Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Classmate Portrait

Erin O'Neill

After a long week creating multimedia at the Missouri Photo Workshop, Erin O'Neill takes a moment to herself. She finds her Tuesdays tiring and her schedule hectic: a heavy load of photo classes and working graphics for the Missourian; her personality is energetic and slightly frenetic. Currently a first year grad student in photojournalism sequence she has her undergraduate degree in convergence journalism. With most of her friends from undergrad gone, she finds herself starting again at the University of Missouri.

Friday, September 26, 2008

some images from the photo factory: MPW 2008

The Missouri Photo Workshop in St. James Missouri (2 hours south of Columbia on Hwy 63). Our little oasis of photojournalism in small town America.

...follow the light...our digital darkroom on the stage of the St.James community center. From image upload to printing and web publication we spent most of our days (and a good part of the nights) here.

Lunch at a local diner of Highway 68.

 Armadillos...anomalous.  "Simply Irresistible" store window Downtown St.James.  

 Peggy Peattie, San Diego Tribune, prepares a presentation for one night session. Visit her book "Down In Dixie" a photodocumentary project on the Confederate Flag in contemporary South Carolina.  Down in Dixie.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Photographers like flies

Photographers like flies...over the last honey rays of sunlight turning chairtops and silhouettes amber in a darkened community center gone photography workshop. Missouri photo workshop and I'm spending the entire week here, sunday to sunday, a break from the university campus, classes...

40 workshop photographers, 10 faculty, 30 student crew...here, It is actually possible to take photographs of photographers taking pictures of people taking pictures of people...

I sit at my computer all day in the back of the community center with the rest of the crew sorting through the photos the participants take. It's incredible, how (while I was seated, sedentary, hidden from light) they could gather all these images, such lief, diversity, vibrance...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Museum Oteiza

The Museum Oteiza, 9 kilometers outside of Pamplona, holds over a thousand sculptures and workshop pieces of one of Spain's greatest modern sculptors, Jorge Oteiza (1908-2003). The building itself, constructed by architect Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza, is a work of art, conceived for simplicity, form, and light.

link to Museo Oteiza

Meter Calibration and Tungsten Exercise

Salsa Night at the Artisan (of all places)!

Sisters at Sparky's one rainy evening in Columbia.

Birding at Eagle Bluffs, reservoir along the Missouri River 20 minutes outside Columbia Missouri. About 7am.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Copy Assignment

Photo: MELISSA FARLOW. Okefenokee swamp 1992. From "Women Photographers of National Geographic." "An alligator lies motionless in swamp water the color of tea by dying vegetation."

The metallic quality of the light on the alligator's skin drew me to the image. It is ominous, pulling out the sickly red hues of the water: an unnaturally metallic reptile in a bed of organic, murky decay.

Photo:KENNETH GARRETT. National Geographic, May 2006. Reenactment of crucifixion, Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The light seems like a religious fervor and distorts everything except for the woman's face--the image swims around her experience of the moment. The light has a warm quality, heated, a fire, a passion, a moment that's not in itself, but in someone's head.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Paisajes del Norte

Dreamscapes, landscapes, visions caught from Northern Spain.

link to PAISAJES DEL NORTE photo gallery

Monday, September 1, 2008

Between Stone, Mountain and Millenia: Monasteries of Armenia

link to MONASTERIES photo gallery

ARMENIA, a tiny landlocked country wedged like a kneecap in a complex joint of nations: Iran and Azerbaijan to the South, Turkey to the West, Georgia to the North. As it sits among the Caucasus it has been yet another historic crossroads between Middle Eastern and Eastern European nations, historic Persia, Mongolia, Greece and Rome, ex-Soviet nations and the Ottoman empire. Its countryside exhibits a sample of the region’s diverse landscapes, from wet wooded mountain valleys, to barren desert hillsides, age old villages and cities that have borne the brunt of thousands of years of history and conflict, crumbling monasteries even older than the trees.
The nation, now a tenth of its historic size—shrunk like many other nations by conquest and war: common themes to regional politics and history—has had many of its monuments and ancient cities scattered throughout Turkey and Azerbaijan: various monasteries abandoned to decay, the great Mt. Ararat and Ani, the “city of 1001 churches”, and historic capital of Armenian kings.

The Armenian nation holds the distinction of belonging to the oldest established Christian church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, with roots in the first century AD and state acceptance in the late third, early fourth century—approximately a decade before the first Roman emperor to accept Christianity, Constantine, opened the doors to the Catholic Church in Rome.

The numerous monasteries and churches of the countryside, bear testimony to this rich history; their pink toufa stone walls, domed spires, crucifix basilicas, and Khachcar grave markers—with carving skilled enough to weave the curls and tangles of ancient vines around crosses and turn them to stone—have hung to the hillsides through the past millennia (some, more), seeking protection from Mongol raids and isolation from worldly troubles, damaged by the region’s proneness to earthquakes. Today, as reconstruction projects are underway, these monuments attract numerous pilgrims and van-loads of tourists and , along tomb stone corridors, and beneath vaulted sanctuaries, provide a space to contemplate this nation’s deep history, a space where the past and present may meet, if only for a moment, a photograph.