Sun, 12 Apr 2015 01:07:00 +0000My Looking Glass of Favorites IV
I recently discovered Linda Alterwitz’s photographs at a book making lecture at the Phoenix Art Museum – someone there had a published book of hers and I immediately was haunted by her work. It is so absolutely lovely and I thought I would have to share it with all of you.
Her work mixes together science and art through her use of x-ray machines, experiments, and the use of the camera as a kind of measuring tool. I would absolutely implore you to take a look at her work HERE.
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:15:57 +0000
I am finding great interest in this article I stumbled across! It’s about the way a creative mind may be more distracted than someone who is more analytical, due to their inability to block out sensory information. I found it to be fairly comforting, but I think it’s up to you whether you think it’s a good thing or not.
Read it HERE !!
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:09:54 +0000Featured by Mozi
My work was recently featured by the amazing Mozi Magazine! Included in the feature are my Yosemite self-portraits as well as my words regarding them! Check it out at:
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:45:14 +0000A Recent Discovery
A recent photographer I have discovered is Maxine Helfman, whose work is a mix between classical and haunting. The absolutely beautiful images all seem to have a twist of something more sinister and hidden beneath the beautiful display.
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 19:12:31 +0000My Looking Glass of Favorites III
The person I would like to featured today is Larry Sultan , whose work has captured my attention in many different ways. His photographs are of a documentary feeling yet of almost surreal lands and he seems to capture both the essence and oddballs of certain aspects of cultures. In his work, Swimmers, the viewer is transported to the world beneath the surface of a swimming pool and it reveals an almost unknown secret society as many of the subjects remain headless and faceless, and others are simply caught mid-movement and between their underwater tricks. In a statement of his about photography and about teaching it, he mentions, “…it’s so much about making pictures that are so utterly boring and overstated, you’re endlessly disappointed. And in that process you hopefully find something that draws you back and calls to you.” I think this speaks a lot to how it feels to try and make it in the world of photography, professionally or not.
I would also like to bring up his collaborated project, Evidence, in case anyone has not heard of it. It is an incredibly well-known project of appropriation of sorts and is and incredible piece of art. Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel worked on the project together and photographed images found in both private and public records and then brought them together into a bizarre and odd sequence of photographs that seem to be incredibly misplaced. Well worth your time to look through!
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 02:44:57 +0000As Far As Words that Inspire
Since in the last post I discussed the photographers that have been impacting my more recent work, I feel it only fitting to discuss the writing out there that has influenced me as well. My favorite book as of currently is Open Me by Sunshine O’Donnell; it recounts the life of a fictional character named Mem who is born into the life of a mourner, as it is passed down from mother to daughter. The writing style exhibited is so beautiful, descriptive, and at the level of the soul and it was an enrapturing tale that mixed together the true and the envisioned with news clippings and articles about mourners in-between the story being woven. I would like to take in the manner of reflection and presentation that the book holds and change that into a way I can formulate my photographic images. The other writer I would like to mention is the poet, Rilke, who I have only recently discovered but whose words are the kind that completely display the truth of life. I will only mention the one line from the poem, Before Summer Rain, “And reflected on the faded tapestries now; the chill, uncertain sunlight of those long childhood hours when you were so afraid.”
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 02:17:32 +0000A Conglomeration
As the turning in of assignments begins, so does the reflective writing that must be done about our own works. I described that I had looked to Francesca Woodman for inspiration and for further ideas and knowledge on the photographic process of the self. She photographed a good number of self-portraits and within those exists a kind of fragmented world that is peculiar and strange to be a part of. Although my work began as more of an overall exploration of place and memory, in the end it became an exploration of the awkward act of remembering and reflecting, the discomfort of nostalgia and placing oneself back into old dust that is no longer relevant. Thus the bizarre images of Woodman felt very relatable to me and the way she placed herself within the frame.
I also wanted to include Nan Goldin within this post because I thoroughly adore her work and although my work does not quite match up to hers, and certainly not my current series, I would like to be able to take after the sort of odd way she presents things. I may not be in the same situations as she was, but I have been working on a coming of age project with my friends and would like to work on following in Goldin’s footsteps in regards to paying attention to the moments that pass me by each day.
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 01:18:53 +0000Something Delightful
I have a soft heart for all things creature and mythical, and thus my latest discovery has me absolutely overjoyed. Yoshimasa Tsuchiya’s work is a cross between the real and the imaginary and ultimately is far too adorable and delightful to completely handle.
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 01:37:02 +0000Interesting Thoughts
A professor of mine suggested I view this article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/10602637/How-the-camera-saved-the-photographer-Philip-Lorca-diCorcia.html
I think their discussions about Philip-Lorca diCorcia really speak towards a lot of photographers and all artists in general as well. Many people in the world seek creativity as an outlet to express themselves and heal wounds by presenting their world to those within the world outside of their own lives. There is something very moving and emotionally important about being able to put down one’s thoughts onto paper or into a sculpture as it helps one really explore feelings and thoughts.
