Project Basho— Onward 2011


Mojave Desert Artifact #5, 2010

I am thrilled to announce that one of my new platinum prints from my Desert Artifact series was selected by Larry Fink for Onward, Project Basho's juried exhibition for emerging photographers. The opening reception is February 12, and the show runs through March 27.

Here is a video or people in Philadelphia announcing the selected photographers.




Mike and Doug Starn at the Print Center



The Print Center's opening of Mike and Doug Starn's Black Pulse series of prints on of dried leaves was such a success that it was almost difficult to properly appreciate the work. As one person said, “There were so many people you couldn't stir them with a stick.” It was good to see some friend there that I missed at the garden party, and some I hadn't seen since March.

I found myself responding to the inkjet prints on gampi with albumen and encaustic much more than I did to the extremely-large digital c-prints. That was mostly due to media being more suitable for the nature of the subject—the fragility of the dried leaves, of life. In part though, and maybe most importantly, it was the sheer beauty of the pieces on gampi that made them stand out against the larger, cleaner, almost-cold c-prints.

The video instillation, a computer generated piece on the decomposition of leaves, was incredibly beautiful, and evoked some of the same feelings and internal imagery as Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Back from the West

Just back from ten days on the West Coast, and already hitting the ground running. First, saying goodbye to Summer, and a big hello to a busy Autumn is the Photo Review Garden Party—being held this year in Downingtown, PA. Next weekend is the Mike and Doug Starn opening at the Print Center in Philadelphia, Amy Stevens opening at CfEVA, and later are all the Fall submission deadlines, PhotoPlus Expo, POST, Paris Photo, another trip out West to continue photographing the Lower Owens River Project, and AIPAD Miami in December.

Who doesn't like the smell of a hot dry mount press at 4AM

It must be the night before a trip. Why else would I be mounting prints at 4AM? In a few hours, I am going to be driving with the photographer, Joe Freeman, to Louisville, Kentucky for the 5th Annual View Camera Conference. This is going to be our first long trip together since we drove out West and Baja California in 2003, and this one should be a blast. Personally, I think the first View Camera Conference  that was held in Albuquerque in 2002 was the only one that was really good, with each conference that followed being a little less special. This one is taking place during Louisville's two-month photography festival, and there should be great shows all over town.

But, the reason for going to Louisville isn't really for the conference. It just serves as a place and reason to meet up with other photographer friends to drink beer, make pictures and look at prints. Maybe even sell one if I'm lucky  (and that is the reason why the dry mount press was putting in some overtime).

Art for the Cash Poor

I spent nearly all yesterday and today getting ready for the Art for the Cash Poor event happening this weekend. It is hosted by In Liquid, and is being held at the Crane Building on the 1400 North American Street Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, June 10, 2007 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Everything in the show will be priced less than $199, so it is an opportunity to find good deals on good art.

Since everything will be priced less than $199 I will be showing many of my smaller photographs, and for the first time, several digital prints from Polaroids I've made over the past three years. I will also be showing my 8x10-inch contact prints, including some of my newer work.

There will be great music, great food and great people. I hope to see you there.