It’s been a while since I’ve posted, actually it’s been months. So I chose this photo because one, I found it in a folder labeled miscellaneous and I always have a hard time placing those files. Two, because I remember blurring the left portion of the frame on purpose. The composition is not stellar but I do like how it came out, so it’s here. It’s a busy frame but at the same time, the subject on the left gives me a softer feel to all that is happening. The photo was taken January 21st at the California stop on the Blue Line train station, it was early in the afternoon. I was running late to work and after resigning myself to the fact that the repairs on the track were going to make me more late, I decided to relax a bit. I took my camera out, took a few photos and waited for the train. In retrospect, I feel that the people around me had a similar realization…
On the last week of January I was at a Conference/Retreat/Training in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I really love this place, in some ways it reminds me of a small town outside of Vail Valley, Colorado called Red Cliff. The last time I was in Lake Geneva I didn’t play photographer but this time I had some fun. The pictures turned into a series in which I play with over exposure and the color white… yeah.
…looking at the shore of the frozen Lake Geneva.
The words on the middle window read;
This photo always makes me smile. There are dualities in various aspects of the larger U.S. culture that could be easily missed, not realizing how they affect us. They’re all around us and sometimes well hidden.
There is a Puerto Rican restaurant in Logan Square where I was able to order orchata to go with my Jibarito sandwich. I venture to say that the sandwich itself is a sign of a type or kind of duality in the local Chicago culture but I may be intellectualizing or even over-intellectualizing a simple thing. I smile again…
Yakuza performed at the Beat Kitchen on 1/19/’08 and as a little fan that I am, I was there supporting them.
I like this image. Now, is this representative of Yakuza? Yes, and of course no but I believe an image like this one could be viewed as a recognizable “rock show” photograph. That is why I chose it. I mean, Bruce Lamont isn’t even holding a saxophone. What this photograph doesn’t say is that; Yakuza is experimental metal rock at its core, they are progressive musicians, there is four of them, they are avant-garde in its pure definition, they have jazz and electronic music influences. What does it say then? I guess the audience determines that, right? Whoever is on the other side and how the other side interprets the work is as important as how the art itself is intended and presented -sometimes.
How do I say all that I want to say in a single frame, with one print, with one negative, with one shot? Is that even possible? One? Recently I was told that in itself is impossible. This is intriguing to me and lately I’ve been preoccupied with it maybe a little too much…
I took this photo November 3, 2007 at the Opening of the “ayer, hoy, mañana”. The exhibit was held at Acme Art Works. This was the third showing of our collaborative project that included nine photographers, all showcasing photographs from the 2006 and 2007 immigration mega marches. We worked hard on this event which not only included photography but a panel of speakers and a forum for dialogue.
I know this photo is not a great one but I like it and yes, perhaps it’s my own bias. My brother and I had a good discussion about it. We spoke on aesthetics, form and the message it conveys, both the intended and the recieved. Now my main argument was that because this was not a staged photograph I couldn’t have as much control of what was in the frame. Of course without context, this photo may not say much but it is still illustrating a man that is paying attention to something. I don’t know, to me he seems captivated by what he’s looking at. Maybe I’ll write some more later…
Sénéké performed at Q’4 at their new Global Rhythms Project, it was quite an experience. Sénéké ensemble performs traditional forms of West African music, song and dance. There are eight members; six drummers and two dancers. I really enjoyed their performance because it wasn’t just great percussion and dance, they went further and an educational component to their performance. Sekou Conde (above), the director of the group taught about the dances, the different types of drums, the styles of drumming, pollyrhythms and on the Malinke people of Mali and Guinea, West Africa.
I like this picture because Sekou has such a strongest presence as a performer. To me this image shows his passion, love and dedication for what he does. I respect that.
A little overexposure, a long exposure? A little bit of shaking, a little experimenting. A little photoshop, a little color correction? …in terms a final work of art, I often wonder on the processes of making art in general. How much is the artist, how much are the tools, how much of it is something that “just seemed to work”? Talent? Oh well, all of that is left behind and what you get is what’s in front of you. Maybe it’s the old cliché; “controlled chaos”. Ha! “Whatever…”