Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm super excited to announce my brand new blog Visual Science for DISCOVER media. Check it out and let me know what you think. Visual Science is another platform for the excellent photography that comes my way, and I think you'll like it. If you have something you think I might want to feature, please let me know.
I've been taking one full day per month to go see as many art shows as I can possibly stand one after another. I have to take notes because by the end of the day it all runs together in a blur. On this last week's blitz I saw this great show of Esko Mannikko's work at Yancy Richardson. Though Yancy Richardson is not exactly off the beaten path, it is still one of my favorite spots for contemporary photography in New York city. The prints by Esko Mannikko are framed with a heavy dark wood that creates a fence-like effect that you can imagine you'd find where these animals are kept.
Untitled, from the series Harmony Sisters
Thursday, March 18, 2010
While reviewing portfolios in San Francisco, I'm always overwhelmed by how much black and white landscape photography I see. I'll admit that I'm biased against it- the genre does not lend its self to originality. However there are some who manage to make exceptions, and others who totally transcend it.
Witness Ben Nixon. As other young photographers race to outdo each other with the latest digital gadgetry and multimedia presentations, Ben is calmly heading in the opposite direction. He uses the wet plate collodion process, and acknowledges that he invites the resulting improvisations from the slow and delicate process.
Ben's caption for this photo:
"Mono Craters from Panum, 2009: This photograph was taken from the eastern side of Panum Crater looking south at the Mono Craters. Panum Crater is one of the youngest volcanic cones in the region at only 500 years old. Although both volcanoes are dormant, the resulting image reminds me that the undercurrents of this land are never really asleep."
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I made this photo a long time ago, back when I had my very own one bedroom apartment in Williamsburg. I made a lot of art work in that apartment, and most of it at the tiny kitchen's big table. There was no closet and I kept all my clothes in a pile. It seemed like someone was always abandoning a puppy or kitten on my doorstep. Or smoking weed while arguing loudly outside my window. There was a dedicated peeping tom across the way, and a chinese laundry where they kept trying to give me other people's freshly laundered clothes instead of my own. On Sundays the storefront church conducted services outside, screaming into bullhorns "Glory Dios!" for hours at a time.
At any rate, it was heaven. It was my very own, and I didn't have to share it with anyone. I loved it.