Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Painterly Shots

New Work

I just finished up a 2.5 week painting class. 8 paintings in that short period of time! I ended up liking all of them which was a pleasant surprise. Normally taking a class, or producing a body of work I end up with several that don't for whatever reason work well enough for me to like them. I learn a lot from them, but I don't enjoy the finished product. Even the pieces that were not my favorites from this class- seemed to work as a whole. I'm really happy about that consistancy throughout the paintings.

A few days ago, on the way back from Utica, I got the opportunity to shoot out the window of the car. It was rainy, foggy miserable weather and I was really glad was driving. However, we were passing through beautiful landscapes and the weather was producing muted complicated light and colors. I pretty much just started shooting trying to anticipate nice shots- playing with depth of field and the challenge of the moving vehicle with an extra barrier of window glass. I got painterly shots that reminded of why painting is always such an inspiration.

As a photographer it is always a challenge to remember all the things it is possible to do with a lens. It can be an instrument of clarity and detail- but it also records movement, light and color. Movement, light and color, these things can depict even without the detail our culture takes for granted as part of photography, as part of what makes a photograph.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Come see me (my work) at Thanks a Latte!

I have a handful of works up at Thanks a Latte in Manlius through June 15th and will have more up in August. The place is a cute little cafe/coffeeshop in a shopping center in Manlius, NY run by the fabulous Jennifer Miller.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Artist Statement

A few years ago during an experimental photography class I fell in love with a way of making digital photograms using a scanner, called scanograms. I started with some inanimate objects, a plastic phone, some shoes, a koosh ball and loved the extreme shallow depth of field along with the incredible color and detail offered by the digital scanner.

The following year inspired by early scientific photograms and botanical prints I tried produce. Working with organic objects I get to take advantage of the incredible shapes, textures, and colors in things around us. I’m interested in the process of life. Things ripen, decay, dry out. I’m fascinated by the materials. Every time I come back to the materials, they are changed. In order to make use of the scanner I often deconstruct the materials. I peel, crush, and hold them down. In the process, details get revealed or withheld according to their place against the glass scanning bed. I leave the smudges caused by pollen, juice, and peel on the images because they are part of the organic nature of the materials, the way each section of orange contains pithy white veins along with the beautiful cells full of juice.


Blood Orange


Empty Peel