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.
I’ll be leading a workshop through Philadelphia Photo Arts Center called “Shooting on Location in Fairmount Park.” It runs on Saturday afternoons, 1 – 4 PM, from April 30th through May 21st.
No matter what your shooting style or process, come join us in exploring one of Philly’s gems!
Click here for details.
I’m really excited about teaching at Peter’s Valley this summer! If you haven’t heard of it, Peter’s Valley School of Craft is an education center located in the Delaware Water Gap National Park, right over the PA border in New Jersey. Its buildings used to comprise a farming village called Bevens, and they now house studios, galleries, and residences for instructors and students. What an amazing place!
From June 24th – 28th, I’ll be teaching a Portrait Immersion workshop, which will include an overview of lighting techniques, lots of fun, hands-on shooting assignments, and critique sessions.
For more information, click here.
I recently co-founded a non-profit called The Halide Project whose mission it is to foster the traditional photographic arts, including film and alternative/historic processes.
I’m happy to announce that our first event, an exhibition called Making Contact, which features the work of Bill Armstrong, Vincent Feldman, Josh Marowitz, Tricia Rosenkilde, and Sarah Van Keuren, will be taking place in Philadelphia in December.
For more information on the exhibition, including the schedule and registration for educational programming, and on The Halide Project, go to: www.thehalideproject.org