Thursday, December 24, 2009

happy winter

hello everyone! happy winter to you :)

you may have noticed i have been absent from posting on my blog, especially my own work.  today is no different, i'm here to write about other people's work!  i'm just in the midst of an "off" phase of my photo cycle, since i've been busy planning and dreaming about my wedding (january 16!!), getting ready for the holidays, etc.  but i'll be back to making pictures soon enough.

anyway! i came across this quote by Josh Poehlein via Peter Hoffman's blog.  It's an interesting commentary about the similarites between photography and skateboarding:
The reason I enjoy photography so much is because of the ways it is similar to skateboarding.  The beauty of skateboarding is that it is about virtuosity.  Everyone who skateboards is essentially riding the same thing, so the progression of the sport is about what you can do on that thing, how you look doing it, and how you decided to do it, but you can’t step off of your board.  Because of their loyalty to the sport skateboarders must progress slowly, feed off of one another, and take cues from their peers.  That is beautiful to me, that competitive aspect is beautiful.  Skateboarding is definitely about doing new tricks, but it is also just as much about doing older tricks well.  Every skateboarder can do a kickflip, but you can still see someone do a really good kickflip and be wowed by it.  The invention of new tricks is rare, but the pushing of older ones in new directions is commonplace.  That is sort of how I think about photography.”

I really enjoyed that quote, as I think there is a lot of truth to it and the comparison can be made with many other mediums and sports/activities.  As I continued through my Google Reader blogs, I kept this quote in mind, (feeding off one another, taking cues from peers, people doing essentially the same thing but differently) and I come across this work about the Sami on Nymphoto by Céline Clanet.  The images below are from two different bodies of work, so be sure to check them both out:

image from Sápmi © Céline Clanet

image from Máze © Céline Clanet

image from Sápmi © Céline Clanet

image from Sápmi © Céline Clanet

image from Máze © Céline Clanet

image from Sápmi © Céline Clanet

image from Máze © Céline Clanet

image from Sápmi © Céline Clanet

I said to myself, "Wait a minute.  The Sami? The same Sami that Erika Larsen is photographing as in We, the Sami?!:

image © Erika Larsen

image © Erika Larsen

image © Erika Larsen

image © Erika Larsen

image © Erika Larsen

Indeed, the same Sami.  I love Erika's series so I got very excited to see someone else approaching the same subject. When I first learned about the Sami through Erika Larsen's work, I had this  mythical vision of the Sami. Her photographs don't feel staged or made-up, but they are so dreamy and surreal.  Clanet's work shows the Sami reality that are like us - maybe a rural "us" but still, obviously they don't solely live in a winter dream world that I pictured.

On Clanet's website, there are 2 different bodies of work focused on the Sami; one focuses be on the people, and the other on the region.  But either way, each photographer's work feels very different to me.

I wanted to share these with you because to me, these projects are a lovely reminder of the beauty of photography and how the medium allows for individual expressions, different stories to be told, new directions to be followed, etc. Seeing these two series based on the same culture/regions but still being so different makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside!  And it's also a great lesson that you have to take photography as an individual expression, and not as the absolute truth. There's always another side to the story.

That's all for now. Just wanted to introduce you to these talented photographers and it felt appropriate since it's that time of year and these photos are so wintery.

I hope you stay warm and cozy and have a very happy holiday and a wonderful new year!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Larry Sultan: 1946 - 2009

© Larry Sultan, from the series "Pictures from Home"

I'm so sad to hear that Larry Sultan passed away last night at only 63 years old.  What a terrible loss for the art world :(   We will always remember him for his incredible contributions to photography. 

His series, Pictures from Home is my personal favorite.  I like to make up stories in my mind about the photos, and I find his sense of composition and color is absolutely inspiring.

May he rest in peace.

Monday, November 23, 2009


On December 5th, anyone in the San Diego area will have a chance to bid on the print above, as well as prints from over 30 regional photographers.  Subtext Gallery is hosting a benefit called Happenstance to raise money for Monarch School.  Here's the scoop:

A Photographic Exhibition Benefitting Monarch School
Reception & Silent Auction: Saturday, December 5th, 6-10pm

Sometimes the best photographs come out of the least expected circumstances. Maybe the planets were aligned, maybe it was good karma, or maybe it just comes down to sheer luck. Either way, certain photos were meant to be. Subtext is proud to present Happenstance, a group photography exhibition that celebrates being in the right place at the right time.

