Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lori Vrba Giveaway Winner!

Venus, 2014 by Rachael Banks

Thank you everyone for all the kind words you commented, emailed, texted, and generally sent our way about enjoying Light Leaked these last three years! After conducting a random generator selection, the winner of a copy of Lori Vrba's monograph, The Moth Wing Diaries is Rachael Banks!

Thank you all for entering, and a big thank you to Lori Vrba for donating a copy of her book to this giveaway!

Monday, August 24, 2015

How to: Make a UV Exposure Unit for Alternative Processes

In this tutorial, Ashley Whitt and Ross Faircloth, share their experience creating an at-home UV exposure unit. If you live in a location that seldom sees sunlight, or would like to work on alt process any time of the day and night without buying an expensive pre-made unit, continue reading!

Items needed 

all can be purchased from Home Depot or Lowes

   Screwdriver (flat head)
   Wire Strippers
   Electrical tape
   48” Light Fixture (2)
   48” UV Bulbs (4)
   Fabric (Opaque) 
   Electrical wire, cut to length (2) 

Wire type: Carol 3/C 14 AWG SJOOW 300volt (the exact wire brand is unknown, your local hardware store should have this wire on a large rack to buy per foot, an associate will cut it down to size for you.  Just let them know you need standard wire (w/ ground wire inside) for a fluorescent light fixture)

   Electrical plug – three prong (2)
   Wire nuts (6)any size will work

1. Buy two Fluorescent light fixtures (48”) at your local hardware store. If you buy them and they are not pre-wired you will probably save a little money but add an extra step later in the process. 

 2. You will also need to buy 4 UV bulbs, at 48”. If you chose a light fixture without pre-existing wires, you need to also pick up two lengths of Electrical cable and two 120v plugs. 

3. We installed our light fixtures into a pre-existing set of storage shelves. This saved time because we did not have to create a wooden box or structure to house the light fixtures.  Storage Shelves: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Edsal-48-W-x-24-D-x-72-H-5-Shelf-Steel-Shelving-Black/21685762

4. When you get the lighting fixtures home, find the instructions inside the box. These provide a general outline of the way the wires run in the lighting fixture. Be careful of the sharp metal edges.

 5. After setting up the lighting fixture properly, you are now ready to attach the electrical cord you had cut to length to the wires in the lighting fixture.  You should see a power box inside the lighting fixture that has two wires (black and white) coming out of it.  There is also a green painted screw about mid-way down inside the light fixture, this is for your ground wire (green wire).  You will unscrew this just enough to fit the exposed copper around the threads of the screw then tighten it back down. 

6. Use the wire strippers or a utility knife to strip back 2-3” of the main cord. This will expose the black, white and green wires inside.  Now strip back about ½-1” of each wire (white, black, and green), that you just exposed from inside the main chord.

7. Use your wire nuts to attach the now exposed copper from the black and white wires to each corresponding wire (black to black, white to white).  After this is complete, the lighting fixture is ready to be closed up.  Electrical tape can be used to hold the cover tight, mine liked to slip and hit the bulbs every now and then. 

8. Move on to the other end of your electrical wire and strip back enough to allow you to connect each wire to the correct screws inside your 3-prong plug.  The amount to strip back can be tricky as it is a tight fit for all 3 wires so err on the side of to little, as you can always strip back more as needed.

9. Inside the 3-Prong plug you will see a gold screw, silver screw and green screw.  The gold screw will connect to the black wire, the silver to white and green to green. When you finish tightening all the screws down and close up the plug your U.V. box is ready for the UV bulbs.

10. The UV bulbs will slide into the grooves and twist counter-clockwise to set in place. Once both bulbs have been put in the lighting fixture is ready to be plugged in.

11. Hanging the lights is next and may vary depending on your placement. The simplest hanging method is metal hangers with a chain. These will either come with the lighting fixture or will be sold right next to them.  

Complete exposure unit (uncovered)

Complete exposure unit (covered)

12. Once everything is hung, the next stop is keeping as much UV light contained as possible.  We taped thin paper boards on the left and right sides of the shelf (like you find on the back of sketchpads or legal pads). You can use anything here that fits the space (approx.. 18-24” x 18-24”, depending on size of shelving unit).  Then use an opaque fabric to cover the long sides (48”), it should be large enough that it covers front and back down to the printing surface (approx.. 42”). 

Cover lifted to show cyanotype exposing 

13. To create an exposure, place a contact frame containing your image HERE and turn the exposure unit on. Set an alarm on your phone for the exposure time, and when it beeps turn the unit off. 

 Garments by Kristen Whitt. For inquiries about fabric and/or garments, please email: whittandwhittfabric@gmail.com

P.S- the winner of the giveaway will be announced tomorrow

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lori Vrba Interview and Monograph Giveaway

Welcome back to Light Leaked! We hope your summer was productive and inspiring! Ours certainly was. We’re excited to be back and even more excited to be sharing with you this special conversation between acclaimed photographers Lori Vrba and Eliot Dudik. The two artists chat about Lori’s new monograph The Moth Wing Diaries, family, art making, and inspiration VIA text messages.

