1/28/11

Doug DuBois interview


Doug DuBois's book All the Days and Nights continues to be one of my photo library favorites. It's one of those page-through-it-slowly publications, honest and sometimes brutal and beautifully quiet. Interview from Georgi Unkovski on Vimeo, found via Horses Think via Sunday & Wednesday and also mentioned by Liz Kuball (who loves the book as well.) Oh, and he was born in 1960, so I seriously would like to know what anti-aging cream he's using.

1/16/11

I love you Frida

Frida Fleming Worrell
September 9th 2001 - January 15th 2011
In the span of a few days Frida's legs became paralyzed and we had to make the awful decision to put her down. James and I were there with her at the end--it was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. She was the best dog and now the house feels empty without her. I'm going to miss you puppy. Love, Mama

1/14/11

wall space

Thanks to David Bram for sending along a shot of my image in the wall space show--fun to see I'm right above Kristen Fecker Peroni's picture; the photo world can be wonderfully circular sometimes.

1/13/11

Guns kill people



Handguns Murdered:
  • 373 people in Germany
  • 151 people in Canada
  • 57 people in Australia
  • 19 people in Japan
  • 54 people in England and Wales, and
  • 11,789 people in the United States (suicides not included)

Wake up America.

(Statistics from The Brady campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; read more on the topic in a great post called "Gun Control, the Elephant in the room" by my husband--see it here.) 

1/12/11

Look See Now

Thanks to Sally Ashley-Cound for asking me to do an interview for her blog Look See Now; I always enjoy having an opportunity to share thoughts on my process of creating and I appreciate her kind words about my work. Read the full interview here.

1/11/11

No Loaded Firearms No Exceptions

© Brian Ulrich

"[This is] not about the Second Amendment. It's about a technology the founding fathers never could have imagined." Gail Collins for the New York Times.

wall space New Directions opening

The wall space New Directions opening in CA is tomorrow night--have fun to everyone who is heading out there! See all of the images in the show here

1/9/11

Priya Kambli

© Priya Kambli


I find Priya Kambli's work to be extremely inspiring--she won a Critical Mass book award a couple of years ago so I was able to receive a free copy and I find myself paging through it often, a bit wistfully thinking about the kind of work I'd like to make, how there are possibilities beyond "straight" photography, how memory and deeply present emotions can intermingle. I admire how she manages to show a kind of visual perfection without it becoming too pretty or empty. Just look at the diamond shadow of the window mimicking the suit collar in that bottom photograph--every part of her images feels just right, like a mini installation. You can see more of her beautiful work on her website

From her artist statement: "My move from India to the United States 13 years ago left me feeling that I do not belong fully to either culture leaving me unable to anchor myself in any particular cultural framework. This disconnection from both cultures has changed the way I perceive myself by forming a hybrid identity, a patching together of two cultures within one person. Photography has been a way of bridging the gap between the two cultures while coming to terms with my dual nature." 

1/4/11

Kristen Fecker Peroni



© Kristin Fecker Peroni

Kristin Fecker Peroni is a fellow photographer/mother who is up on Lenscratch today, see the post here. It's always good to know I'm not alone in this crazy soup of artistic exploration, particularly after these last few days managing the brouhaha over my APE article. Without question I knew what I was getting into, and madness aside I feel it's important for people to challenge themselves and put themselves out there even if they know there will be a strong reaction. But now I want to turn my focus back to images that inspire and challenge me, that can be beautiful and complex at the same time. I must admit, writing this post is tricky--I feel like every word will be picked over and examined in a hunt for contradictions; if I were to say anything further it would be that even though I have my strong personal opinions I try as best I can to use those opinions to examine larger theoretical questions. While intellectual discourse has its place, inspiration and creation are fundamentally more important so I'd like to thank Kristin for pulling me out of my furrowed-brow headspace. You can read Kristin's own thoughts on her creative process on her blog Mother vs Artist.

1/2/11

Comments have posted

After very carefully reading through what people had to say I decided I was comfortable with joining in the discussion over on APE--you can read my thoughts here. As I say in my final comment, from here on in I'm going to bow out of the conversation as I feel I've answered all I can as best I can and that in the end the article must stand on its own merits. To continue on I think would run the risk of becoming an unproductive exercise in parsing words.

Now I'm hoping to clear my brain and get back to some less loaded thinking and more serious creating. Phew!