I have been reading a biography of Edward Weston by Ben Maddow the past few weeks. I first picked up a camera right before I went to college and I simply started exploring taking photographs on my own. I had no formal instruction either in photographic technique or photographic history. During my first week in college, taking a “Photography Basics” class I started printing some images I had shot at a beach that summer. A classmate looked at my prints and immediately compared them to some well know photographer. Having had no “references” for my shot I decided there and then to NOT pay attention to other photographers, to see what other photographers, dead or alive, were doing, and to simply follow my muse. However , when I came across some work by Edward Weston I was immediately entranced and quickly sought out his work. I was never disappointed in what I saw.
I have found no other photographer who can evoke emotion as he does in inanimate objects.
And of course when photographing people, he has the ability to find layers of feeling below the surface of his image.
In reading his biography I am struck by the difficulties he went through staying true to his vision and not compromising his art even as financial insecurity doggedly followed him his entire life. His criticism of and dismay at the fear that ruled most people’s lives, and enabled them to be ruled, ensured that he would not compromise his vision even when he felt both penniless and hopeless. As I seek to grow as a photographer I will do my best to follow my instincts with integrity remembering that it is the only way to truly create one’s own art. Thank you Edward Weston for your perseverance and strength.
My photographs are grounded in the Visual Expression of Emotion.
As I reflect on the opening of “Ravishing” I am struck by the synergy and harmony I felt with and from the other photographers. We are all exploring emotions and identity through our images. We strive to understand ourselves, others, and our place in many landscapes. These landscapes of our lives, from our homes to the cities we inhabit to the internal mappings of our mind are all navigated at times through the compass of our art. There are moments when we feel we may be aimlessly drifting but we are in fact being pulled by a strong current in the direction of our dreams.
Really beautiful opening last night with my fellow artists, Jeffrey Heyne, Bear Kirkpatrick, Leonard Nimoy, and Alicia Savage. The work was curated and hung beautifully by Gallery owner Susan Nalband and her husband Ed. So many friends and family came and you could sense respect they felt for the work and the process each of us takes to create. The show will be up till first week in May so try and visit! Hours/Directions at www.555gallery.com
AND Artist’s talk on April 19th! Details to follow!
I am excited to announce I will be having a show at an amazing gallery in South Boston, MA. The 555 Gallery, owned and curated by Ms. Susan Nalband, is going to be a wonderful resource for the exhibition, promotion, and education of photography and other medium. The show will feature my figurative work and will have an opening on March 27th, 2014 and will run through May 3rd. Please stand by for more details.
Just walking back home and saw Joanna with whom I had an great photo shoot last week. I met her on the street while cycling and loved her style, energy , and openness. I stopped her in my sweaty alien looking cycling gear and asked if she would check out my work and do a shoot one day. And she did..and we did. I am grateful for people iike her, willing to trust, to engage, and to make art!
Fort Point open Studios is coming up in two weeks, and Stark Studio will be open Saturday & Sunday from 12PM- 6PM. Come visit us at 300 Summer St. Studio #44. I will have many images from previous French exhibitions as well as new images from our trips to Paris and Provence in 2011 & 2013.
Patriotism has many forms
Yes, Paris is the city that resonates most with my soul. But there is a part of me, an energy, an openness that is rooted in my years growing up in the crazy, hectic, tolerant, engaging energy that is New York. Working there last week I felt that connection. Somehow what seems like too many people, too much commerce, too much hyperness, and yes too much poverty, somehow comes together to work. As we were filming a commercial I would take a moment to watch the bike commuters, sail over the Brooklyn Bridge, dispersing into the city, the start of a beautiful day. And the end of that day, on what in part was a tacky bar scene on a Fifth Ave. rooftop, was in larger part an opportunity to view the city, on a clear and colorful evening.
This young man sitting in a cafe sees me taking his picture and does not make a face, does not duck down out of frame, is not rude, fearful, or silly. He looks to the camera with confidence, an internal strength knowing that he is a worthy subject, and that we are collaborating in creating this image.
Between cycling, work, life, work, Exposed Seam, love, and all good things I have not spent nearly enough time organizing my collections but as I look through the images I am excited about finding a place to exhibit them. And I am also excited about going to France this summer, to cycle Mt. Ventoux and to photograph in the wonderful light of Provence.
Stand by for my new French collection. Images from my last trip there on my Lune de Miel avec ma femme, Jenifer. The Messenger approaches
On a mission...