Thursday, April 28, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Had a wonderful time with the photography department of MICA in Baltimore and found this image in their offices. Art Department meets the Department Of Motor Vehicles meets a private detective's office.
The teachers at MICA I met: Tom Baird, Nate Larson and Margaret Adams describe their students with such admiration and affection, I'm just kind of taken back. Later in the day I hear the students describe the three of them in similar terms. All of these sentiments prove themselves to be true: these kids, these teachers, can solve the issues of contemporary photography. One topic leads to another topic that leads to a side observation that again leads back to the original concern and a new observation. As we post a snapshot of the class to facebook, Larson jokes that the image will be appear with every student tagged in it. Later that afternoon....every kid's name appears on that shot. Larson has sent a message to these kids that he is on their side, he is with them on this journey and together they are going to discover the wonder of this language. He knows it, the teachers know it...and the kids know it too.
Here are some snaps of our lecture and class from 4/19/11. Enjoy.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Q: So what exactly is a "Psychotherapy Photograph"?
A: Um...have you ever gone to see a shrink?
A: Oh...well, you go to this person, a doctor, and talk. He doesn't really tell you anything, but he asks you questions, poses scenarios to you, and eventually you start getting answers to some of the things on your mind. Sometimes you role play, sometimes you take the stance of other people in your life...it kind of works.
Q: So what does this have to do with photography?
A: Well, I'm trying to like...emulate that experience with photographs and words. Little passages, like little Zen Koans...you know....stuff that makes you think. Like "The Gateless Gate", stuff like that. "When the student is ready, the teacher appears"...you know, that type of thing.
Q: So are you the teacher or the student?
A: Neither. I'm the reporter. I just report the facts.
See Psychotherapy Photographs HERE.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Q: Beautiful, huh?
A: Wow, it is.
Q: I wish it would stay just like that. Like I'd love to come back every year and have it right there, perfectly formed like that. How long will it last?
A: Oh, not long. It'll morph into something kinda like that, but rougher. Then it'll melt, get muddy, you'll see the rocky part underneath. When the sun comes out, it'll be gone. m
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Q: So, what are you trying to say here?
A: Well, nothing. It's just a chance to hear myself give words to the stuff. Sometimes it doesn't seem real until you start to say it, give words to it, and start to look at it all.
Q: Right. That's a start. Then what?
A: Well...I hope...the answers will then bubble to the surface.m
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday at sundown a backhoe parked in front of our home.
Wilson got on the thing, Eli went in and got some cameras.
One for me, one for him, then let's try this old film camera too, maybe Wilson wants to make some pictures.
You guys got it?
Any other ideas?
No. I think we are good.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Spoiled Baker, Option 1m
A friend of mine suggested that the Babes In The Woods series was not commercial enough for a Workbook ad...or that it type cast me so specifically as a baby photographer. Seeing that these ads are thousands upon thousands upon thousands...oh, you know...I figured I'd try to look at some options. Keep in mind: Workbook is not about self expression...it is about getting ad jobs. If anyone is reading, please weigh in with your opinion.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Babes In The Woods / Workbook Spread 2011
Just finished up this Workbook spread for the upcoming Tidepool section of WB.
We looked at a variety of layouts and images and in the end landed here. I kinda had a baby obsession / baby series started that never fully got off the ground, under the working title "Babes In The Woods". These images from that series I still enjoy. See my Workbook online site HERE.