A new favorite image from my ongoing Instant Dog Portrait series with The Impossible Project's PZ600 instant film.
I'll be teaching a CLASS with The Impossible Project on Aug 28, 2011 at their famed New York gallery space. If you've got a soul at all- you'll be moved by The Impossible Project's creative drive, fearless exploration of instant photographic processes, and gorgeous new generation instant films (that all work with your old Polaroid cameras). It's exciting to see instant film come back to life, and I'm excited to talk to my New York students about these new films, how to get perfect exposures, and how to work with a live dog model.
In preparation for my month-long East Coast residency and upcoming seminars, I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about how one teaches 'style'. Style is that untouchable, almost inexplicable thing that you can't fake, you can't force, and you really can't teach. Style has to come from within. It has to be purely yours, and no one elses. Maybe it's the scariest part of being an artist, because it truly is what defines you. Sure- tools and skills and connections and work ethic and ideas etc- these things all define us as artists. But at the end of the day, I think our style is what anchors us. It's what I always come back to when I need to refocus myself and my work, and I'm excited to work with my students this Summer on their own personal styles.
Diane Arbus once said "A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." For me, the intimacy of a moment and the story-telling of a session is integral in my approach. This Summer, I'll be using a variety of techniques to push my students to concentrate their styles, take out the excess, articulate their completely unique eye, and learn how to present it back ot the world. And I can't wait!
To register for a class or learn more about when and where I'll be teaching- visit my CLASSES/TRAVEL page.
This Summer I'll be on the East Coast from Aug 3- Sept 10, travelling between Cape Cod, New York, and Boston. Since I can only be in one place at a time, I've hand-selected a few extraordinary East Coast stores to serve as "Informational Hubs" for my studio. This means that if you're considering taking a class, booking a session, attending an event, or just want to know where my favorite place is for dog food or photo supplies- all you need to do is visit one of these amazing establishments. They'll hand you an exclusive Informational Packet AND just might have a SPECIAL SUMMER COUPON.
So stop by these select "Informational Hubs", pick up some info on our studio, and don't forget to tell them I sent you.
Do you know of an amazing place between New York and Cape Cod that would be a great Informational Hub? Shoot me an email with their info and I'll send you a special thank-you.
Most people know that three of my favorite things are traditional photography, Pit Bulls, and collaborating with other unique artists. Really, any excuse to pull these things together is a real win/win for me, so recently I asked local analogue guru Christine Zona (of the famed Zona Foto, celebrated expert Lomographer, toy camera teacher, and world traveller) to put me in front of her camera. I wanted to articulate in a fun and easy visual way the complexities and beauty of analogue photography- from loading my camera, to hand-processing film, making darkroom prints, metering my subjects, etc. Christine's creative mind decided to take the entire story out of context and into the studio. Genius! So 842 photographs later(!!), we had a stop motion video that goes a little something like this:
Between Bullet (that handsome hunky Pit Bull) licking my face and Christine making me laugh, it was hard to remain serious through our entire studio shoot. But then again- this is art we're making. Art that I am so incredibly passionate about, proud to be keeping alive, and honored to be able to share with my clients. Traditional photography is a mysterious, difficult craft. It takes years of practice and focus. But it's also a lot of fun and sometimes I just can't help smiling when I'm doing one of my favorite things of life: taking pictures.
Want to learn more about my process and help carve out your own niche in the world of analogue photography? Then be sure to sign up for one of my upcoming classes - you can find a list of them here: TRAVEL/CLASSES
A big THANK YOU!!! to Kristen and Bullet for being such willing, patient, and sweet models.