Quotes: Page McConnell

 Posted by on July 31, 2017
Jul 312017
 

Sunset Quotes: Page McConnell

“Keep it simple and true, let a spirit flow through. Every note that you play, like you’ve got something to say. Every note is a light, if it’s gonna burn bright. You’ll be out of its way. But don’t worry if the stars don’t align. Rule number one, have a good time.” – I was reminded of this song because recently I have been on a huge Phish kick. The band is currently playing the Baker’s Dozen, 13 shows at Madison Square Garden in NYC. An amazing amount of shows! I have been listening to them all, and then recalled some musical side projects of the band. I saw Page McConnell (the keyboardist from Phish) and his side project Vida Blue in 2003 or 2004. They were a really great group. I liked the positive vibe and Page’s voice in this song, Electra Glide.

Devotion

 Posted by on July 20, 2017
Jul 202017
 

Back in January I began a project with a group of photographer friends where we would be given a weekly theme to create work about, one theme per week for all of 2017. Well, last night I decided to quit the group, but for exciting reasons… Doing this challenge for half the year has really got me working with some new and interesting ideas, and pushed me into a new style of shooting. I have decided that I am at the point where I no longer want to be GIVEN themes but rather CREATE them myself. I shall continue my black and white self-portraits, however I plan to branch out and come up with my own themes or just create work and decide what it means to me after the fact.

This is my first work as I go solo. I had no idea, no theme, but instead forced myself to simply think and make something new. I collected sticks in my yard and built this circle. I then posed under it many different ways. This position won because of the power of the arms and the hint of my face on top. I felt that the word “Devotion” was the best to describe my feelings.

Inspire: Kenneth Josephson

 Posted by on July 11, 2017
Jul 112017
 

Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1973

Josephson is a very early influential practitioner of conceptual photography. He studied with Minor White at RIT and was later inspired by Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan. His work uses various techniques such as double exposures, holding objects into the scene, combining photographic prints within the exposure itself, and so on – speaking about the process and ideas relating to the medium itself.

Window

 Posted by on July 4, 2017
Jul 042017
 

I suspended a large piece of glass in my studio that would act as a layer between myself and the camera. I sprayed the glass with water so that it flowed downward and beaded up on the surface… The idea here was to make a portrait (self portrait) that feels as if a person is peering out through a window on a rainy night. The formal pose and dramatic lighting angle creates a strange tension, and this dark emotion mixes with the texture and distortion from the “Window”.

Tombstone

 Posted by on July 2, 2017
Jul 022017
 

Death. Remembrance. Tradition. Ritual… In thinking about these things, I had a vision of a single stone with candle wax melting and dripping down the sides. All that we see in the scene is the stone and a hand coming in to light the last candle. Although there are no visible signs of death, like a grave or body, the eerie emotion given off by the image connects to that of lose, and a moment of remembrance and reflection.

Quotes: Mahatma Gandhi

 Posted by on June 29, 2017
Jun 292017
 

Sunset Quotes: Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – This line came to mind today for a great reason. Yesterday afternoon Governor Tom Wolf had signed “Libre’s Law” which creates higher standards for the well being of our pets. The law will increase penalties for animal abusers, restricts unhealthy tethering, and grant immunity to many reporting abuse and neglect. It is surely a step in the right direction. Tom Wolf spoke about the law saying: “No one should be allowed to get away with cruel animal treatment. No one should be allowed to get away with the neglect of animals. Now thanks to this statute, they won’t be able to get away with it.”

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/

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