Posts Tagged ‘history

10
Sep
10

I am a total Photo-Nerd

Alrighty.  For the first time ever on the blog, I’m going to get into what I “really” do.  Not that I don’t do any of the other things that I’ve rambled on about here for a few months now, just that in some ways, this is my baby.

Photograms.  Abstraction.  History.  Sheer, blessed nerd-fest.  Kinda the essence of how I think photographically.

Ok, let’s do this proper-like.  My ongoing body of work is titled Concealed at first at last I appear, which is a total geek reference, first to “Burning with Desire” written by Geoffrey Batchen (page 144 in my edition, for those of you who have already embraced their own inner photo-geek) but more importantly, it’s a reference to William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the great-grand-daddies of photography.  He had these words appear/disappear as a photogram in one of his early experiments using text on paper.  Friggin’ amazing.  The ability for something to be permanent and transient simultaneously.  Concrete and abstract.  Talbot was a genius and recognizing and accepting the duality that was present in photography from the get-go.  As Batchen says on page 91, “Photography was, for Talbot, the desire for an impossible conjunction of transience and fixity.”  First off, I just think that sentiment is beautiful – to desire the impossible, to accept that you will never be satisfied, that a fixed resolution will never happen.  And this is really where I realized where my own work was going.

as yet untitled new mural…..

I think that I am a bit of a twisted soul – I want to deliberately frustrate the viewer to a certain degree.  Not completely, just a little.  “You mean I’m making photograms, images that are a direct trace of light onto paper, no camera, no negative?  And yet you can’t tell what the blasted thing is of?!  What is going on here!?”

I love the idea that light itself can create a visual image via a chemical process.  That with a photogram, you have a direct one-to-one relationship with the “thing” that existed in reality.

And I love the fact that I can make an image today, without Photoshop, without using pixels, that is so abstract that many folks have asked me what these images are of (one of my favorite questions!)….

as yet untitled new mural…..

So, to sum up so far – large-scale photograms made with black and white fiber paper that are abstractions of space and time.  That’s one of my few one-liners that I can throw out when people ask me what I do…..

And I keep going…I started these last year, and in the past few weeks I’ve started cranking them out again, and I’ve gotten crazy excited about the results.  New space, new light, new patterns and images.  Any of you out there in cyber-world have any thoughts, criticisms, feedback or the like, feel free to drop me a message below, otherwise, thanks for reading this far 🙂

as yet untitled new mural diptych…..


Advertisements
28
Jul
10

Inspiration

This is always a hard thing.  How do you come up ideas for projects?  And not only that, this is one of the hardest things to teach.  I sometimes feel like I end up throwing the kitchen sink at students to see if anything will jog an idea or thought.

See, I’m prepping for a lecture for one of my classes, and I’ve decided to pull some images from fav photographers to introduce the different tracks/paths you can follow when creating images.  And it is so cool to spend the afternoon just looking at some of my favorite pics, but holy crow, how do you know what to include/exclude?!?  I could go for days.  I’d almost love to just have a class that was some sort of non-history based survey of photographic-based artists.  Following trends, seeing how one artist in one generation may inspire another.  For example, here’s one awesome cause/effect pairing that I love:

Bernd & Hilla Becher, Gas Tanks, 1983-92

And a bit more recently, Idris Khan, every…Bernd and Hilla Becher Spherical type Gasholders, 2004

It’s amazing to me to see how strongly history can influence how we think and create.  And I’m definitely one of those people who believe that you really have no excuse to be ignorant of what came before you, particularly in photography.  Images can be so powerful, and acknowledging and even situating your own contemporary work within the larger context of history is so important and gives greater depth to anything said today.  Just my two cents, as always.




Who I am…

I am a self-professed geek. I happen to be an artist. I like to geek out about art, specifically photography.

I have another location on the interwebs here

And if you need a photography tutor, check me out
here

Enter your email address to subscribe to my ramblings via email.

Join 31 other followers

i tweet