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Checking off my to dos

29 Jul

Hi all,

So much to my chagrin is has been almost a month since I have written a blog. One of these days I will get the hang of it, I promise. But like usual I have a fair amount of news to share. For one I have received a promotion at work: You are looking at the new Events Planner/Marketing Person and Membership Booster. Ok, so I will work on a simpler  title but the position is neat. I am excited that I have a career job and it is a position that I pretty much created and therefore  I can grow with . And yes this will hopefully give me experience to own my own gallery and maybe even an art based event company.

Second I am fulfilling the other half of my life as well….Photography. I am talking to an old friend about  a website which I believe will be a big step. I am learning all sorts of terms like a HTML, FLASH and drupal. I can’t explain any of them at length but they are getting me closer to a pretty coolwebsite!! I am now stewing with what my domain name should be, just plain ol’ EGFphotography.com or something more unique?

I also cracked open a book I bought nearly a year ago, 2008 Photographer’s Market book filled with contests, blog info, workshops, publication information etc. I have checked off the ones I want to submit to and I’m going for it. Even if there are  rejection letters in my future I am ready to  take a risk. Slowly but surely.

I also wanted to share some movies I’ve watched, most notably What Remains about Sally Mann. Let me sum up this documentry in a couple of words: Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!! I had pretty high expectations and it met every one. I liked being able to be a fly on a wall in her life. I watched her process, her ups and downs, her family dynamic, learned what made her tick and reviewed the important  career moments that make her a notable name. She is smart, strong, versatile, inspirational, creative. I highly recommend to all of you, It was time very well spent. I also saw Into the Wild and Namesake, two very good movies!

I also hoped you noticed that I added two tabs, the I Spy section and work in progress. I am hoping to use I Spy as a vehicle to bring a camera with me always and to document what I see. I have several fascinations and I hope to be driven by those to learn discipline with my photography. Works in Progress is a way to start new projects, one right now is Self Portraits, not because I am vain but because it is a subject matter that frightens me and challenges me, how do you sum up yourself in a single picture? Or a whole series?

As always thanks for reading and please keep giving me feedback!

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tidbits

5 Jul

ok. so I am still plugging away at the gallery quest that I spoke of last time, I have been a bit distracted with local drama (see post below). But excuses aside I am trying to be more motivated about my photography, its sad really. But I bought a journal which I am writing ideas in and buying photography magazines to stay on top of photographers and news in the art world, now i just need to…SHOOT! Ugh, it’s something I love to do, so why am I having such a hard time getting motivated? Tips, suggestions, advice welcome….please!

A couple things I want to share….

BANKSY BANKSY BANKSY…Man, according to my blog stats I average about 200 posts daily just on my short banksy post….sheesh. I might sneak in a banksy tidbit every post (hehe). But seriously, I googled him again a minute ago and found everyone covering him now, there are t-shirts, forums, blogs devoted to him and his incredible graffitti…. Now Time magazine is claiming a recent picture phone pic has brought fans one step closer to the super anonymous artist’s identity.

  

I got my favorite photo magazines the other day and I have been pouring over them taking alot of notes in my new journal (yeah me). One of the things i am looking into and has been a longtime goal of having my own website featuring my work–I saw an ad for www.artspan.com it seems interesting..I am still looking into it. I want a website but I am not saavy in that area at all and I just want a nice, easy to navigate site that looks professional. Are there others like this around that you guys know of or could suggest??? My eyes and ears are peeled….

One of my regular buys is B&W Magazine, this last issue was the results of their photo contest where they show all the winners and merit winners…I was rather unimpressed. I feel like 75% of the work was “look what I can do in photoshop” it was all technique and no content. Out of the whole magazine I found 6 I was interested in…6!!  Here are two:

Nadia Sablin http://www.nadiasablin.com

Her work in B&W were really nice, mostly of the people of Ukraine. Great portraiture. The work in the magazine were black and white whereas on her website they are color…jury is still out on what is more effective.

