Fall is My Fave

Warmly Fall

Seriously, Fall is my FAVE season. Hands down. I love everything about it – changing colors of the leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, cool weather – just an overall cozy feeling all day everyday.

Last week I was able to wear my fave LLBean clogs and my feet haven’t been so happy in months.

Lots of good vibes today – it’s going to be a GREAT season this year. I can tell.


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

The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

This past weekend I traveled home to the ADKs for a family weekend. On my way back to ROC Sunday afternoon I stopped by The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. I checked out Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary, Extensions of the Eye: Three Women Photographers, Opener 23 Pam Lins: Denver Gold, and Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein. This was my first time visiting Tang and the building is AMAZING. Sadly, they do not allow cameras in the exhibits so the below images are from the Tang website. Be sure to follow the links to see even more work!

Nancy Grossman, Birth-Death Dream, 1993, mixed media collage drawing, 38 x 50 inches, collection of the artist

Pam Lins, Owl, installation view, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, January 4 – February 8, 2009

Liminal Camera in ROC

When I walked into class this morning I was confronted with the large negatives and black and white photographs you see above and I knew that the camera had arrived!

Earlier this afternoon, before heading to Brockport, I took a ride around the city in the Liminal Camera – a project of Metabolic Studio led by artist Lauren Bon. I was first introduced to Bon’s work the spring of 2009 with the Not A Cornfield project via the PLANT room (now the Re:PLANT room) at Rochester Contemporary Art Center and the exhibition Not A Cornfield at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

“The Liminal Camera can produce a photograph with-in hours of having taken it. It captures an image without drawing attention to itself as most cameras and camera equipment do.

The camera body is a shipping container which makes it hard to recognize as an image-making machine. Its size means that camera operators are able to be inside the camera. From the operators’ vantage point the subject appears upside down. The Liminal Camera is both an image capturing tool and perceptual tool.”

Metabolic Studio offered us VSW students a free workshop on the camera – picked us from VSW and everything! Our final destination was the former First National Bank of Rochester (35 State St.) where the final prints were on display for an event later tonight (which I was unable to attend). The ride from VSW to the former bank was my favorite part! It was such an AWESOME experience to watch the city move past upside down right in front of me. So bizarre. The moment I spun around in the light-tight darkroom door and entered the back of the camera I instantly smelled the fixer and had a flashback to high school photography and the hours I used to spend in the darkroom. See, the Liminal Camera also served as the darkroom to make the prints. Fun!

Once we parked at our destination we then prepped to take a photograph! As a class, we worked together to first make a test-strip. I got to wear a red “safe” light on my head and set the timer for exposure. This is actually where I had to leave the party as I had another one to attend. I do know, from classmates, that they successfully made a negative and print. The print will be staying with us at Visual Studies Workshop. Score!

I uploaded a couple of unedited video clips to my flickr so you can get a sense of what it was like riding in the back of the truck/camera. The first one was when we were still at VSW and the second one was when we were further downtown. I was impressed how sharp the image was and how GOOD it made Rochester, NY look! I have several more clips and when I have the time (ha!) I will be properly editing them into a video of my experience.

PLEASE NOTE: originally posted on my old blog, I’m slowly moving over my favorite posts!