Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tonight : Lecture at The Battery Club SF

Eyes Wide Shut : Looking forward to getting behind the gates of The Battery Club tonight at part of Photography Salon VII. I'll be talking about ECHOLILIA and HOME, with copies of HOME for sale.

Here's what they say :

The Photography Salon opens on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. In the salon, successful commercial photographer Timothy Archibald will be showing deeply personal and profound portraits of his autistic son Eli. Collected in the book "Echolilia," the photos show the young boy exploring his environment and trying out sensory experiences that might take him out of his isolated state. Archibald also documents his son’s art and writing projects, which quietly speak to his desire to know and communicate.

Berkeley-based Mimi Plumb will present selections from her wide-ranging photographic oeuvre over several decades with a recurring theme of women and girls. Her documentation of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the 1970s is one of the most notable records of that important historic period. An avid horsewoman, she has also perfected the equine portrait, lending as much feeling and pathos to her animal subjects as her human ones.

Almost everyone living in San Francisco has a relationship to the iconic Mission District. Judy Walgren, who heads photography at the San Francisco Chronicle will provide the back story to the paper's stunning and provocative visual series documenting how the Mission District is changing during this boom time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pack 42 Art Merit Badge Tutorial

For Pack 42's Art Merit Badge Night I wanted to create a crash course in living and breathing and eventually solving the issues of contemporary photography.

Getting the kids set up with the classic trio of photographer, art director and digital tech, we all put together the series of photographs highlighted here:

Assignment One : The Photo Bomb
Assigment Two : Role Playing
Assignment Three : The History of Photography / Robert Frank's The Americans


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It Didn't Look This Good In Real Life

Reluctant dinner of sushi and sugar free soda at the Berkeley Marina.
Kinda messy and trashy, we make this snapshot and's romantic brotherly love in which youth and maturity combined will live forever.

Really, keep in mind, it's only a photograph.

An editor from France drops me a note the next day. She explains that she has been inspired by the work I've done with my children and would like to include this photograph in an anthology. She asks me to write an essay and I do, something about the rituals of dinner time while juggling my role as a parent. She accepts it in a confused way. While editing it all she asks one quick question:

"Who are those people in the beach photograph? Are they strangers?"

Friday, February 27, 2015

Vantage / Medium / HOME

Great piece written by Taylor Glascock on my work for's VANTAGE photography online magazine.

Focusing on life after the publication of ECHOLILIA and introducing the current book HOME, Taylor ties it all together with humor and grace:

In November 2014, Archibald released his latest book, Home, which is a quiet meditation on the dissolution of his marriage. He had been with his wife since age 19. He was living in the garage. Home wasn’t so easy to define.

Square black and white images are displayed side by side to denote presence and absence. Eli makes an appearance in the book, as does his younger brother, Wilson. The children are digging a hole. This hole reappears over and over again. “You try to fill in that hole, but it’s never really the same.”

Read Taylor's piece on HERE.

Buy your copy of HOME from Straylight Press HERE.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

PPGBA Lecture / Special Guest Star

The Best Western Grosvernor rises from a functional neighborhood on the outskirts of the San Francisco Airport like a hotel from another era, another culture. Shades of a bunker that could sustain a hit from a SCUD missile, suffering only blown out windows and keeping it's residents safe. Eli and I approach the space with curious anticipation. I was here to deliver my lecture, he was along for the ride, ideally hoping to also get to drink a Coke.

To say this event was sparsely attended would be generous at best. As always, the show must go on. Great to meet everyone involved in the PPGBA: Paolo Salcido, Julie Olson, Joseph Valenzuela ran the show. Super excited to meet long time inspirator photographer Mark Tucker from Nashville and new pals Icarian Photography from Berkeley.

As often happens at any speaking engagement, I'm always thankful- I learn more from the audience than I'm sure they learn from me. Peace.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Creative Family Tree We All Pick From

Bob Dylan gave this speech the other night that is floating around the internet. Totally fascinating view into the creative process, with all the mystery stripped away. He goes forward in detail about how he wrote particular songs and points out his direct influences. The best line, paraphrased here, could apply to any creative process. A solid acknowledgement of the creative family tree that we all are picking from and watering every day we do our work:

These songs didn't come out of thin air. I didn't just make them up out of whole cloth. There was a precedent. I just opened up a different door in a different kind of way.
More good stuff : 

The last thing I thought of was who cared about what song I was writing. I was just writing them. I didn't think I was doing anything different. I thought I was just extending the line. Maybe hard to pin down, but so what? A lot of people are hard to pin down and you’ve just got to bear it.

Just to keep things in perspective, Dylan also devotes at least four paragraphs to directly ridicule his critics and demand clarification as to why they focused on him and let other artists off the hook.
So much for not caring what people think. Why do I bring this up? I think whole thing just reinforces how even the most exalted artists get stung like we all do. Why am I bringing this up? When one has a lecture looming in a matter of days, you look everywhere you can for subject matter. :)


Lecture Coming Up!

Timothy Archibald: Photographing the Family Landscape

Originally finding fascination in “the other,” Archibald's projects later took a turn inward and he has now focused closely on family for the past ten years. He’ll address the successes and failures that come when photographing those to whom access is unlimited and discuss ways to find the path to beginning and completing these projects. He will also share a variety of commercial projects that have sprung off his personal work and discuss the challenges of mixing the two genres. Bring your questions!

Thursday, February 19, 2015 / 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel, 380 S. Airport Blvd., S. San Francisco. Tickets and info :