Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Starbucks Komodo Dragon Blend Coffee.

So after my initial attempt at shooting the product images I'm working on with strobes, I ended up with 8 very badly underexposed sheets of 4x5 film, and a very, very bad headache. I'm still not sure what went wrong, but after scanning my film in the EXACT OPPOSITE manner I would normally scan it, and alot of playing around in photoshop, I ended up with this. Not so bad, if you ask me. I think maybe my lighting on the left side of the image was a little darker than I'd like, but I hopefully can fix that fairly easily. I may go back tomorrow morning and scan the rest of the images I left out because I didn't think I could get anything from them.

Anyhow, just in case anyone notices anything I may have done wrong when setting up the strobes, here is a little overview of what I did when shooting these.
-I had the battery set at full power (1600 watts) and set at the symmetrical distribution setting, with two lights set up. I'm using a friend's speedatron brown line kit.
-I had one light set up on the left shooting through an umbrella, roughly at a 45 degree angle from the object. I also had the same wattage light set up at the same angle on the right, with a softbox.
-I metered the light with the light meter facing the camera, the light meter on the cord setting (the lightning bolt with the c). The ISO was set for 160, which was the speed film I was using.
-I had the bulb cap on, not the conical cap with the flat meter. Could that be my problem?
-I plugged the cord into the meter, metering the light with the light meter actually touching the objects I photographed. By touching I mean laying flat against them. I made sure the meter read the same throughout the image, since I don't have a digital camera to preview the light.
-I then plugged the cord into the lens (schneider symar 210) and took the picture, the lens set at f16 @ a 15th. Obviously I took out the dark slide.

Any thoughts on what may have gone wrong? Anyone? I know I know a bunch of 4x5 photographers who know how to answer tech questions...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Reshoot, with strobes.

Trying a new approach to the packaging images. I've never shot strobes before, and don't have a digital camera to preview how the light looks, so this could be quite the undertaking. Let's see how this turns out...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Two Versions of One Image

Tufa Domes, Pyramid Lake, Timothy O'Sullivan, 1868.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Work, New Color

Some new images I've made since moving to Chicago. Very much works in progress, but whatever. Oh yeah, I'm shooting primarily 4x5 now. Who knew?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


-make a performance of not knowing how to perform. stand awkwardly in front of the camera, in a corner or on a street near my apartment and film the action. don't tell anyone about it in advance and let the video stand in for the actual piece.

-take off all your clothes and lay them out piece by piece in front of you. empty your pockets. fold up your glasses and leave them on the floor. put them back on in the reverse order you took them off. photograph each item as you remove it.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


-photographs of myself and people i talk to but have never met on gay hook-up sites or things like grindr. allow the subject to present themselves however they want, clothed or not, i remain clothed & uncomfortable.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Grad School Print Sale

Dear Friends,

It brings me great pleasure to announce that I have been accepted into the MFA Photography program at Columbia College Chicago. Columbia College has some amazing work being made by it's faculty, student body and alumni, and I am extremely proud to be attending this fall.

On that note, Colin and I will be moving out to Chicago at the end of June, as I will have my first solo show at the EBERSMOORE gallery opening in July. In order to save up money for the big move (who knew UHaul could cost so much?) I'm holding a print sale until the month of June. The image is from my new series I'll Take Care Of You, in which I photograph myself with everyone I have dated, regardless of the duration of the relationship. The series is nearing completion and I'm excited to offer the image to the public. The image is Untitled (Meredith and I), 2010, is an edition of 25, and $100 each.

Here are the details:
Untitled (Meredith and I), Digital C-Print, 11x14", 2010.
Edition of 25.

If interested, email gregorycevans@yahoo.com. Thanks for your support!

Check In

So this seems like a good time to reevaluate things, as I'm preparing for a big move from New York to Chicago to start grad school in the fall at Columbia College Chicago (so psyched!). At this point, I'm thinking I'll be using the blog to post new things I'm working on, and not just defined projects, and think about new ideas. Sometimes I think Facebook has made posting people's work I really like kind of obsolete, but whatever.

some thoughts:
-looser photographs. things might not have to be so defined all the time.
-subtitles. i love the idea of adding subtext to an image that may or may not be related.
-invest in a hasselblad. my mamiya is sometimes hard to focus through the viewfinder because it's a little dark. does this basically mean i'm blind?
-photographs of people alone at bars / awkward people not quite part of a conversation / people lingering.
-go outside.
-photograph rainy days.
-photograph the holes in my walls as i patch them up.
-junk pressed into the sidewalk.
-buy more john divola books.
-make more text pieces.
-maybe the photographs of my ex's should have subtitles? like in foreign films?

Friday, April 9, 2010

The sh sound was difficult, Opening April 30th.

I have three images from I'll Take Care Of You included in this awesome show at LOUIS VESP in Williamsburg that opens April 30th. Come out if you'll be around!

The sh sound was difficult
Curated by Deric Carner

Opening Reception: April 30, 2010: 7-10 PM

Fanny AlliƩ
Nathan Austin
Renata Espinosa & Ryan Saylor
Gregg Evans
Erik Scollon
Zefrey Throwell
Alisha Trimble
A performance / event / situation … mixed situation in which artists respond to the riddle what is no sooner spoken than broken.
Expect a few objects, no videos and live and ambient situations themed around awkward silences, broken promises, oversharing, and underperforming.
(The answer to the riddle is silence or a secret.)

Louis V E.S.P.:
140 Jackson St, #4D,
Brooklyn NY

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cruising Site

Untitled (Cruising). 20 x 20", Digital C-Print, 2010.

The first text piece in my series I'll Take Care Of You that I'm feeling really confident about. This and two other images from the series will be in a group show at the LOUIS VESP loft at the end of April that my friend Deric is curating. Really excited to see how everything comes together.