Tiny Scorpions

I’m writing about some of the art and artists in our show at Tohono Chul this winter, December 2014-March 2015.

Charles “Chip” Hedgcock is known for his photographs of bugs.

http://www.CharlesHedgcock.com

I first met Chip when he visited an elementary school where I was teaching. He came to show Cynthia’s 5th graders live bug specimens to draw and learn from…oh, to be a fifth grader that day.

Fast forward four years and Chip is finding the time to join Tumamoc Sketchers.

I met up with him one morning to observe his process.

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He uses different photographic processes to explore this place. On this December day, he makes an outdoor lab at the midway point up the Hill.

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Things haven’t changed much…Chip, circa 1980 (Bronco ’68).

Making coffee, Quitobaquito springs. ca 1980

Photographic processess are intensive (extensive), requiring specialized equipment; darkrooms, labs, computers etc. but this project happened almost exclusively here, on top of an old cooler.

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He placed creatures found on site onto old exposed photographic paper. The paper was discovered in the Tumamoc Desert Lab. He protected the specimens with clamped-down glass. He used the suns’ light to expose the paper further while the specimens blocked the light.

The exposure lasted all day.

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While walking the tiny scorpion exoskeletons to their spot on the top of the cooler, a gust of wind took one of them off the paper and onto the pavement…lost, impossible to find.  But, with soft eyes and a little bit of faith, the tiny one was located, replaced, and joined to make the three necessary for a more dynamic composition.

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Chip and resident geologist, Owen Davis.

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Come see the results and learn more about this unique process at the Tohono Chul entry gallery. See the Tiny Scorpions.

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And don’t forget, Tumamoc Sketchers is free and open to everyone. We meet once a week to draw, paint, sketch. Then we talk a little bit about what we did that day, that’s all, you just have to show up…..and up and up.

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Find the link to Tumamoc Sketchbook in the menu on the right. Join the mailing list to receive updates and times.

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