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Bill_1856
13-Apr-2017, 11:35
THIS LAND, An American Portrait, by Jack Spencer.
After ordering this book months ago, and frankly forgot all about it, suddenly Amazon shipped it, and they even cut the price from $45 down to $23.
I was not familiar with Jack Spencer, and Googling doesn't bring up any personal information other than he was born in Mississippi in 1951 and practices his craft in Nashville, Tennessee.
His method of working is certainly not obvious to me -- he could be shooting anything from 35mm to ULF, although there are some hints from images including what appears to be the edges of Polaroid 55. Does anybody out there in LF land have any more information?

Randy
13-Apr-2017, 14:16
Just looking at a few of the images, they look like some stuff I have done in Photoshop - like the Polaroid 55 border and other textured borders to make it look almost like a print from an old glass plate negative - I have done that in PS, but don't know if that is what he has employed, but from what I have seen I would guess heavily manipulated digital images...just a guess.

Bill_1856
13-Apr-2017, 14:26
http://lenscratch.com/2016/07/jack-spencer-the-states-project-tennessee-4/

Ken Lee
13-Apr-2017, 14:51
Art: If you like it, you like it.

djdister
13-Apr-2017, 16:06
99% sure they are not large format, so this thread should be moved to the Lounge.

anilajain
14-Apr-2017, 03:45
Thanks for recommendation by the way!

rosephoto@comcast.net
14-Apr-2017, 09:01
THIS LAND, An American Portrait, by Jack Spencer.
After ordering this book months ago, and frankly forgot all about it, suddenly Amazon shipped it, and they even cut the price from $45 down to $23.
I was not familiar with Jack Spencer, and Googling doesn't bring up any personal information other than he was born in Mississippi in 1951 and practices his craft in Nashville, Tennessee.
His method of working is certainly not obvious to me -- he could be shooting anything from 35mm to ULF, although there are some hints from images including what appears to be the edges of Polaroid 55. Does anybody out there in LF land have any more information?

The Jack Spencer book "Native Soil" was a big hit a number of years ago. I have it and it can be bought elsewhere. He does beautiful work.

archphotofisher
14-Apr-2017, 10:17
Here is an interview with Jack Spencer

https://charlierose.com/videos/29979?autoplay=true

Alan Gales
15-Apr-2017, 18:09
Art: If you like it, you like it.

Awww, Ken. You are just trying to justify your dogs playing poker painting. :rolleyes:

Alan Gales
15-Apr-2017, 18:23
Here is an interview with Jack Spencer

https://charlierose.com/videos/29979?autoplay=true

Interesting interview. I think he is right. We are so caught up in our everyday lives that we don't see what's right in front of us.

Ken Lee
15-Apr-2017, 19:18
Awww, Ken. You are just trying to justify your dogs playing poker painting. :rolleyes:

Excellent !

Alan Gales
15-Apr-2017, 19:59
Excellent !

Ken, I have to admit that when I was a kid I did have a Tiger in the jungle velvet black light poster hanging on my bedroom door. Awww, but those were the 70's! :)

Bill_1856
16-Apr-2017, 06:36
Ken, I have to admit that when I was a kid I did have a Tiger in the jungle velvet black light poster hanging on my bedroom door. Awww, but those were the 70's! :)

That's how one learns to appreciate fine art.

Bill_1856
11-May-2017, 18:52
Bump

Willie
26-May-2017, 06:22
http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?139096-THIS-LAND-An-American-Portrait-by-Jack-Spenser

Bill,

Did not see your post before I did mine. If I had I would have chimed in here. The book is excellent. I have had three Public Libraries in nearby towns order and get it - along with Q.T. Luong's TREASURED LANDS. Hoping if I help getting excellent work in them a few more folks will be able to see it.

anilajain
1-Jun-2017, 03:29
THIS LAND, An American Portrait, by Jack Spencer.
After ordering this book months ago, and frankly forgot all about it, suddenly Amazon shipped it, and they even cut the price from $45 down to $23.
I was not familiar with Jack Spencer, and Googling doesn't bring up any personal information other than he was born in Mississippi in 1951 and practices his craft in Nashville, Tennessee.
His method of working is certainly not obvious to me -- he could be shooting anything from 35mm to ULF, although there are some hints from images including what appears to be the edges of Polaroid 55. Does anybody out there in LF land have any more information?
I have not heard about him before but your descriptions is sounding interesting to me. I will try to find out more about him!

AuditorOne
1-Jun-2017, 13:36
I gave up trying to figure out who used what camera or whether it was film or digital a long time ago. If the imagery appeals to me then I am interested. If the artist has a style that I like I tend to buy his/her books or photographs. If Photoshop was part of it then so be it.

I like what little I have seen of Jack Spencer's work so far. Thanks for the heads up.

:)

rjphil
30-Jun-2017, 12:24
We have an editioned print of Spencer's "Cooter in the corn with his horn" hanging in the studio. Everyone who sees it loves it.

h2oman
30-Jun-2017, 19:32
A friend put me onto Spencer's work a few years ago. He's been around for a while, and his early work was pre-digital. He's not a real dynamic speaker, but for some insight into his philosophy and methods, this video is helpful:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmzD-CoxEkg

FWIW, I find his lack of discussion of technical issues refreshing. :)

Jim Becia
1-Jul-2017, 07:21
I think it's a wonderful book also, I highly recommend it. He does a nice job of showing things with a fresh set of eyes and techniques.

Bill_1856
9-Jul-2017, 16:53
Here is an interview with Jack Spencer

https://charlierose.com/videos/29979?autoplay=true

Thanks. Interesting and helpful.

Bill_1856
9-Jul-2017, 16:56
Thanks. Helpful.

stawastawa
30-Jul-2017, 22:55
Two of my favorite images:
- 5 Horses
- Nebraska

lots of other minimal scenes I like. and one of some grasses that has lovely curving lines with foreground and background and a road and hills... nice and golden!
Sorry I have to return it to the library already, I will be trying to check it out again soon!

seezee
1-Aug-2017, 14:49
http://lenscratch.com/2016/07/jack-spencer-the-states-project-tennessee-4/

He's been featured twice (http://lenscratch.com/2017/04/jack-spencer-this-land/) on Lenscratch. As to whether he shoots film or digital, I think this quote should answer that question:


His precisely crafted prints are the result of an exceptional vision, original darkroom technique and an extraordinary sense of story.

seezee
1-Aug-2017, 14:49
Just looking at a few of the images, they look like some stuff I have done in Photoshop - like the Polaroid 55 border and other textured borders to make it look almost like a print from an old glass plate negative - I have done that in PS, but don't know if that is what he has employed, but from what I have seen I would guess heavily manipulated digital images...just a guess.

See my previous post on this thread.

johnmsanderson
2-Aug-2017, 12:59
As to whether he shoots film or digital, I think this quote should answer that question:

haha!