Tuesday, December 10, 2019

"Open Studios" is This Thursday

The Art Department and the Digital Media Arts Department at Hamline University are having their 5th annual "Open Studios" event on Thursday evening.

I hope to be there for at least part of it. My students will have some of their photography from this semester (and a bit from last semester as well) on display in the basement of Drew Hall (near the east end of that map above).

Thursday, Dec 12, 4-6 pm. Come check it out! Here's a link to Google Maps that will put you on Simpson Street at the east edge of that map - right next to a parking lot, Drew Hall, and Studio C.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Review Santa Fe

I recently got a catalog for "Review Santa Fe" in the mail. I was one of a 100 photographers who took part in this event 14 years ago (before I was blogging). Here's a bit from their website regarding what it is:


CENTER’s premier juried portfolio review event, the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, is a weekend conference and festival for photographers who have created a documentary project or fine art series and who are seeking audience expansion, critical discussion and community gathering in a unique place.

[...]

This special weekend festival has been called one of the most effective professional development programs for photographers in the world. The reviewers and the 100 Photographers travel from around the world to take part. Hosting over 1,000 one-on-one portfolio reviews with curators, editors, publishers and international festival directors who each year come to Santa Fe to view the photographic vanguard.

I was lucky enough to get accepted right out of grad school, and I even was given a travel grant/scholarship to attend (most likely partly due to a great letter that Alec Soth wrote for me). Inside the magazine that recently came in the mail, they shared a listing of participants over the years, and I found my name:


The 2005 crew.


There I am!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Frank the Art Collector on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

Thank you Danny DeVito in a Sia wig. Thank you.



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Exhibition Photos from "Not Accepted" at the MPLS Photo Center

Last month, I stopped by the MPLS Photo Center to photograph the "Not Accepted" exhibition. Click here to see photos from the opening reception from 2 months ago.

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My piece as the lower of the 2 pieces up the steps.


Down the hallway to the left.


Looking back from the end of that hallway.






In the mixed use "gallery" space to the right.


(There are tables and chairs set up for an upcoming lecture
and as workspace for a member currently framing some work.)




Tables currently in use.


A last peek at my work before leaving...



Here are some photos from the opening reception, and here's more of what the new MPLS Photo Center space looks like.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Some Holga Photos from a Big State Parks Adventure

Two weeks ago, my family and I spent 5 days checking out 8 different MN State Parks in the far north-western corner of the state. Here are 6 Holga photos that I recently got back and scanned:


Where the Tamarac River flows into Red Lake (the largest natural freshwater lake
located entirely within Minnesota at approximately 430 square miles).


Ready to start the "bog walk" over the biggest bog in the lower 48 states.


Tamarack trees turning yellow in the bog. They are one of the few conifers that lose their needles in the fall.


Hayes Lake.


The bridge at Old Mill State Park.


The boys over the Buffalo River in Buffalo River State Park.


My taped up camera mid-roll. Two layers of tape over every seam.

Here's the story of our adventure "up north" if you're interested.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Bad Time to Forget Your SD Card

We've all misplaced a memory card before. But at least we haven't had it this bad:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Photos of "Bare Men: The Group Show" Exhibition in New York City

I have a piece up in a juried exhibition at "The Living Gallery" in New York City. It's an exhibition called "Bare Men: The Group Show" that focuses around the male body. Here are a few photos that the curator sent of the exhibition:

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The bright orange circular piece above the outlet with the white mat near the middle/right is mine.

The curator also made a digital and physical book that acts as an exhibition catalog. Here are a few spreads from that, and you can find the entire version online here.

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My piece on the right.

Here's more about the exhibition, and here's the online exhibition catalog.

Monday, October 07, 2019

"Inside Hamline" Publicity

I was recently featured on the "Inside Hamline" news source for Hamline University. Here's my 4 a.m. piece at the top that's currently on display at the MPLS Photo Center:



It also went out in an email blast to the University (2nd image down):



Thanks for including me, Inside Hamline!

Friday, October 04, 2019

St. Francis of Assisi on Artists

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
- Saint Francis of Assisi

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Photos from the "Not Accepted" Reception at the MPLS Photo Center

My boys and I stopped by the start of the opening at the MPLS Photo Center on Friday night. There was a good crowd right away, and it just got bigger! Here are a few photos:

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View from the front door. That's my piece right up the steps!

I was given a good spot right as you get into the MPLS Photo Center. I had to laugh because the piece above mine was Erika Ritzel's - a friend from grad school:


My piece with Erika's piece above it.


Good crowd!




In the bigger space down the hallway.


My boys having a snack in the middle.






A final shot of my piece under Erika's in the hallway.

Here are a few photos of the new spaces at the MPLS Photo Center from when I dropped my piece off.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Upcoming Exhibition at the MPLS Photo Center (and Touring Their New Space)

Yesterday, I stopped by the new space for the MPLS Photo Center. I hadn’t stopped in since they moved to 1828 Jefferson Street NE from their old spot off 94 and Broadway. Here’s my piece set on the floor for as I was delivering it for their upcoming exhibition:



Then I gave myself a little tour of their space. Here’s a dozen photos:


Shared kitchen space (reminds me of their old location).


A mixed-use room currently set up to seat 35 people for a lecture. Also can be used as a studio.


Another view of the lecture room.


Digital darkroom. (Click here for a larger version of this mini-panorama.)


Far end of the digital lab with a light table and scanning trays.


Proofing table and light table downstairs outside of the darkroom.
(That small space to the left appears to be a converted freight elevator.)


Outside the darkroom. One or 2 people were working down there, so I didn’t want to barge in and disturb them.


A large printing station in the basement.


Another view of that digi printing room with lots of banner prints on the table.


Back upstairs, the last space (besides office / meeting spaces) is
a gallery / teaching space / studio. It was currently being transitioned.


Backdrop paper currently sitting on that table.


A seamless mount up high in the process of being swapped out.



I didn’t get photos of all the spaces, but there’s a lot of exhibition space in the foyer and in hallways that lead to all these spaces on the first floor. I’m excited to see my work up here next weekend!

The opening is next Friday (September 20th) starting at 6:30 pm at 1828 Jefferson Street NE. I’m not sure when it ends (maybe around 8:00?), so I hope to be there shortly after 6:30 to check it out.

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