Thursday, October 30, 2014

Print Lives / David Armario Design / Stanford Medicine

An honestly inspiring mix of photography, illustration and great writing in the Fall 2014 issue of Stanford Medicine.

David Armario and Dennis McLeod of David Armario Design approached me about working on this series of editorial stories that focused on the people affected by the medical science, with the actual science as a secondary player in the piece.

Brilliant illustrations by Jeffrey Decoster set the tone from the cover and are woven through the issue. The resulting stories I worked on, written by Kris Newby, Erin Digitale, and Tracie White are startlingly human, with layers of introspection opening up and unwinding like an onion peel. These characters came to life and I wanted my portraits to do the same.

Print lives. Sometimes better then ever.







Friday, October 17, 2014

$24 / A Book & A Print / HOME






















Twenty four dollars.

The original version of HOME, published by Straylight Press is only $24.00.

What is this book all about? 

The publisher introduces it as so :

What is home? What can it mean? How do you show it?
Home can mean stability, comfort and sanctuary. Home can also be a stage where drama is played out.

HOME, by Timothy Archibald, begins with a rainbow. In the pages that follow we see his children dig a hole, appear and disappear, fall down and rise up.
Photographed during the dissolution of his marriage, HOME looks at presence and absence; it considers what is constant and how things change. It shows us that home, after all, is not really a place but a feeling.

A melancholy meditation in a minor key, HOME asks more questions than it answers.

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And that really lays it all out there. 
And every print includes, signed and numbered, this very curious print. 

Amen.

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Buy HOME published by Straylight Press HERE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HOME / Published by Straylight Press




Straylight Press has produced some inspired Special Editions for our forthcoming book HOME. 

Our goal was to make this story available to everyone and let the collectors get some great prints for themselves as well. The idea of everyone being able to have my little version of Icarus crashing here really sends chills down my spine. After self publishing ECHOLILIA and selling it for a price that was at times prohibitive, I'm so excited to be putting this out at a price everyone can relate to.

Buy this special edition and read all about the new book HOME at the Straylight Press site HERE.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Scouting Little Kabul / Newsweek UK



And I thought I knew what the term "Jihad" really meant?

Scouting Little Kabul in Fremont this week past for a story hitting this week.  Stay tuned.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

New Work In Our Permanent Collection



New work in our permanent collection.

It really is simply a wall in my home.

Actually it's my bedroom:

Sandra-Lee Phipps, Safe, circa 2012

Suzy Poling, Tilted House, circa 2004

Christina Riley, from Back To Me, circa 2013




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Your Stratosphere 9/2014





















Who is in your Stratosphere?

The family tree, the original social network that we all have, seems to align itself as so: you have your family, those you are born into life with or they are born into life with you. You can't divorce them, you can't cut the tether really, but you can go through the motions of doing so if need be. These folks ebb and flow through your life with periods of calm and periods of intensity.

Then you have your friends. These are the people who are close to you, those you have chosen to be around and they have chosen you. A lover, a life partner, a friend you meet for Happy Hour, a friend you problem solve with. Now these are the folks that may indeed be your family, on a daily basis. They are your intimates, distant only due to lack of blood relation.

Then there is your Stratosphere. The Stratosphere is made up of those circling you, your contemporaries, those who are living and working parallel to you. You compete with those in this group. This is the group that makes connections for you behind the scenes. This is the push and pull of The Stratosphere.

When someone dies in the friend group, the family group, that is when you feel an immediate loss.

When someone dies in your Stratosphere, it is a loss for sure, but it's also a lesson.

The world tips. One foot in the day-to-day sunny life, one foot in the afterlife. You limp thru the week, month, year, trying to understand this lesson. An utterly surreal period: fine at times but never really solid. The idea that things are locked in, systems are in place, is really off its axis. You see yourself in that life, in that person. It's all the easier to project into their life because you don't have every detail, you only have a sketch.

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How many friends does one have?

Even social media algorithms cut you off at 5000. Can someone really have thousands of friends? Not very likely. Most people have five at the most. You can affect those people: live with them, share love, share heartbreak, share the elements of life, but there really is just so much to go around. Now your Stratosphere, now that can extend indefinitely. Your Stratosphere doesn't really require the nurturing, the reciprocation, or any of the maintenance. You can touch those people...just a little...and they can touch you...and that can make a profound impression. 

In Memory of Toby Burditt  2/16/1968 - 9/17/2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Turnback Tuesday : Siskind, Benjamin 4/10/84

September Calling:

So filled with wonderful projects I'm super excited to engage with. Working on an upcoming book with Straylight Press titled HOME.
Affordable and deep, that's our goal.

Looking through some favorite books from the 70's and 80's I found this print inside a copy of Michael Martone's book Dark Light (Lustrum Press, 1978).

A beautiful print of myself and Aaron Siskind, generously given to me at the time by professor Martin Benjamin. 

Siskind looks great: powerful and focused, able to deliver the advice with force and intention.

Gratitude all around.