I just realized I already posted the previous image. Hope you enjoy this one.
Official page of noted Tennessee Commercial and Fine Art Photographer Don Dudenbostel. Representing commercial, documentary, colloidal (wetplate), and x-ray photography.
While on assignment for the University of Tennessee Beacon newspaper in 1969, Don photographed a student hidden in the bushes behind a row of riot police. That photograph eventually made its way into a 1970 issue of Esquire magazine which also became one of Esquire's top photos of the year. Don was also published in Newsweek as well as other national publications. While in college, he was featured in two solo exhibitions of his photography at the University of Tennessee. After his college years, Don was involved with a small group of photographers interested in photography as an art form. They were known as the Tangent Photography Group. Their goal was to broaden their vision as art photographers. As a result of their efforts, they procured numerous group exhibitions in various major cities throughout the Southeastern United States. In 1975 he was extremely fortunate to study directly with Ansel Adams at his home in Yosemite National Park. Don was now well into his professional career and had entered regional and national competitions and received numerous awards includuing three Kodak Gallery Awards. A number of these award winning images were included in international touring exhibitions. He received his Tennessee Professional Certification in 1981 as well as his Master of Photography degree through the Professional Photographers of America in 1985. Don's photography is available through Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC, Thomas Dean Gallery in Atlanta, GA, Bennett Galleries in Nashville, TN , Bennett Gallery in Knoxville, TN, Chauvet Gallery, Nashville, TN (formerly The Arts Co.) and Winter Works on Paper in New York City, NY.
I just realized I already posted the previous image. Hope you enjoy this one.
I hope everyone will be able to attend the Dogwood Arts Garden show at Bennett Galeries. The opening is This Friday the 5th of March and will be up through the 30th of this month. There's also a champagne event / opening Saturday evening the 6th.
Here's a link to their page.
Here are two more x-rays headed to the Dogwood Arts show at Bennett Galleries.
Funny story how and when I started doing x-ray images of flowers. It all started in 1965 while I was in high school. I always had an affinity for science and was working on a science fair project that required a source of radiation. Harold Hopper an engineer with GE x-ray helped me put together the necessary equipment from a pile of junk in his garage and coached me on how not to kill myself with it.
While instructing me on safety, Harold gave me a magazine published by GE. On the cover was a floral x-ray done by a radiologist in the 1920's. The cover image gave me an idea on how I could combine my interest in photography with my interest in science and produce art.
In the mid 60's I made a few images but college and life took control and it wasn't until thirty years later that I started getting serious about this as an art form. I have to admit that my wife Cynthia Tollefsrud who's an excellent painter and shows in Bennett Galleries as well coaxed me to start producing x-ray images once again.
I don't have the date yet but I will be showing some of my x-ray art at Bennett Galleries in Beardon during the Dogwood Arts Festival. Bennett is one of the galleries that represents my art.
Here are a couple of images that will be in the show. I'll post more in the coming week.
Another trip back in time to the early 70's. The address 114 is on Jackson Ave in the old city. I believe it's now a record store or was the last time I was down there.
The second image of the barber shop was on Central in the old city near the old Big Dons and the old Crown and Goose. It was on the side of Central that the Crown and Goose was on. If I remember correctly, it was a black barber shop.
The man with the BLIND sign used to stand in front of the old Park National Bank building on Gay St. The next image is of what became Sullivans many years later at Jackson and Central. I understand it was once a feed store and later a shoe shop. When I made this around 73 it was abandon other than a fellow that lived upstairs.
The final image is looking up Summit Hill from Central in the old City. Most of this area was torn down except O. P. Jenkins Furniture.
Here are a few images from the worlds fair. What a great time in Knoxville!
Looks like I need to do some scans of the fair and more sideshow acts. I thought I had several scanned and ready to post but must have been thinking of prints I've made.
Temporarily let's jump ahead to 1980. This is a series of images I did for the 1982 worlds. Amazing how things have changed.
Didn't you love the midway as a kid! I thought it was especially cool at night with all the lights, people, sounds and the smell of food.
The TVA&I fair had something for everyone.
Sorry for the blackout bar.
Another image from the archive of the TVA&I fair made around 1975. The midway was the place to make great photos. This is Pete "Poobah" Terhurne who was one of the last great sideshow entertainers. Pete was only 3 feet tall and one of the primary acts in the show.
I'll be posting other images of the headless woman, tattooed dog, levitating girl and pete lifting a bucket of bolts using a fish hook through his tongue.
Last post was Bozo the Yoo-Hoo drinking bear. On the way to see Bozo you passed a cozy little motel Sunny Acres just off Chapman Highway. I don't think I would have wanted to have stayed there but always thought the sign was very cool. Anyone remember this place?
