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.
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.
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!!!
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.
April 4, 2008
It’s been a long and awesome week. I have been on location since Sunday, hence the lack of posting.
The weather has been outstanding, 85 degrees and sunny all week. One day it absolutely down poured for five minutes and then we had bright blue sky five minutes later. Working on South Beach seems like a much better way to go than vacation. Just a few snap shots from my point shoot. Busy weekend of Handsomefurs and Gen Art film festival ahead. Definitely shots from Handsomefurs on Monday.
and for all of you who are wondering what the hell is up with the last image “domicile”. Yeah that’s right Western Art and Architecture attendees it says DOMICILE. that rules. It’s the little things in life that make it worth while. And swimming in the ocean everyday and getting paid for it.