Thursday, November 29, 2007

Headphones & Plastic Coin

I'm kind of all over the map while I'm working on this project on my son: scans, things on black, regular pictures, all with a consumer grade scanner and digital camera...maybe by design, maybe by default. I think something ties the stuff together, though, but too early to say.

I shot this image above earlier this week. The shots that I control are usually pretty obvious. The shots where the subject totally dictates are starting to have a link as well. The two shots below were done in the manner of the above shot...we agree to take some photographs, my son trys to do things he thinks would look interesting and I point the camera. In 10 minutes we are done and getting ready for school. Here are the two earlier ones, below.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Family Meal by Doug Adesko

adesko setting up the 8 x10 camera, el sobrante, ca 2007
Last friday my wife went out of town for a long weekend, leaving me alone with our 2 boys. I was essentially dreading having to manage them all by myself, so I took every opportunity possible to get people to share the time with me:

Hey...can I stop by?

How about you stop by?

Sure, anytime....we are here...not going anywhere...

Photographer Doug Adesko came by in an attempt to photograph myself and the boys eating dinner together, as part of his ongoing project titled "Family Meal". Shot with an 8 x 10 view camera, it's a fascinating anthropological study of people all across America engaging in this daily ritual that most of us never even think of as such. Is this a contender for Best Unpublished Book #2?
See the whole project HERE.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

You were all so generous...

Oh, you were all so generous with your insights earlier this week...I still need to address it all.
If anyone is still paying attention, here is another question for ya. Does anything here work for you? Single image or diptych or neither? Multiple choice:

a. No, they are simply scans of sheets of paper. Please leave your desk and take some real photos.

b. Yes, deep mining of the subconcious. Thank you for enlightening me.

c. Sorry, I still don't get any of this.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I love nothing more than solving the issues of contemporary photography with those in Blogsakstan, such as we did HERE and HERE. But...gotta have a commercial interuption, I gotta remember this is a job too, right?

We all had a super time with artist Rodney White and art buyer Jasmine Batista of BBDO NY on the M&M campaign we put together out here in SF. It was the first days of November but it felt like indian summer....the weather was just magical. One day we enjoyed the sun on the other-worldly football field of San Mateo College, the next day we were locked in the studio darkness...but made the best of it for sure.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Who Is?

Who is Bitter Photographer?

Did he really force a popular photo blogger to shut down his blog?

PDN looks into this fly in the industry ointment HERE, but never really tells us who he is...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Next Question, A Biggie

Ok...gotta say I was so flattered by everyone chiming in and helping me edit the series of photographs from last week. Great input from all, and thanks so much for putting the time in.
Next question. Here are some recent images in the vein of what we worked on in the last post.
What does this work mean?

a. Means nothing, but stuff does look cool when it is scanned.

b. Anthropological dig in an attempt to understand a 5 year old's brain.

c. Weird and exploitative shots of a child, primarily for shock value.

d. Other ( extra credit for essay )

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Ideas From Last Week

Trying to put the pieces together for a photograph from the remnants of last week.
Your grade will be based on participation, so please participate. What's working better for you, these images as ...
a. duo
b. trio
c. they are not working for me, i don't get it.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Halloween Memory & Commercial Plug

Halloween provided a few real moments this year. Prowling around the neighborhood with a Ghost and a Spaceman, sitting under a streetlight and ripping into the bag, pouring the contents of a Pixie Stick directly down our throats, passing it around as if we were three homeless dudes sharing a bottle of Jim Beam.

Ghost: You know what the best part of Halloween is?
Me: Um, no. Tell me.
Ghost: Seeing into strangers houses!

The day after, of course, is a bloodbath. Sugar hangover for children, wired and breaking down over the smallest things, showing early signs of addiction. So not fun for anyone. And by then, you realize it is November 1st, winter is here and is going to be here for a while.

Trick or Treat? Is it serendipity? Karmic retribution? I don't know, but just as the holiday was coming to a close, our production of the forthcoming M&M ad campaign with BBDO in NY was all snapping together with the yellow boxed prop shown above arriving at my doorstep. We wrestle this all to the floor on Monday and Tuesday up here in SF.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

In Brooklyn Nov 2nd

So....there is this whacked out magazine in Brooklyn called "Chief Magazine", recall? They did such a thorough examination of myself in Issue #7 thorough that I felt I should pay them for the therapy session. What's my co-pay on this again? Anyhow, they are having this blow out party, art auction, fundraiser this Friday, November 2nd in Brooklyn. Come to this blow out, buy art by all sorts of artists such as myself, support the magazine and partying these guys are involved in, and take a cab home! We Are The World!
Find out how to get there HERE.