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:57:00 +0000Completing Fall
The semester of Fall 2014 is officially drawing to a close, and with it I am polishing up my final twenty prints for Junior Photographic Projects. Narrowing down one’s best prints is always a dreadful task as you work to sequence them, and it has been something I have admittedly procrastinated greatly. At this point however, I am down to the final ones, and with the images above, the one on the right I have chosen, but not the one on the left. This year I have definitely began to pay a lot more attention to angles, repetition, perspectives, and overall composition in compliment to other images. I look forward to my class next semester that is all about sequencing and how different images interact together.
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:27:20 +0000Delving Into Perspectives
These are two of my favorite images from my current series of self portraits, and it’s funny how after working on a project for a while, the concept either becomes somewhat nebulous in feeling or very strict. Personally my own concept began to flow outward into a type of discovery of how I was discovering my own thoughts and ideas. Being placed back into my house of childhood for so long began to be odd and strange, and it forced me to think much more creatively in an effort to really show the feelings I was experiencing. Hopefully it carries across.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:56:50 +0000The Manners of Self-Reflection
The semester is drawing to a close, and with that arrive the ending to final projects. For the independent project I am pursuing in my photography class, I am working with the conjuring of memory by placing myself into the experiences, moments, and places of my past. It has been a difficult project to stay vehement and determined in and I have fought myself quite the amount on staying focused and allowing myself to create. What has been helpful however, is that in another of my classes we have been working on an autobiography with which we could design any way we pleased. This meant that I had full control over directing my memories and the highlights that felt important to me. Although this was not a photography project, the process of writing it was incredibly revitalizing as well as thought-provoking.
I have also become newly inspired by appropriation art as well as handmade crafts. A photographer i keep track of tends to this store online at https://www.etsy.com/shop/aelalabbe , and she sells her hand-created photographs in pretty boxes that feel personal and intimate. Then with my autobiography, I designed it into a book made of burlap materials and paint swatches to tell my stories. I am wondering if there is something to this that could be marketable, and currently I am planning to begin my own business through which a multiple of tasks can be held within, such as fine art photography as well as perhaps creative consulting and the list could go on for miles. To keep my mind calm from this idea, my professor has suggested that I create a mind map to sort my thoughts, however I still need to follow through.
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:45:57 +0000My Looking Glass of Favorites II
Annick Ligtermoet is a photographer I had not found until recently, however I have come to adore her work, especially that from her project, Metsastajan Unelma. Thus, she is my second featured artist! Many of these images are of the land, and I am not always intrigued by landscapes, but the way she has photographed it so intimately and in such a unique manner really captures my attention. There are two portraits in the group yet they are molded in a fashion that makes them blend perfectly in to a landscape of their own, due to the slope of limbs and the subtle skin tones. The sequencing is also very impressive as it gently guides the viewer through the entire set.
The whole of the project is shrouded in fog and in curious light that I long to be a part of. It is something that begs the viewer to follow on an adventure and to connect the dots of a mysterious and curious story. This is true for her other projects as well and her Selected Works 2007-2011 have a different feeling to them but are equally as gentle and beautiful and feel to each be their own tale.
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:28:58 +0000A Look Into the World of Photography
This week I am researching different Photography conferences (as well as other art forms as well) and have found two that have especially caught my interest. The first is a well-known one called Imaging USA, and they host not only a trade show for you to make connection with vendors but also classes and lectures by well-known photographers. Out of the others, this one caught my attention because of it’s more playful energy and it’s inclusion of all different aspects of capturing images. I would love to attend this conference most definitely for networking perspectives as well as seeing what companies are out there, what they do, and thus different ideas for potential careers. Even those two aspects aside, I always love to learn more about the craft and to listen to others’ experiences and advice on the practice.
The other conference that I found is called Transfixed|Transmedia Photographic Conference, and is all about pushing photography to it’s limits. I have so many different directions I want to take my work that this idea is very important to me because many different art forms fit very well into photography for me and therefore I always love to see the different and unique ideas that people have for their work. This reminds me of a late trend I have seen across the internet in which people are sewing onto their photographs, and I think I would much like to try this sometime. Anyhow, the difficulty with this conference is that I cannot tell if it is annual or if it was a one time conference; I have had trouble finding any particular website other than this article and cannot find many other mentions of it. However, I am eager to look further into it.
On a side note, I also found an adorable craft conference called Craftcation and I would love to attend it simply for the inspiration and enjoyment.
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:50:29 +0000Of Reminiscence
This week begins the independent project, for which I am working to bring together my self portraits into a theme of coming of age and reminiscence in total. In order to prepare for this and to study where would be the best place to start and focus, I began by looking through old photos. The above images were basic ones not meant for any type of artistic purpose at the time but solely for documentation, and I find it really interesting as how time goes on, basic snapshots turn in to whole memories that mean much more going forward. It is through these nostalgic finds that I am piecing together where my life focused in particular places as well as around certain people. I am still, however, trying to decide exactly how I want to photograph everything. My professor suggested that I look towards symbolism and include various different aspects and ideas within one photograph. For instance, include the necklace from one event within an image of a different place that has been significant. Although I am uncertain how I may want to photograph friends and family in a kind of reminiscent sense, this too may be a time to include multiple items within one as well as including myself within portraits of them. I have also considered finding a certain technique for contriving a blurred effect, and I will be trying a variety of methods to see how I enjoy the effect. In the meantime, I may also be making a handmade book to hold the old images that I end up resurfacing along the process.