Monday, February 28, 2011

Time Travel Post Script

Metroland Magazine 2/2011
So can try to download a bunch of music from the 1980's from itunes, sleep in the room you slept in during high school, eat at the dinner table with your parents and consume all the food you consumed from 1967 to 1989 and then some....but this whole Time Travel thing is all kinda blown if you bring along your kid. Cuz he is the proof that you can't really truly turn it all back now, can you?

E.A., Photography Invitational Exhibition 2/2011, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.
Wonderful time spent last week at the Union College Photography Invitational Exhibition in Schenectady N.Y. Clarissa Amaral's absorbingly human portraits, Raymond Felix's startling self portraits and our Echolilia work hung in the sprawling Visual Arts Atrium Gallery. So privileged to meet photographers Jeff Lansing and Frank Rapant for the first time and get to once again feel the good energy of photographer Mark McCarty and friends/mentors of thirty effing years Martin Benjamin and Donna Fitzgerald. Lisa Mitchell joined us for the day and captured it all like only a friend forever can. My former employer, Metroland Magazine, had a blurb about the show. Their words were so right on, I couldn't wait to share them:
Archibald presents a lecture this afternoon about ECHOLILIA and it's candid images, which unveil aggression, isolation, intensity and creation between father and son with exquisite tenderness.
This is the family tree of photography...for me. Thank you everyone who has helped it grow.

Photography Invitational Exhibition 2/2011, Union College, Schenectady N.Y.

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Field And A Runner

Q: I don't think you are getting it. This is your life and it's like a number line. It's not something that starts and stops, and then reset itself and starts again anew. It's a continuum. All this stuff is connected.

A: Yah, I understand. But who says? Like...who set up these rules?

Q: Oh, easy. These are the laws of nature.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Time Travel Again

Schenectady N.Y. 1985

So...what is going on?
Last week was spent racing to the finish line producing a totally fun ad which was to be shot this week. After a casting struggle, we found the perfect talent as the very last person to show up at our casting. He walks in the room, we tell him about the role. He takes a moment and really just transforms into the character. We shoot some shots but its hardly necessary. ends in 4 minutes. I look around at the creatives in the casting, ask them if they want to see anything else? They looked kind of shocked:
No...I think we are good.
We thank him, the door closes, and we just look at each other :
Omg...that guy was everything we wanted.
When that happens....everyone knows. There isn't even a debate. It's a slam dunk and it is so exciting to witness.

Next week my son and I head to Schenectady N.Y.
I was born there, discovered photography there, and left when I got out of school. Union College in Schenectady is hanging the ECHOLILIA installation in the exhibition Photography Invitational 2011, along with the work of Clarissa Amaral and Raymond Felix. Curated by my original photography teacher Martin Benjamin, the show looks so wonderful, spread out in their large Atrium Gallery. There will be a reception and lecture on Thursday the 24th. So much wonderful photography stuff to engage in, expose my kid to, get my parents to witness and share in.

I really never thought the family tree of photography would grow this large. For all of this I am thankful.

Info on the show HERE. Info on the lecture HERE.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Workbook 2011

Workbook arrived in the mail yesterday. Every year I'm always hesitant to dig into these books...even when I have ad space in them. Looking at them, front to back...oh, I's just a yucky feeling. Maybe its such a collection of commercial imagery, all spread out Yellow Pages style that triggers that? can't win if you don't play...
This year, happy to see all of Tidepool Reps right up there in the front of the book. Lots of great spreads by the group, but I just snapped these few that struck me with their elegance by Heimo Schmidt and Michal Horvaj.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What Is Success?

"Iron Worker's Christmas", Rockaway Park 2009 by Juliana Beasley
Colin Pantall has a great series of essays entitled " What Is Success?"
Excellent first person essay's by Joerg, Beasley, Tethered, Fouhse and other thinkers and do-ers in photography. Me too!

Read it HERE.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Raft On A Tether

Q: Do you think you will be able to get this?

A: Yeah, yeah....totally. I'm not getting it yet, but I'm on the path to getting it. The idea is to give out what you take in. You'll never see me give the finger to the really never will.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Dot To Dot

Valentine's Lesson by Wilson Archibald 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bad Guys Ripping Open An ATM

Got our hands full putting together a neat project and then heading out of town to the east coast to go to the showing of Echolilia in Schenectady, N.Y. on the 19th. Hard to blog but wanted to share this thing my son Wilson pointed out to me: Lego diorama of two guys breaking into an ATM in the foreground, a fallen motorcycle in the mid ground, and the police taking away another bad guy in the backround. It's total chaos!

Sometimes...not necessarily now...this is what my life is like.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Inspired Use Of Echo

Stanford Magazine January/February 2011

Got this in the mail the other day and was reminded how good it can feel to see someone produce an inspired layout with your imagery. Art director Amy Shroads had been thinking about this story for months it seemed....I knew she had something special in the works. The entire story utilizes the scalloped edge of our photograph as a design element on jump pages...the package is really just killer.

That's all from here. We are so thankful for the good stuff that has been in the stratosphere for us as this year begins. Ending good projects and following them up with better ones. More to come on the blog...stay tuned.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Undercover Chameleon

Ken McCloud 12/2010

We spent a totally enjoyable day last December with Ken McCloud, a former undercover agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a story that appeared last weekend in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine. Ken is a natural story teller and these stories he seem to have "screenplay" written all over them. Read The Undercover Chameleon by John Moir HERE.
Ken McCloud 12/2010

Tuesday, February 1, 2011