at the new neighborhood drink-and-draw

January 22nd, 2013 Permalink

We have a local drink and draw now! Thank you Launchpad.

We have a local drink and draw now! Thank you Launchpad.

drink and draw at launchpad

a few smiling faces

October 16th, 2012 Permalink

Here are a few more pictures from the recent shoots in Charlottesville, VA. The Soviet flag surprised me, and also reminded me of a house a few years back where I found an alarm clock with Mao’s face in the center. What do these cold war souvenirs mean to us now?

Here are a few more pictures from the recent shoots in Charlottesville, VA. The Soviet flag surprised me, and also reminded me of a house a few years back where I found an alarm clock with Mao’s face in the center. What do these cold war souvenirs mean to us now?

Charlottesville 2012 7

Charlottesville 2012 6

New Work – Charlottesville Trip

October 15th, 2012 Permalink

Very happy that my friend starrhillgirl got me access to new houses to shoot! Here are some first shots.

Very happy that my friend starrhillgirl got me access to new houses to shoot! Here are some first shots.

Charlottesville 2012 5

Charlottesville 2012 4

Film!

July 25th, 2012 Permalink

I have been convinced to take my 4×5 out of the closet and put it back in service. Here are my first couple of sheets. It turns out I like the process of visiting a place with my digital camera, shooting a lot, and then coming back with the 4×5 knowing exactly what I want […]

4x5comparison

I have been convinced to take my 4×5 out of the closet and put it back in service. Here are my first couple of sheets. It turns out I like the process of visiting a place with my digital camera, shooting a lot, and then coming back with the 4×5 knowing exactly what I want to do.

more restaurant work

July 13th, 2012 Permalink

Shot this about a week ago when it was SO HOT. I like the light here. I’ve been debating about whether to buy a new camera and if so, what, but yesterday a friend convinced me to go back to 4×5 film for this project. It’s still possible to buy it (although it’s doubled in […]

sakura
Shot this about a week ago when it was SO HOT. I like the light here.

I’ve been debating about whether to buy a new camera and if so, what, but yesterday a friend convinced me to go back to 4×5 film for this project. It’s still possible to buy it (although it’s doubled in price since 2007), so I’m going to give it a try. I haven’t worked with my 4×5 in several years, although I feel regret every time I see it sitting there. I bought a box film this morning and experienced a huge amount of anxiety about it. I’ve been trying to convince myself about the inevitability of digital for so long now, that this feels very strange.

My plan will be to revisit the locations that resulted in the best digital pictures with my field camera and compare.

melting heads

July 6th, 2012 Permalink

I went to see Drawing and Disfiguration at MOMA yesterday. This is newspaper transfer using rubber cement thinner with pencil over it. I would like to try to get the transfers darker.

newspaper transfer 1

I went to see Drawing and Disfiguration at MOMA yesterday. This is newspaper transfer using rubber cement thinner with pencil over it. I would like to try to get the transfers darker.

Inside/Outside

June 27th, 2012 Permalink

I’ve begun working on a new photo project, the idea(s) for which are a bit unformed. It is about confounding indoor and outdoor space and also probably symbols of home or the homeland. I think the picture on the left is probably better than the one on the right, because is shows clearly how strange […]

indoor-outdoor-comparison

I’ve begun working on a new photo project, the idea(s) for which are a bit unformed. It is about confounding indoor and outdoor space and also probably symbols of home or the homeland.

I think the picture on the left is probably better than the one on the right, because is shows clearly how strange that space is. I like photography to be about the act of finding, so I try to eliminate camera artifact the better to show my finds. Is this what I should be doing here?

thinking about the city

February 28th, 2012 Permalink

I was in Cape Town a few weeks ago, shooting some touristy pictures of nice views in lovely weather.  When I got home and looked through what I had shot, I found a picture that I had taken from waist level while I walked quickly through a group of people I didn’t really see.  Looking […]

Kloof Street scene

kloof street scene watercolor

kloof street scene drawing

I was in Cape Town a few weeks ago, shooting some touristy pictures of nice views in lovely weather.  When I got home and looked through what I had shot, I found a picture that I had taken from waist level while I walked quickly through a group of people I didn’t really see.  Looking at the image afterward gave me idea to examine in detail, with drawing or painting, pictures that I can’t really see in the making, an invisible city made visible.  Although I think the visible city might be empty: a world of human forms that are inaccessible to emotional connection.  I started making some photography/drawing pairings trying to express this idea.  My first thought about how to do this was to show only the people in a pictures as rendered sculptural forms in an empty, stylized landscape.  There might also be something in rendering photographic motion as smeared paint or pencil to give the sense of separation between what the viewer sees and the object seen, like this painting by Tamsin Relly which I admire. Or maybe this is just a way to get shooting again.

Bottles

November 4th, 2011 Permalink

shower bottles 1shower bottles 2

glass and coffee cup

October 24th, 2011 Permalink

cups