Comments perhaps not forthcoming

I've decided to wait until the furor dies down to consider whether I'll respond to those who disagree with my article, and if so how I'll frame the discussion. If at some point I believe there is actually the possibility of a calm and reasonable back and forth with those who have objections to my post then I'll potentially be willing to engage in a conversation. For now I'll let the piece stand on its own, and reassure anyone who's wondering how things are faring on my end that I'm taking the negative responses with a large grain of salt. Before I sign off I'd like to quickly thank Alison Fechtel for her insightful take on my words and for adding a dose of reason to the conversation; you can read her words in the comments section here.

I hope all of you have a wonderful New Year, happy 2011!


Comments forthcoming

My article has drummed up some heated comments, as I knew it would. No worries, I'll have a carefully considered response soon--in the meantime I thought I'd put up a quick post reassuring everyone that they won't be hearing only metaphorical crickets from me indefinitely. I'm going to go sleep on it all and attempt to deal with the fray in the next day or so. Cheers!

Jock Sturges in the Internet Age

My article "Jock Sturges in the Internet Age" is now live on A Photo Editor, check it out here. Many thanks to Rob Haggart for providing a forum for tackling such a loaded subject.



I've finally gotten around to editing images that have been hanging out in my folders for a while. I'm getting into a work kick, which is always the cruel thing about not working--the less you do, the less you want to do. And then you get into a groove, do a lot at once, and fall out of the groove again. I'm trying to just appreciate being in this phase and not think too much about the energy drying up. The strange thing is, this week should have taken it out of me: I was dealing with stomach bugs (Edie Thursday and Friday, June today), furious article writing (my piece should post this week, I'll let you know where to find it when the time comes) and general Christmas madness (not that I've actually sent the presents I bought...) I haven't slept for days, but I have this wild desire to buckle down. Maybe it's a getting-over-the-hump thing: halfway through the article it seemed like there was no way my ideas were ever going to cohere into something understandable and I was completely exhausted, but now that I've pushed through and come out the other side I feel like all of the cobwebs have been burned out of me.


Eakins, sort of

These were taken at the end of the summer on Martha's Vineyard, just when the light starts telling you that fall is on the way. My trusty Canon had run out of juice so these were shot on a lesser quality camera; I did what I could and though they're not the greatest images they reminded me a little of Thomas Eakins, a fellow Philadelphian, which got me thinking about an offshoot project I've been pondering. A vague description you didn't really need to know, but sometimes I have to use this blog as a way to remind my small brain of what it was thinking while it was thinking it.

All my ego wants for Christmas...

...is for you to become a Facebook fan. Seeing those numbers climb helps me to delay a bit longer my New Year's resolution to be more Buddha-like. (Insert "chagrined" emoticon here.)


Jonathan Blaustein for A Photo Editor

Speaking of Jonathan, I've been meaning to mention a recent article he wrote about the Chelsea Gallery scene for A Photo Editor. I had the pleasure of meeting up with him last month as he toured the latest shows; he is as sharp and witty as they come and I was honored that he invited me along for the ride while he conducted his research. I don't have the brain capacity to add to the dialog he started, but it really isn't necessary--he's done a wonderful job of describing the current climate--go here to read the full piece. Now back to my own writing. (More to come on that--suffice to say it's kicking my poor little mental capabilities...)

New Directions 11

I was very excited to find out this morning that my work was selected to be in New Directions 11: Moments of Being which was curated by the esteemed David Bram. Congratulations to friends Jonathan Blaustein and Mike Sebastian for their inclusion. From the wall space website:

Haley Jane Samuelson
We are thrilled to announce New Directions 2011, Moments of Being at wall space. Curated by the creative and talented David Bram, creator and publisher of Fraction Magazine Moments of Being is the visual connection, the emotional relationship between photographer and subject.

David’s job was extremely difficult, paring down to 38 images from over 1400. All the images submitted presented a challenge, defining that moment, looking for that emotional bond captured through the lens.
We can’t wait for you to see the show. Join us in Santa Barbara in January, or Seattle in February. We are looking at additional venues as the year progresses, so stay tuned.

ND11 | Moments of Being

January 4th – 29th, 2011  |   wall space gallery Santa Barbara, California

Reception with David Bram January 12th, 6 to 8pm.

February 3rd – 26th, 2011  |  wall space gallery @ Angle Gallery, Tashiro Kaplan Building Seattle, Washington

First Thursday ArtWalk Opening February 3rd, 6 to 8pm.

Introducing this year’s artists featured in Moments of Being (in alphabetical order)
  • Leon Alesi
  • Steven Alverez
  • Steven Beckly
  • Jonathan Blaustein
  • Nan Brown
  • Liz Clayman
  • Daniel Coburn
  • Andy Cook
  • Kristen Fecker Peroni
  • Jon Feinstein
  • Elizabeth Fleming
  • Martha Fleming Ives
  • Alan Gastelum
  • Flavie Guerrand
  • Max Hirshfeld
  • Ann Conway Jennings
  • Eddie Lanieri
  • Ash LaRose
  • Winky Lewis
  • Elizabeth Clark Libert
  • Holly Lynton
  • Coco Martin
  • Meridith Miller
  • Heather Musto
  • Russ Osterweil
  • Kate Pollard
  • Shawn Robinson
  • Haley Jane Samuelson
  • Michael Sebastian
  • Larysa Sendich
  • Katie Shapiro
  • Meera Margaret Singh
  • Tabitha Soren
  • Agnieszka Sosnowska
  • Amber Terranova
  • Chikara Umihara
  • Vikky Wilkes
  • Antonio Ysursa


Timothy Archibald interview

The project was so wrapped up in our every day life it didn’t seem to have a moment of clarity, when it all seemed to be mapped out and we knew how to make it good. Almost the opposite of that happened…its almost like it was best when we were all in the dark and just exploring...

...I found myself telling my wife that I wanted it to be more like the photographs were: dreamy, romantic, quiet, poetic, organic, this whole inner emotional journey where I was in control and he and I were equals.. She laughed and reminded me that it never really was like that. That was a fiction made out of the conflict….and it made some intriguing photographs. But the reality was always harder and messier.

Wonderful interview with Timothy Archibald over on Colin Pantal's blog, read it now

100 Portraits video + online community press

100 Portraits — 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive from FlakPhoto.com on Vimeo; visit the exhibition online here.

You can also check out all of the press that's been going around the web here.