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The little thrill

You know you do it; you Google yourself.

I did recently and had the little thrill of seeing my work show up in unexpected places.

Like HERE and HERE.

 

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Fantasy Food Fotography

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Mother’s Day

 

 

I haven’t shot a family video in years but took the time on Mother’s Day to make this short piece.

Click Here for Mother’s Day Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honorable Mention

It is thrilling that my image was selected for the Light Work 2013 Student Invitational Exhibition and was awarded an Honorable Mention.  Light Work is an internationally important and influential center for photographic arts. Its location in Syracuse, right on the Syracuse University campus, is one of the primary reasons that I applied to Syracuse’s art photography program.

Click here,  Light Work, for information about the exhibition.

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Dog Duet

Hold in your mind the title Dog Duet when you watch this early black and white art video by William Wegman and his longtime collaborator Man Ray.  In my opinion, Dog Duet (also sometimes titled Two Dogs ) is a superior and more evocative title than the one that introduces this online version of the piece…maybe you should close your eyes so you don’t see it!

(The dog in a supporting role is played by a German Shorthair Pointer — the breed of which I am certain my own sweet mutt Olive is 50% composed.)

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Reframing Photography

Reframing Photography, a website with exhaustive information on the theory and practice of art photography, now exhibits a selection of my work!
Take a peek here.

And, Happy New Year!

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A Murder of Crows

Some things to know about crows:
* they mate for life
* it would not be incorrect, and is far more poetic, to call a “flock” of crows a “murder” of crows.
* crows form communal sleeping groups, or roosts, in the winter before breeding season begins
* hundreds of crows often roost together; some roosts have been as spectacularly large as one million birds.

I’ve started videoing the crows as they gather to roost.

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Poets Landing…

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Poets Landing is the name of a construction site in Dryden, NY where I’ve taken photographs this semester as a class assignment.  I have not researched the origin of this strange name. Perhaps the developer hopes for a writer-in-residence!  As the photographer-in-residence, I was trying to create portraits of labor — when worker/task/space all came together.

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My Favorite Libras

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Watch Where You’re Going!

This semester, I am taking the class Non-Traditional Modes in Art Photography, in which we examine the myriad possibilities of making and installing art outside commonly accepted venues (galleries and museums). It seems like it will be an interesting and socially oriented class.

One of our first tasks was to read an excerpt of Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places by Harvard professor John Stilgoe. This is my first encounter with Stilgoe; I think his ideas about moving through the world with acuity are empowering for all of us. The sentence from the reading which struck me most forcefully was this one: “Students with no particular interest in schoolroom history involving presidential elections, treaties, and wars often awaken to the richness of spatial or visual history, simply because objects and even landscapes from the past have shaped their lives and shape them still.”

As someone who loves history but reliably misremembers and scrambles the dates of important events, I suddenly understood an alternative, visual approach that comes much more naturally to me. I suddenly appreciated that the built environment I take for granted every day is a physical manifestation of my community’s social, political and economic grappling and decision-making. Roads, buildings, parks, etc. represent, trends, theories, technologies, fears. Was this already obvious to you? It was not obvious to me.

I recalled a time many years ago when, living in Spain, my daily walks began a real conversation with the landscape. Possessing only rudimentary Spanish language skills and shy about my (in)ability to communicate, I was not attempting complicated queries about Spanish society with any of my acquaintances. But in walking, and looking, and noticing, I asked, was answered and learned. I wrote about this experience for my class in response to the Stilgoe reading. It follows.

“I discovered the Spanish housing bubble while walking in the olive groves of Spain; I discovered it with my dog.

In 2005, my husband, children and I embarked on a sabbatical adventure of living in a foreign country. We chose to live in Spain in the Andalucian town of Granada, a town famous for the Alhambra, bullfights, Federico Garcia Lorca and olive groves. My language skills were provisional at best. My conversational goals were modest and practical: How do I locate a grocery store open on Sunday? When is it my turn at the fish counter? Why is my daughter’s teacher unhappy with the shoes she is wearing? At the beginning, my relationship with Spain revolved mostly around providing for the comfort, safety and entertainment of my family. And then, I adopted a dog and I began to walk with her through the olive groves that surrounded the neighborhood where we lived.

One day, after cresting a new hill, I came upon a construction – the infrastructure for a perfect suburban neighborhood, albeit without a single home. There was a beautifully paved road forming an elongated figure eight. The housing for mailboxes marked individual lots, shade trees had been planted to shelter evening paseos (an ritual I was just learning about), the scars of utility lines laid were obvious in the dry soil. What was this place appearing like a mirage in the middle of the orderly rows of olive trees? I started to have a fascinating dialogue with the Spanish landscape about her region’s economic development aspirations and blunders, about her position in the new European Union, about greed and sustainability. The conversation went on for the entire length of my year-long stay in Spain and included: tracking down the source of distant sounds, looking for clues from my passenger perch during car excursions, and, eventually, passionate dinner conversations, with Spaniards in Spanish… ”

Watch how Professor Stilgoe interacts with Harvard’s campus here:

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