Thursday, April 30, 2009

april: sites of impact by stan gaz

i managed to sneak this in right before the close of the month (better late than never)...

i picked up stan gaz's sites of impact at an opening of the same name at clampart tonight.


1/ the prints were bea-u-ti-ful. silver gelatin prints. a rarity these days. i was in awe of them. they were like 50x60 or something and the grain was enlarged in this amazing way. you could almost feel the textures. lisa pointed out that they reminded her of pointillist paintings.

2/ i know nothing about these photographs except that they are images of meteorites so i am excited to read the introduction. and as i am currently listening to a short history of nearly everything where bill bryson talks for a bit about meteorites, they were on my mind.

rachel louise/ 2

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

hello sunrise/ 4

pho to speak: adam marcinek (part 3)

part 3: blogging

on blogging...initially I was very against blogging...I didn't understand the networking capacity of them, and I did not follow or look at any. I hadn't realized how important they did become as a tool for showing work, but also starting and joining in on discussions. As you said my blog is very new, but I am happy I am doing it. Not only because in two months or so of having it, I am being interviewed by another blogger...but it also is a good outlet for me to get my ass in gear and get work scanned, look back through old work, and a forum to post brand new work as soon as I make it. And since the exposure project's blog has been live, it has greatly spread our name into the community, and gotten us in touch with some great people. You mentioned J.M. Colberg, through the blog world, we became friends with him and he was gracious enough to write the forward to our 3rd exposure project publication. And since I have the opportunity, thanks to Ben of the exposure project for starting the blog as well as maintaining it, as he is the main voice of the exposure project blog.

as for the future of blogging, who knows, there very well could be a new way of communicating in the very near future that we will all in some way shape or form become a part of. things like twitter or flickr, neither of which I like very much, seem to be useful tools for people. both outlets I feel like water down and saturate us with information and pictures, that I don’t feel is necessary. blogging in a way very much does this too to a certain extent, and like you said, you have a hard time keeping up with other people's blogs as well as your own. I feel the same way. But the availability of new work and images is an inspiration for me and makes me get to my blog as well as gives me a lot of work and ideas to look at and think about, which for me right now is great.

this is a personal note that adam included in his email to me that I’ve decided to share because it fits the theme:
thanks again for this opportunity and I will certainly link your blog on mine. This I feel like is the best part of the blog world, an easy way to connect and share thoughts with people on a one on one basis, but also as a way to network and help my own name get out into the world farther, but as I link up your blog, more people will hopefully get over to your site as well. go blogs!

adam is a frequent contributor to the exposure project. he recently launched his blog, adam marcinek photography.

Friday, April 24, 2009

hello sunrise/ 3

pho to speak: adam marcinek (part 2)

part 2: education

1/ can you talk about your education a little bit?
I went to the New England School of Photography, graduated 5 years ago with a concentration in black and white. I had a blast at NESoP and actually am still involved with the school today as a TA for the 2nd year black and white program. It was and is still a big part of my photographic life. No MFA right now...ultimately I don’t have any plans to head back to school, but I’m not ruling it out completely in the future.

2/ why do you feel that you do not want to pursue an mfa?

I try and way the pros and cons, but usually end up with the thought that if I just keep plugging away at my own work, that an MFA wouldn’t help me that much. I may be totally wrong in that assumption, but so far I don’t see it holding me back any. The most attractive part of getting into that situation again is I know I would be pushed to make work, and a lot of it! So that is always something that I think about, so I wouldn’t say that I don’t WANT to get back into school, I'm either just not ready or the time isn’t right.

3/ is this something you've spent a lot of time waffling/obsessing about (like i obviously do), or was it a relatively easy decision for you?
No I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about it. When I got out of school, I was very happy to get going on my own work and not be caught up in the school environment. I do miss school, the constant pushing and peer support, but it's just not in my sights right now as something I want to continue with. Being that I don’t have a BA, the idea of getting back into that program and then moving on to an MFA program, scares me a bit! It's such a time commitment, not to mention the expense of it all. Again, I don’t rule it out completely as the idea of some type of teaching role in the future has crossed my mind, just not right now.

adam is a frequent contributor to the exposure project. he recently launched his blog, adam marcinek photography.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

hello sunrise/ 2

pho to speak: adam marcinek (part 1)

i am back from my trip and finally up to the task of getting some posting done. i won't see any of the pictures i took in the everglades for a little while as it will take lisa a bit to process them for me (since i'm lame and pay my friend to do my bitch work...).

ok. so. this post marks the official start of the "pho to speak" interview series here at bluebird. a little back story: a few months ago adam emailed me to tell me about the launching of his new blog. adam and i do not know each other (nor did i even know who he was actually). but the idea for the interviews had been brewing in my head for sometime so i timidly inquired to see if he would be interested in participating. we then corresponded for what felt like forever (i am most grateful to him for answering my often redundant queries both patiently and graciously). the following interview is the result, presented in three parts.

part 1: career

1/ would you say that photography is a part of your daily life? if so, in what aspect?
I am thinking about photography a lot more as of late, the artistic side of it, but also the commercial part as well. I really try not to over think the work, I have found that I end up working less the more I think about a certain project or body of work. I tend to work in big pushes and take downtime when I want or need it. Typically I tend to shoot only when I am traveling somewhere, I seem to be able to more comfortably shoot while on the road then when I’m here in Boston. So my shooting schedule is sporadic at best! But hopefully that will change. I have been trying a new assignment for myself of shooting one roll of film every morning before I start my day.

2/ are you currently earning your living from photography?
No not really. I try and get as many photo related jobs as I can...Luckily I have made friends with a few great working photographers that, when the time is right, will call on me for help. I don’t actively seek out assisting work, but it’s something that, when the opportunities come, I love to do. Mostly it has been printing work, black and white dark room work. I have recently been making a big push to get my work seen by a larger audience, but have yet to see any return. But that’s ok!

3/ how do you ultimately see the arc of your photographic career? in other words, are you hoping to pursue a fine art path or would you be satisfied commercially etc.
I’m trying to marry the two right now in some way. There are opportunities that I would not have considered a few years back, in so far as finding ways to use my art work to work for me commercially. I haven't had much success at this point, but I've only been taking this approach seriously for less than a year. That being said, I am still working on different bodies of work for the purpose of approaching galleries.

adam is a frequent contributor to the exposure project. he recently launched his blog, adam marcinek photography.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

hittin' the road

i'm going on a road trip. camping will be involved. so will picture-making. posting will not be. i'll see you when i get back.

above image by lisa elmaleh