Too predictable?

Too sentimental?

Wall space print sale to benefit Haiti

© Liz Kuball
© David Bram
© Aline Smithson

Wall space gallery in Seattle is having a print sale to benefit Doctors Without Borders as a way to help provide relief to Haiti. There is some beautiful work available, including the images you see above; all prints are $50 and part of small editions. Go here to purchase.

"Just as we start a new year, filled with optimism and hope for a better year, a devastating earthquake in Haiti brings tragedy and pain. This impoverished nation needs our help. The gallery and its artists want to do our part. We are supporting Doctors Without Borders, and 100% of the prints go to supporting that organization. Thank you for helping us make a difference in people's lives."


Ferit Kuyas

© Ferit Kuyas

I had the pleasure of meeting Ferit Kuyas at Review Santa Fe last year; he's one of those supportive presences within the photography community, and not only that he makes truly amazing work.

He's having a solo show in Toronto at Bau-Xi Photo Gallery and the opening reception is coming up soon: it will be on Saturday, February 6th from 2-4pm, and there will be an artist talk on the same day at 3pm. For more information visit the gallery website here.

Other big news: his book City of Ambition has just been published by Schilt; to order a copy go here.

And he has much more going on, so check out his Announcements Page for other shows, etc.


Drumroll please...

I HAVE AN EMPTY INBOX. You heard me right. As of this moment I've answered every email and put all others into the appropriate folders as well as deleted the ones I don't need. I feel like some cosmic shift in the fabric of the universe should be taking place right about now. I'm sure this state will last for all of two seconds, but man does it feel good. My to-do list is not completely checked off by any means, but I can bask in my one small victory over this hectic technological life I lead. Just thought I would share. Now if I could have empty laundry hampers I think I might know the answer to the meaning of life...


Manjari Sharma

© Manjari Sharma

On a happier note:

I've been wanting to share Manjari Sharma's work for a bit now and today's the day. She has a body of work called The Shower Series that completely drew me in the first time I saw it. The intimacy of the images is quite striking--I find myself having a difficult time articulating what I think about the quality of the subjects' expressions because of this sense of peering into a quiet, private space. My favorite photographs in the group are the ones where the water itself becomes a subject of sorts: frozen in mid-fall or washing down a person's face it creates such a feeling of solitude, and again that word: intimacy.

In her artist statement Sharma uses terms such as "confessional" and "pious" and I think that's part of the success for me of the pictures, in that they do carry this sensibility of opening up, of baring secrets--not in a traditional religious setting, but another, similarly small space, one that is usually private and not shared with strangers. See the rest of her beautiful work here.

Death of a hermit crab II

Lila has gone to hermit crab heaven. Last year her "brother" (it's impossible to tell a crab's gender with the naked eye, let alone familial relations) passed on, which I wrote about at length here. I only discovered Lila in the corner of her cage, slipping out of her shell, about an hour ago, and once again am putting off telling Edie. June might actually care as well, now that she's older. I'm not sure how they're going to react--I'm continually surprised by what they take in stride and what sets them screaming. This morning it was not having time to put braids in her hair that got Edie into whirling dervish mode--James had to carry her down the street to school, and I could still hear her howling a block away. The news about Lila will most likely make her sad, but may not set off a fit--considering that Jed stayed in his Ziploc bag in the freezer for over a year until I secretly threw him away, never giving him a proper burial, Lila may too end up becoming a casualty of the out-of-sight-out-of-mind mentality of the young.

One difference from last year though is that there has been quite a bit of death talk in the house lately--Edie has been coming out of her room almost nightly saying she's afraid of dying, whereas June likes to kill off her dolls: "now you dead," "ok, now you not dead anymo." I don't know if the news will be received calmly like it was last go-round, or if it will bring out a slew of new fears for Edie, which will rub off on June. Lila was our last crustacean and I don't want to get more--I fear I'm somewhat responsible for her demise given that I didn't fill her water bowl regularly. And another poor crab sitting in a cage would be too much for me. It's such a sad existence to witness, with little reward. These days Lila was never taken out and played with like she was in the beginning--she was more of a pleasant thing to talk about on playdates; Edie enjoyed describing her more than she actually liked interacting with her. We'll see if her absence is noted a lot or a little.

It's dark out so I have no pictures; I'm going to try to get some tomorrow when there's ample daylight.


Almost over...

Last day for Photo LA--it's dark here in Jersey but California has a few more hours until the evening sets in. All the info you need is here.


I Shoot Everything interview

Trevor Traynor asked me to do an interview for his site I Shoot Everything; see the whole thing here. Thanks, Trevor.