Do you remember Bozo? For 50 cents Bozo would grasp a Yoo-Hoo in his paws and sit up and take a drink. Bozo was on Chapman Highway at one of the places that displayed racks of dishes along the highway and sold genuine Indian moccasins made in Japan too.
Do you know where this is? A few years ago the airplane gas station was restored. I'm not totally up on the history but I believe it goes back to the 30's and was originally a gas station. Seems like I remember it being a gas station in the 50's but I may be wrong. I remember it being occupied with several different little businesses over the decades. I seem to remember it was a used car dealer at one point.
Without going back and looking at date on the slide mount, I think I must have made this around 1973.
My north Knoxville friends will know this location.
Let's start the new year with some old photos of Knoxville and area. Can you remember the people and places. These images are from a series of large prints I did several years ago for the Best Western in west Knoxville. I'm currently working on another project involving my vintage documentary images for an office interior. Some of the prints will be as large as 4x6 feet.
With "analog" toys you never have to worry about the power going off or batteries going dead.
Since it's Christmas eve and millions of people will be receiving the latest digital toys, I thought it would be fun to post some "analog" toys. If they're not digital, they must be analog.
Here's one more toy for the boys, A tin car that still runs.
Merry Christmas to all!
Since it's Christmas and people are thinking about gifts I'm going to post ambrotype images of toys from the past. This is an automaton form around 1900. She still walks like she did 120 years ago.
While searching for new x-rays I ran across another series of images that might be fun. These are done using a photographic process from the mid 1800's. It's known as wet plate photography. This was the process used to make tintypes and ambrotypes during the civil war. Most notably Mathew Brady used this process to photograph the civil war. Many hundreds of thousands of portraits were made of family members from around 1845 to 1870.
You might be fascinated with the process. I primarily do ambrotypes. Ambrotypes are shot on black or ruby red glass and tintypes are shot on a metal plate. To produce an ambrotype, the glass must be perfectly clean and polished with alcohol and chalk powder. an emulsion of collodion, various mineral salts such as cadmium bromide, ether and absolute alcohol are mixed together to form a syrup that is poured on the glass plate. The emulsion becomes very tacky in just a few seconds and at just the right moment it's placed in a 10% bath of silver nitrate for several minutes. The silver bath reacts with the various chemicals in the collodion and produces a light sensitive silver emulsion.
The process gets it's name, wet plate, because the plate must be exposed and processed while it's wet. Unfortunately the sensitivity to light is very low and exposures can run into the minutes. In the 1800's wet plate photographers used a head clamp and sometimes body clamp to keep people from moving during the exposure.
OK, now the fun begins. The next thing to do is run into the darkroom and develop the plate by pouring a mixture of vinegar, sugar and iron salts on it while quickly spreading it evenly across the plate. In about 15 seconds the image starts to appear and within a minute or two it's ready to rinse in water and fix the image. All of this is done under dim red light.
Next is a quick rinse in water to stop the development and then a fixing bath in Potassium Cyanide (very dangerous) to remove the unexposed silver. The next step is a rinse in water then drying it in air. After drying the plate is carefully heated over an alcohol burner and Sandarac varnish is poured on and coated evenly to preserve the delicate image.
Each image is an original and one of a kind. The plate you see is what was in the camera to make the exposure. If you want a half plate image (roughly 4.5x5.5 inches) you shoot that size plate in the camera. If you want a 16x20 inch, you have to shoot with a 16x20 camera.
The camera I use is either a 5x7 or 8x10 Deardorff view camera. Basically it's the same style camera used in the 1800's. I also use French Darlot, American Ajax Petzval lenses and German, Goerz & Voightlander rapid rectilinear lenses from the 1800's. They produce that beautiful vintage look that's not possible with modern lenses. Modern lenses are simply too perfect.
If you noticed the clock, the image is reversed because the images is the original shot in the camera. All tintypes, ambrotypes and other processes where the image is the original, they are reversed.
You can see some of the images at Bennett Gallery in Knoxville.
After Thanksgiving it's time to think about Christmas and new toys. For the next few days I'll be posting x-rays of some of the toys some of us may have gotten as a child.
As a child I was always curious about what made things work. I remember getting my hands on and old alarm clock and taking it apart to see what was inside. The problem was I wasn't able to put it back together again.
This is an older image I titled "It's about time".
Here are a few new flowers for Thanksgiving.
Photos from Don Dudenbostel Photography's post
One of my older but perhaps most popular images is Southern Magnolia #2. Magnolias are another flower that is very difficult to x-ray. One the flower opens fully and is picked from the tree, it starts to close slowly. Typically my exposure times on a subject of this type is 7 to 12 minutes. Typically over that period of time there's enough movement to blur the image. It's pretty much just luck if I get a good sharp image. I lucked out on this one.
