Friday, December 3, 2010

cindy sherman on her work

I was feeling guilty in the beginning; it was frustrating to be successful when a lot of my friends weren't.Also, I was constantly being reminded of that by people in my family making jokes, like "Oh, yes, she's still just dressing up like she did when she was a kid,” or "It doesn't take any brains to be doing what she's doing."So I guess I was thinking, maybe I am still just dressing up, because I don't theorize when I work.I would read theoretical stuff about my work and think, "What? Where did they get that?"The work was so intuitive for me, I didn't know where it was coming from.So I thought I had better not say anything or I'd blow it.
Cindy Sherman
Art Photography Now
Susan Bright, Editor, p. 25

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

trial by fire (more)

i'm still working on these images. hopefully i can find time to go back to the exhibit before it comes down in a couple of weeks.

thanksgiving break has officially started. it's going to be a busy break. (athens, ga to spend time with elizabeth and hopefully getting tattooed, karaoke saturday, working sunday...) and at some point i'm supposed to study for 2 tests and work on my final painting that i started monday. no pressure.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

i finally have an itching for a new tattoo. i've been looking at a lot of margaret kilgallen's work lately. i watched "beautiful losers" for the first time a few weeks ago and margaret's passion spoke to me. i fell in love with her and her work immediately. i was actually familiar with her work before, but didn't know her name at the time. i'm kind of horrible and associating names with art works. i need to get better at that. either way, this week has been stressful, the past few months have been stressful and there's no better way to move on from that than with a tattoo of a beautiful piece of artwork by an amazing artist.

"I believe there need to be women visual in our every day landscape, working hard and doing their own thing, whether you like it or not, whether it's acceptable or not...I especially hope to inspire young women because often I feel like so much emphasis is put on how beautiful you are, and how thin you are, and not a lot of emphasis is put on what you can do and how smart you are. I'd like to change that, change the emphasis of what's important when looking at a woman." ~MK

i'm torn between these three styles of trees. i think i like the pink tree most. looks like i'm starting on my right arm now... finally.

as mentioned in my previous post, i spent thursday night photographing kara gunter's exhibit. this photograph is probably one of my favorites out of the 4 rolls that i shot. i want to go back and shoot more. hopefully i can find time to get up there before the exhibit comes down on dec 3rd. her work is very strong and spiritual... not in christian-spiritual way, but an eerie comforting spiritual way. i'm seriously almost brought to tears every time i walk into the exhibit (and just as much moved when editing these images). i'm going to be sad when it comes down. i'm pretty sure i could just sit and hang out in there all day long and feel right at home.

Friday, November 19, 2010

trial by fire

my friend and fellow artist kara gunter asked me to photograph her exhibit that is currently up at the Monsanto Gallery here in Greenwood. Kara was my professor in 3-D design last semester and is an amazing woman, artist, friend, teacher. I can't say enough positive things about her... i just absolutely adore her. so, i was flattered when she asked me to work with her on photographing her exhibit for documentary and artistic purposes.
Last night i went to the gallery after it had closed and spent nearly two hours with these pieces of work. rather than just documenting the work, i let the pieces talk to the camera and the camera talk to me. it was a very moving hour. i wanted to capture the beauty that i saw in each piece and what i felt as i was experiencing each frame and composition. it was strange to feel almost on the verge of tears the entire time, but i was truly moved by her work. 

I photographed the "documented" part of the exhibit with my digital camera, but the more artistic stuff (that we will be selling on etsy or somewhere) i photographed with a Mamiya C220 twin lens reflex. I used fuji 160 daylight film (in tungsten light... should be interesting) and fuji provia 100 film (going to cross process that!) So, i'm really curious as to how these are going to turn out. The exposures were slow, but the camera was mounted on a tripod. i don't think a soft focus will hurt the overall mood of the photographs, though. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

growing up

shooting at my grandmother's house this past sunday was a bit overwhelming. i was flooded with memories i didn't even know i had and everything i looked at reminded me of holidays with that side of the family and the weird things i would play with when i was there. my brother and i had our own rocking chairs at my grandmother's house, but for some reason i always wanted to sit in the high chair. i think the mentality with that was that i was the "baby" of the family, therefore i should sit in a "baby chair."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


holy crap i'm ready for this semester to be over with. i feel like i'm so overwhelmed with doing creative things that i'm actually losing my creativity and doing things on auto-pilot. i shot a couple of rolls of film at my grandmother's house this weekend. the plastic "toys" i photographed were actually things my dad made as a child. i used my holga for some shots and a mamiya c220 twin lens reflex for other shots. naturally, i'm happier with the quality of the exposure of the mamiya photos.... and i love that i can get much closer with the toys that i'm photographing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


today i spent some time with my random thrift store toys and set up a still life to photograph. i'm really trying to figure out where i'm going with this concept of "plastic on plastic" toy series. sometimes my brain overloads and i get scared to write down my thoughts because every new thought leads to a bigger and bigger project that is frightening to take on... mostly because i know that each new photograph is going to blow my old photographs out of the water. it's a great feeling but i really want to bask in the glory of my current work, you know...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

family portrait

this weekend i had 2 photo shoots. the first was family portraits and the second was maternity photos. the family portraits were a lot of fun. the boys (ages 5 and 6) had a lot of energy and were just natural models. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010


the past 2 days have been spent taking pictures and working in the darkroom. working in the darkroom has been so much fun. i love being in there by myself, putting my ipod on shuffle and turning the music all the way up and just working working working.

