I had the pleasure of photographing Ward Hayden of Girls Guns and Glory for their upcoming new album. The band recorded all of the songs in an analogue studio and wanted the imagery for the album to represent that so we shot with a Hasselblad and Mamiya 645. Keep an eye out for the album release in November!
What's it like to get ready for your first solo show at a museum? Well lets see..... it can only be described as "WOAH". From the moment Jessica Roscio told me she wanted to show my work at the Danforth Museum I have been thinking it wasn't real, some how there was a mistake and this wonderful thing couldn't really truly be happening. After I pinched myself a bunch of times (and had multiple pep talks from family & friends), I realized it wasn't a dream I got myself into go-time mode. It started with the editing. I brought Jessica close to 100 small prints and we worked on editing it down to 20.
The selection of images were from an ongoing project that I think started around 2012 but really took shape the following year. This was my first time working with a curator and I am thrilled it was with Jessica. She is such a fantastic person with great energy and passion for the art world. After the selection came the fun part, printing. I love being in the darkroom so this was the best part of the deal for me. Yes there were frustrating moments, but most of the time I got to crank up the music, dance around and really zone in on each print.
So from September until February I printed. And then reprinted. I scanned my film to make digital files. I updated my website. I shot a video with friend, filmmaker, and drummer Frank Hegyi. I had mailers made. And then I had a framing day with my friend and bad ass framer, Georgia Harden. Putting together 20 mattes and frames is no easy task and I am grateful to Georgia for helping me out.
While I was driving to the Danforth to drop off all my framed work, I was thinking that I should invent a new bumper sticker: "Art on Board". I'm sure most artists have felt their stress level go up when it comes time to deliver their work to the gallery space. There was a huge sense of relief after I got there, unloaded, and all the images were accounted for. Two thumbs up.
Tomorrow night is the members reception. I am excited and to be honest overwhelmed. I create art because I enjoy doing it and I feel bare without it. The opportunity to share my work with others is one of the best things that has happened to me. Not only is it amazing to have an exhibition at the Danforth, this whole experience has taught me so much about the art world and what it takes to call yourself a working artist. It has pushed me to not only create more art but start to look at the business side as well.
In May, I spent 2 weeks traveling in Italy, Switzerland and Germany. I assisted a workshop in Tuscany taught by Peter Vanderwarker for the first week and then spent the next week with a friend in Lucerne and Munich. Each place was magnificent and I was able to photograph, relax, and experience different cultures, it was just what I needed. I am now back in Boston (with 20+ rolls of film to develop!) and am excited for June and all of the photo happenings!
Here is a list of a few events that I will be a part of:
June 3, 2014 7:30-8:30pm
I was introduced to AS220 by a dear friend and fellow artist, Lindsey Beal. It is an artist-run organization that provides studio and exhibition spaces, workshops, artist housing and much, much more. I am really looking forward to giving a talk about my photography at their next open house on Tuesday June 3 and getting to know this terrific artist community.
June 13, 2014 5:30-7:30pm
Five photographs from my new series Wire Sketches, will be in the group exhibition Abstract (Photo) Expressionists at Panopticon Gallery. Other artists include: Keith Johnson, Alexander Harding, Jerry Reed, Paul Wainwright, Andrea Stone, Suzette Bross, Louis Henri Pingitore, Ioanna Tourkantonis.
June 22, 2014 3-4:30pm
Who doesn't love toy cameras?! While most people are out shooting with digital cameras, I really enjoy running around with my Holga, snapping away and cranking the film through the plastic camera. I usually get people staring at me and sometimes they ask me what it is, which is always a fun conversation to have (especially if the person asking is holding a fancy Nikon or Cannon digital camera). Needless to say I am thrilled to be on a panel with Bill Franson, James Rohan, and Meg Birnbaum to talk about the awesomeness of toy cameras. This event is a part of The Somerville Toy Camera Festival which has many openings and events in June that I highly recommend.
I hope you can join me for one or two or even all three of these events!
Well, 2013 has come and gone and quite frankly I have no idea where the time went! All in all it was a great year. I started 2013 with being accepted to the Krappy Kamera Show at the SOHO Photo Gallery and continued the year with group exhibitions at Panopticon Gallery, The Kiernan Gallery, The Danforth Museum and The Washington Street Art Center. All terrific exhibitions and I was thrilled to be a part of them. I was also introduced to the wonderful art world of Penland, which brought to my life new friends and a new outlook and appreciation for creating art. I participated in the New England Portfolio Reviews for the first time hosted by The Griffin Museum and The Photographic Resource Center. At NEPR, I made connections and received feedback on my work, an experience I highly recommend for all photographers. To wrap up the year, I was asked by Jason Landry to be one of his artists at Panopticon Gallery, an invitation that caught me off guard and has had me smiling ever since.
