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Scrolling downward, you'll find threads of a Web-log for Steve Dorchester — practitioner of tradigital artoons & kinetic media, as well as other fascinations such as quirky "TtV" photography, hanging metal mobiles, or origami in the balmy tropics of Green Bay, WI ...

2017: Checking In…

Origami Adventurer


It’s been so long since I’ve put this Web site to use that attempting to connect to the server has felt like a ‘Bourne Identity’ hacking mission. My theory on this is: many years ago I must have been enlisted into a secret government program where they reprogrammed me into an Ultimate Average-Joe and wiped my memory clear of important things, such as the log-in info for this Web site.

I have returned to the site now because I reckon this mostly-idle Weblog serves as a time capsule for future archeologists. When they sift through the rubble of our ancient internet for the wealth of information embedded within they’ll get to know about Steve Dorchester directly from the source. These are my cave drawings, sealed in amber and sunken deep in the world-wide tar pit to be fossilized forever.

What sort of life-diversions could prevent someone like me from keeping up with a thing as important as curating their own permanent-record for all time? I’m really not sure about that, but look here at this little piece of paper I folded.

Recently I’ve been intrigued by origami. There are many different ways and aspects of origami to be intrigued with and I suspect that each origami-intrigued individual would have their own special niche of intrigue. In my case, my calling has been in finding keen designs that I can memorize. I like to be able to start folding and create a small sculpture out of a single sticky-note without having to look anything up.

And there is someone else in my Family who is also intrigued by origami, which makes me happy. Recently, in fact, there was a lovely origami wedding that took place on the coffee table, officiated by a giraffe.

It seems as though I hover around being able to remember how to make about 60 things. If I try to add something new to my stable, one of the other designs that I used to have memorized gets squeezed out.

(Undoubtedly that is also a consequence of my government reprogramming.)

Origami Wedding

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 Eclectcetera!

En the Scene…

Scene Magazine - Green Bay

 
In its October 2012 issue, Scene Newspaper has published a nice interview with me that profiles two of my interests — TtV photography & animation.

For those of you interested in learning more about TtV (through-the-viewfinder photography), head over to the through-the-viewfinder Flickr group; a gathering place with a swell bunch of folk:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/throughtheviewfinder/

And if you’d like to see how a wedding looks through the viewfinder of my vintage Argus Seventy-five “can”mera, peruse this miscellaneous showcase gallery — shot from the respected coattails of my everstellar sweetheart, Kim Klein Dorchester of Kim Klein Photography:

   Weddings and Portraits ~ TtV

Or… if mutual interest in animation has drawn you here, I’d love to share a couple of my short animated films with y’all. Enjoy!:

   “Morning Shift”
   “Wild Frontier: Sharp Teeth”

Big thanks to Donna Fischer and Scene for such thoughtful words.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 Thonk! News

A Sandy Relic…

Home, Sweet Home

This is an early kid’s-book effort of mine. Though it was never quite polished to a sparkle, I do think there’re some nice things about it & it seems a shame to have it languish on a hard drive.

For your leisure, here is “Sand of the Sea” (.pdf). Enjoy!

Friday, March 9th, 2012 Thonk! of the Day

Home, Sweet Home

Home, Sweet Home
Once upon a time there was a sad old little grey house sitting cold and dark and empty for a very long while. Then one day, after lots-and-lots of TLC, a warm and loving home stood in the very spot where the old lonely house used to be. A family had seen life and had fixed it up and had moved inside. And now they are all living very happily ever after.
The Beginning. :)

Visit the Snapshot Gallery >

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 Eclectcetera!

‘Morning Shift’ on the big-screen again!

Morning Shift, by Steve Dorchester

My short animated film ‘Morning Shift’ will be screened in the family collection of short films at the Green Bay Film Festival, Saturday, February 26.

It’ll be very fun to view the film right in my own home town. Hope to see you there! :)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 Thonk! News

‘Wild Frontier: Sharp Teeth’ is selected for the Wisconsin Film Festival 2010: Madison, WI April 14 – 18 ~ :)

Wisconsin Film Festival


My short animated film ‘Wild Frontier: Sharp Teeth’ has been scheduled as the closer for the Wisconsin Film Festival compilation program of “Shorts: Saturday Morning” screening on April 17, 11:00 a.m. at the Frederic March Play Circle - Memorial Union - UW Madison. I’m looking forward to attending!

