Macro

Sporeplay

Sporeplay

Macro images of common molds.


Heidelberg Street, a Diamond in the Ruff in Detroit

Heidelberg Street, a Diamond in the Ruff in Detroit

The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art project in Detroit, Michigan. It was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey (“Grandpa Sam”) as an outdoor art environment in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood on the city’s east side, just north of the city’s historically African-American Black Bottom area. The Heidelberg Project is, […]


1956

1956

What was happening in the U.S. when this penny was made? President: Dwight D. Eisenhower Vice President: Richard M. Nixon Population: 168,903,031 Life expectancy: 69.7 years Homicide Rate (per 100,000): 4.6 US GDP (1998 dollars): $438 billion Federal spending: $70.64 billion Federal debt: $272.7 billion Consumer Price Index: 27.2 Unemployment: 4.4% Cost of a first-class […]


Makes Cents

Makes Cents

A few years back, I bought some vintage Russian bellows for my my DSLR. I also found a beautiful 2.8/50mm  Carl Zeiss lens that combined with the bellows,  makes these beautiful macro shots. This image is from a simple 1970 (the year I was born)  U.S. Penny.  I love the clarity of the scratches , […]


Line of Fortune

Line of Fortune

Today we took a long walk with the dog in River Front Park. I knew that I was looking for imagery for today’s blog but I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I shot photos of broken glass, a lone brave kid standing in the cherry creek and details of a public art piece […]


Dreams, Anxiety or Chew Toy?

Dreams, Anxiety or Chew Toy?

I imagine that this baseball has had several potential lives. I see it as a symbol of the dreams for a young boy growing up to play major league ball. Perhaps it was a symbol of anxiety for a boy or girl who wants to play but is scarred of it’s force flying straight at […]


Frozen Water Is Not Always Ice

Frozen Water Is Not Always Ice

I’m working on a series of water photographs. I’m getting very close to what I’m going for. Here’s an example of one of the shots. I really love doing this type of work in the studio on snowy days. It’s perfect distraction from the real world. Simple drops of water can become a whole different […]


Never too many shoes!

Never too many shoes!

Today, I shot some photography of some great jewelry by Aurora artist, Kim Harrell. I love these red pump earrings! They are too cute. Check out more of Kim’s work at her website, www.eastendarts.com


Days are numbered.

Days are numbered.

This plant totally reminds me of Audrey 2 from Little Shop of Horrors. I can’t wait until Spring when I can start gardening again. This year will be my first full growing season in our new house. Winter, your days are numbered!


Crash Bulbs

Crash Bulbs

Lately I have been thinking a lot about my failures in life. I’m absolutely at a crossroad in my life path.  I’ve pondered the lessons learned as well as the mistakes repeated. This photo reminds me that even the worst failures can be turned into art. We have the power to create something from destruction. […]


Shavings

Shavings

Metal shavings from my uncle’s drill press. I love the texture of this piece. I think it also symbolizes how I’m feeling today. Life feels rough and sharp today.


Bug in the Grass

Bug in the Grass

This photograph is a still from a time lapse video project that I’m currently working on. I love how the roots of the Wheat Grass grow over the sides of the car.


Ice Painting 1

Ice Painting 1

This photo is part of a series of photos that I did where I use paint and ice to create unique and changing landscapes of color. I love the temporary aspect of the concept. Every second the composition changes and evolves. Colors mixing and changing.


Projektor

Projektor

This photo was chosen, in part, by my mom, Mary Lou Ball with the #39 which I believe she chose for my current age. This shot of an old 16mm film projector was taken at an artist retreat in 2008. It seems a shame that beautifully built equipment like this is rarely used these days. […]


Chuck

Chuck

This photo was chosen, in part, by Gini Mennenga with the #259. . Every Fall, my brothers,  my dad and I try to go on a camping trip. One year we went to Mackinac Island in Michigan, which happened to be pretty close to where my Uncle Frank lived. Although my brothers and I don’t […]


Layers

Layers

This photo was chosen, in part, by a random selection by Shawn Britt with the # 123. This piece was shot on the back wall of The Other Side Arts. Back in 2002-2003, we allowed local graffiti artists to use the back of our building to create pieces. In this photograph you can see the […]


Ant and Popcorn

Ant and Popcorn

For the next few weeks I have asked friends to choose a number between 1 and 527 which correspond with folders in my archive. Each day I will use a different number chosen and create a piece from the photos in that folder. This piece was chosen by Christine Zipps with the # 11. I […]


Como

Como

This photo was taken of a truck in the town of Como, Co. If you’ve never been to Como, you have to go! It’s the strangest little town that looks like it could be abandoned, but it’s not.  Many of the houses look like a junk yard office. It’s filled with visual treats for photographers. […]


Film Jar

Film Jar

This jar of film has lived in my refrigerator for years. Earlier this year, I decided  to produce a body of work based on what’s on the film. What is on the film? I have no idea. I look forward to exploring the mysteries that it holds. As we move more and more towards a […]


Green Dreams

Green Dreams

Copyright Jeff Ball 2009 As Remy and I started exploring the Pacific Northwest, one of the first things we noticed was how green it was. The trees were growing a wide variety of moss all over the surfaces. This shot was taken as we took a drive around the surrounding Portland area. It’s a whole […]


Ice Painting 4

Ice Painting 4

I am currently working on a series of “Ice Painting” pieces where I use ice and acrylic paint as my substrate and medium and take macro shots of the results. I love these because it’s a way of using both my passions. It’s painting and photography. In February I will be showing these pieces at the […]


Give Thanks

Give Thanks

As a child, Indian Corn was a sign of fall which of course meant Thanksgiving! This piece was taken at a beautiful pumpkin patch in Broomfield, Colorado.


Decomposition

Decomposition

Rust will always catch my eye. I love the variations in tone and texture in this piece. Decomposition is part of any life cycle. The process of steel oxidizing is one of the most beautiful to me.


Blades of Production

Blades of Production

This was taken in a tractor bone yard in Colorado. My good friend and talented artist,  Anna Montgomery and I were invited to shoot photographs at this amazing yard of vintage farm equipment. We explored together and separately as we sought little visual treasures. The repeating patterns made this a prime target for my camera.