So here we are starting off 2014. My work is included in two group shows in New England, Architectural Analysis at Panopticon Gallery and The Alumni Exhibition at The New Hampshire Institute of Art Gallery, both hosting open receptions in January. The information for each show is below, please join me for the openings if you are in the area!
I am looking forward to what 2014 has in store for me, so far so good: I have two jobs that I love working in the photography field with terrific people, I am creating and exhibiting my art, I am represented by a fine art gallery, I am surrounded by amazing friends and family, and I am spending my life with a very talented musician and our sweet, goofy dog. Yup life is good.
Cheers to 2014!
January 23 - February 24, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday , January 29th -- 5:00 - 7:00pm
The New Hampshire Institute of Art
French Building Gallery
148 Concord St., Manchester, NH
Tonight is the opening for Grayscale an exhibition juried by Blue Mitchell at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, VA. I have heard so many great things about The Kiernan Gallery and I wish I could be there in person to celebrate on opening night! Unfortunately a road trip is not in the cards right now but hopefully in the future I can get down there for a visit. Instead I am writing a little blog article and will be purchasing a copy of the catalog, which I encourage you to do as well.
It is exciting to be a part of this exhibition, and I loved making this print in the darkroom! A contact print of this same image is currently on view at Panopticon Gallery in Kenmore Sq in Boston, MA. Contact print vs a 16x20 print, the 16x20 wins hands down, so much detail, it draws you in and invites you to explore the whole composition.
A little background information about this photograph.... There is an apartment building behind mine that is home to numerous children (or possibly grandma just watches all of the cousins and siblings while their parents are at work not really sure....) all I know is that you can hear them screaming and chanting and playing from my apartment. My porch overlooks their courtyard and I got into a habit of only going out there when it was quiet and the kids had gone inside (if they spot you, they have a hundred questions for you while you are trying to enjoy your morning coffee.......not exactly the way I like to start my morning.....).
After the dust settled, I would venture out and see what they had left behind.... a baseball bat....bikes...tricycles....miscellaneous toys...sidewalk chalk.... all things I can remember playing with in my childhood. I was so intrigued by what felt like a toy graveyard that I started photographing. Looking at the images I have created, I am faced with a nostalgic feeling. In my family I was always known for saying "I don't want to grow up" and its still true, I don't. This project has been my little escape from the adult life, a breathe of fresh air from all of the work and bills and deadlines. It is my reminder to just have fun every once and a while. It brings back memories of playing with my sister and cousin every day over the summer and what we did to pass the time. I'm sure we left behind "messes" just like the ones in my photographs and that brings a smile to my face.
Having this photograph exhibited at The Kiernan Gallery also brings a smile to my face. Cheers to opening night, I hope it was a good one!
I was thrilled to have one of my photographs accepted to this years New England Photography Biennial at The Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA. The show was juried by Francine Weiss, Curator and Loupe Editor at the Photographic Resource Center and it has been receiving terrific reviews!
Mark Feeney's review in the Boston Globe
Elin Spring's Photography Blog Article
I will be giving an artist talk this Sunday November 3 at 3pm at the museum. I am looking forward to this great opportunity to share more about myself and my work. General admission to the museum is $11 or free if you are a member.
Hope to see you there!
Next Friday and Saturday I will be attending the New England Portfolio Reviews, a yearly event hosted by two amazing photography organizations: the Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography. After volunteering at the NEPR for the previous two years, I have finally gotten the kick in the butt to sign up to have my new series reviewed.
The past couple of weeks have been pretty busy preparing: shooting, developing film, making the selections of what to print, printing in the darkroom after work (thank you to Paul at Panopticon!) , flattening prints, analyzing the prints, and repeating. The process is slow working in the darkroom but I sure do love it.
My work will be reviewed by six people and I am really looking forward to receiving feedback on my new and ongoing series (that I have yet to name.....). I will also be participating in the Portfolio Walk on Saturday June 8 at 5pm. It is free and open to the public at The Boston University Photonics Center 8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston, MA 02215, please join us!
Hopefully I will have good news to report after the reviews! Until then, here are some photos of me working along the way.
I am excited to share that my work is hanging at Southeastern Employment Services in Old Lyme, Ct. The wonderful folks at SES were kind enough to invite me to showcase my artwork on their brand new walls in their brand new building! Thank you!! The framed photographs are for sale so if you are interested in seeing or purchasing please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Here are a few photos of the show:
Ah Penland, where to begin..... Here's where, my fellow artists, if you do not know about this place stop what you are doing and check it out. Click on the link and peruse their website. There are artists from all over, working in all different mediums - glass, photography, iron, jewelry, ceramics, printmaking, instillation, the list goes on and on. It is Amazing (the capitol A is indeed intentional). I spent eight days at Penland in April and am still on cloud nine from being there. Its like Never Never Land for artists, except instead of an island there is a mountain and it is filled with creativity, intense work ethic, beautiful studios, and amazing people.
