Friday, July 23, 2021

Indoctrination by College Professors


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Updated Blog Feed

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Scholarship Fundraiser Auction at MCAD

I received my master's degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 2005, and they recently put out a call for volunteers for their fundraiser for student scholarships. Last night was the big auction of artwork for the scholarship fund, and it's still going on online if you are interested. Here are a few photos from Friday night.

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I loved having a Szyhalski piece on my name badge. (I have to get to MIA to see his show!)

I was stationed in the main gallery, and here's the view just before it began.

People arriving.

I taught 2D Design and Color Theory with Michelle for 8 years at CVA before it closed!

Many artists had a 1-2 paragraph write-up about their work.
I liked this guy's: all it said was "The paint did most of the work."

People were ushered outside for remarks on the lawn. That's one of 3 Karen Wirth's on the right.

Remarks being given on the lawn.

Under the big tent.

It was so relaxing to watch the yarn piece move in the wind.

More work in the hallway gallery.

Then I took a walk through the main building. I hadn't been there in at least 5 years (possibly about 8 years), and it was amazing to see all that had changed. The smell of the cafeteria and the stairwells were 2 things that HADN'T changed (and they took me back).

Printers outside of the official Service Bureau.

Sassy art school signage.

Love this.

Again, check out the auction online if you are interested.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Holga Quotes

I miss working with my Holga. And when we went to "remote learning" last year, I had to scrap my Holga-based project in my Advanced Photo class. Anyway, here are some fun "Holga quotes" I found on FreestylePhoto:

"Take your Holga out for a ride. Stop often. Play."
- Kit Frost, Professional Photographer

"Mechanically the Holga is simplicity itself. The nature of the Holga places emphasis on seeing, thinking, and interacting with the environment at hand."
- Joe Ostraff, Professor, BYU

"The Holga summons up Dadaist traditions of chance, surprise, and willingness to see what can happen."
- Robert Hirsch, Photographic Historian, in his book Photographic Possibilities

"As for the Holga, I like using it and making my students use it, because it encourages the photographer to concentrate on his/her relationship with the subject without technology getting in the way. The resulting images depend on the photographer's presence (of mind and body)."
- Lesley Krane, educator at California State University, Northridge

"As the Koordinator of the Krappy Kamera Competition, I've seen thousands of images produced with this camera. I am always awed by the variety of images that can be produced with such minimal equipment."
- Sandy Carrion, Coordinator of the Krappy Kamera Competition

"I still have the first Holga I ever bought back in 1988. I loved it then and still do, especially with black and white film."
- Julia Dean, founder of the Julia Dean Photographic Workshops

"I love my Holgas and I have eight of them. As a designer and art director, I have used Holga cameras on many photo shoots and clients love the different effects!"
- Randy Thomas, Founder, Randy Thomas Design Agency

Saturday, July 03, 2021

All For One...

Saturday, June 26, 2021

A 4 a.m. Piece in "Chase The Light"

Last weekend was the Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW)'s "Chase the Light" exhibition/fundraiser. People around the world submitted images they made over a 48 hour period in early June.

Notice the image on the right: that's mine! And it sold!

I went out and made some photos during the 4 a.m. hour in that 48 hour window, and they accepted this image of mine from along the Mississippi River:

Here's how it appeared on their website before it sold:

I actually went looking for my image in the fundraiser thinking I might purchase it myself, but I happily found it had already sold. Thanks for including me, Photographic Center Northwest!

I was also a part of this event/exhibition last year: I had submitted a few images from the 4 a.m. hour of images from after the riots in Minneapolis and from around the George Floyd memorial.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Departmental Move

As an adjunct, I get moved around a lot. After the College of Visual Arts closed 9 years ago, I've been jumping around offices at Hamline University. But now, the Digital Media Arts Department is moving buildings, so it's time once again for me to clean out my office.

The hallway was filling up with trash and recycling as my colleagues were cleaning out their offices.

My personal corner of my old office.

Some 2-year-old pictures of my boys that had to come down.

My side of the office all cleaned out.

The other side of my shared office about 2/3s clean. She had a LOT of stuff - those shelves were all once full.

Peeking into the office I moved out of 2 years ago showed my recycling
hadn't been touched. I moved out of an office to let it sit empty. Oh well.

So I'm out of my 5th office at Hamline waiting on what my 6th will be.

I'm curious what our new space(s) will look like! My last classroom wasn't ideal for every DMA class, but it worked well for my photography courses. We'll see what the future holds!

Monday, June 21, 2021


Today everything exists to end in a photograph.
- Susan Sontag (in 1977)

Friday, June 11, 2021

Funny Photography T-Shirts

Here are some great photography-based tshirt from Luta:

Close-up of the last one.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Feedback From My Fully Online Class

My first fully online class wrapped up a few months ago, and it went well. I posted about recording lectures back in January, and I had a little update in February. I recieved good feedback all semester, and I wanted to share 3 bits of that here.

First was a note I got from a student as we were working our way through the "nerdy" lectures early in the semetser:

Maybe she was sucking up, or maybe she was sincere.

Second is a note I got from an advisor about a different student:

I really tried to give a LOT of feedback as they weren't getting any peer feedback.

And finally, here's a note after the semester was over from an advisor and program director. As I already mentioned, I really pushed out the feedback, and I also utilized one of the features of the class to give "kudos" when someone does something well, or to raise "flags" for specific academic issues. And I used those each week of class for students excelling or having issues:

I'll be teaching this same class in the fall, and now that I've done a LOT of the groundwork, it should be easier (and more fun) this time around!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Should I Make Art?

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Catalog from the "Making Strange" Exhibition

Here are some images from the "Making Strange" catalog from the Praxis Photo Arts Center last fall:

An example of a spread in the catalog.

Here are some images of the exhibition, and here's when I appeared on their Facebook page (had I known that was going to happen, I would have dressed up a LITTLE).

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