Updating My Website

I am in the process of making my website mobile browser compliant. To do this I am using the Portfolio WordPress theme by Dalton Rooney. I have tweaked it some and will continue to for the rest of the week.

Checking out my old site on my wife’s iPhone made me realize the I needed to do something. I was about to use indexhibit after seeing the results David Bram was able to achieve. Shortly there after I came across Rooney’s theme and decided to go with that. I have WordPress here and on my teaching blog. I need to bring Frame Lines into the WordPress fold, just not this week.

If you are not reading this blog in an RSS reader, which you probably should, you can see that I have tweaked this place again. I went back to K2 because I wanted this to look like a blog.

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Burk Uzzle and ICP Lectures

I found this link to some audio and video lectures at the ICP in New York over on We Can’t Paint.

There are lots to look at and listen to. So far the Burk Uzzle and Taryn Simon lectures are great.

Speaking of Burk Uzzle, this is one of my favorite quotes of his:
“In the moment, in the place when the ordinary reveals itself to be epic, it is my favorite time to be alive, to have my camera and to see.”

I remember the time in college when I came across his book Landscapes at the Art and Architecture Library at Kansas University it was like opening my eyes to a new world. Memories of that small book carried me through visually for a long time.

He is most known for photograph of a couple from Woodstock and a shag van from Bike Week in Daytona. This image is what has stuck in my craw for so long.

Burk Uzzle, Danbury, CT.

Burk Uzzle, Danbury, CT.




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As seen in Fraction Magazine

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I am honored and humbled to be a part of the new group show “Fathers and Sons” curated by Aline Smithson at Fraction Magazine. I have been photographing my children since they were born. Doing this I was able to see the joy and personal value of photography, something that had been missing in my life. Doing it also motivated me to go to graduate school. When I came to Texas, what had been my personal work took on a new focus. I was unsure it of because it is my family and had a seeming lack of gravitas. Well, I am not totally sure on how I feel about putting images of my family out there, but the project does have gravitas. I see that now.

When I made the decision to go to graduate school I was emailing any photographer who had an MFA whose work was remotely similar to mine. I cam across the work of Todd Deutsch, who suggested I look at the work of Brian Ulrich. I also found Dennis Chamberlin. All three of these men were kind enough to answer my questions about what graduate school I might fit in at. It is humbling that four years later I am included with both Todd and Dennis.

I do not know all of the photographers represented. I have been following the work of Timothy Archibald and Byron Wolfe for some time. But the others in the show amaze me. I need to step my game up. I need to be more intentional my camera, not just lazy with my mobile phone.

Like everything in photography, I think I am the only one photographing his kids in a serious manner. The internet reveals the truth, I am not. Places like Fraction Magazine really open my eyes to all of the amazing work out there. Thanks Aline for including Alex and I in this.

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Gilles Peress ventures down to Wall St. to describe the chaos. It is featured on Magnum Photos’ new site, InSight America.

Peress was one of the first photographers whose work I was drawn to and I tried to consume as much of it as I could. His photographic language makes sense to me visually, even though I do not always understand what exactly it is he is saying.

I think this essay is good. But does it live up to the idea I have of Gilles Peress in my head? No. The repetition of similar images adds to the package. I wish that I could manipulate a wide-angle lens like he does. I think the biggest distraction of the piece is the video. I want to see just still images. Also, having Peress cover something that is not foreign land conflict based is interesting, but is that why I am attracted to it? I am not sure. Some of the pictures really stand out.

This interview helped me understand Peress more.

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