the two above shots are of random things around my house. i made the "wreath" a couple of years ago and didn't want to throw it away so it stays on my mailbox. my garage area is such a wreck. i love dumpstering random things and holding on to them for future projects. all those objects make interesting shapes and reminds me of my pack-rat grandparent's sheds and garages.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


my head is in a weird place today. i fell physically and mentally exhausted. maybe i should just take a break, but i'm overwhelmed with things to get done. i thought working in the darkroom was going to be relaxing but it turned out to be kind of stressful and a bit of a trainwreck. i played around with my newly made pinhole camera and got some neat shots with it. once i get a chance to scan them, i'll post them sometime in the next week.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

two things

i have 3 other negatives with this same kind of shot. the other 2 do not have my cat lurking in the side of the frame, though. i've been sort of inspired to do a short run of photographs with my random knickknack collection. i think it could be interesting and make for fun post cards to send to friends. i can't wait to get started on it this weekend! 

this photograph, i just love. i love geometry and lines and shapes and the combination of organic lines with structured lines. this is the side of my house. i love my house and i don't think i photograph it enough. carley and i won't always live here, but we have made some great memories here. i bought this home 6 years ago. i'm so emotionally attached that i don't think i can sell it even when we do move. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

holga portrait

i could NOT resist taking portraits of vincent the other day when he showed up to class wearing this awesome (and uncharacteristic) bright platypus shirt. granted, you can't see the brightness in the shirt, but it was bright blue with a big platypus face on the front. he and jarod were going out to shoot with a couple of mamiya cameras and it felt like an opportune time to do some quick portraits of the guys. i should have gotten a single shot of jarod as well. maybe next time.

i shot this with fuji neopan 100 ISO film. the negs are actually pretty thin and a bit of a pain to print. (yay digital lab?) i bought 4 rolls of kodak tri-x film 400 ISO and am going to give it a go this weekend. i think 400 speed film is the way to go with holga.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

light painting with holga

this is actually one of the rides at the carnival that i went to the other week. i have a lot of holga negatives that i need to scan. sunday i worked in the darkroom for roughly 3 hours developing and printing. i haven't worked in there in ages, but i fell into pattern quickly. i certainly forgot how meditative the darkroom is. the smell of the chemicals are oddly soothing and gives me a sort of comfort in the familiarity and love of the darkroom. i may just have to set up a cot in there and live there for the rest of the semester. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010


i can't believe that i didn't even finish one roll of film on the evening i went to the carnival. i got a little sidetracked with karaoke (or "carni-oke" as my friend and i called it) i didn't have my tripod, nor did i really come prepared to shoot the carnival. but i really enjoy this image. the double exposure was on purpose. i wish i had of done different angles in one frame.

Friday, October 8, 2010

fashion shoot.

the other week i was hired to do a fashion shoot for the local magazine. the first half of the shoot was a bit stagnant and "commercial/catalog", but i really enjoyed shooting the 2nd half. My goal was to create this sort of bar environment, very casual and it turned out quite nice. i think the magazine comes out today, so i can't wait to see it on paper.

Monday, October 4, 2010

time warp

i'm a spontaneous person that seems to react immediately from my environment and shoot, rather than thinking and over thinking other photographic i. friday night, my friends and i were in the local museum, so i decided to pose them real quick in this museum version of an old train station. they're so used to me with my camera in their faces all the time that posing for me is natural and now seldom awkward.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

grier building

i shot this saturday evening as the sun was setting. i love how the light at sunset plays on our old uptown buildings. greenwood has such potential to be beautiful and embrace it's history and really build a beautiful downtown.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010


i'm still playing catch up with school work, etc, hence the lack of postings. I shot this earlier today... the film is fresh out of the darkroom. i love how a moment of experimenting leads to a plethora of ideas.

for this photograph, i believe i did a multiple exposure of at least 5 frames in 1 on my holga. (fuji neopan 100 film) the negative is really dusty/dirty. i will eventually scan it again and clean it up more (or just print it in the darkroom. i have postcard paper for darkroom printing. i may have to use this negative for that.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

smoke stack

i have an assignment for my photography class that involves taking a fresh look at some of our town's iconic landmarks. the previous post was one of the landmarks (cokesbury college and chapel). the photos above are of a torn down textile mill. 

i shot these last night on my way home from class. i used my pinhole cap on my camera. the photos were kind of stagnant since it was just mostly rubble, so i worked on finding different compositions then worked with some silhouettes with myself. i believe my exposure time was around 1.6 seconds. 

Monday, September 20, 2010


continuing with yesterday's post. this was one of the last shots i took yesterday. a friend of mine has done  headless shots like this so i was kind of mimicking that, i guess? but also, i didn't know what to do with my face in the photos, so i found it easier to just cover my face so i didn't have to think about it. i certainly wish there was a deeper meaning to it all than just that.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

broken fences between past and present tenses

I'm getting back in the swing of taking pictures. Unfortunately, all the pictures I'm taking are of myself. I don't usually like taking pictures of myself, but I've been getting ideas of things to photograph, so I'm just going with it. Plenty of photographers have taken series of self portraits. It could be fun, I guess. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

just the two of us

i apologize for my lack of creative posts lately. the past couple of weeks have been a blur and i can't seem to get my life in order. getting back in to a normal schedule with my classes and life and work is a difficult task and on top of that, my grandmother passed away this week. she's been sick for a while, but there's never an "okay" time for a loved one to move on like that. now that the funeral is over, i feel a bit relieved that i can get back to focusing more on my school work and my photography. i haven't really used my camera much in the past week other than to take these photos of me and my daughter yesterday before the funeral. 

these portraits were taken with a 50mm/1.4  lens on my nikon d300. i love that lens for portraiture. i need to use it more. i had my camera on the tripod so all these would turn out pretty consistent in composition.