I am pleased to announce that an image of mine was selected for inclusion in the latest issue of Square Magazine. Square is a cool zine out of France and Great Britain that is dedicated, obviously, to images shot in a square format. This issue’s theme is toy cameras. Here is a link to view the whole issue on issuu.com. I guess the only complaint I would have is that there are no photo credits alongside each image. Perhaps the winners page is in the same order as the images, but that is kind of a pain. Just FYI, my image is on page 74.
I am pleased to announce that my project, “The Illuminated Shadow”, is featured in the current issue of SXSE magazine, which has a two-fold theme of Cuba and Nudes. I believe this is a subscription based online mag, so unless you subscribe you may not be able to see the story. I am honored to be included in this issue and delighted that my friend, Raymond Grubb, is also featured in the same section.
I attended a wonderful lecture last night by Burk Uzzle at the Nasher Museum in Durham. It reminded me of a debate I have been having of late about established masters vs. contemporary photography and the work that falls in the middle ground. Uzzle’s amazing career arc seems to encompass both sides of the spectrum. I can’t help but wonder however if his history has given him the access, freedom and trust that many of the rest of us aren’t allowed. This extremely creative and energetic artist has continued to evolve, trying different themes, techniques, and subjects. Some of these forays, in my personal opinion, are wildly successful, while others less so. But as artists, aren’t we supposed to risk such failure in order to explore new ground? Most of his lecture was very inspirational, but if there was a single alarm bell that was raised for me, it had to do with his project with mimes in his new hometown of Wilson, NC. He admitted that his tech-guy in Seattle, did some post production on his scans of this work, most of it just fine, but when he admitted swapping a head off one photo to put on the body from another… I almost fell out of my chair. For an artist of such integrity to do this without batting an eye rather shocked me. I don’t want to belabor that point however, since it was a rare anomaly. Otherwise his work showed evidence of great mentorship from the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and his other fellow Magnum photographers, and the wealth of his iconic vintage images and his incredibly vital current work gave proof that one of North Carolina’s own is a verifiable master of his genre.
I have included that entertaining ladder of success in the arts to compare ourselves with someone who is already standing on the top rung.
It is my firm belief that you could spend a lifetime in New Orleans and never quite get to see and do all the things that are possible on a Mardi Gras day. I have shot and done quite a bit and am always hungry for more. Since Fat Tuesday is only a week away, I thought I would share just a small taste… some color images of the masquerade. The Mystic Krewe of St. Anne and the Krewe of Kosmic Debris are two of my favorites, but they are just the tip of the iceberg.
The Enduring Image: Defining Your Personal Style and Vision.
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A service of Photo-Eye, Art Photo Index is a searchable database includes almost 3000 photographers from around the world. Mostly it is an index of artists whose work has already received a high degree of recognition. I am pleased to have been invited to be a part of it.
I recommend having a look.