How many know that the Tennessee state wildflower is the Passion Flower?
These exotic beauties seem to be difficult to find here in East Tennessee. Usually they're growing in areas that are difficult to get to and bugs seem to love eating the leaves. Good examples are rare. This one though was a beauty. Purple in color and very fragrant, it produces a green fruit much like a lime but full of pulp and seed. The structure of the flower is unique and very delicate. Some people eat the fruit but I've not been that brave. Hope you enjoy.
Night Blooming Cereus
This is a little departure from the garden images but thought some might find it interesting.
This is a night Blooming Cereus found in the desert of Arizona and Mexico. The unusual thing about this is the plant looks like a weed and blooms only once a year and only at night during the full moon. A good friend had one of ht mature plants and called me to tell me it was getting ready to blow. She asked if I'd like to X-ray a blossom and of course I said yes. When she brought the plant over there were three blossoms getting ready to open. Over the course of the next day one blossom fell off and that night one opened and the other remained closed.
Not knowing what to expect, the blossom opened very quickly. The blossom was about 8" in diameter and extremely fragrant. It opened s quickly you could almost see it in motion. Within 15 minutes it was fully open so I clipped the blossom and headed for my x-ray equipment, I made a basic exposure based on previous similar subjects and the exposure ran 7 minutes. When I opened the x-ray cabinet th remove the blossom and film the plant had already started to close. When I processed the film the image was blurred from the motion of the plant closing.
At this point I wasn't sure If I would be able to make a good image due to the motion of the plant but figured I would try again with the second blossom. This time I had my film loaded and machine set for a 7 minute exposure. The next nightie second blossom started to open so I waited for what I thought would be the perfect moment and clipped the blossom and headed to the darkroom. This time I got lucky and made the exposure at exactly the right moment when there was no motion.
Hope you enjoy the image.
A new week, a new image, spring garden #5.
Here are two more examples of columbine.
Columbine Garden #4
One of my favorite flowers is the columbine. Domestic or wild I think they're beautiful not only in color but form as well. The first x-rays I made of them just amazed me at their complexity. It's almost although they were made of glass. They're beautiful inside and out.
Comments are appreciated and I'll be posting more as time permits.
"Daffodils and Tulips" - Number 3 in my new series of garden x-rays. Bennett Gallery in Knoxville may have a selection of the new garden images.
Let me know your thoughts on these as I post them.
New x-ray floral arrangements 10-2-2020
Very good to hear from everyone. Let me know what you think of this new series of floral arrangements.
Over the next few weeks I'll be posting new and some older but rarely seen x-ray images. Today is another of the floral arrangements. I've not come up with a title so let me know what you think might be appropriate.
New x-ray floral arrangements 9-28-2020
A couple of years ago, through Thomas Deans Gallery in Talents, I received a commission to produce a new x-ray image for one of the Emory University Hospital's waiting rooms. It was unlike anything I had done before and much larger than any work I had done previously. The Image was a floral arrangement and would be 6 feet wide by 10 feet high on fabric.
This was quite a challenge because the client was working through an architectural firm and art buyer plus my gallery. The client only directed me to produce a "lyrical" piece of work.
After many arrangements and types of flowers I finally produced this image which now hangs in the lobby of Emory University Hospital.
Out of this project I started exploring more floral arrangements and will post new x-rays over the coming weeks.
It's been a while since posting but things have changed with my art and my gallery representation.
Two of my galleries have changed, the first is the Arts Company in Nashville has changed owners and name. The Gallery is now known as Chauvet Gallery at 215 5th ave North in downtown Nashville https://chauvetarts.com
Next is the Martin Gallery in Charleston Sc. Candace martin closed her gallery and my work is now carried by the Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC. http://www.marymartinart.com Please visit their websites. Mary is located at 122 Market St.
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It's been a while since posting but to bring everyone up to date I'm still actively working and planning to do so for some time to come. There have been some new developments since the last post. Both my documentary and x-ray art have taken off especially the x-ray work.
Since posting one of the companies I have contracted with, 4 Walls.com, has been very successful marketing my work in the form of custom murals. 4 Walls distributes through interior design firms for commercial installations and through Sherwin Williams stores for the retail market. They're taking my images and producing custom images that can span huge areas and are used in medical facilities as well as corporate offices.
The second group is the Wendover Group and they're producing decorative images for institutions such as hotels and corporate offices.
Most recently I was contacted by Vida ( http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/don-dudenbostel-1 ). Vida produces custom clothing featuring the images and art from international artists. I'm in the early stages of working with them but have submitted 6 designs / x-rays for ladies clothing. Please take a look at the above link and let me know what you think and please feel free to order :~)
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