Sleeping on a Cloud

  Sleeping on a Cloud I found this gem as I was going through my archive the other day. There is no Photoshop at work here; instead, this was done in a single shot, with me lying on a roll of white seamless paper inside of a camera obscura. Camera obscura, for the uninitiated, is the precedent and cornerstone of photography: “A camera obscura (Latin: “dark chamber”) is an optical device that led to photography and the camera. The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the …

Fat Chair

It’s been a while since I shared some straight photography here. About a month ago I tried to shoot a photograph everyday for an entire month. But like a fat kid on a diet, I was only able to keep up the regiment for about two weeks before I stopped. Instead I just got lost in my editing for the World of One stuff I’ve been doing. I picked up my camera again the other day however, this was one of the first things that I shot.

On Failure

The road to success is paved in failure. These are words that I firmly believe in. Pretty much all my heroes these days attribute epic failures as an integral part of their successes. For me, this image was a complete fail. But as a result, I learned much more about myself from this image, than any of the others I’ve created in this series. I put close to three days worth of work into this picture, and when I was finished, it was the most complicated image I had ever put together. But for one reason or another I was …

World of One: Focus

We don’t all look the same!!! Except when we all look the same… My ideas for these projects are starting to build off one another. At first I wanted to just mess with the configurations of the different figures (for some reason I never think of the guys in these images as myself) but I think I will start to do more of these imaginary instillations in other areas now too. I’ve started using the term “imaginary instillations” probably because people look at me like I’m crazy when I’m shooting them, and also because they don’t really exist except in …

Midnight Storms

Been having some trouble sleeping at night. But on a night like this, it’s probably more exciting to stay awake anyway. Currently trying to make some changes in my life and get my shit together. I’m making 1 drawing and taking 1 picture everyday now, in an attempt to push myself artistically (still hate drawing) and increase output. It’s dawned on me that if I wanna do a lot of the stuff I wanna do, i’m going to have to really learn how to draw sooner or later. Maybe if I ever draw something I actually really like i’ll put …

World of One: Salvo

Just as I promised, a new “World of One” piece! I present to you friends and random readers/followers “World of One: Salvo.” From a technical standpoint, this picture is far superior to my “Dichotomy” piece I posted in August of last year. It feels good to be making some cool looking shit again. Not that I think my other pictures don’t look cool (otherwise I wouldn’t be posting them on here) but I think this series tends to have a stronger immediate visual impact than the others. I’m totally going to send this to all my friends (mental note, noted). …

Arrested Motions

Funny how free time works. When you don’t have any of it, it’s awesome. But when you have a lot, it is no longer free, it just becomes time. When I was folding my 1000 cranes, I would take breaks from the monotonous folding process to make unique “designer cranes” like these. Each one featured a unique design, and are one of a kind. In order to make each crane as precise and clean as possible, I would constantly unfold and refold cranes to make sure the designs I drew fit each crane perfectly. I found this process both comforting …

Meditations on this Passing Life

Sometimes you have to take pictures you think no one will care about. Though it seems like I actually have some readers now, and many a friend have commented kindly on the surrealism inspired work that you will find on this blog. What many don’t seem to know is that these are more recent developments in my work. Much of techniques and inspiration for that work actually comes from straight photography (photographs that attempt to depict the world as the eye sees it). In fact if you look back to the earliest posts in this blog, you will find that …

My Camera is Broken

My camera broke earlier this month and I haven’t been able to make any new work. I was however, able to get some stuff shot for my senzaburu project around thanksgiving, thanks to my friend Billy the Kim Strong Ill. This is one of the test shots from that shoot. It’s been a while since I have been photographing portraits of other people, but I think this is probably one of my best. Most of the time you work really hard to find that one picture, out of thousands, that works the way you want it to work. Then sometimes …

On Becoming an Art School Statistic

I almost didn’t make a post this month. To be honest I actually haven’t shot anything in over a month and have instead been taking a break from making any work until I get my life together. I have come to the very painful realization that at this point in my life, I really need a real day job to keep a roof over my head while I scrounge together enough time to make and develop my art. Thus I have enrolled in a TEFL certification program so I can teach English domestically and abroad and will be busy trying …