Gary Vann http://www.garyvann.com

His work in B&W was incredible…I tried his website and it was undergoing some updating so I couldn’t access it. The one from the magazine I loved was Graffitti Patrol the gentleman standing against the wall is ghostly and quiet, I actually didn’t notice him right away and I love that. Black LightCobb Web Architecture are also nice.

Image(s) of the day are two by Sally Mann, whom I love!! I just saw that a documentry is finally coming out about her.. What Remains, which I promptly added to my Netflix! Review to come! I also added a documentry called Bomb It which is about graffitti art and history….check it out fellow banksters!!

A Record Setting Day and Other Ancedotes

28 Jun

Hi everyone,

I have very exciting news to report: since the last blog was posted I have been getting record amounts of people viewing my blog..how fun! One day it received 234 hits and then another day had 222 hits on the Banksy post alone.  That may seem like small potatoes but i am just glad the blog reaches more people than just my immediate family…hehehe. So now my blog has had over 3,000 hits since I first started. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

I wanted to share with you an idea I have been tossing around. As a recent college graduate, I have been doing the 9-5 job thing trying to figure out what to do with my degree and the rest of my life. I have had a recent offer to be an event planner and head of new membership for the private club I am employed by, a fun proposition, one that will certainly give me a good life in terms of paying bills and finding a nice place to live and it would also be something I would enjoy doing.

 But….I also have dreams of owning my own gallery. Something that I have been thinking about more and more. In fact there is a gallery space for sale in Savannah where the Jack Leigh Gallery had been operational since 1995. Something that I am very sad not to see on that corner anymore. For those of you who are not familiar with Jack Leigh he was a wonderful photographer best known for his photographs of “The Lowcountry” and of course The Bird Girl who graced the cover of Savannah’s main tourist attraction: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. After A Rain

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I discovered Jack Leigh’s work like everyone else- on the cover of the book but when I took my photography classes I rediscovered his body of work and I think he is brilliant. The Two Windows, Two Beds is so simple but so beautiful and thoughtful. Thoughtful is also a good way to describe Nancy’s Shirt , there is just a longing and a peacefulness about that image. My favorite is the Light Bulb, Everytime I see that image I get taken a back, it is sooo simple but soo elegant and it just says so many things to me. I love it!!

So that was a long way of saying I really admire his work. Back to the gallery thought, I remember when his gallery closed almost a year ago. I felt like it was a loss for Savannah and for young and old photographers. As far as I know his darkroom was actually apart of the gallery and I find that endlessly fascinating. I have fantasies about reopening the gallery and using the darkroom to educate the community about darkroom processes and why it shouldn’t be forgotten. I was wondering if anyone out there in cyber world knew about how to deem a place historial based on a noteworthy person. Because I think that would be a great way to keep that building from being something else other than a gallery and educational center. If any body has ideas, or wants to invest ,or help me make up a business plan, please comment!!!!

 

I also wanted to note that all the pictures on this blog are Jack Leigh’s and pulled off Jack Leigh gallery online which can be found at http://www.jackleigh.com

 

 

Too Long!!

7 Jun

Hi readers, I hope I have not lost all of you. I have been busy busy and have not been blogged for several months! I do have lots and lots to share though and pictures I want to show you so please stay tuned for that.

First of all I wanted to share a brief summary of some of my favorite things right now:

Music: Jamie Lindell, Duffy, Tristan Prettyman

Movies:

* The Diving Bell & The Butterfly -if you haven’t seen it -you must see it. Its beautiful both in content and in cinematography-

*Once -I was fully ready not to like it but I ended up loving it- The music is great and a must have in your collection-

* The Piano -I may be the last person to see this movie but i found it a unconventional but beautiful love story-

Books: I just read a book by  Robert Adams called Why People Photograph. The book is basically a compliation of Essays written over a course of several years and encompasses many topics relating to iconic photographers as well as some funny and inspirational ancedotes. I highly recommend to everyone especially artists of any medium.