For one night only, Subtext will host a silent auction featuring the work of over 30 regional photographers. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will benefit Monarch School. Founded in 1988, Monarch School is dedicated to helping San Diego’s homeless and at-risk children break the cycle of poverty through education. The school provides them with an accredited education and enrichment programs as well as providing for their basic needs such as medical and dental care, food and clothing supplements, and bus and trolley passes. Monarch serves more than 500 kids each year, ages 4–18, grades K–12. Monarch School is the only program of its kind for homeless kids in the U.S. and is a prototype for how a community can successfully educate homeless children to become productive citizens. So come out and celebrate our community, buy some great photography, and help make a big difference.

See below for a list of participating photographers.  Subtext Gallery is located at

2479 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

I hope to see you there!

Jim Marshall

Frank Rogozienski

Lou Mora

Sarah Yates

Bil Zelman

Jeff Lancaster

Dana Niebert

Mark Yaggie

J. Grant Brittain

Tim Mantoani

Marc Tule

Dave Harrison

Nick Nacca

Marshall Harrington

Jeffery Brown

Embry Rucker

Chris Wimpey

John Durant

Joseph Llanes

Daniel Bergeron

Tim Stahl

Myles McGuinness

Jeremiah Sullivan

Max Dolberg

John Mireles

Phillip Rittermann

Cindy Saylor

Matt Rainwaters

Jay Reilly

Sean Cassidy

Kari Pfeffer

Alicia Stauffer

Charles Banzon

Sunday, November 22, 2009

hiking is grand

I hiked the Mount Woodson trail (above) in Poway, CA with Greg and a good friend back in the spring.  On a seperate occasion, Greg and I went out to Anza-Borrego and hiked the Palm Oasis trail.  I can't remember which came first, but both were amazing.  The photo below was made at the trail head where we bought some bumper stickers to let everyone know how much we love the park.  I feel so lucky to have such places so close to home.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

III, Palm Springs

as i look back at these images, i feel like i could photograph palm springs forever. i know that is probably very far from the truth, but that is how inspired i felt there while making photos that morning.  this post contains some images i normally would not have chosen, but as part of my attempt to reconsider the way i do things, i included them.  the one of the cholla cactus feels really dry and dreamy to me, just like the desert.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Opening this Thursday

I'm proud to announce I'll be in a group show opening this Thursday at Eric Phleger Gallery.  The show is called "Unzipped" and features a great mix of local artists working in various mediums.   I was floored when I dropped off my pieces for the show and got a sneak peak - there is some FANTASTIC work in this show. I'll be showing 2 pieces that most of you have not seen from past bodies of work.  Come check it out if you can!

 Artist Reception November 19th, 6-9 PM
828 N. Coast Highway 101
Leucadia, CA 92024
Exhibition runs until December 31, 2009.

Other artists included in the show are Julie Goldstein, Cheryl Sorg, Nilly Gill, Scott Saw, Jean Lowe, Robin Bright, Neil Maclean, Mary Fleener, Carolyn Guild, Kim MacConnel, Laird Plumleigh, Rodney McCoubrey & Jeffery Laudenslager.

Another thing to check out, right from your computer, is  Sherri introduced herself and let me know that she had included me in her website daily update - thanks Sherri!  The image on their homepage right now is really unusual (that's a good thing).

I still have more images to share with you from my Palm Springs trip, I know I've been saying that for a few posts now... but I will get them up, I swear!

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Stephanie and mustachioed gentleman at the Self-Realization Fellowship

How often do you re-evaluate your artistic process? I've realized that too much time has passed for me since I have reconsidered how I get my images from the negative to the paper. How the type of paper changes the way the image is perceived.  How I exhibit that print - framed? mounted? big? small? mat or no mat? alternative printing processes? There are so many options and I've been doing the same thing since college. I talked this over with Greg last night, he is so wonderful in the way he helps me sort out my thoughts.  There are lots of things I want to play around with, but I'm going to start with my printing and paper choices.

Maybe what I've been doing is the best approach for my work but I think that to grow as an artist and perfect my craft, I need to reevaluate this from time to time.

It's sad, but it seems since I've left college and entered the "real world", experimention and exploration of how I put my photos into the world has taken a back seat.  When I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to show my work, I stick with what works because of time and financial limitations.  I don't make prints of everything anymore like I used to, partially because I can see everything on my monitor (remember the days of only having contact sheets?!).  But it's also because I know they'll just sit in box and that seems wasteful.  Maybe it's not...maybe it is very worthwhile to keep my printing skills sharp.

