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“… is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” -Aaron Siskind


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Penelope Umbrico is a  Guggenheim Fellowship Photography recipient this year, along with my teacher Betsy Schneider. I saw this work at the SFMOMA when I went last November and instantly fell in love with it. I was very pleased to see her name on the list of Guggenheim Fellows because its such an honor, and means that you are on the cutting edge of photography.

This work is called 8,313,619 Suns from Flickr (Partial). She created it by searching sunsets on the photograph sharing social website Flickr. She collects the sunsets and makes 4×6 prints from the images, then adds them to the grid. The number in the title represents the total of sunsets she has collected. Since this is an on-going project that number is constantly expanding.

When I saw it in San Francisco, it took up an enormous wall, the cheesy, stereotypical and identically framed sunsets glaring at me from every angle. It was glorious.

Check out her website here, she has a lot of other interesting work!


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Cool old movie inspired posters advertising all the biggest exhibitions of the summer! Makes me wish I was traveling more this summer. hm

Check out the site here.



The Final, Final.

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A make-shift video recording of my final, final critique as an undergrad photo art student.

I apologize for how terribly inarticulate I sound during it. I had been dreading the last critique in Matthews Hall Room 224, since the moment I realized it would soon be over. I have had every single photography critique in that worn down room for the past five years. The abused and lovingly punctured corked walls became my safe escape, my sought sanctuary. Terribly nostalgic, I feared the last time my photographs would be pinned up on those walls, when my turn would at last, be over.  The conversation would finally come to an end.

And  so, when the moment  did arrive, words got lost as they often do. The critique overall, is rather anti-climatic and average. The class was an unconventional photo class and the final projects were varied and individually based. Just thought I would share the moment.

Artist I like.

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I am really interested in Jason Lazarus, a teacher at Columbia College in Chicago.  The two series I particularly enjoy explore memory and truth in a new way.

In his series, Orion over Baghdad, Lazarus went through flicker and other photo sharing sites, and shuffled through the photographs of people serving in the U.S. Military over seas. What he deemed important however, was not the images, but rather the titles. He began collecting, collaging, and turning these titles into silver-gelatin photo grams. I think it’s really interesting how the words are the photographs and also how I don’t want to even see the photographs. The would- be grainy, amateur and surely busy compositions, would only weigh down the simple connections and revealing insight the sentences provide.

Check it out.

While your there, look at his series Nirvana, where we collects images and stories of people’s first time hearing the song Nevermind by Nirvana.

Pherd fo’ life

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‎”At this point in life I look back and I realize I was and still am just a kid who couldn’t put down a camera.” – My great-uncle Charlie.

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Yesterday in class, the great Matt Holmes, showed us this blog. which is informing the world of an unknown photographer, who possibly deserves a spot in the history books, along side some of the most esteemed photographers. A chicago man, bought a storage unit at an auction, that was full of over 90,000 negatives and prints. As he began going through the all the stuff,  he soon discovered her name and began piecing together a story that is pretty incredible.  I am not going to give away anything else, as I think you should go to the blog and read her story, and look at her photographs.

I think they are really, pretty darn good. As our class scrolled through all the images, we would immediately  yell out the famous photographer that made similar images, or  had similar subjects. Every photograph referenced another great. Frank! Callahan! Arbus! Lange! Mary Ellen Mark! Goldin! She was making photographs, at the same time as most of these now, respected artists and yet, her photographs were also standing her own ground. It’s exciting to think about, what her life could have been like had she maybe, shown somebody her work. But who knows, maybe there’s still room to write her in, I bet theres just a  litttttle space between Robert Frank and Emmet Gowen.


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Check out this awesome project that artist Irina Werning  is currently taking on…. HERE

I would love to do this with a classic picture of me and my brother..


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Check out my class blog to see my latest photo project. here.


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“My project could be only to photograph as I felt and desired, to regulate a pleasant form of living, to get up in the morning- free, to feel the trees, the grass, the water, sky or buildings, people- everything that affects us; and to photograph that which I saw and have always felt.”
-Harry Callahan, 1957


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Here is the final product of my stranger assignment. My portraiture teacher set only one perimeter, that we make a series of  portraits of strangers. There were many different approaches to this request. Some classmates, the more shy ones, photographed strangers from a distance, capturing this “big-brotheresque” zoomed view, of people being photographed when they aren’t aware they are being photographed. One girl asked one friend for a phone number of someone she knew, she contacted that stranger, photographed her, then asked her for a phone number of a new friend. Her project presented a slew of people who are separated, yet so connected, an idea that I am very interested in as well.  Other people walked around and approached random people, and attempted to make an honest portrait of someone they just barely knew.

