I've Been a Bad Blogger (and this is why…)


Photo by Chase Browder, -10 degrees

Finally returning from the 3 trips previously mentioned and here’s some highlights:
Chase Browder. Chase assisted me making some Omahagraphs for the NY Times Style magazine. He put up with long days, watching me loose my cool with the TSA at the airport, and sub zero shooting (above image) w/camera freeze.
• My 11th grade high school creative writing teacher showing up at my Aperture lecture. Tom Driscoll (aka Mr. Driscoll) once taught a shy punkish kid in Long Island and helped him understand being brave with words turned heads. He even saved a paper I wrote from back then.
• Champaign. Hanging out with all the amazing students at the University of Illinois in Champaign last week. Smart kids, smart talks and um… cafeteria food.
• Tons of reviews coming out all at once, woah, New Yorker, NY Times, the New York Sun all reviewed the show at Julie Saul. And this review of the Chicagraphy show at the Vermont Center for Photography.
• Laura Letinsky show at Yancey Richardson Gallery.
• SVA kids. Photography students in William Nabers class got some greatness in the works.
Bill Sullivan blowing up. The Guardian UK printed a large grid of Bill’s, More Turns series and the popularity begins. Well deserved.
• Coming home to my cat, my students, the girl and the peeps.

Low lights:
• TSA (see above)
• Superbowl. Watching Rex Grossman trip backwards twice haunted me for a whole sleepless night.

7 Comments

  1. Posted February 11, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    So you’ve been busy. Cool. So what happened with the TSA?

  2. Posted February 11, 2007 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    The federal crime of attemping to take 4×5 film on a plane 😉

  3. Dylan
    Posted February 11, 2007 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I am wondering about those Gursky references in the reviews. It would never occur to me to place your work in that tradition. Granted Gursky also dealt famously with consumerism, but the method and result couldn’t be farther apart. Strange. How did you feel about the comparison?

  4. Posted February 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    To simply point out that ‘this has been done before’ and by whom, I think doesn’t offer up much.
    I think it as easy to point to Robert Adams when looking at Gursky this way, or the movie Kooyanisqatsi. But ultimately his work is much more than that.
    As far as the reference in the reviews, it is not surprising. Much like when a new band releases a record and gets compared to what’s established.

  5. dylan
    Posted February 11, 2007 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Sure, everyone needs touchpoints when discussing new work, I guess I just felt Gursky was a narrow minded comparison.

  6. Posted February 14, 2007 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I agree, Dylan.

  7. J
    Posted February 22, 2007 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Yes, the Laura Letinsky show at Yancy was pretty great. I have wanted to see her work in person for a while.

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