Haiti needs your help

The news out of Haiti is horrifying. We all need to do our part--every little bit counts. One of the best organizations to donate to is Doctors Without Borders. Please help.


Interview with Larissa Leclair

I was asked by photography writer, curator and collector Larissa Leclair to do an interview about my experiences with self-publishing through Blurb and Magcloud, and I was happy to oblige. It's now up on her blog, and I hope it will provide some useful insight and advice into the methods I used when putting my images into print.

Our online conversation is also part of a larger dialogue taking place around the subject of the future of photobooks. Andy Adams of Flak Photo has teamed up with Miki Johnson from liveBooks' RESOLVE blog to facilitate a blog-wide discussion--so far nearly 50 bloggers have contributed posts with their thoughts, and liveBooks has published numerous collections of innovative links and ideas as well. Last week they launched three real-time blogger-moderated comment conversations, and the posts are still streaming in. You can add your own contribution to the discussion--see all of the details on RESOLVE here.

Now for a real-life anecdote: during the writing of this post I've had to run upstairs no fewer than ten times to respond to cries of "Mommy, June is touching me!" "Mama, Edie's touching me!" "I need my Ariel Barbie!" "I need the other Barbie's bathing suit to put on the Ariel Barbie!" and so on. They seem to have finally settled in, just as I'm finished with writing. Sigh.


Photo LA

The opening for Versus was amazing: the installation looked great, the artwork was impressive, and the crowd was huge. Thank you to everyone who came out to support us artists, I'm still in a bit of shock over everything, I must admit. It really was a seminal night.

I'm also happy to announce that one of my images will be up in the Hous Projects Gallery Booth at PhotoLA as part of a selection curated by Ruben called The Women of Versus. The wall will also include Gina LeVay, Molly Landreth, Jen Davis, and Cara Phillips.

The kids need some dinner so I'm heading back to the real world--more to come soon--


Versus opens tonight at 7pm

Opening tonight at Hous Projects!

Curator Ruben Natal-San Miguel is a force in the art world, and an amazing one at that. His enthusiasm and excitement for photography are infectious, and I think there are few out there working as hard as he is to promote, encourage and support us photographers. Even though I've been in a few small things in Manhattan, none have been in a formalized gallery setting, so I consider this my first true NYC show--it's an exciting step, and I'd like to thank Ruben for making it happen. I'm also honored to be paired with Phil Toledano: his "Days with my father" is among my favorite recent bodies of work. Truly stunning.

Versus curatorial statement:
At the start of not only a New Year, but also a new decade, it is imperative to reflect upon the themes of our times and celebrate humanity’s accomplishments and spirit. Through the work of 18 photographers both emerging and established, Versus’ aim point is to survey photography, guided by the hand of curator Ruben Natal San-Miguel, that does just this. Compared and contrasted, each artist dissects and highlights the other through juxtapositions of subject matter, composition, style, lighting and technique. The exhibition is a cornucopia, yet the underlining tone is one that allows each of these strong voices to sing and praise the body as a whole whose refrain is socially relevant, neither mundane nor negative or shallow and is extremely timely. It is ever amazing how much courage it takes to live an ordinary life, but this exhibition hopes to cull and inspire in each viewer the motivation to embrace and own the good, usher it into their day to day and make the next year as well as decade one of positivity and strength.

Phil Toledano vs. Elizabeth Fleming:
Phil Toledano’s Days with my Father series deals with family dynamics, the relationship between him and his father, aging and the last days of his father’s existence. Elizabeth Fleming’s Family matters deals with the life endearing facts of raising a child of her own.

You can see the other "vs." write-ups by Ruben here; in addition, Aline Smithson has a lovely post on her blog about the show, along with pairings of images.

ALSO, don't miss Timothy Briner's Booneville at Daniel Cooney Fine Art, which also opens tonight--this is a must-see. I wish I could make it but two stops in one night just ain't gonna happen. I'll be sure to get to the show at a later date; we own one of his prints and it's gorgeous. Congrats T.B.!


Academy A interview

The kids are back in school, whew. I'll be playing catch-up for a while I'm sure--there has been quite a bit going on in my life photographically in the last few months, most of which I don't think I've written about due to holiday/winter break insanity. Instead of bombarding you all at once with a bunch of shameless self-promotion I've decided to spread things out over the coming weeks.

I'll start the new year off by linking to an interview I did for Academy A, edited by Jeffrey Michael Smith. He asked some great questions, see my answers here. Also check out his most recent interview with my friend, photographer Liz Kuball. Coincidentally James just told me Jeffrey got in touch about putting up one of his videos--the smallness of this world of ours never ceases to amaze.