There were many different approaches to getting to the final product, I decided to think about my own consumerism as well as the small connections I have with random strangers each and every day. So each time there was an exchange of commerce for a product as well as when there was a  random interaction with an employee, I would take their photograph. I thought this was an interesting territory to enter due to my daily interactions and routines. My father has for a long time poked fun at my mother and me, for our ability to engage with strangers on a consistent basis. For example, the grocery store clerk, who comments on my abundance of fresh veggies, asks me what I am making for dinner, which sparks a quick conversation about a recipe I found from a book my mother sent me from Texas. From one visit this stranger knows just a tiny bit about me and I know just a little bit about them. Factor in, that I generally shop at the same places, it is easy to see how these strange, relationships form between the employee, and me, the consumer. I thought about documenting the dates and  amount spent at each place and somehow tying that into each photograph, but as of now, I don’t think I want that information there. I also encountered problems with businesses and people that wouldn’t let me make the photograph, as well as what to do with the instances when I made a purchase from a machine. ( At the movie theater, I purchased my ticket from a kiosk.) I left out these types of images, to keep the conversation a little more focused. Adding this element I think would cast a shadow over the portraits, and make it just about this extinction and replacement.

I used this project to really think about where I am going, what I am purchasing, who I am purchasing that from and thinking about what that all really means. Please as always, let me know what you think!

Gallery 100

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This last week at Gallery 100 was the first of the senior  photography BFA exhibitions of the Fall. A couple of my fellow peers who I have had many classes with had work in this show  titled “Dilemma: Now What?” and  although the exhibition has now been taken down I still thought I would share with ya’ll some of the other soon to be graduated photographers.

The first is my friend Daniel Kim. Daniel, is in my portraiture class, and he showed his self-portrait assignment for his BFA showcase. The black and white digital print photographs are of him, placed in front of a stark white wall, shaving his head into his hair cut he has for his training in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Daniel Kim Photograph from series

Each photograph goes through the steps of this morning “ritual”, he calls it. He evolved this series even further by adding a hand written letter to his mother,

Daniel Kim’s series: Photo courtesy of Krystal Macdonald

who recently passed away. Each simple, but powerful sentence went with a photograph and by the end, my eyes are always watering.I loved the subtly and purity of the photographs as well as my favorite element, that the last image was not the image I expected.Daniel is a photographer who is established around the area for his stylized wedding photography. Check out his website HERE!

Danielle’s series Climb, Photo courtesy of Krystal Macdonald

Krystals series “From the Family Archives” Photo courtesy of Krystal Macdonald

I have had many classes with a few of the other photographers in “Dilemma: Now What?”: Danielle Deutsch, Charles Anthony Darr, and Krystal Macdonald. Danielle Deutsch series’ of digital archival prints creates a separated panoramic experience titled “Climb.” This appealing landscape is a tribute to the beauty of the Arizona desert landscape, a comment on the mark of man, and her relationship as a documentary explorer through it all. Check out her blog HERE!! Charles Anthony Darr had a slideshow projected in a secluded corner, proving the pure quantity of photographs Charles produces. Charles photographs using a small Canon s90, which allows him to photograph nearly constantly. The title for his piece is “Matter of Time.” If you’d like to check out some of his daily photographs, go to his blog HERE!! Krystal Macdonald is another student who is currently in my self-portrait class. She is invested in her family, and captures these simple moments, that don’t just describe to you what her relatives look like, but rather embodies a feeling. The series she showed for the BFA show was a series called “From the Family Archives” which had black and white photographs of her racially different grandparents as well as a beautifully made book. The photographs are interesting and show a loving insight into a powerful bond.

Be sure to check out these emerging artist websites! Also Check out more photographs of the entire BFA show at Krystal Macdonald’s Album HERE!!


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Here are photographs of the photographs from my Self-Portrait assignment in my Portraiture class. These are large, 16×20 C-Prints.