Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hanging Out At Fenway, Old School

When I was twenty-two I moved to Boston which is where I discovered both my love of Super-8 film and the Boston Redsox. In the spring of 2000, I was working at a restaurant in Harvard Square and spending all of my free time sneaking away to Fenway Park. I used to go to day games by myself and try too sneak down to the corporate seats behind home plate (these usually stayed empty during day games and it was easy to sneak down without an entourage). This is a Super 8 film that I shot on such a day. Pedro Martinez was on the mound (my favorite in those days) and if memory serves, I think we won the game. Go Sox!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Me and Robin and Harrell Fletcher

Last week at The NY Photo Festival, I had the chance to hear Harrell Fletcher give a talk about his work. Harrell is one of my favorite artists, I first became familiar with his work via his web collaboration "Learning To Love You More" that he made with Miranda July. For those of you not familiar with his work, it is a wonderful blend of art and sociology and I encourage you to look through his site. Harrell was exhibiting in Leslie Martin's exhibition "The Ubiquitous Image" and at the end of his talk, he informed the audience that for his piece in the show, he was asking people to share their wallet photographs with him so that he could scan them, print them and hang them in the exhibition. I just happen to always keep a photograph of Robin in my wallet and was excited to include it in the show.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Two Upcoming Auctions

I will be participating in two upcoming photography auctions, one at The Museum of Contemporary Photography this friday at The Douglas Dawson Gallery here in Chicago and one at The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe on June 7th. Both should be well worth attending, happy shopping!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Corey Arnold

This past weekend, my friend Amy Stein (who by the way won The NY Photo Festival Book Award this past friday) introduced me to the photographer Corey Arnold. I'm a huge fan of The Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" and Corey's photographs examine that same world. He's both a photographer and a fisherman as well as a really nice guy. He'll apparently be in a show at Bucket Rider Gallery next spring here in Chicago where he'll be sharing the walls with one of my favorite Chicago artists, Cody Hudson. Good times . . .

Saturday, May 10, 2008

NY Photo Festival

I'll be flying into NY this week for the NY Photo Festival. I will have five pieces on display at The Museum of Contemporary Photography Pavilion from my series, "Items Of Clothing Secretly Hidden By My Girlfriend (So That I Wouldn't Wear Them Anymore)." Please swing by and check it out if you find yourself in town.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The World's Most Stupid Video

I've recently been archiving all of my old VHS tapes and this afternoon I came across this, the most stupid video ever made. During my first year of grad school, I was required to take a 19th Century Photo History course. For our final, we had the option of either writing a paper or creating a piece that addressed 19th century photo history. I've always enjoyed looking at the work of Eadweard Muybridge and found it extremely interesting that he used to manipulate his data to achieve certain results. For my final, I decided to make this movie which uses his technique to evaluate whether or not a break dancer friend of mine was able to do the worm and leave the ground. We manipulated the facts (as did Muybridge) and came up with this, the stupidist video ever made. Enjoy!

Which Famous Photographer Are You?

This morning, one of my students sent me a link where you can take a survey that dares to ask, "which famous photographer are you?" After filling out the survey, I learned that I am Helmut Newton. Which famous photographer are you? Click HERE to find out.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

CTA Part 3

Today I went down to the Armitage Station to check out the progress on the installation. They were finishing up with the sealant and should be finished by the end of the week. It looks like the station will definitely open on June 1st and will be featured at some point in June on NPR's "Hello Beautiful".