Monday, December 31, 2007

A holiday post on New Years Eve.
Hope all is well!

I'm looking forward to receiving a ton of new photography in my inbox in 2008!

Get that camera out and make some work.
Bill Owens, b. San Jose, California.
Ronald Reagan on TV, 1977

Sandy Carson, org- Scotland, now Texas.

Ken Shung, NYC
Tony and Kim, Glen Cove Long Island.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Urban nature scenes and a quote about acid and trees. I love looking at work that has humor, quirk, awkwardness and/or more..

"I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, 'Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn't, then there's a point to it.' -Harry Nilsson
Emiliano Granado, New York
From "Environments"
Joel Barhamand, Illinois, now Brooklyn
From "Un-Nature"
Asha Schechter, New York, NY
From "My Side of the Mountain"
Jon Feinstein, NYC

Monday, December 17, 2007

Passing along a challenge to you. Seems like a perfect fit for a wanderlustagrapher.

"36 Exposures Challenge -- brought to you by FILE and our friends at Coudal Partners and Flak Photo.... asking you to use a film camera to explore Shore's concept of "conscious intentionality." Broadly speaking, we are challenging you to do two things: articulate a concept, project, or theme and then use a film camera to photograph the images to accompany it. There are, then, two parts: creating the idea and then acting on it. Sound interesting? Well, there is a catch (or two), and if you are interested.... " read more here on File Magazine's site.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sorry for the delay in posting...

I am still slowly recovering from the huge whirlwind of art fairs down in Miami. With over 20 fairs and events going on within 10 miles of one another, it was a tad overwhelming. It was, however, well worth the experience. While down there I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Michael Kwiecinski, a photographer friend of mine that also had work at the Aqua Wynwood fair, as well as Brian Ulrich, Shen Wei, Matt Siber, Jonathan Gitelson, Nathan Baker and many others that I'm spacing on at the moment.

Though I didn't run into Amy Stein or Alec Soth, I have been in touch with them. Today I'm posting my gratitude towards three photographers who are doing very well for themselves in the photo world, and are very generous with sharing what they've learned along the way.
** Ps- Shen Wei has also been tremendously generous with his time and knowledge (though I just posted his work a few weeks back)
Alec Soth, Minneapolis, Minnesota
From Fashion Magazine (Minnesota fashion portraits)
Amy Stein, New York
From her Stranded series
Brian Ulrich, Chicago
Untitled_Thrift, 2007 (0718)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Portrait kick rehashed..
After spending all day on the first day with snow outdoors yesterday, I'm exhausted and perhaps not up to speed. But... it's Monday.
Here are three portraits.. to me they feel transitory, exploratory and personal. I like that combo. Hope you do too.
Ethan Jones, Cushing, Maine
From the series "In Water"
Jacob Pritchard, former vagabond (Sweden, Brazil, Panama, Nicaragua, Colorado). Currently Brooklyn, NY.
Scott Eiden, Brooklyn, NY.
From the series "Looking Backward"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Traveling, gathering, touristing... there are some oddball moments to find out there if you have your camera at an arms length. Makes me wonder if there are times when my 35mm and some Agfa APX could do me good... that and some down time for wandering.


Looking for more submissions... though I have quite a few to go through. I wanted to throw it out there that this site isn't about one thing or another. It's about a collective of creative folks from around the globe. I believe most photographers love to travel, wander and explore. This site's aim is to bring awareness to how big our photo sphere is.. and to connect one another. I encourage visitors (both previously and not previously posted before) to send work. Encouraging those who feel they have a unique project, perhaps a new perspective. Portraits, landscapes, personal work, still life, a new project, an old project.... a sketch of a new idea...

And once again I encourage people visiting and people previously posted to comment and give feedback... to make suggestions... to include links. Whatever you think helps enable the creative process and perhaps aid in inspiring others.

Herman Krieger, Eugene, OR.
"It's a Bird!...It's a Plane!...It's Fred Crafts!", Down Town Eugene.
Stan Banos, Oakland, CA
Pet Area taken at rest stop beside the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Timothy Briner, Booneville (s), USA.
Times Square, July, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

On Friday evening I was lucky enough to make it over to Timothy Briner's apartment for a party and get in some good conversation with him. He's been on the road a lot, working on his Booneville Project... and took a break while in town to have people over. It was a fantastic night.
One of the topics that came up was when photographers become voyeurs, using a camera as a means of looking into other people's lives...
To me, pretty much majority of the photographers I know, are voyeurs to some degree. We all get fascinated by lives that aren't ours...
sometimes we ask permission to enter and sometimes we just snap away unnoticed. He had taken a photograph of a salt and pepper porn channel while on his Booneville adventures... there's more that goes into it regarding the atmosphere.. but I'll leave that to Timothy.

