Sunday, January 23, 2011

good news.

this week i found out one of my holga images made it into the rayko gallery's annual plastic camera exhibit. i submitted 3 pieces for the juried exhibit, hoping to get in. this exhibit is the biggest one of the san fransisco gallery. thousands of submissions are sent in and only a few are chosen for the actual exhibit. it feels really awesome to have my work chosen for such a big event and if the print sells, it will feel even more awesome to know my print is hanging in a stranger's collection somewhere out west.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

playdate




















this is one of the last images taken for my (still in progress) "nostalgia" body of work. with this body of work, i've been working on sorting through my childhood both literally and metaphorically. many of my images are left to interpretation, but have a clear and concise meaning to me.

this doll was actually a loaner doll a friend let me borrow for this shoot. i must have stared at her for weeks before shooting her. i played with barbies a lot when i was a child, but they always ended up naked and discarded. what i love most about this image, though is the asymmetrical balance with the leaf and the figure, both creating an implied triangle. that was not intentional, but it's an awesome thing that happened. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

salvation




















and, no, i don't mean langston hughes or the cranberries, but i do mean the salvation army.

i came across this horse a couple of months ago when i went to the salvation army to peruse the books and other random stuff in the store. as i was pulling into the parking lot, i saw a lady drop off this awesome horse. the wind was blowing his mane, the sun was beaming down on him creating a nice back lit silhouette. i almost started kicking myself in the ass for not having my camera on me. i ALWAYS HAVE A CAMERA ON ME. so i went in the store, did my shopping then sat in my car staring at this horse trying to figure out what i could use to photograph him... and if should/was it worth it. i started searching my car and found a fuji quicksnap camera and walked over and snapped a few frames of this guy. he's probably one of my current favorite images right now.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

boy and toys




















over the break i baby sat for a friend of mine. if you follow my blog, you will see that her children show up in a lot of my photographs. there is something so unique about their personality, looks, etc that draws me to always want to photograph them.

the above photograph of alex was taken with my holga. he had brought over a small toy rifle that he played with every time we went outside. toy guns freak me out. anyway, when i unloaded the roll from my camera, i realized the film was super loose, so i knew that the roll was going to be light fogged. there was a TON of fogging in the roll, but it worked out great for this image.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

hrm




















well, for the longest time i thought this blog was down due to something wrong.. virus? spyware? i don't know. so, i've been rather hesitant to post anything or go to the blog because i didn't know how to fix any of it. there's so much new stuff to post and i don't really know where to begin. i may begin with the new(er) stuff and work backwards.

i feel as though i have become one with my holga. last semester i shot my entire portfolio with my holga. it had its positive and negative points, but for the most part, i put together the most cohesive and strongest pieces of personal work to date. i'm excited about it and can't wait to continue to explore this avenue of nostalgia (more to come on that).

the above image was taken sometime last year or maybe even 2009, i think i took it right before heading to cairo, il. but i found this roll in my desk the other day and scanned it yesterday. i love the color in this. my reasons for avoiding color film lately has mainly been due to the financial aspect of it.... buying it, getting it developed, etc. plus, there is no decent lab in this town that develops 120 film.