Friday, July 6, 2007

fotografia: summer oh-seven

So I've been trying to get out and do more shooting this summer, and I didn't really realize how much I've done until I finally sat down tonight and began sifting through the past 2 months worth of material. I'm currently in the process of recompiling my portfolio and getting a new photo website put together, so now was a good time as any to start looking through all my stuff and get a rough idea of what would be good.

So here's a sampler. I'm still working out the finer points on some, others have already had the full post-production treatment.

Audi A4



Goofing Around

"As an artist, I find myself constantly reinventing the wheel – trying out new techniques, constantly going outside my comfort zone in terms of ability, and really striving for bigger and better things all the time.

Art is also a release for me in many ways. It takes all my energies, be they positive or negative, and transposes them into some kind of form of artistic expression. It essentially keeps me sane. But in that relationship, there's a kind of give-and-take – I constantly find myself unable to produce good work unless there is some kind of driving force behind it. That is to say, I am wholly unable to just sit down and have at it. There needs to be some kind of catalyst, be it emotional, theological, philosophical, religious (not so much, but it happens). I hate to sound pretentious, but there needs to be some kind of meaning behind it and not just be art for art's sake.

You listen to Beethoven or Mozart or Salieri and then read some of the tidbits that they were have known to say and you see that for these men, music was a religious experience – they felt as if they were the conduit for the voice of God, that God was speaking to mankind through their music. And that's what kept those men going, that was the driving force behind their art. Not to imply that I feel that God is the driving force behind my art (I'm 1) not the religious type, and 2) perhaps more selfishly, I like to take credit for my work), but an element of that kind of divine artistic spark is there.

With photography, I feel that the subject is that divine spark; they are the driving force behind my art. It is their energy that I ultimately feed off of, that I turn around and make my own. It is their exuberance, their happiness, sadness, that I try to coax to the surface even if just for a second. But in that second, in that glimpse, that glimmer of humanity, of raw energy, I feel that I am exposing the very nature of what we are as individuals, as humans."

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007


The Laguna Art Museum is currently holding an exhibit entitled 'OsCene' featuring artists that hail from, you guessed it, Orange County. I attended it a couple weeks ago for my design class (our mandatory 'field trip'), and I was really surprised by the quality of the work. Granted, to get into any exhibition, your work has to be exemplary, but the sheer amount of awesome contemporary work crammed into one location was mind-boggling. Everything from traditional pieces to work done by tattoo artists to situational pieces was present. If you're ever in the area (the exhibit goes til January 21, 007) I highly recommend taking a gander - be sure to check out "Ground" by Joe Biel, "Lake Shore" by Arie Galles, and "Gettysburg" by Carleton Christy. You'll find yourself pleasantly surprised.

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2D design class madness

so i'm in a 2D design class this semester with timi and we've been coming up with some pretty cool shit. it's pretty much been a free-for-all in terms of what they let you do - there's no real "rules" governing each assignment, so it's more or less just a have-at-it kind of deal. everything we do is done by hand, but i've used photoshop a few times to lay stuff out before i paint, etc. here's a few pieces i've done that i'm kind of fond of (a couple are still in progress).

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