I would love to hear from other photographers - what is your process? Do you make your own prints? Shoot film or digital? How are you printing? What are you printing on? Why do you chose the methods you do? Since I lost darkroom access, I have been scanning my negatives on an Epson V700 and printing on Epson Semi-Matte on a 3800.  My decision for this process was because it was the closest I felt I could get to my Endura N Surface C-prints.

I would especially like to hear paper recommendations from anyone... I want to experiment and see what's out there.  I know inkjet printing has come a LONG way.

If you have the time, shoot me an email [liz at lizcockrum dot com] or leave a comment. Maybe we can learn from each other :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Liquid Salt Interview

Liquid Salt is a new online surf magazine that recently launched - there's some very interesting content so far!  The focus is to profile individuals making a difference in surf culture, both historically and in present-day. I always find it inspiring to read about what keeps other people passionate about what they do, and I was honored that Liquid Salt contacted me for an interview! 

Check it out here when you have a chance.

Next on my photo list of things-to-do is to make prints for the upcoming show at Eric Phleger Gallery, but when I'm done with that, you can count on seeing some more fun images from Palm Springs.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

palm springs II

i'm working my way through all of scans and it is so much fun :)

have a lovely day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

palm springs v1

last week, i was feeling newly inspired by the many contemporary & classic photographers i admire, and was desperate to go...somewhere.  i really wanted to throw caution to the wind and try some new things with my photography, shooting to my hearts desire.  so, greg and i decided to make a spontaneous trip to palm springs over the weekend, and that is just what i did.

one of the best parts of the weekend was getting up at dawn to make photographs. sadly, i can't tell you the last time i did that. it felt so good to just get in my car and make 100 u-turns as i explored the sleepy streets.


more images coming from this trip soon...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009


While catching up on my blogs, I read this post by Ellen Rennard, which brought to my attention the work of Chris Jordan. I know about great plastic garbage patch in the middle of our ocean, but seeing evidence like this breaks my heart.

images © chris jordan from his project, midway: message from the gyre.

Artist statement from Mr. Jordan: These photographs of albatross chicks were made just a few weeks ago on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific. The nesting babies are fed bellies-full of plastic by their parents, who soar out over the vast polluted ocean collecting what looks to them like food to bring back to their young. On this diet of human trash, every year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity, and choking.

To document this phenomenon as faithfully as possible, not a single piece of plastic in any of these photographs was moved, placed, manipulated, arranged, or altered in any way. These images depict the actual stomach contents of baby birds in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent.

I know I'm part of the problem. I opened my fridge recently to do a plastic inventory and see what I could eliminate. It seems that nearly EVERYTHING uses plastic in some way or another - yogurt, cheese, milk, lettuce, deli meat, chicken... SO MUCH of what I eat comes in contact with plastic some way or another. And that is just in the kitchen... what about the bath products, toilet paper, paper towels, laudry soap, everything in plastic. Ugh. But I don't know/can't afford to live any other way. Milk in glass bottles is more expensive, everything outside of plastic is more expensive and I am already pinching pennies to get all the groceries I need.

I use cloth bags, glass containers for food storage, reuse and recycle as much as I can but there must be a better way. I suppose I could have a fruit/veggies/canned-food only diet, but damn it I love to cook and eat everything. Does that make me selfish?

I'd love to hear your ideas about reducing plastic consumption, or what you're already doing to minimize it. Hopefully if we all do our part, however little it may be, it'll have some positive effects.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

i am lucky to live in paradise

i like this image because you can't see anything but nature and people enjoying it - if you look closely there are 2 people in the water, one with their arms up jumping in the wave. it's so rare that we get clouds like that here.

greg was so patient while i waited for the right moment to make this photo. thank you greg!

one of the most beautiful sunsets happened after i took this photo, including a rainbow as the sun was going down! we enjoyed it from the line-up. i felt like i caught 100 waves on my pelican pendo that session - a perfectly beautiful, fun, salty friday evening.

it's almost here!

Halloween is just around the corner! What is your costume going to be?

I debuted my zombie costume at the Technomania Zombie Circus over the weekend. The circus took place at the Center for Amusing Arts, and let me tell you, it was FANTASTIC! I highly recommend you check them out if you get the chance.

Before I went to the circus, my friend Stephanie and I made some photos. Another last-frame-of-the-roll double exposure. I am really liking these:

Happy October to you. This time of year is beautiful just about everywhere :)