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A.j. Barnes
A.j. Barnes
Geographic location Professional photographer, San Jose, United-States
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When and how do you start to create?

I grew up with a woodworker grandfather, so I started making things early...

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Do you went to an art school or self-taught?

Art/Journalism School.

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Do you create as a professional or for your own?

I was a photojournalist, now I create work for myself, though I still do commissions.

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How do you learn and work your skill?

Practice, practice, practice.

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What do you like in this art, your motivation?

Beauty.

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What do you want to express or arouse in those who watch your work?

Beauty/Fashion and Magic Realism.

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What are your favourite subject(s)?

People

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How do you prepare a creation or project work?

I schedule a model, put out some nice snacks and take some pictures!

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What are your prefered moment(s) when you create?

As often as possible.

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What are your most representative creations, and why? (links)

allanbarnes.tumblr.com wetplatenudes.tumblr.com

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What are you trying to share via your art?

timeless beauty and an exploration of technology.

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Who are artists that fascinate or give you inspiration? (links)

http://www.paoloroversi.com/diaporama/photographs.html http://www.artnet.com/artists/chuck-close/ http://www.artnet.com/artists/duane-michals/ http://www.georgeholz.com/ http://fwo3.com/

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What equipment and/or technic do you use?

Most of my work is made with the wet plate collodion process. About 80 percent of my photos are tintypes, which are actually made on aluminum plates, and about ten percent of my work is on glass plates. I use an 8 x 10 plate camera with a Dallmeyer lens that was made around 1867. The other ten percent of my work is made with digital cameras and occasionally, large format film cameras.

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How and why your work as changed since you started?

I started my career as a photojournalist/documentarian, a person who went out looking to capture slices of reality. My identity as a photographer used to center around a stream of assignments that would then be published and resulted in me getting paid...When I moved to Los Angeles ten years ago, there was no room for me in the already crowded market, and I had to reinvent myself. I began making por. traits using the wet plate collodion process, which was a method of replacing the Polaroid Film that I started to use for personal work in the mid-1990s. I always made a few photographs for my self, but since 2008, almost all of my work has been made for my own personal gratification. From 2009-2014 I lived in a very large cooperative artist's loft in Los Angeles. Being surrounded by other artists and being in a space where I could create whenever i liked made me a much more prolific artist, and I feel that my work that I have done in the last ten years is the best work that I have ever done.

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What does the Internet media give you?

I love the internet, it allows me to look up obscure recipes for chemical formulas used in my process, and connect with people all over the world who share my interest in Jurassic Technologies.

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What are you expecting from Art Limited and/or other members?

More connections, what else?

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What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

To make art as often as possible

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If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?

I would be a chef.

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What are your plans in the future?

I will keep making art and keep teaching (my primary source of income: it is a privilege to be paid to teach others something that you love to do).

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Do you have anything else to say?

Always.

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