So how did I get involved in this wonderful program? I was lucky enough to be asked to be a studio assistant for a workshop called Architectural Photography Master Class taught by Neal Rantoul, Steve Rosenthal, Peter Vanderwarker, and Nick Wheeler. Also joining the team as a studio assistant was the lovely Mercedes Jelinek, a fellow photographer, friend, and darkroom geek just like me. We all started planning this workshop last fall and were thrilled when we found out the class had filled. Everything just got better when we met the whole crew down in North Carolina and got to meet the people who had filled our class. 11 students total, each with a different background and different approach to photography, all arrived with a great attitude, sense of humor, and an eagerness to learn and be creative in this new environment.
And that is exactly what the week was; fun, educational, artistically stimulating, a swift kick in the ass to create more art. I can not express how happy I am to have been able to be a part of this workshop with the "fantastic four" (Neal, Steve, Peter, and Nick) and to have met such wonderful people including all of our workshop attendees and the other artists that were at Penland. I was so inspired by the constant motivation and passion of each artist I met. It just felt right being there and I am so thankful to everyone who made this experience so unforgetable.
Now to plan my next escape to Never Never Land..... I hope you decided to join me...
"Second star to the right and straight on 'till morning!"
View Camera Magazine started in 1988 and has been showcasing work of large format photographers since. As an avid film and view camera lover myself I think this publication rocks and am thrilled to have one of my images in the current issue. Also in the issue you will find beautiful color architecture work by Peter Cook, the London Olympics shot 4x5 by David Burnett, "Buildings Along the Way" by Brian Vanden Brink, black and white landscapes by Gary Nyland, an article on couple Susan and J.B. Harlin and their abstract landscape work, and a lovely spread called "Working with Ansel" by Alan Ross.
I highly recommend subscribing to this magazine if you love photography, especially film and large format!
I attended a fantastic platinum printing workshop at the Center For Alternative Photography in NYC taught by Carl Weese. There were SO many wonderful things about this workshop. This was my first introduction to the Center for Alternative Photography and lets just say I will be going back as soon as I can! The people that I met from the organization were terrific and true photo and large format enthusiasts. I was able to geek out over alternative photography for the whole weekend and be around people who understood my excitement. The studios were breathtaking - beautiful skylights and darkrooms. Carl was a great instructor! His printing is phenomenal and he was able to make the weekend fun, engaging, and educational. While I was at CAP I was able to take a peak at the Tintype Portrait Studio. It is GORGEOUS! You can make an appointment to have your portrait taking as a tintype in varying sizes. I highly recommend checking it out. I can not wait to get back there to get my own tintype!
Thank you to Carl and everyone at CAP for a fun and educational weekend!
Panopticon Gallery's current exhibition The Things That Seem and Those That Are: Reshaping Photography through Alternative Processes is on display from February 28 through April 1st.
I am thrilled to have five palladium prints in this fantastic alternative photography show.
Here is a list of the artists in the show:
S. Gayle Stevens
The Krappy Kamera is in its 15th year at the Soho Photo Gallery and the theme is simple, you can only apply with photographs that were created using "equipment from the low end of the technological scale". That means toy cameras; Holgas, Dianas, etc. cameras that you can pick up at a garage sale or even make yourself. My image was created with a Holga that I have had for a few years now and has seen better days. There is black tape on the sides to protect my film from light leaks and apparently something inside it broke off so it can double as a maraca if I shake it around. Did I mention it is also a plastic (both body and lens) camera? Regardless of its musical talent and its ability to not shatter if I drop it, it is SO much fun!
This exhibition celebrates the excitement of cameras that people have written off as "not good enough" because they are not at the top of the camera food chain. I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful exhibition juried by Christy Karpinsky, the founder-editor of F-Stop Magazine.
I even won the People's Choice Award and won a GOLD Holga. I can't wait to take this baby out for spin!
Not only was my work accepted to the 2012 Fine Art of Photography at The Plymouth Center of the Arts, I also won the Lexjet Award for Best Print and Presentation. The same award my mentor and friend, Neal Rantoul won the previous year. Neal was the person to encourage me to apply to this show, coincidence I think not!
The Plymouth Center of the Arts is a wonderful space filled with great people. The Fine Art of Photography is an annual juried exhibition that showcases a wide range of photography; color, black and white, digital and film based.