This post also marks three years of Light Leaked—that’s three years of community engagement, growth and the opportunity to showcase amazing photography. We are so pleased that you have continued to support Light Leaked.

This year, we are offering a special give-away courtesy of our featured interviewer Lori Vrba. We will be giving away a copy of Lori’s monograph, The Moth Wing Diaries. The monograph’s elegant design and stunning print quality makes The Moth Wing Diaries a must have addition to any photographic book collection!

You can enter this giveaway by sharing this post on social media and/or by leaving a comment (on this post OR the original Facebook post). The giveaway will run Monday August 17 - Sunday August 23. A winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday August 24. 

 Introduction of The Moth Wing Diaries, in Lori Vrba's words:

"I grew up in a little house on a dead end dirt road with no street sign, buried deep in the tall pines of Southeast Texas. I was a scrappy, out-the-door little girl with wild, uncombed hair, entertaining myself most days by stick-drawing in the dirt or playing house in the woods. I spent more time alone than not and don't remember wishing for company.

Mom had a chest-of-drawers in the front hall. On the occasions I found myself sick and tired of the oppressive heat and humidity, I would plop down on the cool linoleum floor and pull out the bottom drawer on the left side and stay for a long, long time. This drawer is where she kept the photographs. There were decades worth of family history in that drawer but I knew none of it. My parents left behind hard lives. They never talked about it, and I didn't grow up knowing extended family. So the photographs were just photographs; intriguing, anonymous faces, mostly in black and white, whispering stories from a piece of time that mattered to Someone. Someone pressed the shutter. Someone made choices about light and composition. Someone had a story worth telling. I sat alone, mesmerized, with the pictures piled up all around me on the floor, in what I now know to be the very beginning of my passionate love affair with photography.

My life experiences have brought me to this place where I find myself overwhelmed with the drive to make photographs about who I am: what I feel inside, what I believe to be sacred and enduring. I am inspired by moments that hold contradictions…like a big lightening storm that is really uncomfortable and really beautiful at exactly the same time. Such duality is true for the very best things in life. Loving someone is uncomfortable and beautiful. Having children is uncomfortable and beautiful. Being an artist is uncomfortable and beautiful. I kept a journal for most of my youth and this work is very much the same. It is a visual diary of my grown up, conflicted, complicated, rich, womanly, mother-nature-loving life. And maybe someday if my children's children find the drawer full of my photographs…they will spread them out and sit criss-cross-applesauce in the middle of it all and they will know me…as if I were right there with them."

Take a look at a selection of images from the book and continue downward to read the text message interchange between Lori and Eliot:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Light Leaked Summer Hiatus

Starting today, Light Leaked will be taking a summer hiatus so that I, Ashley Kauschinger, can concentrate on my new body of work and recharge.

Not to worry, I will continue sharing inspiration in August!

Actually NOW would be the perfect time to propose a project, article, how-to, exhibition, guest editor, interview, collaboration idea that may take an extended period of time to create to publish when we get back. Send those ideas along to lightleaked@gmail.com so we can all get working!

I hope that all the artists out there have a beautifully fruitful summer. 

Remember that your voice is important and powerful.

Talk soon,


Monday, May 25, 2015

Ayumi Tanaka

Ayumi Tanaka is a Japanese-born artist, living and working in New York City. Tanaka has been working on collage work by using found images from private snapshot and the Internet to explore theme of memories. She received a BFA from Osaka University of Arts in Japan in 2002, and studied at International Center of Photography in 2010. Her work has been shown internationally at exhibitions including United Photo Industries Gallery in New York, Tokyo Institute of Photography in Tokyo Japan, 25 CPW Gallery in New York, Pictura Gallery in Bloomington IN, Dumbo Arts Festival 2011 in NY, and LOOK3 festival of the Photographs 2012 in Charlottesville VA. Her work has been published at "PHat Photo (Tokyo, Japan), Lettre International (Beriln, Germany), LensCulture, GUP Magazine, Featureshoot. Tanaka was awarded International Center of Photography Director Fellowship in 2010 (New York), Grand prix at Tokyo International Photography Competition 2013 (Tokyo, New York), Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 and Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award 2014.

Artist Statement: Hide and Seek 

I have been working on a collage project by photographing three-dimensionally layered negatives within dioramas. My approach, with the use of fairytales to tell personal stories, is to try to silhouette the remembrance and oblivescence of my own childhood. As exposing and hiding the emotional component of my childhood and where I am today, I try to seek out the depth of memories through working with shadows of mementos. I photograph light and shadows, which are created by multiple layers of negatives within a three-dimensional diorama that function as device, to create tableaux. The stories are comprised of private snap shots, and appropriate everyday objects from the Internet as symbols, as well as the photographs that I take for collage component.