World of One: A Waking Dream

A Waking Dream (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 43 3/8″ inches | edition of 5   One of my favorite philosophical questions to ponder is: “How can I tell if the reality I’m seeing is real?” That is, how can we tell the difference between the reality we see before us and a convincing illusion? As an artist, this is a question that I often allude to in my work, particularly in regards to the authority we give photographs over how we perceive the world around us. Photographs have an …

World of One: Illusions of Progress

Illusions of Progress (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 42 7/16″ inches | edition of 5   Illusions of Progress is inspired by the feeling of being not quite sure if your efforts are paying off. Photographed on a chilly weekend morning in January, I think this is both one of my best and worst photographs. From the technical standpoint, there is nothing “correct” about this picture. Nothing is in proper focus, it’s crooked, and the guy on the far left is cut off through his eye. But, of my photos …

World of One: Glory of Shame

Glory of Shame (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 41 5/8″ inches | edition of 5   Just in time for Chinese New Year!!! Glory of Shame was photographed on Manhattan’s historic Doyer Street and in front of the oldest dim sum restaurant in New York, Nom Wah Tea Parlor. I had to wake up early…oh so early… one Sunday morning in order to get to Chinatown before the hordes of Chinese families arrived to lay claim to their dim sum. According to Wikipedia, Doyer Street used to be called the …

World of One: Hopeful Despair

Hopeful Despair (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 42″ inches | edition of 5   “Looks like you’re waiting for something to fall out of the sky…like your future!” – Martin Bell Hopeful Despair is the twelfth image I made in 2013 for the World of One series, thereby completing my goal of making one World of One image a month for the year. This means that in 2013 I made more World of One pictures than I did in any previous year. Although, at times, focusing all my energy on …

World of One: War and Peace

War and Peace (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 120″ inches | edition of 3     The internet is not a good place to see this image. Indeed, I think I will be hard pressed to find any place that will be suitable to show it. At exhibition size, it measures in at 24 x 120 inches – which is long, absurdly long. Apart from its dimensions, War and Peace deviates from the other images in the World of One series in many ways: it is shot indoors, the background …

World of One: Diligentia II

Diligentia II (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 40″ inches | edition of 5   Diligentia II, the image I’m sharing today, was shot way back in August — on the same day I shot Somnium. Though it normally doesn’t take me two months to produce a new image, my personal work has been moving at a glacial pace since September. Though I’m pleased to announce that I have begun internships with two of my photography heroes, Mary Ellen Mark and Platon, between the time I spend interning throughout the week, …

World of One: Somnium

Somnium 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 38 1/4″ inches | edition of 5   My pictures usually begin with some notes in my sketchbook, which I always take notes in, but in which I almost never make sketches. Sometimes I have a clear image in my mind of what I want to make, but I have no idea what that image means. Other times I have the title of the picture scribbled on a piece of paper, but no idea how I want it to look. In the case of the image being presented today, I …

World of One: Odysseus’ Rock

Odysseus’ Rock (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 39 7/8″ inches | edition of 5   Girlfriend says (as she points at my yellow socks): “It bothers me!” This is my 100th blog post! While I’d like to celebrate this milestone with shameless debauchery on an epic scale, it instead looks like I’ll have to settle for buying lunch and unveiling my latest creation. Odysseus’ Rock was shot the same day as The Paradox of Choice, and was actually photographed just a little further up the street. Originally I had wanted …

World of One: The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 42 7/16″ inches | edition of 5   “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard Earlier this year, my brother introduced me to Sergio Leone’s classic gangster film Once Upon a Time in America, which tells the story of a New York City street gang during the Great Depression. When I arrived in Brooklyn, my brother sent me on a mission to find this area, and specifically this shot, which was used for …

World of One: Diligentia

Diligentia (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 47 3/4″ inches | edition of 5 Girlfriend says: “Looks like Darwin!!!” I’m alive! Apologies to my regular readers for the lack of recent updates. In my move to Brooklyn this past June, I did something I have never done since the conception of this blog: I went over a month without any updates whatsoever. When I first arrived in New York, there was a period of about a month when I wasn’t shooting anything, and was instead trying to find my bearings/frantically looking …