I also have gotten really into Podcasts lately. Some friends of mine in NYC have put together a podcast about day to day life, pop culture and art called the rascast which is short for the Rogue Artist Squadron >>http://rogueartistsquadron.podbean.com/. Check it out.

I am also into a couple podcasts put out by NPR the best one is called Off the Shelf Poetry and it highlights various contemporary poets and reads their current work as well as interviewing them. I look forward to hearing it every week. My favorite podcast is a photography related podcast called The Candid Frame, which incidently also has a blog>>http://www.thecandidframe.blogspot.com. The shows are an hour long and they highlight a contemporary photographer and talk about their work and their vision as well as their inspirations and process. Very Very Interesting.

One last thing to leave you with …

This last Tuesday I went to a wonderful lecture at Trinity Methodist Church here in Savannah sponsored by the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation. The Lecturer was Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Hours, Speciman Days & Flesh and Blood, Micheal Cunningham. I am sad to say I have not read any of his work but I did see the movie The Hours and was endlessly fascinated by it. That being said the lecture was probably one of the best I have seen, Mr. Cunningham was funny, charming and very charismatic. He spoke very highly of Flannery O’Connor and how her writing impacted him as a person and as a writer. He also read from one of his short stories which I loved! The story was a contination of a well known fairytale “The Six Swans”- I am sorry to say I do not know the title but it was a beautiful and funny story. Needless to say I am adding more and more books to my MUST READ pile.

 

Well thats it for now. Thanks and I hope you keep reading….

 

Brainstorm

2 Feb

In the last couple of weeks I have had a creative block. But today I have had a breakthrough!!! So here is a brainstorm of what I am thinking of: I have always had a fascination with old photographs and old letters. Well thanks to Ebay I have come across tons of old love letters that people have saved through the years. I have put bids on a couple of lots and am very excited. I wanted to use these letters as a starting point to tell a story. Using a Brownie Camera I received from my grandmother I want to create a narrative with a model and very simple backdrop. As I see it these letters are lost. The people who wrote back and forth to each other, with such passion and longing, are no longer with us and their stories are lost. I want to try to tell their stories with compassion and respect. I figure the sentiments enclosed in these letters are timeless. No matter who you are you can relate.

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I am thinking about collaging several elements together using an encaustic method. Modeling them after old “packages” sweethearts carried with them. I found a really neat book that gives me a format to start from.

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More to come….comments? suggestions? feedback?

Edward Albee- American Playwright

30 Jan

Hello I am pleased and excited to share a lecture I went to tonight. A local private school- Savannah Country Day School sponsor a lecture series called Creative Minds. One of the lecturers was Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright Edward Albee. Albee was best known for his plays Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, and Three Tall Women

My introduction to Edward Albee was through the play Whose Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? it played at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It starred Mercedes Rule and Patrick Stewart (from star trek fame). I  remember being mystified and totally enthralled. I later watched the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton but it wasn’t the same as seeing the story unfold in front of you on stage.

I am excited to add another playwright to my collection- I met or rather stood near Arthur Miller who is by far my favorite playwright.  It is so much different than meeting a celebrity who stars in movies because people like Edward Albee and Arthur Miller made such an impact on American Culture. WOW!

Below are pictures from the event, including one of my mom getting his autograph.

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Photo Blogs

21 Jan

In my daily surfing of the world wide web I came across a whole lot of photoblogs. Wow! There are some real awe inspiring photographers out there. I am inspired and jazzed and all the more sure that I am somehow among them if only as an amateur…take a look:

www.montmartrephotoblog.org:

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Montreal Photo  www.j-roumagnac.net

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another great blog:

http://pfnphoto.com

This blog is made up of great long exposure pictures. Check out the carnival ones…awesome!!

This is not a “photography” blog in the strictest sense but i am a avid watcher of this blog. so please check it out. I am proud enough to have this blogger as a friend and her work is incredible and incredibly creative! Enjoy!!!!

http://skaye.wordpress.com