Monday, April 09, 2018

"Phases of Matter" at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts

My boys and I went out to the Minnetonka Center for the Arts last Thursday for the closing reception for "Phases of Matter." Linda Gammell (a former CVA professor) was one the artists featured in the show. Here are a few pics:


Walking the halls with my boys as we got there early.


Charlie posing by lots of looms. They thought this classroom was amazing.


In the gallery. Some of Linda's pieces (and her husband).


This huge piece in the middle entranced my 1st grader.
He watched all the gears until he had everything figured out.
Beautiful subtle movement that made the boat seem like it was on a lake.


The gallery starting to fill up.


More people.


More of Linda's work.


Roaming the gift shop before heading home.

Linda and I got to say hi (we had seen each other just a week before at an art event here in St. Paul), and I also got to briefly catch up with long-ago CVA professor Linda Rossi. I need to make it a point to stop in to the Minnetonka Center for the Arts when we're driving by to visit family by the lake over the summer.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Talent or Practice?

Here's an appropriate comic for certain situations by Stephen Beals:



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Advice from Alex Soth

I came across this article in Format magazine nearly 2 years ago, but I had it buried until now. It's some quick "no nonsense" advice from Alec Soth:



Film or digital?

Alec Soth: Use whatever tools that best suit the project.

Social media: For personal updates or professional work?

Use social media if you feel like it, but not out of a sense of obligation.

Travel: A good way to start new projects?

Travel can be a way to avoid distraction and heighten engagement, but it can also be a crutch.

What’s the best way to approach strangers to take their portrait?

As Wegee said, ‘If you want to be a professional, you can’t be a Nice Nelly.’

Should photographers have a diverse body of work—portraits, landscapes and still lives—or just stick to one thing?

Having limitations is essential, just don’t box yourself into a corner.

Your project with writer Brad Zellar, The LBM Dispatch is a secondary outlet for your work. Would you recommend other photographers to start a project like this?

One of the things I like about photography is that you can have dozens of outlets: books, magazines, galleries, websites, etc. It’s a good exercise to maintain ownership of some of these outlets, but I would find it extremely limiting to put all of my eggs in my own basket.












Part of The LBM Dispatch is collaborating with Zellar. What’s the benefit of building a creative partnership?

Photography seems like a solitary art form, but all art eventually requires some form of dialog and collaboration. Building strong relationships makes your work better.

What’s the differences between presenting work in mediums: books, exhibitions, magazines, etc.

Everything changes by virtue of the context in which it is seen. I see my role as a photographer as not just making pictures, but as engaging with the contextual relationship of their distribution.

Do you plan and research your ideas before starting a project?

I think of planning my work similarly to planning for a road trip. I like to know that there are hotels and restaurants where I’m going, but I don’t like to book too many reservations in advance. I want to feel free to wander around the outline.

Do you have any lasting advice for staying creative, inspired, focused and productive?

Never stop working. When things get tough, try to remember the first time you got excited about making stuff.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Camera Quilt

If you're a quilter and into photography, check out this free pattern:









Monday, February 12, 2018

Favorite Week of Class

Last week was possibly my favorite week in any Photo I class: I call it my "nerdy week."



Thursday, January 25, 2018

"Making the Leap"

From Grant Snider:



Thursday, January 11, 2018

Student Feedback

Yesterday, I looked at my class evaluations from last semester at Hamline University. I thought it had been a good semester, and the feedback backed that up: there were positive comments everywhere. This one was the best final note a student made:

I can confidently say that Steve was one of the best professors I've ever had at Hamline University. He was very talented at explaining esoteric ideas. He was respectful to everyone, fair, and hilariously sarcastic which kept everyone engaged with the material. He was also incredibly passionate, creative, interesting, and dorky, all good qualities of an influential professor.



I'm happy to see "hilariously sarcastic" and "interesting and dorky" in my evaluation...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

DMA "Open Studios" Event

The Studio Arts and Digital Media Arts departments at Hamline University recently had their "Open Studios" event. It was just after my finals time at Hamline, so I finished critique, went to get my 3-year-old, and then the 2 of us came back to check out the work. Here are a few photos that I snapped (as I was chasing around my toddler, so there's not many, and they were all quick [AKA: not well composed]):


Map of the corner of campus where the different classrooms/studios/galleries were located.


A wall of Studio C. There was a LOT more work throughout this space.


Some 2D work.


A corner of my classroom with 35 different photos running in a slide show on the screen,
and web design and DMA games on the computers.




Some design posters in the hallway.


More design work.


My little guy checking out work in the main gallery.


More in the main gallery.


Back in my classroom to close out the night.

We were there early, so there weren't many people yet. There was a good-sized crowd outside of the main gallery where there was an interactive piece being set up. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and nice job students! See you in the spring semester!

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