where does the ladder go?



The artist shows up when conditions are right, which probably isn't often.

This is the cover of my self published book:


That same wet sand is a canvas for very shallow waves that bounce off each other, creating a network of ripples.


'Seeking the Vibe'
On Blurb:

And of course there's much, much more at my website:




Monday, March 27, 2017

New topic/theme - sand


What is this blog about? In a nutshell, it's about black and white darkroom photomontage, and occasionally some digital montage. Every few weeks, a new image with a few words about it, kinda poetic, philosophical. 
For more details - check out the archive, the first post, April 26, 2015.
If you like what you see here, go to: www.bobbennettphoto.net
Also check out my self-published books:
California Beach Trip: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1364579138

Previews of all at:

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Let's move on to a new visual theme/topic: I've chosen sand. Yes, that's right, sand! 
It comes in any color you can imagine, and any texture you can imagine. White to black, as fine as flour, as textured as gravel. It is amazingly malleable, and can create a multitude of forms and sights. It records the weather, the waves and wind, and the creatures that pass over it.


So here's a few photo-montage images to start off the new theme. 
They are a great transition from the previous topic (time) to this one.

(This one is digital)
A single blade of dune grass is blown by the wind, 
makes circular grooves in the sand. 
It is a clock of sorts, a measure of time. 
Part of a sundial miraculously appears. 
Reset your watch if you feel it necessary... this event will not last long.
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This/above is darkroom.
How many photos of sand do I have in my archive?
The only answer can be 'countless'.



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Old coast road, broken clock


A discarded clock sits between sky and a road no car has traveled on in quite a while. Did the clock break at the same time as the road? Or did the clock break the road?? Time definitely works it's slow destructive effects on one and all. As the road recedes in the distance, it is unbroken, navigable. Let's hope one can continue on after all seems broken, on foot, hopefully this is simply a temporary distraction.


Previews of all my self published books at:



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Running...

Here's that sundial again, it eminates (sic?) from the grooves carved in the sand, someone runs from the indefinite time keeping of the grooves, to the somewhat more precise display of the sundial. What does this all mean, including the soft footprint?


Sometimes i have an inkling what a montage is about, other times, nary a clue.
I'm obviously interested in things metaphysical - beyond that, it's up to the viewer to decide what's going on. If I haven't figured them out yet, (and I haven't, not really), why should I presume to explain them to anyone else? Many of the pictures just seem to 'happen', because the individual negatives are 'looking' for each other. I'm just a chaperone, and a really loose one at that...
But those were always the best kind of parties, right?
One thing I know - that guy will probably keep on running for a while. Hoping perhaps that the sundial will turn into a Rolex.
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A bit of shameless self promotion for my books:


'California Beach Trip':
On Amazon:


'Desert Trip'
On Amazon:
This includes an image i have recently posted here, titled 'Desert Time'.

'Seeking the Vibe'
On Blurb:

Previews of all at:

I'll be back, for sure :-)



Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Surreal Hourglass



Here's a most appropriate image for the passing of one year, the beginning of the next. And a new timepiece to contemplate - an hourglass.




I'm sure if you go shopping online, you can find endless variety,

people buy it for the design,

same as they buy watches,

it's about enjoying the design, & showing off one's taste and style.

And it's use continues even in digital land.
Various computer graphical interfaces may change the cursor to an hourglass during a period when the program is in the middle of a task, and may not accept user input.

Another example of how digital borrows from the past - the ca-chink sound a camera makes when you take a picture, and the shutter opens and closes. My Canon sure shot does this, and so does the 'Capture' program on my Mac when it captures a window or screen.

In conclusion, a bit of shameless self promotion.
After many years of making darkroom photomontage (since the late 80's), and not being able to get arrested for it except for a few appearances in competitive group shows, and some assignment illustrations in various magazines ....I am designing & publishing books I make at Blurb with 'Bookify' - two of them are on Amazon, one is at Blurb.


'California Beach Trip':
On Amazon:


'Desert Trip'
On Amazon:

This includes an image i have recently posted, titled 'Desert Time'.


'Seeking the Vibe'
On Blurb:

Previews of all at: