Tintype

I did my very first tintype shoot last week. Ingvild Eiring modeled, and styled the clothes. As always, we had a blast! And the tintypes turned out beautifully, if I may say so myself. See more of my tintypes over at julieloen.com or even more at Flickr.

I used the Rockland Colloid Tintype Parlor Kit from Freestyle Photographic and borrowed my boyfriend’s Holga. The kit includes 8 4×5” black aluminum plates. I cut the plates into 16 smaller plates to fit the medium format camera, this also left me with 16 extra mini plates I used to test the exposure with. The kit also contains emulsion, developer, fixer and easy instructions – everything you need, except trays and safelight. I used cheap food container boxes from IKEA as trays, when I was done for the day I just put the lid on the chemicals.

The few glitches I encountered were all about the emulsion: getting the damn thing onto the plates evenly (I had to reheat it for about every 4th plate), and leaving the plates long enough in the developer – the three minutes the instruction suggested were far from enough, but then again, it might have been a bit colder than the preferred 20°C. When the plate isn’t properly developed the image will turn out blue, typically in the corners and around the edges. The blue is impossible to see under red safelight in the darkroom, so buckle up for surprises!

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Zerelda in Floz Visions

I know. I know… Everything is about Zerelda these days. Hope y’all ain’t tired of her yet. If you want to know the connection between a Barbie doll in a fighter pilot outfit and the gunslinging babe in the shape of Ingvild Eiring, head on over to Floz Visions, where Zerelda’s been featured along with a bunch of pictures you probably haven’t seen before.

Zerelda’s Big Weekend

Ingvild Eiring and yours truly at the release party for All The Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton. Much love and squishes to everyone who showed up! We had a great time!!!

TheShop

Here’s our little dry goods store at the release party we held on Friday. If you couldn’t come, but would like to buy a signed copy of All The Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton, Embers at Dawn, An Obelus Wheeze or maybe a pack of Zerelda postcards or the Professor Lafayette’s Bison Horn Potion bottle, head on over to my Tictail store.

A selection of images from All The Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton were exhibited at Fotografiets Dag at Preus Museum in Horten yesterday. As you can see, there’s no name under the pictures. Some time between 12.30 and 15.30 someone removed my name tag and stole my box of business cards, efficiently sabotaging my exhibition. A bunch of pictures without a name is worth exactly nothing. When granted an exhibition spot at Fotografiets Dag you basically get 5 hours of attention from a crowd who’s there to look at photographs. Up to three of those hours have been stolen from me. Ingvild and I have worked on this project for two years. Getting noticed is hard work. To be exhibited at an event such as Fotografiets Dag is a golden opportunity to promote what we’ve been working so hard on. I paid for the prints myself. Hell, I pay for everything myself… I’m a self-publisher. Nothing is cheap. Nothing is easy. But bullshit like this takes the fun right out of it.

Zerelda Gets Exhibited

I am very proud to announce that six of the photographs from All the Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton will be exhibited during Fotografiets Dag (The Photography’s Day) at Preus Museum in Horten on Sunday, August 23rd. I will be there from 12:00-17:00.

The museum is always a treat to visit and there will be lots of photographs to look at. Hope to see you there!

Release Party for Zerelda Glanton

Ingvild Eiring and yours truly are throwing a belated release party for our Polaroid photobook All the Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton. The release party will take place at Fuglen in Oslo on Friday August 21st. We’ll be there from 18:00 with books you can buy and get signed.

Find the event on Facebook here.

Blurb:

All the Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton is a photographic journey in hardship and badassery by photographer Julie Loen and model Ingvild Eiring.

Two years in the making and shot entirely on Polaroid film in snow, rain, sunshine and dusty interiors – capturing the seasons and a myriad of locations – the fleeting figure of Zerelda Glanton comes to life as a gun-toting, horse-riding, anvil-banging, booze-swigging cowgirl, whore and lady.

If you’re partial to undraped ladies and shooting irons, and take kindly to the grittier side of photography, this ought to be right up your alley.

Preview of the book can be viewed at Blurb, and a selection of images from the book can be seen at my website julieloen.com.

All the Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton is Out Now!

She’s finally here! I know a lot of you have been pining for her a very long time… and we (Ingvild and I) have been teasing you since our first Zerelda shoot in 2013 – never showing you more than a glimpse of what we’ve been up to. Well, the wait is over. The 108 page Polaroid photobook is available in three different versions:

Get the glorious big hardcover book (12x12in/30x30cm) directly from Blurb for $124.99 here

or

The no less spectacular, but a lot cheaper, small softcover book (7x7in/18x18cm) from Amazon for $54.99 here

or

The E-book (epub) for only $9.99 here

Preview of the book can be viewed at Blurb. And a selection of images from the book can be seen at my website julieloen.com.

So, where are you guys from?

Ingvild and I are back from our trip to California. The word “amazing” has been thrown around a lot in our social media updates during (and after) the big adventure. It was everything we hoped for and more. I shot 1921 digital images, 189 Polaroid pictures and a handful of mobile phone snapshots, plus a few short videos. Ingvild took pictures too, and is fixing to draw images inspired by what we saw and experienced out west. She also filmed the most memorable critters – Skunk! Squirrel! Steller’s Jay!

The USA might be a car county, but it worked out just fine taking trains and buses, cabs and Uber (and a short ride with a ferry) to get around. A lot of people thought we were quite insane when they learned that we were “doing” California without a car. People also flaunted a lot of raised eyebrows when hearing that we were only staying a week. “But you have to stay longer when you travel that far,” they’d say. I would have loved to stay longer, but the “mere” week made the trip possible within the foreseeable future. I’d rather do a trip like this every other year, than have to save money for five years to stay a month.

The jovial people of the sunny state is very talkative – by the end of the week we automatically answered “Norway” in unison when asked the question “Where are you guys from?” for the umpteenth time. Some people tried to guess where we were from too. Germany was the most reasonable guess – after hearing us speak Norwegian, but why any one would think two pale gals like us are from Brazil or Argentina is beyond me… we were asked that too.

Generally every one we talked to was exceedingly helpful and nice, and often dished out a bit of humour along with their service. Our first encounter with real life American humour hit us already on the plane across the Atlantic. We had collected a bit of rubbish after eating a meal and were looking to get rid of it. It had been a while since a steward had passed by, so I walked up to a steward sitting at the back of the plane and asked if he could take it off my hands. He gave me a mean scowl and said: “No, we ain’t got the time.” I just stood there, feeling like an idiot, not quite sure if I should take him seriously or not. A grin spread across his face. “Naaah, I’m just kidding,” he said. “Give it here.”

In short, this is what our trip looked like:

Day 1

(We landed in San Francisco the day before)

Fisherman’s Wharf

Alcatraz

Dinner at Greens

Day 2

Travel to Sacramento (bus + train)

Shoot at Folsom Lake

Visit a friend of Ingvild’s and eat dinner there

Day 3

Travel to Cedar Lodge in El Portal (bus + train + bus)

Explore the area

Dinner at the lodge

Day 4

Yosemite

Ride horses to Mirror Lake

Explore the museums in Yosemite

Dinner at the lodge

Day 5

Shoot in El Portal

Yosemite

Raft on Merced River

Back to Cedar Lodge for more shoots

Dinner at the lodge

Day 6

Travel back to San Francisco (bus + train + bus)

Dinner at random Indian restaurant in Chestnut Street

Day 7

Wells Fargo Museum

Walk across The Golden Gate Bridge

Dinner at The Plant

(We went home the next day)

Like I stated in my previous post, the result of our escapades in California will be collected in a travel journal. I can promise you a book filled with fun and adventure, musings and tales, and of course lots of pictures. But please don’t hold your breath, we don’t expect to complete the book until some time next year.

Embers at Dawn is Perma Free!

Embers at Dawn (e-book) is perma-free and available everywhere! …or at least here: Smashwords, Barnes & Noble/Nook, iBooks, Google Books and Ebok.no

Amazon is a bit tardy about taking the hint – they’re still selling it for $0.99, but you can get the mobi file (for Kindle) at Smashwords for free too.

I have received my first Smashwords review. It is short and sweet: “Loved this book! The imagery is amazing and the mix between total crass and intelligence is just awesome! Great characters.” – Debby Rubino, Smashwords

Happy New Year!

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Cropped image of Ingvild Eiring from our upcoming photo book All the Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton

2014 has been an exciting year. I published my debut novel in December 2013, so 2014 has been the first year I’ve received feedback from strangers on my work – an experience that has been mostly thrilling. It’s hard to describe the profound feeling of pride and joy when reading a positive review of one’s own work – it is no less than exhilarating.

To sum up 2014 short: I’ve written the first draft of the third book in my western series, begun writing the fourth and spent a lot of time editing the second. All the Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do – The Ballad of Zerelda Glanton, the polaroid photo book I’m making with Ingvild Eiring, is coming along nicely. We’ve done several shoots throughout the year, and I’ve written the folk song style ballad that will accompany the photos. A nice bonus at the end of the year was to have a photo featured in Hank 3’s Hellbetty 2015 calendar.

2014 has been filled with a lot of work, but not a whole lot to show for. I am very excited to step into the new year and finally reveal several projects that have been in the making for a long while. Here’s my plan for 2015:

  • Publish Embers at Dawn on more e-book platforms via Smashwords
  • Publish An Obelus Wheeze, the follow-up to Embers at Dawn
  • Do the final shoot for All the Things a Woman Oughtn’t Do and publish it
  • Launch new designs in my print-on-demand merchandise stores. There’s also something unique and handmade in the works that I won’t reveal yet.
  • Maybe publish the third book in my western series, if time allows it it might be completed in the latter half of the year
  • I’m considering putting together an anthology of self-portraits. Self-portraits were “my thing” for several years before I turned my camera toward models and (almost) never looked back.
  • And last, but not least: I’m going to the US with Ingvild! No details have been planned yet, but I can assure you there will be pictures to prove our shenanigans.

With all of this ahead of me, I trust that 2015 will indeed be a very happy year. Have a good one y’all!