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!
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.
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.
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.
These are some images for my final project in my Advanced Digital class. I photographed in abandoned locations in Santa Fe and then photographed my models separately and brought them together and tried to create a sense of connection between the figure and the space. I believe that structures are most affected by the people that live in them, and the time without those people. The evidence of their presence is still contained in the space, from the large amount of shoes still littering the floors to the walls smeared with dirt, possibly done by hand. The figures allude to their time and connection within the “home”, and how the figure invigorates a building even after years of neglect and decay.
Books found in an abandoned house.
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.
Our digital class recently met with British photographer Matt Wright, who specializes in 360 degree panorama images.
He’ll even print the image on a globe and rephotograph it in the same location.
He took us out to photograph some 360 panoramas and I snapped some of these shots:
I found pennies that someone had left on the railroad tracks but never went back for.
A van outside of the Santa Fe Complex
Started printing 16×20″ for my thesis work. update on that soon.
Some dinos meeting their doom
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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!
Here is my collection of photos and a short story about the recycling world in Santa Fe. This was done during my photojournalism class this past semester.
When someone says “recycling” the first thing you think about is probably putting plastic, paper, and glass into curbside bins that get trucked away to an unknown facility. In Santa Fe, that facility is The Buckman Road Recycling and Transfer Station, located off of highway 599. About 26,000 homes in Santa Fe city and county have curbside bins that get picked up and hauled to the site every week. Residential and commercial customers can also bring in loads of paper, cardboard, plastic, cans, glass, scrap metal, fluorescent light bulbs, green waste (branches, grass), and e-waste (like computers, cell phones, and batteries). It is free to dump things that would go in a curbside bin, but there are usually fees to dump other things. Materials are sorted by a series of conveyers and by hand and then baled, stored and, when there are enough to load an entire trailer, sold to the “most responsible bidder.” There are no companies in New Mexico that can reconstitute any of these materials. The weight of bales varies; plastic bales can weigh 750 lb. while some paper bales are 1200 lb and aluminum bales are even heavier. Mike says that right now, the plant sells about 500 to 600 tons of material per month. One interesting thing is that while the facility accepts glass, they don’t have the resources to separate it by color, so it isn’t recyclable to glass manufacturers. The station has been grinding and stockpiling it with the hopes of using it as a landfill liner, a 2 foot permeable barrier to help prevent contamination of the surrounding land, once the city finishes the approval process.
On a smaller scale, Mr. G’s Auto Sales and Pro-Tow off of Airport road will pay individuals and businesses for their recycled materials. A handful of individuals keep the business running with Brian Gutierrez at the front. Mr. G’s accepts all types of metals, cans, cars, and cardboard. Some things, like cardboard, they won’t pay for, but they make sure it gets recycled properly. On the property, they have a large compactor that they use to smash cars and scrap metals into something that can fit on a trailer. It is sold for somewhere between 5 to 10 cents per pound, depending on the market and buyer. When smashing a car, they drain all the fluids and have a company dispose of those and then remove all of the parts that could be reused or sold for a higher value that as scrap metal.
Santa Fe is a city known for having a large art community. Many artists who use recycled materials in their art participate in the yearly Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival. This year, the event is set to take place on November 11-13 at El Museo Cultural. Artists from Santa Fe to Illinois come to showcase their art and environmental awareness. These artists upcycle, where old products are re-imagined and given more value. I talked to three different artists who participate in this festival to learn how they use recycled materials in their art.
One artist is Susan Todd. A clothing designer for more than 20 years, she makes a business out of selling clothing, bags, wallets, and other objects made from old sweaters, plastic billboards, and even a hot air balloon. Susan was invited to visit some of Mary Olsen’s art classes at Wood Gormley Elementary School and teach them how to make “tapestries” out of plastic bags. These are made by placing a few layers of white plastic bags on top of one another after cutting off the printed parts, handles and bottom. This creates the base. Then, colored pieces from other bags are cut out and glued on top with the intention of being ironed between sheets of wax paper so it becomes one single, flat object. Students were encouraged to translate drawings that they had made the previous week into plastic. After all of the pieces were done, Susan ironed each class’s work together horizontally into 4 incredibly long strips. The themes that the kids illustrated were: birds, tall tales, gardens, and friendship.
Kristin Lora is another artist who participates in the Recycle Santa Fe Festival. Originally from San Fransisco, she moved to Santa Fe 9 years ago. She produces jewelry, music boxes, toys, and a lot of other fun objects. She says that she gets much of her inspiration from materials she finds at thrift stores, junk shops, antique stores, and flea markets. Sometimes she will make a piece from found materials and like it so much that she has to buy new things to replicate it. Inside her studio, there are boxes and drawers filled with things like body parts from dolls, clock parts, broken glass, plastic animals, and billiard balls. The walls, tables and shelves of her home are filled with recycled and upcycled artwork as well as many antiques. Her work shows in 40 galleries across the country and pieces have been published in 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse and artful home as well as other publications.
Ravenna Osgood, a 16 year old sophmore at the New Mexico School for the Arts, has participated in the Trash Fashion Show portion of the festival since she was 8. Materials that she has used to create these dresses include newspaper, whole foods bags, Capri Sun pouches, wine corks, plastic gift cards, paper coffee cups, a Harry Potter book, and metal coffee bags. She has placed in the contest every year that she has entered, winning 1st place four different times. Ravenna says that working on these projects “makes you realize how much we use and throw away.” She collects the materials by either saving them herself, asking friends to save too, or going to local business and asking for their waste. She likes to find things that “no one would think to use for an outfit.” Ravenna has a lot of fun collecting the pieces and assembling the dresses and plans on making dresses for more Art Festivals in the future.
Mr. G’s is a private business that buys, sells and recycles all sorts of materials.
Preview from today’s shoots with Santa Fe artists using recycled materials
Preview for Chimayo shoot today. Every year on Easter weekend, hundreds if not thousands of people make a pilgrimage to the church in Chimayo.
Preview from today’s shoot for my photojournalism project on recycling in Santa Fe.
Kids making art with ironed plastic bags.