Jim Baab is creating simple photographic illusions with food
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Welcome, patrons! Thank you for your interest and support via Patreon!

About me:

Somerville, MA artist Jim Baab photographs everyday objects, scenes, and the human form, with an eye for light, line, and illusion. Since taking his hobby more seriously in 2011, his artwork has been chosen for national and international, juried, group exhibitions in TN, CA, MA, MI, VT and Budapest, Hungary. Jim's awards and recognition include a 2nd Place award from the 2013 Mobile Photography Awards, a Gold Artist award for ArtAscent magazine's Vol. 8, ‘Hidden’ issue, and being a First Round Selected Photographer for the Hariban Award '15. Additionally, Jim's Instagram book was chosen for an extended group “photobook" exhibition in NY and MA and he was chosen as the sole visual artist featured in the Boston-themed, 40th issue of POESY magazine.

And, here's what I'm currently focused on...

Artist statement for CONVERGENCE:
In 1994, I created black and white, still-life “portraits” of a red pepper and Brussels sprout that resemble the back of a bronze nude. My "vegetarian nudes" were inspired by Edward Weston’s curvaceous Pepper No. 30; but, I did not visit the grocery store with a nude in mind. I was simply searching for interesting shapes to photograph. So… why did I see the human figure in this inanimate object?

Twenty years later, through a new body of work, I found the answer: pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (visual or aural) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations and seeing the “man” in the Moon.

At the intersection of gastronomy and geometry, still-life and biology, sensual and grotesque, Convergence elevates the mundane via an in-camera, digital mirror effect. While rotating and panning the camera above common foods, a live, Rorschachian symmetry allows me to channel pareidolia and capture demons, angels, parasites, masks, and otherworldly artifacts, flora and fauna. The results of these explorations are not just an artistic journey through my mind's eye. Each image is an opportunity for the viewer to recognize the psychology behind the foods we prefer, produce, prepare, consume, and waste.


How your support will keep me creative:
Your support will allow me to less randomly experiment, create, and present surprising images to new audiences. Your love and interest will be in every print, every frame, every membership, every electron that charges a battery, spins a hard drive, or sends my images to an online call for art.

Additionally, larger commitments to my photographic adventures will help me purchase a new computer, a new printer, grip and lighting gear, etc., and be used for professional services that will allow me to learn new skills, produce books, print and frame larger works, and ship my work farther away. Your presence in my craft will be a catalyst for creating bodies of work worth sharing worldwide!

How this works:
Basically, you pledge to give me money each month to be an artist. You can stop at any time, or, set limits if you have a budget. I receive most of your pledge (because I pay your transaction fee and Patreon gets a little bit, too) and I continue to make art with your support.

I'm still learning how to use this site; (and to ask for support) but, I can offer tiered rewards for patrons that pledge specific amounts. So, it could be a set of images for your smartphone, at one level, or a signed print at another. I could share some knowledge in a video chat, or, design something unique just for you. It all depends on how I set things up, including my Patreon Blog posts. Those posts can be restricted to specific patron levels. But, don't worry! My posts are currently open for all to view, because I want your feedback and support.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
Yes! You'll have access to my patron-only feed and get a virtual fist-bump - right in the knuckles! You're the best! Thank you for supporting my craftiness and telling others about what I do!
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 of 19 patrons
You'll have access to my patron-only feed, get a virtual fist-bump (complete with whistle and boom) and I will mail you a sweet post card of my original food illusion 'Vegetarian Nude' which includes a history on the back. Post it on your fridge - instant conversation piece! Now get out of the kitchen! This is a social event!
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The Epson printer that I have now is great. But, it's being repaired this month, 3/2016, because the print heads need to be checked and cleaned at each startup. (That process uses ink that could be used for printing.) Also, I cannot produce great grayscale/B&W images, because it does not have multiple black ink cartridges. (Because it's a color printer, it can produce color hues in the deep black tones on prints.) The Epson P800 printer would have more ink types for B&W printing. It would allow me to produce larger prints, too.
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Welcome, patrons! Thank you for your interest and support via Patreon!

About me:

Somerville, MA artist Jim Baab photographs everyday objects, scenes, and the human form, with an eye for light, line, and illusion. Since taking his hobby more seriously in 2011, his artwork has been chosen for national and international, juried, group exhibitions in TN, CA, MA, MI, VT and Budapest, Hungary. Jim's awards and recognition include a 2nd Place award from the 2013 Mobile Photography Awards, a Gold Artist award for ArtAscent magazine's Vol. 8, ‘Hidden’ issue, and being a First Round Selected Photographer for the Hariban Award '15. Additionally, Jim's Instagram book was chosen for an extended group “photobook" exhibition in NY and MA and he was chosen as the sole visual artist featured in the Boston-themed, 40th issue of POESY magazine.

And, here's what I'm currently focused on...

Artist statement for CONVERGENCE:
In 1994, I created black and white, still-life “portraits” of a red pepper and Brussels sprout that resemble the back of a bronze nude. My "vegetarian nudes" were inspired by Edward Weston’s curvaceous Pepper No. 30; but, I did not visit the grocery store with a nude in mind. I was simply searching for interesting shapes to photograph. So… why did I see the human figure in this inanimate object?

Twenty years later, through a new body of work, I found the answer: pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (visual or aural) wherein the mind perceives a familiar pattern of something where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations and seeing the “man” in the Moon.

At the intersection of gastronomy and geometry, still-life and biology, sensual and grotesque, Convergence elevates the mundane via an in-camera, digital mirror effect. While rotating and panning the camera above common foods, a live, Rorschachian symmetry allows me to channel pareidolia and capture demons, angels, parasites, masks, and otherworldly artifacts, flora and fauna. The results of these explorations are not just an artistic journey through my mind's eye. Each image is an opportunity for the viewer to recognize the psychology behind the foods we prefer, produce, prepare, consume, and waste.


How your support will keep me creative:
Your support will allow me to less randomly experiment, create, and present surprising images to new audiences. Your love and interest will be in every print, every frame, every membership, every electron that charges a battery, spins a hard drive, or sends my images to an online call for art.

Additionally, larger commitments to my photographic adventures will help me purchase a new computer, a new printer, grip and lighting gear, etc., and be used for professional services that will allow me to learn new skills, produce books, print and frame larger works, and ship my work farther away. Your presence in my craft will be a catalyst for creating bodies of work worth sharing worldwide!

How this works:
Basically, you pledge to give me money each month to be an artist. You can stop at any time, or, set limits if you have a budget. I receive most of your pledge (because I pay your transaction fee and Patreon gets a little bit, too) and I continue to make art with your support.

I'm still learning how to use this site; (and to ask for support) but, I can offer tiered rewards for patrons that pledge specific amounts. So, it could be a set of images for your smartphone, at one level, or a signed print at another. I could share some knowledge in a video chat, or, design something unique just for you. It all depends on how I set things up, including my Patreon Blog posts. Those posts can be restricted to specific patron levels. But, don't worry! My posts are currently open for all to view, because I want your feedback and support.

Recent posts by Jim Baab

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
Yes! You'll have access to my patron-only feed and get a virtual fist-bump - right in the knuckles! You're the best! Thank you for supporting my craftiness and telling others about what I do!
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 of 19 patrons
You'll have access to my patron-only feed, get a virtual fist-bump (complete with whistle and boom) and I will mail you a sweet post card of my original food illusion 'Vegetarian Nude' which includes a history on the back. Post it on your fridge - instant conversation piece! Now get out of the kitchen! This is a social event!