Monday, April 5th, 2010 Thonk! News

365 Through-the-Viewfinder (TtV)

Some time ago I was hooked by the challenge of capturing (digital) photographic images through the viewfinder of vintage TLR cameras manufactured in the 40s & 50s. Soon after, I took the plunge and committed to take one TtV image for each day of the year — beginning January 1, 2009.

Mission accomplished! :)  ~~ I believe I learned quite a bit about photography in the course of the project, and I definitely know that I enjoyed the experience.

The collection of ttv365 2009 images can be found in my flickr stream here.

A group of other swell folk who are also ttv365ers can be found here.

And the super-cool, primary Through-the-Viewfinder group can be found here. (Everything you always wanted to know about TtV, and were afraid to ask.)

I’ve also put together an interactive photo-mosaic, here , comprised of many of my photographs from 2009. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 Thonk! of the Day

‘Wild Frontier’ goes down under

Little Big ShotsThis summer Wild Frontier: Sharp Teeth has jetted around to Melbourne, Australia to be part of the Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids, 2009.

The week-long festival was held in June in Melbourne, and will continue touring other venues throughout the year.

G’day, mate!

“Wild Frontier: Sharp Teeth” at CICFF 2008

“Wild Frontier: Sharp Teeth” is a short animated film I completed earlier this year, and it has been selected for screening & competition at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2008!

The project is based upon circa-2005 audio recordings I captured of my three-year-old-at-the-time nephew as he tells me the story about a drawing he’s made. I incorporated that drawing and others-of-his into the film, along with a characterization of my nephew doing the speaking.

About the festival…

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the CICFF is North America’s largest and most celebrated film festival devoted to films for and by kids, and is the only Academy®-qualifying children’s film festival in the world. This year, “Cannes for Kids” features over 200 of the best films and videos for kids from 40 countries.

‘Wild Frontier…’ will be featured in three of the popular weekend anthology screenings of the eleven-day festival. It will certainly be fun to watch on the big-city silver screen, along with my collaborator nephew and a crowd of our closest friends!

I’ll share more about the film and about the festival upon my return.
Stay tooned…

“TtV” Photography

original "57 xelfogra" boxearly color

extremely sky-lit signdinosaurs

watching fall roll inmaking room for snow

hey, nice shirtwaving flower

Well, I’ve been bitten by the “Through the Viewfinder” (TtV)
photography bug!

TtV is simply the act of taking a photograph with one camera — usually digital — of the image displayed upon the viewing lens of another camera — usually a vintage twin lens top-view camera (such as the one depicted upon the red box in the first photo above).

That’s basically it. I learned about the technical fundamentals of the process at this flickr group. It’s a fun & enthusiastic bunch! When I joined I was the 4000th member.

There are really only three minor complications to the process of TtV: First, you likely need to have a ‘macro’ setting or capability for your shooting camera. (Because even though your portrait subject may be a distant mountain, what you’re really taking a picture of is a small reflection of that mountain, which is only inches from your camera lens.)

The second minor complication is getting your hands on a “twin lens reflex” (TLR) top-view camera. They’re not rare, but you just have to find one. Fortunately, eBay makes that simple, so within days one can be delivered right to your door for less than $20.

And the final complication is the need to eliminate glare and reflections on the view-screen you’re trying to photograph…

Presenting, “THE CONTRAPTION!“: TtV practitioners put their ingenuity to the test by engineering a light-blocking apparatus to span the distance between their digital camera shooting lens and the vintage camera’s view-screen. There are all sorts of shapes and sizes and solutions for accomplishing this, using materials ranging from toilet paper tubes or cereal boxes to gutter spout materials for home exteriors. I’ve made three variations so far, and will probably try more in the future. You can check out other people’s craftsmanship HERE.

As wonderful as digital photography is, it’s almost too perfect, and too universal to feel personal. Shooting TtV-style opens the door to happy accidents, and each vintage base-camera has its own unique aesthetic fingerprint to make the images one-of-a-kind. They’re usually dusty and bunged up, so that adds a retro quality to the imagery. Some have interesting blurs. Some have interesting vignette shadows. Some have interesting distortions. Most have their own special flourish of grit and grime.

And with prominence these days of panorama-shaped image dimensions, the square format is somewhat novel as well. The black, television-style border from the viewer lens is the final touch.

All in all it’s simply a fun and creative challenge! You can check out my beginning endeavors on MY FLICKR SITE.

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 Inspi/Reference