Monday, September 27, 2010

running and dancing

 The Cardiff 5K, a fun crazy event for charity my friends at the San Diego Summertime Society put on each year.

Belly dancers at the Christmas in July festival in Oceanside. 
I am sad to report there were no actual signs of Christmas at this festival, other than the flier.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Abelardo Morell at Bonni Benrubi

Do you know the work of Abelardo Morell? He has inspired me every since I saw him speak at the Art Insititute of Chicago back when I was in school.  His innovative work is often whimsical, creative and thought-provoking.  One of my favorite bodies of work is Alice in Wonderland, though I'm not sure the website really does the work justice.

He's got beautiful new work showing in an exhibition at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, and it sounds like it'll be very worth your time to see if you're in the area.  The process itself sounds so cool! I'm really in love with this series.

from Morell's website: "Recently, I began to wonder what it would be like to marry images of landscapes with the surface of the ground nearby. I have worked with my assistant, C.J. Heyliger, on designing a light proof tent that, via periscope type optics, makes it possible to project a view of the nearby landscape onto whatever ground is under the tent. Inside this darkened space I use a view camera to record the effect, which I think is a rather wonderful sandwich of two outdoor realities coming together. This Tent-Camera now liberates me to use camera obscura techniques in a world of new places. I now have a portable room, so to speak."
I really wish I could see it, but instead will just look forward to the major retrospective that will come to the Getty Center.  Here is the info:

Exhibition dates:         October 7th- December 18th, 2010
Gallery Address:         41 East 57th Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10022
Opening reception:     Thursday, October 7th, 2010   6-8 PM
Gallery Hours:            Tuesday - Saturday  10-6 PM

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ingvar Kenne

Lee Lin Chin, Sydney, Australia, 2003
Photo © Ingvar Kenne

Today's Flak Photo post really caught my eye. I love this woman's pose and the quality of light.  It's such a weird image but at the same time I find it kind of soothing.  I checked out Ingvar Kenne's website and there are several bodies of work, each worth a look in it's own right. I'm really digging his portraits.  Check it out if you get a minute or an hour.

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I am frequently, if not constantly, riddled with guilt about not working on a "project".  I think about it at least once a day. For some reason, I'm just not inspired to work on anything cohesive. I'm certainly inspired to do other things I enjoy, but serious photo projects...not really.  As much as I want to, I can't get myself continue Sirens (which I DO plan to come back to someday) and there isn't anything else calling my name.  I've thought of other ideas and for whatever reason, the fire I need inside me to pursue them can not be stoked.

In any case, I still like to keep the dust off my camera and so I've just been shooting randomly as I go about my life.  I feel ashamed sometimes that I'm just haphazardly making work but maybe it's not that haphazard after all, and these pictures can be organized to make sense in some way.  Definitely for myself, and maybe even for others to enjoy.  I have about 30-40 images right now to go through that I've scanned, and 10 rolls of film left to go, and all of the images I select stir up some kind of memory and emotion for me. Maybe I can make sense of this in a way that can speak beyond my own experience...and if I can't I know I just need to keep on shooting and the inspiration will come back.

What do you do when you feel uninspired? Do you just ride it out until it strikes or try to force yourself to get inspired? I'd be interested to hear if other artists go through this and how you deal.  I have felt this way for over a year! I never thought it would last this long.

This is a portrait of Greg I made off Buttes Pass, the road that leads to the Slot Canyon trail in Anza-Borrego.  Just looking at it makes me I started to type out the memories associated with this but I'm not quite there yet...I've gone out on a limb a bit with this post so I'll stop there and come back with more another time.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

daddy-o, awesome-o

my dad is great.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

No Girls Allowed

My friend Stephanie Dana sent me a link to a very interesting article about women, sex appeal and surfing.    Take a look here - it's definitely worth a read.  The article was published on and written by Tetsuhiko Endo.


You may have noticed my posts have been all over the board these days...just keeping the dust off the ol' Hasselblad while I sort a few things out.   I've got a big stack of negs dating back to April that I haven't scanned yet, so these are a bit older. The top image is one I made while exploring some ideas around ritual.  The bottom one simply caught my eye.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

nightstand: before & after

When Greg and I first moved in together, he brought with him a wonderful old nightstand. It was from the first furniture set his parents bought him as a child, and it's just the perfect size for a night stand.  Being that it is about 23 years old, you can imagine that it had some wear and we decided to spruce it up.

This was my first attempt at decoupage on a piece of furniture, and I'm so stoked with the way it turned out!  That is a photo of San Onofre, which is the first place I ever surfed.  I printed it on plain paper using a standard laser printed, then applied layers and layers of Modge Podge for furniture. It's even waterproof (reaching for your glass of water in the dark is not always successful).

on our way

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010