2/24/10

Love. This. Photo.

© Daniel Shea, see more from his great new body of work Plume here.

2/21/10

Unless You Will

© Carlos & Jason Sanchez
© Trinidad H. Carrillo

Unless You Will, an online photography journal, is smart, visually appealing, and features some great imagery. Curated and founded by Heidi Romano, the mission statement says that it "showcases a vision within photo-based art. Our goal is to bring together a collection of notable photographers from around the world and present their work. Sometimes a photo can evoke high feelings of emotion or nostalgia and in a roundabout way it becomes a means of expressing ourselves as photographers. UYW strives to showcase photographers who add layers of meaning and capture these feelings. Their images are a happiness measurement, they give us pleasure, rekindle a memory, or trigger other emotions of their own. Our aim is to showcase these talented artists without too many frills, who work with the notions of play, honesty and craftsmanship."

Take a look at the current issue here--it includes work by the always noteworthy Phil Toledano and The Exposure Project's Ben Alper. Oh, and Heidi also has a nice blog called Tales of Light, check it out.

2/19/10

And now for something creepy:

© Frank Greenaway

Considering my past and recent experiences with hermit crab deaths--and the fingernails-down-my-spine feeling I get from seeing one out of his/her/its shell--the picture above completely and totally freaks me out. Marine biologists in New Zealand are apparently using glass shells to study crabs' habits. Found via Next Nature, one of my favorite non-photo blogs; in turn Next Nature found it via Madscientistnz (which is a good read as well) who has an interesting post on the controversy (who knew?) sparked by the photograph (see the comments her/his original post generated--I'm rather amazed people are so passionate about hermit crabs...Sorry Lila and Jed, we done you wrong).

P.S. The image was taken by wildlife photographer Frank Greenaway.

Things of note

© Ruben Natal-San Miguel
© Paula McCartney
© Brea Souders

1. Ruben Natal-San Miguel's opening at Kris Graves projects, March 4th from 6-9pm. Details here.

2. Paula McCartney opening at Klompching gallery, March 3rd from 6-8pm, along with an artist talk and book signing with Darius Himes on March 6th from 1-2pm. Location details here.

3. Nymphoto's Art for Haiti benefit print auction, see the details here and preview the beautiful work here.

4. collect.give continues to have great work for sale, also in the name of charity. Currently available: the gorgeous image by Brea Souders above, along with work by Sonja Thomsen and Dave Jordano. (I had the opportunity to see their photographs in person in Santa Fe and their print quality was outstanding.)

2/10/10

Work-shy

Back in the days before the internet I was an avid dictionary and thesaurus user. I'd open my books looking for word variations and was inevitably taken on beautiful, often synchronistic, rides. I miss those days. Now I turn to my computer's desktop thesaurus or dictionary.com, and it's not quite the same. I just looked up a synonym for lazy, because lazy is not quite how I feel, and was given the alternative "work-shy." This feels closer to the truth. Last week I turned 35 and my birthday is always an excuse to get a little melancholy--as well as "idle," "indolent," "slothful," and "inactive."

The big day (February 10th) was somewhat overshadowed by school being cancelled due to a blizzard, but the girls did a good job of playing it up. Thankfully James and I were then able to spend the weekend alone with the help of my wonderful parents, and while it did cheer my mood it made me even less inclined to want to work. Playing hooky is fun. Answering emails quite often is not. All of this is a long way of explaining, yet again it seems, why my website still isn't updated and why it's been a while since I've posted. And now, back to "work."

2/8/10

Review of Versus in Fraction Magazine

© Jonathan Blaustein
The latest issue of Fraction Magazine has a review of Versus here written by Mary Goodwin, associate director of Light Work--quite exciting. Fraction just keeps getting better thanks to the efforts of editor and curator David Bram who I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with in Santa Fe last year. Jonathan Blaustein was another Santa Fe attendee and all-around nice guy--his series The Edge of Empire is featured in the current issue of Fraction as well (see image above), along with oft-mentioned on Tethered photo friend Liz Kuball. Congratulations to both, it's wonderful to see attention growing for each of them.

P.S. Radius Books and Fraction are giving away six signed books. Radius is providing three copies of Debbie Fleming Caffery's The Spirit & The Flesh and three signed copies of Michael Light's Bingham Mine / Garfield Stack.

Send an email to fractionmag@gmail.com with the title "Radius Book giveaway." In return, you will get a discount code to 25% at the Radius Books online bookstore. The winners will be randomly drawn on March 1. Keeping my fingers crossed...

2/5/10

Photo LA / Mpls Photo Center installation shots



Mpls Photo Center © Amy Eckert
Photo LA © Liz Kuball

The art community is wonderful--in the last week or so I received separate emails from photo friends Liz Kuball and Amy Eckert with attached installation shots from Photo LA and the Portraits show at the Mpls Photo Center respectively. Amy will be having a solo show herself at the Photo Center, stayed tuned for details. Thank you both!

2/1/10

Versus listed in The New Yorker


Versus is currently listed in The New Yorker's Goings On About Town Art section here. Sweet.