Timeline Was Created

 Posted by on September 3, 2015
Sep 032015
 

Timeline

(an art blog)

A true artist is always thinking, learning, and creating – but a majority of that work never surfaces. Timeline is a blog about my ongoing practice as an artist. Unlike most other blogs, I designed this one to allow me to post to the present or into the past. The idea of digging up old ideas, memories and experiences at the same time as creating new ones feels like a good way to progress and evolve as an artist… Use the navigation to the right to explore. Enjoy.

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Inspire: William Henry Fox Talbot

 Posted by on June 20, 2017
Jun 202017
 

William Henry Fox Talbot, “The Open Door”, 1844

Talbot was the “second” inventor of photography, an early pioneer who invented the Calotype process. The method before him (Daguerreotype) created only one single image, whereas Talbot’s Calotype used a paper negative which could be used to create multiple copies – much like today’s film… Since the process was now reproducible, Talbot came up with the idea to create the first ever photography book he titled “The Pencil Of Nature”, which included 22 handmade prints alongside writings about the medium and its possibilities. In his book, next to this image, he wrote:

“We have sufficient authority in the Dutch school of art, for taking as subjects of representation scenes of daily and familiar occurrence. A painter’s eye will often be arrested where ordinary people see nothing remarkable.”

Fire Escape

 Posted by on June 11, 2017
Jun 112017
 

A group of fellow photographers came up with the theme “Fire Escape” for this week’s photo. I figured everyone would take the phrase literally and take a walk through the city, however I think it is more interesting to break down the meaning of individual words and redefine what “Fire” and “Escape” could mean together.

Somehow an idea quickly came to me. A body – bent, balanced, and arched – in attempt to escape the burning hot flame of a candle. Visual poetry. Last night (or should I say this morning at 3am) I ended up finally getting the exact pose I was looking for. It’s almost Chakrasana, the yoga pose, but I am not quite flexible enough to get my arms straight out!

Before & After

 Posted by on June 4, 2017
Jun 042017
 

Photography is generally thought of as a medium that simply copies a moment in time, capturing what the eyes see, however the abilities of the camera greatly surpass this. A long exposure, for example, can record a length of time but compress it down into one single image. This visual compression of time becomes a fascinating form of surrealism.

My goal was to capture the energy and movement of dance, but within one exposure. I put on music and began dancing while taking long exposures of myself (movements were highly inspired by the 2011 music video “Lotus Flower” by Radiohead). One speedlight is randomly flashing a few times on low in order to “freeze” parts of my pose within the blur… Moments of “before” and “after” are happening within a single image that transcends our view of time, the body, and perception.

Inspire: Abelardo Morell

 Posted by on June 1, 2017
Jun 012017
 

Abelardo Morell, “View Of Central Park Looking North, Fall”, 2008

Morell is a Cuban born Boston based photographer working with the earliest fundamentals of photography: The Camera Obscura. What you see here is not a double exposure or digital trickery, but rather a simple projection of light onto an interior room. When a room is sealed off and a hole is made in the window, the light from outside is projected inside the room… Morell explored the idea of turning spaces all around the world into camera obscuras, and then documented the space. Sometimes he would use a lens to get a sharper image, sometimes a prism to flip the projection right-side-up… I did this to a room of mine back in college and watched upside down people walk across my ceiling. It is quite amusing. See more at http://www.abelardomorell.net/

New Growth

 Posted by on May 28, 2017
May 282017
 

I had an interesting conversation the other day about the “meaning” of a work, particularly in my recent photographs. Someone said they enjoyed my work but didn’t understand what the meaning was: What does the rose symbolize? What does the facial expression mean? My response was that meaning is not important to me – but this was not the answer they wanted… I began to contemplate the importance of meaning in my images. I realized that I am far more interested in letting the viewer search for meaning themselves. I am just the creator of ideas.

My practice lately has been: Start with a theme – Develop a scenario that involves that theme – Explore and experiment in the studio. Here the theme was “New Growth” as springtime is here. I had a rose in a vase that I took from the garden. Next I had the idea of a rose coming out of my mouth, being held, or balancing. That is it. I began shooting in the studio and this was my favorite exposure. Do I have my own thoughts of meaning, yes, but they are not important to the work.

The artist Minor White speaks of Equivalence, that a photograph functions beyond the imagery, as a symbol, and each viewer carries their own history, emotion, and interpretation of the image. My interest lies somewhere in here. Photography creates a lifelike image that we all can relate to more easily than painting, for example, and so inherently our brains are going to try to make sense of what we see, interpret it, and create some kind of meaning. Possibly that meaning is not concrete but open-ended… Therefore as the artist, I am using imagination and creativity to conjure an idea in the form of a photograph. It is not that meaning is unimportant but rather that MY meaning is not important. What is important to me is watching someone else experience and deal with it themselves.

Ocean X4

 Posted by on May 20, 2017
May 202017
 

I have a cheap attachable lens for my dSLR camera that mimics a Holga. Obviously quality is not what these toy attachables are made for, but they are fun because of that lack of perfection. The lens has many settings. This one splits the lights and copies it across your sensor. I call this something like “The Ocean X4”.

Quotes: John F Kennedy

 Posted by on May 17, 2017
May 172017
 

Sunset Quotes: John F. Kennedy

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” – I have planned a short trip to Delaware to spend some time next to the sea. Nothing inspires me and awakes my soul like being on the beach. I am going to bring my cameras, obviously, but I think this trip will be more about consciously being there and celebrating life rather than trying to bring home a work of art.

White Album

 Posted by on May 13, 2017
May 132017
 

I was thinking about music, and then records, and then how vinyl is listened to by a small needle pointing to the track as it spins around. I wanted to make a simple image speaking about this in connection to the human body. I decided to make a high-key image by using a bright light as well as an all white record that I had (The White Tape by Phish). We point to things to bring attention to them. Here I used this idea of my hand in connection with analogue machines… While designing this image I had in mind paying homage to the White Album by the Beatles.

Inspire: Nick Brandt

 Posted by on May 9, 2017
May 092017
 

Nick Brandt, “Wasteland With Elephant”, 2015

Brandt is an English photographer who photographs exclusively in the African continent. In “Inherit the Dust” (available in book form) he has set up gigantic photographs of animals that should be roaming that specific area, but are no longer due to human activity. The panoramas containing pictures inside of them serve as a reminder of the powerful impact we have on our surroundings. See more at http://www.nickbrandt.com/

Setting Up The Scene

 Posted by on May 6, 2017
May 062017
 

Most of my recent work consists of setting up a scene, lighting it, and then photographing it. A while back I had the idea to hang a bunch of dead nature items from the ceiling. I had a collection of flowers, leafs, cacti, and so on ready to go… After the first shoot, I was unhappy with the background. After the second shoot I was unhappy with my poses. Finally, after two weeks, a few different set ups, and multiple shoots I finally got the image I imagined. The hardest thing about being an artist is when you are unhappy with he outcome, so you need to push harder… To me it speaks of life, death, before, and after.

The Dreaming State