February 27th, 2008
I am at the beginning of sorting out a theme for a new body of work. I have birds on the brain as the main subject but I’m not sure where I want to go with them. I think ultimately this will be another large-scale image transfer project on either metal or wood, but deciding on materials and display is another matter entirely. First I need to work on imagery.
Today I spent some time reviewing usable bird shots in my archive and creating contact sheets to print out and hang on the wall. My friend Nicole once suggested I do this and I find it the most helpful way to begin visualizing how I want to work with a collection of images. I hang them in my workspace so I can stare at them constantly, and then my half-formed ideas start to evolve. I can already see this will be a photo manipulation project, and I have much more shooting to do. Birds are challenging subjects to work with.
February 24th, 2008
My light painting session at Northern Voice was a big success on Friday afternoon. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves, and hopefully they learned something too. For me it was incredibly fun and inspiring to see such a large group of people creatively collaborating together, and I think we did some really great stuff. And to think I almost decided against doing light painting at all because I felt I didn’t know enough about it. My original intention had been to pull people aside throughout the day to pose for me one at a time, but I think the group session was a much better idea.
The whole thing was inspired by Julian Cash, and the fun shoot we did when I was in San Francisco last October. He’s done this sort of thing at conferences, like foocamp 2007, and I think it makes for much more interesting photos than what you’d typically see resulting from such an event. My purpose for doing it was to come up with creative photos, and I definitely did it.
If there are enough people interested, I’d really love to do this again in the near future. I just need to find an appropriate venue that is both large enough and dark enough for long exposures.
February 22nd, 2008
Untitled – Light painting portrait of Kirsti
I will be at Northern Voice for the next two days. It is the third year in a row I’ll be in attendance, and this year I’m involved as an assistant organizer of activities for Moosecamp. I’m hoping to revisit the meatspace mashup people graphs I did last year with Zak, take light painting portraits throughout the day, and maybe, possibly, participate as a speaker during the photocamp session – but only if Kris makes me. (I hate public speaking…)