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What is Techno Obscura?

The term is one I coined many years ago. It is a sort of art movement of Modern Noir as well as a sort of style. Techno refers to “technology” and Obscura is a reference to “camera obscura” which means “dark box” in Latin. For me, it’s the dark of the page and the dark of the implied technologies involved in my works. They are not clear; they are obfuscated. They are dark.

Techno Obscura encompasses more than just dark images. It’s the works of HR Giger, my friends, my favorite artists, and a myriad of others.

It’s also the elusive Steampunk, Dreadpunk, Atomic Punk. Any punk. It’s the film works of Fritz Lieber (Metropolis) and Terry Gilliam, David Lynch, and a score of others. Books like Naked Lunch make the list.

I’m seeking a way of capturing these dark images, maddening vistas, and surreal nightmares bouncing around my head.

That’s where this site and you come in.

Let me know what you like or not.

Who are you?

My name is Jonathan. I am a professional photographer and artist among other things. My favorite thing is to take my photos and make new and different art from it.

At first, I made these stencil-derived art prints that I defined and painted by airbrush. I sold maybe a few of them. I think I still have some somewhere. I’ll dig them up and post them later.

Then, I changed my tune and remained almost entirely in the digital realm using Photoshop and Illustrator. Add in the use of Adobe Capture on the iPhone and I had a pretty solid group of tools.

Now? Now I make art. Lots of it.

For you.

Enjoy!

FAQ

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Who are you and what do you do?

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  • My name is Jonathan Ziegler. I am a professional, learned, accomplished, and award-winning photographer, video and graphic artist.
  • I create Visual Experiments in Photo & Video.
  • I tend to be a bit independent and I prefer to use my own means and ends. I am also a bit of an introvert so I generally prefer my own company or a very few friends. I don’t dig crowds much.
  • Consequently, I don’t shoot weddings or events. In rare instances, maybe, but usually only as a some type of backup.
  • I was raised in the icy wilderness of Northern Minnesota until 16. Then, I moved to Arizona. Now, I’m 44. Been in Tucson since 1991.
  • I have a BA in Graphic Design. I have been employed as a computer graphics, videographer, photographer, photo and video editor, graphic designer, and a number of other jobs. I also make small, creative projects like toy guns, copper bees and bugs using vacuum tubes, a 3D printer, Cricut machine, etc. I love spray painting and airbrushing. I’m a fan of stencils.
  • I create and sell stock media. Photos, video, art, audio, vectors, etc. are my stock in trade… Ha!

What kind of stuff do you create?

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  • Lots. Mostly, I’m making photos and videos for stock photo and video when I am not making photos and videos for my and my wife’s business, WeeGonza Bazaar or our store on Etsy.
  • I am working on several photo, video, and art projects. Please sign up for my mailing list for all of the latest.
  • Right now, I am posting my photos and projects to this website to help show all of the cool stuff I’ve made. More coming.

Have you won awards?

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  • I have won several ADDY Awards.
  • I’ve won at the Pima County Fair for my Betty Page digital painting. I’ve won mentions and such before, too.
  • I won a video contest for the Miniature Time Machine Museum. The short spot ran on movie screens and websites all over Tucson. Also won an iPod Mini (get it? Mini mini?).

Do you shoot weddings, bar mitzvahs, quinceaƱeras, or corporate events?

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  • Nope.
  • I’m not great with crowds and I personally know a large number of very talented and reasonably priced photographers and videographers I’d be happy to refer you. Also, I prefer to take time to create a more artistic and unique video than simply produce some type of pre-determined format.

What do you do with the art you make?

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Photos:

  • Most get archived. The photos are generally good, but may have minor issues like poor focus, motion blur, bad depth-of-field, poor composition, odd expressions, bad lighting, or a range of basic reasons.
  • Since I know I have shot better images over the course of a shoot, I safely move on.
  • After I have a small set (usually 20-25% of the whole), I refocus on those images and identify the ones with the best technical merits (usually no more than 5% of the whole).
  • Then, I begin focusing on just the ones that seem particularly promising (about 2-3%).
  • I will now begin making basic corrections to edit the shoot around my or my client’s needs.
  • Polished images can take a week or so, though I try to have solid, usable portfolio-quality images available in about a week for TFD work. These may be slated for further work, too.
  • I submit some images to stock photo agencies I work with. They are available for license after a brief approval period which can be days or weeks, depending on the stock agency.
  • For stock photo or video work, I pay or otherwise compensate talent.
  • Some images become fodder for my photo-manipulation projects. These are creative art projects using numerous photos and other elements to create something totally new and different.
  • I am currently researching new sales avenues making images available for sale individually or as collections of images in packages. They will be a combination of different types of images.
  • I copyright my work on a regular basis.

Will you assign copyright to another party, allow me to copyright, or share copyright(s) with me?

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  • Nope. I retain exclusive copyright. Federal copyright law clearly defines photographer rights to duplication of images.(http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#106)
  • I do not use (or sign) any contracts with “work-for-hire” type wording.
  • I DO license my images and other art for various uses. Please contact me for rate information (see stock agencies for work that is already available for license).