Deathly Hallows! This piece is a reproduction of the Ben Hibon directed animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I decided on this specific frame because I find the gesture of the father character giving up his invisible cloak (symbolizing his own life) in order to protect his son’s life really moving. I had to hold the light up myself because the table was getting a little crowded and couldn’t fit the stand at the angle I needed- so I just used a self timer. This also marks the first time I used the 16:9 ratio for a cutout piece! I’m really into that cinematic wide screen appeal it gives the image.
Shot with a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 (35mm & 18mm lenses)
Airplane!: This latest piece was inspired from working on planes with my dad. I’ve been doing that as my main job lately, and in my off time learning how to build frames (as, sort of, pictured). That’s an old Travel Air for my cutout. I really don’t know why I made it so small.. I think I was going to have more planes involved but settled on my favorite. All frames shot with a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 —w/ either the 18mm or 35mm.
Ellie!: This scene is inspired by my (now) all-time-favorite game, The Last of Us. To me, the game not only raised the bar on interactive entertainment, but storytelling as well. I played through the whole campaign and new game plus- each, twice, consecutively. I’m drawn to Ellie’s sense of curiosity, brutal honesty, and unceasing courage as she ages throughout the game.
Notes!: I contoured the Ellie cutout with pencil to give it just a bit of more depth. Ellie image was taken with a Fujifilm X-pro 1, the set up image was with my iPhone.
Touristing! These are some shots from last week I grabbed while visiting my brother in Indiana.
BOY$ LYFE: These are some photos from my big brother Mike’s MFA thesis show at the University of Indiana last week. I’m really proud of him. Stayed tuned for another collaboration!
"Cubes". I was playing around with some composition ideas using corners to create an optical illusion where the cube appears to bounce back and forth between being convex and concave.
Two second exposures with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 & 18mm.
Look what I found! One of my hard drives recently erased itself so I’ve been stumbling across some old personal favorites. Here’s a paper cutout diorama I did based off of one of the films that changed my life- 2001: A Space Odyssey
Feb 5, 2014! I bought a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 last week so I wanted to share some recent images from my first few days using it. It’s a bit different to handle from the Canon D series, but I love how tiny the thing is and how fast it works. I’m back in Rhode Island working so these images were all taken either in Westerly or Hope Valley. Cheers
Happy New Year, everyone! Sorry I’ve been so infrequent with the posts. I graduated from NSCAD, packed all my shit and moved it back to RI, then immediately went on vacation to Bonaire with my family- all within 5 days! I’ll post a bunch of pictures next week, promise! I hope you are all doing well and have a productive year. Thank you so much for the support, you have mine! Cheers
For the past two months I’ve been giving myself a crash course in painting and sculpture. At first I was interested in mimicking the form and texture of cooked food as a way to trick the viewer into being hungry, but now I also see this as a reflection of my childhood. The materials used in the series are styrofoam, paper, modeling paste, cardboard, cork, acrylic paint, and conte crayon.
When I was a child, I enjoyed watching my mom prepare and cook meals in the kitchen. My interest deepened when I realized the meals took actual hard work to create and didn’t just fall onto my plate. I liked to help my mom with whatever she would let me do. The simple act of peeling carrots or shredding cheese was the most phenomenal thing- especially when using the grinder for making hash. I liked the feeling of combining seemingly ordinary things together to make a single complete form. Eventually, I worked in a professional kitchen and learned many techniques that I later discussed with my mom. I would learn one cooking method from my bosses, but was always more interested in how she did it differently. We trade recipes back and forth all the time, giving inspiration for last minute meals.
My dad is a modest man with a good sense of humor. He has worked as a small engine aircraft mechanic for thirty years, and before that as a carpenter. He has always been a hands-on type of person, constantly fixing things around the house that seem to wait until his day off to break down. Some days, starting when I was fourteen, I would tag along with him to work at the hanger. I wouldn’t get tasked with any jobs that were that dangerous; cleaning the belly of a plane with gasoline or Varsol, using a wheel grinder to clean the burrs off spark plugs, or changing the oil (and hopefully remembering the drip pan this time). Watching my dad work was inspiring. He never appeared to feel stressed while doing any of it, rather totally focused. Once I watched him test the fuel/air mixture on a plane while it was running- his hand inches away from the spinning propeller. Afterwards, he didn’t speak a word about it, and shifted his concentration to the next job.
This photographic series is made up of visual representations of meals that I associate with happiness and fulfillment. While I have learned a variety of international and complicated dishes over the years, I thought these best reflected where I come from and what I can truly identify with. The imitation of form comes from both of my parents’ attention to detail, but also as a comment on to the food simulacra we see in advertisements.
Each day, millions of new images appear on the Internet, often from questionable or unknown sources. Some of these images spread like viruses, regardless of proof of legitimacy. If one sees a picture that has all the elements and textures of a grilled steak, but is really just shaped and painted Styrofoam, how does this change one’s interpretation? And how will it change their future interpretations of food advertisements? Most of us are familiar with the disappointing, “That’s not what it looked like on the box” feeling. Advertisements often mimic art in a way to sell a product; I thought it would be fun for art to mimic advertisements as a way to sell my own product.
Panorama made from 4x5 negatives I took the other night. Each shot was a 4.5 minute exposure @ f/16, developed for 8.5 min in xtol.
Here’s a couple of night shots I experimented with last week. I started using this expired box of Kodak Tri-X Pan that has given me some great results. My exposure and processing times shifted a bit in the switch from Ilford HP5+. These were shot on a Toyo field camera at f/16 @ 3-4 minutes and developed in xtol (1:1) for 8:30- in case other photographers were interested.
Few scans from night shots I did during the past week. 4x5 ilford hp5 film