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Call For Models (Kinda)

Special thanks to my friend Julia, who was kind enough to let me practice my rusty portrait skills on her. This was a spur of the moment shoot we did just for fun, which is something I feel like i hardly ever do anymore, that actually turned out to be probably the shot I’ve taken in the last month. Go figure. My friends like to joke about the fact that I never have my camera on me. Ironically, I am not the shutterbug type who has to take pictures at every social function. Actually, I tend to hate those kind …

Life of Tang

– shot in my parent’s back yard Life is finally moving forward. I just finished shooting my first long term project this past weekend, and will be updating my actual website this coming week with the final edit (along with some other much needed updates). Now I will finally be able to move on, and put some time and energy into some new projects. In the meantime, I’ll probably keep making pictures like this one. I’ve been watching a lot of Wong Kar Wei movies recently (like all of them…literally). He’s a famous director from Hong Kong, who’s known for …

This is Not Optimal

It’s amazing what boredom can turn into. Sometimes I feel like I need to get bored in order to be productive. As I was agonizing over what to post up this month, I started playing around with an image I shot this past week. Initially I started with something like this: I wasn’t really all that crazy about it, but I felt the idea was good but it just needed a little something. I looked at it again and thought to myself “that snow should be white,” and when it was, it immediately it made me feel logically better. The …

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 …

Spaceships

I have lost many hours of sleep recently due to my purchasing of Starcraft II. Because of this, my nocturnal status must have leveled up something like 10x. I was up around 4am the other night just as another gigantic fog rolled in through Boston. As I took a moment to step away from my computer, and commanding my masses of alien armies, I took a look outside and thought to myself “Holy crap! Boston looks like a giant spaceship!” Here, let me show you:

Photo Surrealism

Warning: lots of big words in this post. About a year ago, while I saw a picture of Magrette’s “La Reproduction Interdite” while I was at my local Border’s. Upon leaving, I felt like an idea had been planted in my head that would one day want to bust out of my brain Bruce Lee style. This is what I came up with. More recently, I have been thinking about how social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook have changed the way we use photography (or “the discursive practice of photography” as art/photo nerds call it). One of the biggest …

I Just Made This

Today, we were suppose to have a gigantic hurricane rip through Boston/the east coast in a “Godzilla vs. Cardboard Box” style match up. Instead, what we got was more like “Little Foot” which also turned out to be a lie (I have in recent days been informed that the brontosaurus never actually existed, thereby ruining many of my fond childhood memories. Thanks friends). What we did get however, was this ridiculously dense but cool looking fog. Here’s a picture from my window. I seem to be accumulating more of these kind of pictures now, as I keep coming back to …