Sunday, September 20, 2020

New Photo Book

Two weeks ago, I stepped foot inside of my local St. Paul Public Library for the first time since early March. (Thanks COVID.) I walked back to the photo section and found a book about Mathew Brady right next to "Capturing the Light" which I read a few months ago:



I brought it home:



I'm 4 chapters in, and I actually took it to both of my photography classes to read a bit from it because it related directly to our discussion.

I think I've read more photo books this year than in the last many years combined: that started with "Chase the Light" (which was still the best one [most entertaining]), and then "L. J. M. Daguerre: The Worlds First Photographer and Inventor of the Daguerreotype" (which I shared parts of here and here), and also "Speculating Daguerre".

So far, this book by Robert Wilson is a bit dry, and there isn't much known about Brady's life, so there's not the personal details like those from "Chase the Light" that I enjoyed so much about Talbot and Daguerre. But it was a nice continuation from the historically earlier books that I read this past winter.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

"Nerdy Week" and a Gift From My Boss

Last week, I posted this on Instagram:



Caption:
I’m hoarse from speaking loudly through my mask and over the A/C in my long classroom, but this will forever be one of my favorite days of teaching. Also, I couldn’t gather my entire class around 1 small table to discuss these old photos (we sighed as we talked about the innocence of pre-COVID), so I put them on the back ledge and paraded my students past to see them. #EverythingHasChanged #TeachingStillHappens #RemoteOrInPerson #WeCanFindAWay #WereAllInThisTogether

And to be clear, *that day* wasn’t my favorite day ever, but each semester, *this discussion* of camera functions is always a (nerdy) blast.

Also, I had a goody box waiting for me:



That's a handful of disposable masks, a nice cloth reuseable mask, my own white board eraser, 2 of my own white board markers, and a pack of sanitizing wipes. There's (obviously) a big list of extra precautions every university is taking, and among ours are students and faculty being masked, no sharing of white board markers or erasers, and wiping down computers/offices before and after using them.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

New Employment Training

Last month, as I was preparing to teach at a university where I'd never taught before, I had to take a few "workplace training" courses and tests. Here was a question about student's privacy with regards to FERPA:



Apparently that was the wrong answer. (I just liked the visual it put in my head.)

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Monthly Challenge 8 of 12: Summer iPhone Shots

Since summer is over, I thought I'd gather some "cute" photos that I snapped with my phone while out on adventures with my boys these last few months.

[click to enlarge]


Between 2 storms while camping along Big Stone Lake.


Wheat near Ortonville.


Filtered sun on Lake Winnibigoshish.


Sunset near Deer River.


Round bales and stormy skies near Cromwell.


Sunset on Lake Mary.


Mushroom among washed-out roots along the Mississippi River in Fort Snelling.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

New Teaching Gig

As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I'm currently getting ready to start teaching at North Central University in downtown Minneapolis. I'll be teaching their photography course.

I snapped a selfie after I finished dropping off all my tax paperwork, background check info, direct deposit stuff, etc:






A corner of one of the Mac labs in a room we'll be using.


My official teaching station with large "glass board" for notes.

I think I'll actually be using a classrooom right around the corner from this one as it's more conducive to my style of lecturing and will work better / be easier to keep my students socially distant from one another. My class starts in 2 days! Adventure awaits!...

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

"International Exhibition 2020" at The Glasgow Gallery of Photography

I mentioned in my July "monthly challenge" post that I just had a piece accecpted to an international juried exhibition. It was called the "International Exhibition 2020" (or IE2020) at The Glasgow Gallery of Photography in Scotland. Here are a few photos of the installation from their Facebook page:

[click on each image to enlarge]




There's my image.






Again, mine's in the middle of the top row of "colorful" images right-of-center.


Visible again.












Mine in the top right.

This was the image on display. It was an image I made just last month of the Stone Arch Bridge, the Southeast Steam Plant, and the I-35W Bridge over the Mississippi River at 4:50 a.m., and now it's on display across the Atlantic:



I'd love to use this as an excuse to visit Scotland, but alas... COVID-19...

Friday, August 21, 2020

Overdue Photobooks

I checked out a few photo-related books earlier this year: 2 from my local public library in January, and 1 through inter-library loan at Hamline University in February. Well, then COVID-19 hit, and everything shut down. Just earlier this month (AUGUST!), I got notice that they were all finally due:


My 2 public library books.


The rare Daguerre book via inter-library loan.

They've all been returned, so all is right with the world again.

Here's more on one of those books from my first "monthly challenge" of the year.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Hamline Recognition

There was no "end of the school year gathering" at Hamline University, as the last "gathering" that took place there was pre-COVID back in March. So there was a slideshow sent out with a message from the University's President. In the "Faculty & Staff Recognitions" section, my name popped up for some recent exhibitions. Here are 4 slides from that slideshow:









Thursday, August 06, 2020

Monthly Challenge 7 of 12: Nothing Specific

Summer is being summer. I've taken my boys camping a few times. We visited my mother-in-law at her cabin. We spent some time with my Grandma in her cabin. (And we self-isolated for the 2 weeks between those trips to make sure we weren't going to pass COVID-19 onto my eldery Grandma.) And I've been getting a ton of house projects done.

But I didn't do anything specific for July's photography challenge.

