Pics or it didn’t happen

Emily

Emily – 60 x 80″

In preparation for my extended stay as the Artist-in-Residence at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, I have begun photographing a new body of work. Continue reading

A Conversão de São Paulo

The Baptist – Middle Panel

The Baptist – Middle Panel (60 x 150 inches)

In late May, I was awarded the Stuart Abelson Graduate Research Fellowship for a project that I had proposed in Brazil. By early July I was on a plane, and over the following 12 days created A Conversão de São Paulo, a series that consists of 27 images arranged as triptych altarpieces. Each of the altars is based on a biblical story and features models from an Evangelic church in São Paulo.

Kiss_Mid_email

The Kiss – Middle Panel (60 x 80 inches)

While the work explores the Evangelic community in Brazil, it also brings in various elements of contemporary Brazilian life. Continue reading

Being a Generational Role Model Comes with Certain Responsibilities

Being a Generational Role Model Comes with Certain Responsibilities

2012. 42″ x 75″

“The Newest Reason To Love Your Country”

CountryImage from “Under the Influence”, new work begun in 2012. 42 x 80 inches. More to come…

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Summer Commission

This summer I was extremely busy. In addition to trying to make new work, I was also on commission for Datalogic, a company based in Bologna, Italy but that has factories and distribution sites around the world. They asked me, for their 40th anniversary, to travel around the world to a number of their factories and photograph their workers, with the end product being a book.

I traveled for 8 weeks and on three continents photographing several hundred of the people that I found most interesting. The book was printed in October and I was back in Bologna for the release. I thought I would share a few of the images from the commission below the fold. Continue reading

Untitled (I Get Around)

Untitled (I Get Around)

I have been thinking about a new body of work for months now. Actually, it’s been almost a year. Now I am heading back to school, and I will begin to go full steam with this new body of work. Picking up from Technically Intimate, I will be looking further into how youth culture’s learned sexual behaviors have been shaped by popular culture and how the porn industry has played an integral role in that shaping.

I would also like to take a closer look at how feminism has changed over the last 30 years, from a sense of female empowerment to a willingness and want by young women to be seen as a sexual object. I happen to feel there is a difference between female sexual empowerment and simply being in Playboy. They are not one and the same.

I have begun writing (soon to be posted) and currently have 60 images that I want to shoot. That should take me the next three years or so. The imagery will take on many different looks and I am hoping to get a really wide variety. I am still taking a lot of cues from the imagery that I am finding online. I will use those images as a base to jump off of.

Way back in February, I shot this image. This particular image takes a look at the Victoria’s Secret PINK brand, which I find of particular interest.

Right now my head is still spinning with all of the elements that I want to include in this body of work. I am slowly but surely beginning to refine them.

More to come…

Polaroids

There is something about shooting Polaroids in grey weather that I have always liked, and thanks to our wonderful spring weather here in Minnesota, I have been able to take the new camera out. It has been a long time since I have shot with it. It is a slow process, but enjoyable, and so much different that the digital that most shoot with today.