Thursday, September 24, 2020

Video of the "International Exhibition 2020" at the Glasgow Gallery of Photography

Below is a Facebook video from the Glasgow Gallery of Photography that shows a walk through of the International Exhibition 2020 (or IE2020). I have a print visible around the 0:05 mark (actually, directly above the play button in the cover image of the video below):


Quick tour of the IE20 Exhibition. 👀

Posted by The Glasgow Gallery of Photography on Saturday, August 22, 2020

Here are some photos of the exhibition if you missed it.

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:

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.

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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:

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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.

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