Amendment I: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”
The Founders of this country felt so strongly that “the liberties of the press shall be inviolably preserved” that they included the above provision in the first amendment of the United States Constitution.
To those so-called “constitutionalists” who are so quick to conjure up the Founding Fathers and claim the ability to discern their intentions, typically in defense of the right to bear arms and other pet issues: It’s time to put your money where your proverbial mouths are and show a true comprehension of the Founders’ concerns by demonstrating a righteous indignation over the Trump administration’s media blackout of the EPA, Department of the Interior, and other government agencies. Freedom of the press is among the first and foremost of our constitutional rights, and any erosion of it – particularly by the executive branch – should not be tolerated.
Lately, I’ve been doing more reading than printing while I settle into Durham. I should have more images to share within the next few months, but in the meantime, here is what’s currently on my reading list:
As you can see, I’ve revamped my website. I realized that although my recent work is seemingly unrelated, it’s all tied together by my concern with mortality, man’s relationship with the environment, and what the future holds for us and the rest of the planet. Lately, I’ve been reading a great deal of revolutionary era history, biographies of the “Founding Fathers,” and political theory, as well as books on economy and the environment, in an effort to make sense of the current state of humanity, and the United States in particular. Many writers try to put a positive spin on the direction in which we are headed, but I can’t say that I share their optimism.
I decided to re-order my website to reflect both my trajectory as an individual and an artist, as well as the trajectory of humanity’s progress. My early work was about the interesting people and places that I surrounded myself with; the subcultures that I lived within. In my present, I see dangerously excessive lifestyles and wasteful consumerism mixed with beauty and culture. However, if people – particularly in the U.S. – can’t manage to rein in the former, I believe our future looks very bleak. As a photographer, I find great beauty in that bleakness, but it doesn’t bode well for the security of future generations.
The Halide Project’s call-for-entries exhibition, Living Image, will be on view at Gravy Studios, 910 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, during the month of June. Juried by Artforum Photo Editor, Chandra Glick, Living Image features work by 18 photographers from across the U.S. and abroad who utilize traditional photographic methods.
In conjunction with the exhibition, there are free programming events throughout the month, such as a juror talk, Cynotype in the Park, a visit to the PMA’s Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study Room, a group critique, and a large format workshop.
Details on the show and programming can be found here.