Planes, Hybrids and Miles…


Thomas Perry at Work, Johnson City
It’s been a whirlwind over the last few weeks and continues. I’m enjoying it though a nasty head cold is trying to tell me to slow down. I’ve been lecturing, teaching, doing some editorial work and somehow managing to even get started on new projects. Up to my neck in photography is actually nice and all this stuff at best seems to inform and give perspective to my own pictures.
2 weeks ago I had a great time as a visiting artist down at East Tennessee St. University and the students of the amazing Mike Smith. One Mr. Thomas Perry, an encyclopedia of random pop culture knowledge, graciously drove me about, kept me up late and even made me coffee. I paid him back by taking his picture at his sometime work at a liquor store (see above).
From Tennessee the good folks at Portfolio magazine hired me to take photographs at a local Kmart. 8 hours later my assistant Erica and I crawled out from an avalanche of backroom marked made-in-china boxes and florescent wonderland quite pleased with our results.
From Kmart I rented a Hybrid and made it from Chicago to Cleveland in 5 hours and one tank of gas. Back in Akron it was a veritable reunion of sorts and was filled with that eerie familiarity. A fun lecture and seeing old friends, meeting new ones and again exciting to see some strong stuff developing in the student work; the amazing redesigned Akron Art Museum and new work from my old professor Andrew Borowiec. Andrew’s been working hard and it shows, a logical but bold leap in his new pictures in color, more on those later.
Today nursing the head cold. Tomorrow I’m off again for a shoot for the NY Times, taking pictures of rocks and religion (as in fossils). Keep an eye out for some things here I’ve been working on. The long overdue 20×200 picture. As well as a few other involved posts I’ve been working on in the not-so-spare moments.

I won’t be heading out to the 2 openings with my work this weekend but that doens’t mean you shouldn’t:
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Photographic Resource Center
Boston, MA
Opens Nov. 8th till January 27, 2008
Features: Kate Bingaman-Burt, Dean Kessmann, Jonathan Lewis, Michael Mittelman, Diana Shearwood, Matt Siber, Hank Willis Thomas, Brian Ulrich, and Penelope Umbrico

Cornucopia: Documenting the Land of Plenty
Montserrat Gallery
Beverly, MA
Opens Nov. 8th till February 2, 2008
Features: Xing Danwen, Chris Jordan, Brian Ulrich, JeongMee Yoon and Portia Munson

3 Comments

  1. Posted November 30, 2007 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    I like the picture.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Hey, ETSU student here, wonderful to see a friendly face on here, j/k, poor guy looks shocked. I am glad to have visiting artists and wanted to thank you for your visit! Hope you thought East Tennesse was a hoot.

  3. Posted April 21, 2008 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Was a great time hanging at ETSU. Some good energy there!
    Hope to make it back down south soon.

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