But there are 2 things I can share:

First, I got a piece accepted to an international juried exhibition in Scotland later this month:


Email notice with an image made last month.
(Follow me on Instagram at PhotoStenzel to see recent work.)

And second, it looks like I'll be teaching at another university this fall (in addition to Hamline University).

More on both of those things shortly... once I have more info on both.

So even though July's official challenge might be a little of a let-down, I'm still super happy that I'm doing this "monthly challenge" thing for the year. It really keeps me churning for new goals, making new work, learning new things, reading new books, etc. EVEN IF I didn't do something super specific this past month.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Press for the "Bare Men" Exhibiton

The "Bare Men" Exhibition I was a part of last year (and the online exhibition this year) has been getting some press. Here are some links:

- An article in "The Eye of Photography."

- A bit about the online exhibition on "TimeOut."

- Here's a write-up on "Do N.Y.C." about the exhibition.

- A blurb on "Queer Guru."

Here are links to the exhibition last year, the virtual exhibition this year, and the catalog.

Friday, July 24, 2020

A Truthful Meme




Sunday, July 05, 2020

Photography: "an invention of the Devil"

Here's another quote that I enjoyed from L. J. M. Daguerre: The Worlds First Photographer and Inventor of the Daguerreotype:

Here's the intro to that book if you're interested.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Monthly Challenge 6 of 12: Civil Unrest in Mpls/St. Paul

June felt a bit like a "get back to normal" month with regards to shooting. So it's strange that my June "challenge" was simply "start making photos again like normal." And I've already had some luck submitting this work to exhibitions.

In early March, we had a "stay at home" order issued by the governor, and as I noted in last month's "monthly challenge" post, it was just lifted at the end of May. I got out and made my first 4 a.m. photos in over 2 months (since mid-March). Here they are again, as first seen in May's post:





Here was the caption I posted on Instagram:

Memorial where George Floyd was killed 36 hours ago, photographed at 4:15 this morning.
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I’m used to having the city to myself when I photograph at 4 a.m. Today, I encountered more people than I have in the previous few years combined. There were police officers across the street. There was a handful of national media getting ready to report (large, generic rental conversion vans with tech guys setting up, not the local branded vehicles). And two people walked up as I was getting ready to photograph. One stood in silence with her head down. The other kneeled down, and then ended up laying down in the wet street where Floyd was killed. I could hear him quietly praying about “change.” He sat up, pounded the pavement twice with his fist in frustration, and then they quietly walked away.
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#GeorgeFloyd #ICantBreathe

Then we had the riots. That led to about a week of curfews being set. The first few nights, the curfews were harsher: 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. But then they loosened up a little: 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. I headed out one of those final days of curfew (right as it was lifted at 4 a.m.) to make photos of the growing memorial and some of the places near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct that had been burned (click images to enlarge):


The growing memorial around the corner from where Floyd was killed.


Not a great photo, but a fantastic message to have on the side of a
comic book store just 1 mile down the road from where George Floyd was killed.


Burned down AutoZone with the sign "If we do this 'your way' we're doomed to repeat this again."


Boarded-up burned-down Dennys (with stoplight).


"Inside" the burned down Wendy's just before 5 a.m.

The weekend in the middle of June was when I participated in a 48 hour "Chase the Light" project as hosted by the Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW). I made these 5 photos during the 4 a.m. hour on a Sunday morning, and the titles below them were what I submitted to PCNW (click images to enlarge):


Murals on the riot-protected boarded-up windows at Seward Co-op
at 4:03 a.m. (from the "4 a.m Series"), Minneapolis, MN.


Mural on the riot-protected boarded-up windows at Seward Co-op
at 4:05 a.m. (from the "4 a.m Series"), Minneapolis, MN.


The “Say Their Names Cemetery” located a block from where George Floyd
was killed at 4:33 a.m. (from the "4 a.m Series"), Minneapolis, MN.


Murals on the riot-protected boarded-up windows of Arbeiter Brewing and
Moon Palace Books at 4:50 a.m. (from the "4 a.m Series"), Minneapolis, MN.


Minnehaha Drive-Up Liquors (burned down) across from the Third Precinct
building at 4:55 a.m. (from the "4 a.m Series"), Minneapolis, MN.

The "Abolish the Police" image got accepted into the "Chase the Light" project, as I noted in a recent post.

Then, another stop at the memorial:


Alley mural next to the George Floyd memorial with the text “give me
a place to stand and I shall move the earth” at 4:10 a.m.
(The police tape says “there is a line you do not cross.”)

Just last week, I was headed down Lake Street at 4 a.m. and made this photo:


Empty lot along East Lake Street, 4:45 a.m. (That mural is 3 pieces of plywood, so 8x12' total.)

So during last month, I started making more photos, took part in a 48-hour challenge and had a piece accepted to "Chase the Light", and won the "Director's Award" in an exhibition for the 2nd photo in this post. That's a decent photographic month for me. (And as a side note, I didn't post anything about winning the "Director's Award" on social media for 3-4 days because I was processing this white man [me] winning an award for photographing scenes surrounding a black man's death. It had a "this doesn't feel *quite* right" element to it. A check arrived 2 weeks ago as part of the award, and it's waiting to be donated to an appropriate cause.)

Well, summer months have a way of getting away from me. Last month I noted that I wanted to pull out some lighting gear for next month's challenge, so we'll see if I have time to do that this month.

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