A few weeks ago I traveled up to the ADKs to visit family. It was a much needed and overdue visit.
I feel like I’m FINALLY settling into my LIFE. That’s weird to write, but I’m not really sure how else to explain it. I’ve always been working towards some sort of goal: graduate with my BFA, graduate with my MFA, find a full-time job I really want to commit to… so many goals. I’m turning 30 next month (O M G !) and I can proudly say I’ve reached all of my goals up to this point in my life. AWESOME!
Time for new goals.
Now that I finally feel like I’ve got my life in order, now I can enjoy it! I have mixed feelings about turning 30 next month. On one hand, like I said, I’ve accomplished a lot up to this point, but then again I haven’t accomplished what 16yr old Megan thought I would have accomplished by now. I’m not married (not even close!), I don’t have any kids, I don’t own my own house… see where I’m going with this? A couple of weeks ago I started a new full-time job. MY full-time job. I love the organization I’m working with and I love what I’m doing there. FINALLY. This is what I needed.
Settling into MY LIFE now I’m looking forward to picking back up photography, letterpress, maybe take a ceramics class or two… I’m excited to create again! I’ve never craved having a camera in my hand like I do right now. I miss taking pictures. All of the above photos are from my Instagram account – photos I took while home (yes, it snowed!!) – photos taken with my iPhone. I NEED to use my film cameras again. I’m especially excited to shoot with my Hasselblad – it’s been way too long.
I have weekends off now! It’s been YEARS since I’ve had a “normal” schedule and I will be taking full advantage of it. PHOTOGRAPHY is coming back to this blog! I’m SO EXCITED.
Off to order some 120 film…
The highlight of Magnum’s House of Pictures for me was Larry Towell’s corner. I immediately was attracted to the tactile quality of the empty film canisters, tri-x film (hand rolled), gravestone/memorial rubbings, and newspapers. After his live performance a couple of months ago and having sat in the audience as he declared his excitement and contentment in being in the home of Kodak, I could’t help but look at this tribute to George Eastman and smile.
read more of my posts about Magnum’s House of Pictures project here, here, here, here, here, and here!
For two weeks, from April 15th-29th, MAGNUM photographers Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth, Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Larry Towell, Alex Webb, Donovan Wylie, and Chien-Chi Chang were here in Rochester, NY to photograph and exhibit new work in the hometown of Kodak for their project House of Pictures.
Above are photos from House of Pictures which was installed in the auditorium at Visual Studies Workshop which also served as the home base for the project. It’s been really quiet the last few days now that they’re gone!
Over the two weeks they were here it was interesting to watch the materials accumulate in the auditorium. For me, I kept watching and waiting for the team of photographers to show the beauty of Rochester, NY. Generally, they all tended to focus on the dark side. Now, I know coming in they had their own agenda and their own photographic interests. I know for a fact certain photographers had tunnel vision and wouldn’t take a single photograph unless it was something they were specifically looking for. How do you accurately portray a city if you don’t allow yourself to truly experience it? I realize this is a very generalized statement. There were, of course, some very lovely photographs taken here in the city. LOTS of portraits!
An interesting aspect of the display of House of Pictures were the tables spread out covered in brown paper. They wanted to know what the audience thought of the project and invited a written response. They also asked, “What did we miss??” and “What do you want from a picture?” – both questions receiving a range of responses.
It most certainly was an experience having them here!
read more of my posts about Magnum’s House of Pictures project here, here, here, here, and here!
For the next two weeks MAGNUM photographers Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth, Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Larry Towell, Alex Webb, Donovan Wylie, and Chien-Chi Chang will be here in Rochester, NY to photograph and exhibit new work in the hometown of Kodak for their project House of Pictures.
Visual Studies Workshop is the home base of the project so you can only imagine how CRAZY it has been around here these last few weeks preparing for the arrival of this group. Part of the preparation has been setting up the ARTBOOK Store! You can check out the Recommended Titles for the Magnum House of Pictures online. If you’re in the area, come by VSW and SHOP! We’d love to see you!
You can read more about the project in a recent article on Democrat and Chronicle: Fresh eyes focus on Rochester life: International photographers roam city to create portrait.
I will share more information throughout the next two weeks as events unfold!
image from Little Brown Miscellanea
Considering I live in Rochester, New York (the birthplace of Kodak) I can’t help but get a little sentimental when I see anything Kodak-film related. Pair that with my love of Anthony Zinonos’ collage work and the zine 15 Slides published by BOLO just had to be mine! Ordered!
15 Slides by Anthony Zinonos is a zine of collages made by the artist “using elements and images from 15 random film slides bought at a flea market in Norwich, UK.”
images from Anthony Zinonos’ Flickr