Today's post involves wandering and lusting.... I strayed from the emails that have been piling up and started looking at old anonymous snapshots found on the web. Proof that throughout time... we photographers love being peeping toms (well at least I do). Enjoy. Have a great Thanksgiving and I'll be back to posting your entries next week.

voyeur (noun)
╚voyeur, Peeping Tom, peeper
╚perceiver; observer; beholder
╚spectator; witness; viewer; watcher; looker
a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others.
Odd embrace..
Cut out..
August, 1935

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Photographs or fragmented memories...
or dreams that morph into a moment on film.
I'm not sure what it is about these three....
The word nostalgia comes to mind.

"A strange passion is moving in my head.
My heart has become a bird." -rumi
Alex Morel, Based in NY, roots in Dominican Republic

Lisa Elmaleh, New York
Ocean (dissolving), 2007
Aaron Joel Santos, Hanoi, Vietnam
Death is Not from the series Marion Rig

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Manipulated realities, as previously talked about here on Wanderlustagraphy, can be created simply by deciding exactly what moment you want to click the shutter... the "decisive moment" will you. Realities can also be manipulated through use of digital effects in photoshop and by use of artificial light.

Today's photographers are manipulating reality, creating images that make the viewer step back and look again, through the use of lighting and/or digital means.

Now back to that age old question...
What truths exist in photography?
Sasha Blackshear, was in NYC, currently in San Francisco
From her WWII Series
Joachim Lapotre, France
Rotten Bread from a series of still life photographs
Madame Peripetie, Germany
From the project Dark Illuminations

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The intimate portrait... for some just being in front of the lens is a confrontation. It can trigger a sense of being exposed, vulnerable, open.. etc. Inviting or accepting a photographer into one's home to make such a portrait takes it a step further. The following photographers make multiple trips into the private lives of others in order to make their work.
Shen Wei, Shanghai, China / currently in NYC
Jennifer Loeber, Brooklyn, NY
Boerum Hill, #2, 2007
Nicole Akstein, Atlanta GA

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I've had wanderlust long enough... and strayed to the west coast, landing and driving up the PCH hours before fire consumed Malibu. Now the air of cities for miles smells of bonfire and gives me vivid memories of high school keg parties on the damp coastline.. and lying about why I reeked of smoked bamboo to my folks when I snuck back in the door well after curfew. Hope these fires get tamed soon. They are quite a few within 45 minutes from my home town. Here's a map...

I have selected the three photographs for todays post out of a pile of emails with care.. all tied together with a very thin and subtle string. Don't think too hard. I'm vacation... I'm sure not.
Susana Raab, Washington DC
2007 Natchez, Mississippi
Jason Falchook, Brooklyn, NY.
Untitled Still-life
Sandy Carson, Scotland / Austin, TX (Quite the combo)
From the Roadside Grave series.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

More heaviness to ponder... in relation to "the real"...
Not the heavy type? Skip and go down to some refreshing photos below.

"What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially. As soon as the click of the shutter has taken place, what was photographed no longer exists; subject is transformed....." - Roland Barthes.

"Memory is normally embedded in an ongoing experience of a person who is remembering.... if the photograph isn't 'tricked' in one way or another, it is authentic like a trace of an event: the problem is that an event, when it is isolated from all the other events that come before it and which go after it, is in another sense not very authentic because it has been seized from that ongoing experience which is true authenticity. Photographs are both authentic and not authentic; whether the authentic side of photographs can be used authentically or not depends upon how you use them." - John Berger

Monday, October 15, 2007

The modest eye.. a theme I've been thinking about posting for quite some time. I find it truly refreshing to come across photographs by amateur photographers, hobby photographers and snapshooters who's cameras emerge when they go on vacation. Those posted today fall under various categories.. though I find the work to fall under wanderlustagraphy quite easily.
Ed Faulkner, N. Carolina
Untitled, Italy
Rafal Pruszynski, Seoul
Matthew Van Saun
Military Coup Thailand 2006

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Photography allows one to explore and bend "the real". We govern our own photographs, snapping what we set up or find.. therefore leaving evidence of what we have experienced for others to witness, react and/or relate to. Every experience we create is real... though within that everything can be manipulated. Reflections, lighting, framing, technique.. etc.. allow us to bend reality. Here are a few photographs that hesitate on that note and a quote by Einstein that seems fitting.

“Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one”
-Albert Einstein
Jason Potter, Los Angeles
"Pat" on "Plum" from the series of emulsions
"Recent Men Who Come, Then Go"
Silvio Wolf, Italy
From the project "Angels of Time"
Kyle Ganson, New York

Monday, October 8, 2007

I'll be posting photographs soon enough.. but for now I'm doing a friend a favor. My photo buddy, Shane Lavalette, has been running an amazing photo blog for a while now and he has gotten quite a bit of traffic on it. So much that he was nominated for the 2007 Blogging Scholarship as one of twenty finalists. This is great news and could mean a great amount of money for a cool, talented and creative person, such as Lavalette. Head to this link to VOTE.
Best of luck to him.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

First and foremost... sorry for my absence and lack of updates on Wanderlustagraphy in the past few weeks. It's amazing how NYC can take you in it's grips and suddenly weeks fly by unnoticed. Things have been busy.

That said.. enough of my babbling and apologies. Let's move on to some photographs of youth. I've been feeling far too adult these days and felt the need to look into these photographs to remind me of younger days. Enjoy.
Brea Souders, New York, NY.
Reed, 2007. Des Allemands, LA. from the series "Living Water"
Amanda Tetrault, Montreal, CANADA
From "Glimpses" in Brighton Beach
Armando Bellmas, Charlotte, NC
Just Deserts

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What exactly makes a good portrait? I posted these three images as a play off of contemporary portraiture. A seemingly natural portrait, staged portrait and representation of a portrait (ala television). Does one tell a stronger story than another? It seems unfair to make broad generalizations as it seems a strong image just speaks for itself..
but curiosity does strike..
Simon Ingall, Rochester, now New York, NY.
Shaun, Pine Beach NJ
Richard Friedman, Oakland CA
The War, At Home from the series "At Home"
Erika Jacobs, Toronto, Canada.
From the series "Secrets"

Friday, September 14, 2007

On a portrait kick. Simply stated. Enjoy and send in work! I'm running low on supplies!
Andrew DeFrancesco org Texas, currently NYC
Will Steacy, Philly, NYC
Liz, Philadelphia, 2007 from the series:
All My Life I Have Had the Same Dream.
(click on image to read text)
Melanie Bailey, Detroit
( (no website)
Nikki, Diptych

"Humans are tuned for relationship. The eyes, the skin, the tongue, ears, and nostrils- are all gates where our body receives the nourishment of otherness. This landscape of shadowed voices, these feathered bodies and antlers and tumbling streams- these breathing shapes are our family, the beings with whom we are engaged, with whom we struggle and suffer and celebrate."
-David Abram Ph.D., ecologist, philosopher, & sleight of hand magician

Friday, September 7, 2007

I have been thinking a lot lately about anniversaries of big, life altering events like a lot of people this time of year... seeing that Katrina's 2nd year mark just passed and 911's 6th year mark is right around the corner. I guess it might seem funny to reference Katrina and 911 without seeking out photographers who created work during those times for this update... I guess I, like many others, have seen those images enough. I moved to NYC from New Orleans less than a year before Katrina hit and I guess I just have a bit of hard time looking over those images again and again. I'm sure most feel a similar way towards Sept 11th photos though I'm not in any way trying to shrink the magnitude of such events. Perhaps, if anything, I'm trying to sympathize with those who were a little too close to these events for comfort.

Well all those thoughts got me to thinking about people who always shoot in places that have big, life altering events surrounding them. The following photographers work with some heavy material, though as you can see the images are quite stunning.

(Sleep deprivation might seem apparent in this post. My brain's not all here.)
Wyatt Gallery, NYC
From the project- Remnants: After the Tsunami
Family Portrait on their Home #1, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Barbara Davidson, A native of Montreal, Canada. Currently in the US.
Agatha Anene, Eziowelle, Nigeria.

Simon C. Roberts, Brighton, UK
From the series: The Forgotten- Chechen IDPs in Ingushetia
Excerpt from the statement:

April 2005-
Largely ignored by the international community, the war in Chechnya is now Europe's longest-running and bloodiest conflict. No one knows exactly how many civilians have died since 1994 but the number runs into the tens of thousands. The city of Grozny, the republic's only urban and professional centre, still lies in ruins more than a decade after the fighting started. In 2003, the Russian authorities began a campaign to repatriate 180,000 Chechen Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in Ingushetia, a neighbouring republic. (for more head to his site)