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Motel Fetish in it’s 2nd printing!


I was just flipping through my Taschen catalog and noticed that Chas Ray Krider’s “Motel Fetish” is in it’s second printing!

This is really good news if you’re an analog (film) photographer and/or enjoy pinup. Before this second printing I literally waited YEARS before a 1st ed print in fair-poor condition became available for less than $50. I think I got mine for just under $25 but most were $50+ Now it’s available for the entirely reasonable price of read more

What’s this “Silver Gelatin” you speek of?

I actually fielded this question a LOT (or a variation of it) in my Saginaw Art Museum exhibit earlier this year. I kept thinking “If this were 1985 everyone would know what a silver gelatin print was.” Anyways, here’s a short video giving a brief overview of the history and technique I use to create images:

Huge Mega Exhibit at the Red Eye.


So one evening I’m at the Red Eye Cafe and I meet Scotty. I was told Scotty is the new person in charge of art exhibits so I asked him if he’d be interested in have my work on the walls for a third time. His response surprised me. “We have an opening in two weeks.” Yikes! After negotiating for three weeks I got to work developing about 9mo worth of film and printing, printing, printing. The result is the biggest and possibly the most awesomest display of my work read more

My Saginaw Art Museum Exhibit

Earlier this year my work was exhibited in a show of local artists. Here’s what my 13 16x20s look like in a museum!

Up at Thunder Brew!

I have 9 or so 16×20’s hanging up in the new ThunderBrew Coffee Company in Bay City, MI! It’s looking good.

Arangement and Photos by Jason Armstrong

Also I’ve updated (within the last few weeks anyways) my prints at Pasong’s and I signed myself up to do a solo show at The Red Eye Coffee House starting July 26th! In the mean time I have over 20 rolls of film to develop spanning the gamut from pinup to urbex and landscapes. Gotta get busy!

The last chili recipe you’ll ever need.

I originally started with this recipe: http://www.chilirecipes.org/worldsbestchili.html and modified it to suit my tastes and shorten the prep and cooking time. Total prep and cook time is approx 2hrs.

Ingredients:
2/3 rds Cup Water
3 splashes of Vinegar
1/2 a bag of frozen chopped bell pepper
1/2 a bag of frozen chopped onion
4 Jalapeno Peppers, Chopped
3 Cans Beans, Your Choice [Pinto, Black, Red, White, Kidney] rinsed/drained
2 Large Cans Diced
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Film photography can be like time travel.

My b&w negatives can be categorized into two groups: self and lab processed. The split occurs around 2006 or 2007. Everything before was developed and proof printed in a lab, everything else I did and most have contact sheets. Another difference is organization. Compared to the pre-2006 negatives, my more recent ones are immaculately organized. My earlier shots are a jumbled mess and often I get nervous when I have the urge to print one. The nerves come from the very real probability read more