Off again

May 9, 2009

Starting another adventure.

I’m heading to the great state of Texas to do some hiking and exploring. Be back in a week, hopefully with exposed film and latent images of course.

And an image from Jersey City.

Haneefa


Best Photo Book of 2008

December 3, 2008

I premise this writing with a title that explains it all. I have been waiting a long time to write about my newest acquired photo book. “America” by Zoe Strauss arrived in the mail today at work! I purchased the book in early September but Amazon have been dragging their feet. I have been reading all the reviews and all the positive feedback people are writing and sure enough:

IT RULES!

I was very impressed by the quality of the printing and the layout of the photographs. I had already seen the layout online but it’s not the same as holding the book in your hands. Most of the photographs I have seen before but there are a few that are new and some real treats at that. If you were to buy one photography book this year it should be this one!

It is finally winter, after a long fall and four weeks in Miami for an extended summer I have finally had to put on a coat and come back home. It’s official that we are in a recession but it seems the photography business fell into it a lot sooner than our government was willing to admit.  If you have a full time job be thankful, I know that’s what I was thankful for on Thanksgiving.

Lots of plans for the next couple months. Hopefully scanning film I have stacked up and a new project. I took a class through the Cooper Union Continuing education program with Laurel. This week is the last class and I am hoping to take another course with them this winter. I have photographed Jersey City, NJ for the past few months on and off and I think its time to hunker down. For the winter.


Dead summer heat

August 2, 2008

I’m currently riding the path train home from Manhattan after dropping my brother off at port authority, I thought i was long overdue to write something. It’s been a very busy summer and I haven’t really been able to devote much time to personal photography. Of course all the time I should’ve spent photographing was not wasted. Lynne and I finally moved in together in a new apartment . I finally purchased an iPhone which I am blogging from,. I am hoping WordPress on my phone all the time will allow me the time to write more. Work has been very busy, photographing almost everyday.
I have lots of traveling ahead of me in the month of august so hopefully this will be a good resource. I am traveling to see wolf parade in Toronto next weekend and then I head to Massachusetts for two days to see Wilco at Tanglewood. I then come home for an evening before flying out to Las Vegas for five days to help out some friends. This is my first paid work vacation and it has been long awaited.
I took Jesse to see wolf parade on Thursday night and it was definitely one of their best performances I have seen. They all looked very happy to be in new York even with mosh pits. I am hoping there is a way to post photographs from the iPhone to the blog. I posted a bunch of pictures on the Flickr of the show.

So keep checking back I haven’t given up on the blog.

Listening to the new Conor Oberst album and it’s definitely nice to hear new music from him even if it isn’t from Bright Eyes.

Update: you can post pictures from your iPhone camera roll. As long as 2 megapixel is enough.

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Chain of photographs

June 21, 2008

I made this photograph over a year ago at a bar-b-que put on by a dear from of mine Joe Ziolkowski. This is an annual event he puts on for his current students and alumni of his class. It is an open party that any can come and make photographs and get away from RIT. The last time I went to his party was in the fall of 2006.

After the party Joe kindly presented me with the above photograph he made while everyone was on a tractor ride. This photograph means a lot to me because of the contents. Almost half of my class from freshmen year in college is in this picture (mind you it was a class of 12).

After receiving the photograph I talked to a friend of mine who had given me a ride to the party and he said Joe had also given him the same photograph. After realizing we were in turn all trading photographs Anthony Matoza gave me this photograph of Joe taking a picture while driving his tractor, with all of us as his subject.

On Tuesday I received a very awesome gift. Seth personett who was an incoming freshmen had photographed me making a portrait of Joe on the exact same wagon ride all the other above photographs were made. The photograph I was making has played a huge role in my direction of photography. That photograph directed my entire senior portfolio after I made the picture of Joe. It’s pretty awesome to see a photograph someone made of me over a year later. How much my life has changed since then, how much I wish I was still in school without any responsibility.


She’s already ahead of all of us.

May 28, 2008

Today I got an email from an old friend of mine. She had sent me a link to an interview she had with ephotos.com. Congratulations to Lacey Johnson. We took good old Owen Butler‘s class together. We photographed the entire day of November 2nd 2004. What a terrible turning point that day was for all of us. Apparently all those negative words about Diane Arbus didn’t turn you off.

In other news I’ve been traveling a bunch the past few weeks and I don’t think its going to slow down till at least July. I haven’t been photographing a whole lot but I am doing a redesign of my website. I got some encouragement from Amy Elkins.


playing catchup

May 16, 2008

black glove

kyles crosses

kyle


Allentown

May 15, 2008

Anna mia is closed for good.

pool

snow

Bethlehim Steel

jealous


An old friend

May 10, 2008

A good friend of mine from high school was featured on NPR today. Hattie Saltonstall is a senior at Savanah College of Art and Design and apparently she is finishing her senior collection. Oh, and she is really awesome at horseback riding.  Kinda crazy that my friends are on NPR, but great to hear about her. Remember art class?

Savanna Schools Version of Project Runway


A man who stays true to his word.

May 8, 2008

A man who stays true to his word, and his dollar. I sent Justin $1 and in return I received a whole envelope of awesome art. Hope you didn’t miss the boat. Thanks again Justin.

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short memo

On a side note, the infamous Keelay will be performing tonight at Pianos. He is performing in a reunion show with These Bones. See YOU there!!!


1000 Miles in Two Days

April 27, 2008

I have been traveling around like crazy the past few days for work. I am currently sitting in Raleigh/Durham airport for a flight back to New York. I was asked to deliver a bunch of equipment for my boss to Chapel Hill for a job. I had just gotten back from Miami a few weeks back and I’m on the road again and it feels great.

While down south I met up with an old friend from high school and we went out drinking at UNC where she goes to school. It’s always fun to meet up with old friends and catch up with people I lose track of because of our busy lives.

Today on my way to the airport we stopped at a farm to drop of some chickens. Yes we were dropping off live chickens. The farm had Lamas, Emu’s, goats, guinea hens, chickens, and even a few foster care great danes. We were crammed in my bosses suv that I drove down. We laughed at how ironic the situation was. I never thought my job would lead to such an awesome time like that.

by Zoe Strauss

Hopefully I am going back to a slower week at the studio but I’m sure it will be just like normal. Next week I am hoping to take a drive to Philly to see Zoe Strauss at her I-95 show. There are still three seats in the car if anyone would like to join us. It’s an awesome alternative art exhibit under Route 95.

I went to the Ryan McGinley show and the Gregory Crewdson show to see what all the fuss was about. I thought Ryan’s show was a great representation of what he was looking to personify. I understand how saying you shot 4000 rolls of film is a bit pompous but I guess its a fact you don’t really need to know. I have always liked his work and it really makes me want to go on a road trip with all my friends (not get naked). Maybe he wouldn’t have taken so much flak if he hadn’t only shown pictures when his subjects were in the nude. From what I understand there is a long of time without clothing though.

Gregory Crewdson’s new work is a lot like previous work. Static images of suburban “eerie” landscapes with a person or two scattered with the same facial expression. I did get a totally different feeling from these photographs than previous work. It might have just been my mood but I felt these images were less creepy and more everyday scenes. I don’t especially like this body of work and I agree with other critics, I wish he would make a new and different body of work. A couple years ago I discovered the Fire Flies work I was very impressed with that work. It showed me that he liked to photograph something other than elaborate sets with huge crews. I see this body much more attainable as a fellow photographer. I am not going to be able to hire an entire crew to make a series of photographs. I can however use my own resources to photograph something as beautiful and simple as fireflies.