I had a decent year with my cameras, and although 2014 wasn’t as big an “award wining year” as 2013, I still felt that I captured plenty of dazzling images. Some of them won awards, some of them sold during charity season, some of them caused controversy, and some of them helped soothe a damaged soul.
So which photos made Chuck’s “Best of” for 2014?
Well, I believe the list should include…
Those lightning bolts were pre-printed on Revolog Tesla 2 film, an Austrian boutique 35mm film that helped me take silks at both the Vermont State Fair and at the Big E.
STAR TRAILS OF BROWN TRACT POND
My most successful star trails photograph, and one that took silk at Altamont this year. It’s also done well in private sales, as several people have contacted me privately to purchase their own prints of this artwork.
BEECHER CREEK FALLS, APRIL 2014
This picture still gives me the chills. And I don’t mean because it was cold out there. The picture took two silks (Vermont and the Big E), and was exhibited at the Northwest International Photography Show in Washington State. Nice.
FAGBUG AND VAUDEVILLE
This was my first truly successful attempt at a lenticular print, in which the images change depending on how you look at the photo. The picture was exhibited at the Photo Center of Troy’s “Members Show,” and was later sold for charity as part of the Damien Center’s “Stylin'” fundraiser.
THE ZIPLESS CHUCK
Yep, Chuck went “mixed media” on this one, and I think it looks really rad. And I’m definitely looking toward this appearing in some upcoming competitions in 2015. You know it.
JESSICA: INSTAMATIC DICHOTOMY
Yep, I actually broke open two vintage Instamatic cartridges, rolled them into some 70mm backing paper, and got this nice shot. Definitely the first time I’ve been able to use Instamatic film without totally insta-cringing.
THE STAR BARN OF HARMONY CORNERS
Not only was this the first roll of film I ever shot with my new-to-me Kodak Medalist II camera, it may have been the first exposure ever taken with this beast. This picture won a ribbon at the Big E, but it also caused controversy when it was judged in the wrong category at the Vermont State Fair.
My second successful lenticular print, this one earned silk at Altamont (Yay!), and was later sold at “charity season” for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s “Art Saves Animals” show.
COME TO HOFFMAN’S PLAYLAND
How strong did I feel about this picture? At the last minute, I pulled out a photo that was earmarked for the New York State Fair, and added this one instead. The picture, along with two other Chuck Miller artworks, sold as part of the 2013 Historic Albany Foundation’s “BUILT” charitable auction. Sweet.
RUTLAND THE GOAT
Yeah, I have good feelings about this little guy. I’m hoping that Rutland could have as much success in 2015 as The Jumbuck had in 2013. Or at least I can hope.
And there they are. The ten photos, collages, cinemagraphs, experiments, etc. that defined my 2014 photography oeuvre. I hope that some of your favorites are here as well.
And you know I’ll be shooting with new ideas and new concepts for 2015.
Of course I will. Haven’t you come to expect that from me? 😀