Spring Break = Printing week!
I’ve been printing up a storm and I am close to having all of my final prints done for the thesis exhibition.
Here is a recent image:
Many more images to come soon.
Also, a little teaser for another future post:
Check out: Treemotel’s new music video for Barbara.
It was produced at my school (Santa Fe University of Art and Design) by some really talented people. It is truly great.
Fun fact: I made the big green head (at about 1:24) for a costume.
Back to the darkroom!
So this semester has been pretty crazy, but it has also been pretty crazy-amazing. Myself and the three other Photography BFA students at my school, (Michelle Eckhardt, Zoe Townsend, Karen Belton) will be presenting about our work at photo-eye gallery. Every first wednesday of the month, photo-eye invites photographers to present work that they have done. I am extremely excited about this opportunity for our group to share our work with the public.
If you are in the Santa Fe area, put it on your calendar! The event is March 7 at 6:30.
(my image is #3 on the flyer. Check out the other photographers! They are doing some really cool stuff.)
In other amazing and much more humble news, our school is taking a trip to New York for AIPAD, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers. I have heard that is probably the biggest photography event in the world. I am so utterly excited to get to go on this trip! (and to visit New York for the first time)
A shot from last March.
I used this image for the cover of a book I designed last march.
Nectar Magazine has gotten more submissions for “Most of Us Die” so far than we got in total for “Evidence of Home”. This issue is going to be big. Submissions are open until June.
On a personal note, this semester has been really intense. I’ve got 3 part time jobs, a volunteer job, and starting this magazine. On top of that, being a full time student and trying to work on my thesis. It’s tiring but when I accomplish a lot, it is very satisfying. I’m excited to graduate and be able to relax without feeling guilty.
Shot from last week. I have the most patient model in the world. I swear.
Nectar Magazine is getting way more submissions for issue #2 than for “Evidence of Home”. With more than 3 months left, I can’t wait to see all of the work that we get! I posted some of our recent submissions on Nectar’s site, check it out:
Unrelated, but cool: Check out Die Antwoord’s latest video, directed by amazing photographer Roger Ballen. Creepy and catchy and all around great.
Nectar Magazine’s theme “Evidence of Home” closed on February 1. We are in the process of designing the issue and while that process is going on, we started to accept submissions for our second issue. The theme is:
Most of Us Die
Check out the submission guidelines: http://nectarnectar.com/submit
Image for the poster is from my thesis series
Another recent thesis image. Just did another shoot today, of legs. More on that when those get developed.
Nectar Magazine closed submissions for its first issue. Over 100 people submitted, which is pretty good for coming up with the idea 4 months ago and having zero advertising budget. It can only grow from here. I’ve got some neat ideas about the next issue, but everything will have to be finalized before it can be released.
I’ve got some new Thesis images, after a much needed winter break. We drove from New Mexico to Arkansas to Missouri to Arkansas to New Mexico to Colorado, and finally back to New Mexico to stay. Admittedly, I was not as productive as I should have been in terms of image making, but I did relax fiercely and it was great to see family and meet new people too.
I’ve vowed to actually be productive now that I am back at school, so here are some new images, all taken with a 4X5 view camera, printed gelatin silver.
Also, don’t forget about Nectar Magazine! Submissions close in less than 2 weeks.
My close friend Kelsey Jonikas, is a film student currently working on her thesis film. It’s a sci-fi short film about a world where complex information can be bought and directly uploaded to the brain. Kelsey is raising money for the project. The money will go towards the art department and feeding the cast and crew. Equipment and locations are already taken care of. Her IndieGoGo site: http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Babel-Project
For $25 you can get a DVD, a poster, and thank you from Kelsey.
Check out the video:
photo from the “history of uploading”
Photo by Micaela Butts
UPDATE: Kelsey’s movie has been fully funded!
A split up sunset, Fall 2008.
Superstition has always surrounded Friday the 13th for reasons I don’t really care to understand. I’ve never really been a superstitious person, or if I am, it’s not blatant enough for me to notice it. Even past that though, my brother was born on a Friday the 13th, so I know it can’t be bad. He is one of the greatest people that I know. And today was spent cooking, hanging up posters, and relaxing with people that I love. Sure it’s cold outside and it’s sure to get colder, but there was nothing wrong with this day.
I hope everyone’s year was as good as mine was. Of course there were stress and deadlines, but overall I loved it.
The deadline for Nectar’s first issue is February 1, so that’s only a month away.
model: photographer Michelle Eckhardt
Books found in an abandoned house.
Photos from my trip home for Thanksgiving
These last ones make me think of this music video by Radiohead:
Here are some new photos from the most recent shoot, plus new titles!
Went to the Southwest regional SPE conference this weekend. Amazing photographers gave amazing presentations. It was fantastic.
Click image for larger size.
Recent project dealing with the media’s treatment of body image. Done in collaboration with Curtis Mueller.
Like most people (I’m guessing) I have struggled with accepting my body for its size, shape, and imperfections. With this project, I tried to imagine how my body would be viewed by a team of hybrid celebrity-blogger-scientists. But since that view alone is depressing and critical, I collaborated and got some new text from a more rational point of view.
This is my image in this semsester’s Kindling, published by the SFUAD graphic design department.
If you get the chance, check out the rest of the issue. It’s really awesome.
A few weekends ago I went to the Alternative Photographic International Symposium (or APIS), a series of lectures and print showings centered around alternative photographic processes, hosted by Bostick and Sullivan. There were some fantastic highlights for me.
Kayla Kopke, a recent graduate from College for Creative Studies showed prints from her thesis. The images represent a person with a certain color. The prints are platinum on top of inkjet, which create some fantastic results.
Their personal work consists of large photograms of plants. I found the work that they showed at APIS inspiring and beautiful. I was also encouraged by their ability to collaborate so successfully and for so many years.
France Scully Osterman gave a talk on collodion and her own work. She teaches workshops with her husband. Her personal work that she showed was incredible. Waxed salt prints from collodion negatives of her friends sleeping.
There was also a print trade, where I put in a cyanotype
(like the one on the right, but more straightforward print-wise)
and got a 2-color gum bichromate image of a tree from George Omorean I believe. Image of that soon.
There were many more wonderful artists and presenters, too. This is just scratching the surface on the bounty of information and art that was around.
I believe that APIS is every 2 years, so if you are interested, look out in 2013.
A few preview shots from this weeks 4×5 shoot for thesis!
In the studio:
waiting for the paint to dry.
and some final 4×5 images:
and a shot of some contact prints in my darkroom.
MORE TO COME!
On a trip to the ocean. Long exposure.
This image began what would become my prison work. I decided it did not fit the project, but I can’t get it out of my head. This was taken at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe.
As an update for the summer, I spent it between Conway, Arkansas and Springdale, Arkansas: going to concerts, spending time with family and friends, and trying to beat the heat.
Recently I went to the annual burning of Zozobra during the Fiestas de Santa Fe. Zozobra is a huge (around 40 ft. tall) marionette that personifies all of the gloom of the year. By burning him, people can rid themselves of their own gloom.
It’s a huge event and here is a little taste from this year:
Currently I am working on my thesis, which will be a continuation of my “abstracted skin” work. I’m working with a 4×5 camera and printing black and white gelatin silver. Updates on that soon!