A Study in the Science of Art
I started out my career as a photographer wanting to become a retoucher and I was obsessed with perfection. But perfection is BORING!
The project started out with a modified toy camera. I had converted a Holga to shoot 35mm film. I’d take it with me 24/7 and shoot whatever I felt was interesting. At the same time the series started, I was coming out a deep depression. I was terrified by everything, was agoraphobic, and couldn’t even get out of bed; let alone live in the seemingly bleak world that was out there for me. So I decided ENOUGH! Enough of the fear. Enough of the self loathing. Enough of the isolation. I left my self-made prison to explore the world around me. At a quarter century old, I felt like a kid again. Everything was new and everything was a possibility. I shot this new fascinating world taking street photos and landscapes.
However, the images were still bland to me. It came to a point where I wanted to explore the medium of film itself. I embarked on a journey that has led me here. Where is here? Here is a place full of what ifs. What if I electrified my film and then froze it afterward? What if I introduced absinthe to the emulsion? What if I was to soak the film in Ambien before I shot it?
Photogenic Alchemy is an exercise in controlled chaos and a study in the science of art. By breaking down silver salts and celluloid to it’s elemental form, I’ve created a dark and gritty apocalyptic world. It is a world that seems to be dissolving right before our eyes. Toxic and fascinating, each new roll of film left me intrigued. I couldn’t wait to try the next substance on my ever increasing list.
I hope you enjoy looking at these images as much as I enjoyed making them.
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Hey Guys, I’ve got news. Big news! I just launched a Kickstarter. It’s plain to see that film is dying, well what I’m trying to do is save it by bringing a new kind of film to the market. I’m calling it Flim, fim that’s been modified. Check out the video. Here is the shortlink […]
Hey hey. So a few weeks ago I shoot some head shots for the lovely people over at Chic Studios, a New York City based make up school. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day. Check out Chic Studios all over the interwebs on their Facebook, Twiter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Yo, it’s time for another installment of my 2014 portrait series. Put this in front of your eyeholes, kids! Here is a photo I did of Becca Anderson a playwright based in NYC. Proud geek and a funny lady, she is currently the writer of Academia Nuts, an upcoming show in NYC. They need your […]
Yo, guys. So I’ve recently stated new portrait series and I’m finally ready to post a few. Here are a few shots from a shoot I did with NYC actress Bertha Leal. You can check out her site at www.berthaleal.com
Hey guys, Time for another Multiple Exposures, a section of my blog reserved for brilliant artists and their work. Today’s installment is about The Veteran Coalition of the Arts. The School of Visual Arts has a small community of veteran students who attend on scholarship under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. The Veteran Coalition of […]
A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Nitke at SVA while she was printing for a showing of her American Ecstasy series. It’s a series of behind the scenes shots of porn sets from the 80′s and they are stunning. You should check out her series on her site www.barbaranitke.com/americanecstacy She’s […]
Hey guys, I’m pleased to announce I’ll be in Rayko’s 7th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show. It’s at the Rayko Gallery in San Francisco and the opening is March 5th, 2014. But have no fear. If you can’t make the opening it runs through March 5 – April 29, 2014. Here is an article about it […]
The only book you need to learn digital color management. Dear fans, followers, friends, and family, I’d like to announce that my Digital Color Management professor at the School of Visual Arts Tom P. Ashe (the P. stands for Printing…..not really) has written a book on the subject. He’s the most knowledgeable person I […]
Hey dudes! So Gizmodo did a year end round of photos they published this year. I am proud to be featured as 1 of the top 100 photos of 2013. Check it out!