The Long Way Home


Homage to Sherman
October 8, 2013, 6:46 PM
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the letter

the letter

Last month, Utata published an “Homage” project dedicated  to six photographers: Eggleston, Bassman, Sherman, Brassai, Yeager and Barth. I chose Cindy Sherman, particularly her Untitled Film Stills, for the way she explores fiction through photography. As I shot the project over the course of a few weeks – a frame here and there, in different locations while on the road – I realized how uncomfortable I felt shooting an “homage”: what did that mean, exactly? How do I approach this without simply replicating her photos? I focused on the spirit of her Film Stills and not the Stills themselves. For instance, 1950s and 1960s movies and TV shows inspired a lot of her photos; I’m inspired by 1970s films (especially supernatural horror). I used expired Polaroid film to emulate those film colors and tones that I remembered seeing as a kid. She used herself as “actress,” often dressing in costumes and wigs to create characters; I did not do this, but instead relied on setting and clothing to distinguish “characters” in each frame.  In the introduction to Untitled Film Stills, Sherman talks about how she’d have friends and family stop the car on road trips because something along the way caught her eye for a potential scene; I do this all the time and while it often drives my loved ones nuts, they appreciate it later when I show them how awesome a forgotten place is beautiful or spooky or strange: if we’re lucky, these things come together in one image. It makes me happy to take part in a group of such talented, supportive photographers – make sure to view the entire project here.

cross creek

cross creek

the stranger

the stranger

hangin' on the telephone

hangin’ on the telephone

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Umbrella Project
September 4, 2012, 5:16 PM
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Utata is an online photography group that publishes two large group projects a year, and for this second one, they asked us to concentrate on one object or group of objects. I had this idea in my head brewing for some time of Jeff standing in a cornfield holding an umbrella. We had to drive out to the country, and when we were in the country, my heart would sink each time we passed rows of cornstalks getting taller by the week. There was always a reason not to stop: it rained, it was fenced off in barbed wire, it was somebody’s yard, how would we explain this to the people who lived there. Finally on our trip to Bethlehem, I had Billy stop the car; Jeff threw his suit jacket over his shoulders and climbed up a muddy hill for me to get that one shot. It’s not how I pictured it would turn out, but isn’t that how most art works? I’m happy to have a man who understands my ridiculous requests (and helps make them happen).

View “Just One Thing” project here.

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Lily’s Room
August 19, 2011, 6:31 AM
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The ghost of a girl supposedly haunts the green room pictured above, which is why the ball and the toy duck were left there. I didn’t know this when I entered it, but I didn’t feel her presence. I wanted to feel something when I walked those hallways, but what I felt was mostly sadness,  a heaviness that I attribute to being in a place with a dark history and my grief. Through barred windows and broken doors, rooms flooded with light.

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Color Story
August 16, 2011, 6:39 AM
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This past Saturday I woke at six a.m. to take photos at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a birthday gift from Jeff. I admit, I was nervous, thinking about ghosts lurking the hallways, but once I entered the building, I was so taken with light and color and stalactites of paint hanging in beautiful, unearthly formations that I didn’t feel afraid. I used my time there to also work on a project for Utata, featuring photos with one dominant color. Here’s a sneak peek into that project, as well as behind the asylum walls. I have a ton of photos to go through from this place that I’m excited to share, bear with me these next few posts.

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In Between Chapters and The Noise Upstairs

Last month I had a photo featured in Strongbox Magazine. Check out page 59 and read how I got this shot:

In Between Chapters

 

This Stasia project  photo made it to the Utata front page on January 13. I found the Utata site a few months ago via a search I did on Diane Arbus. I love how this organization incorporates fiction with photography

The Noise Upstairs

 

It’s a boost to my confidence to see recognition for my work. It also motivates me to keep going with my photography, especially during winter, when it’s difficult to motivate to do anything except  eat this amazing chocolate-drizzled popcorn from Pittsburgh Popcorn (as I’m doing right this very minute) in my pajamas while watching  Netflix on Demand (as I’m about to do when I finish this post).




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