Group of asian men in dark suits jumping straight into the air forming a circle, one asian man in a light colored suit standing on his head in the middle of the group, on a grassy hill.

World of One: Grounded Ambitions

Grounded Ambitions Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   This image is about setting realistic goals for yourself. It is my way of illustrating the old adage: Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground. Grounded Ambitions has been marinating in my brain pan for the last 2 years. I had originally imagined it very differently, with one figure sitting on the ground and the other figures jumping wildly in the air. But in my mind’s eye, I foresaw compositional problems with that arrangement. When it came to …

World of One: Pleasures of Pain

Pleasures of Pain Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 47 3/4″ inches | edition of 5   “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha We should not pick on others because we ourselves will inevitably get hurt in the process. In Pleasures of Pain I am illustrating a similar concept, only using snowballs instead of hot coals. Pleasures of Pain visually depicts this conundrum by juxtaposing the same person in both roles: as both the aggressor, and …

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 …

World of One: School of Cambridge

School of Cambridge (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 38 7/8″ inches | edition of 5   This was the most straightforward and yet most labor-intensive World of One image I have produced thus far. There are 91 frames collaged into School of Cambridge (112 before the edits), which is roughly 3 times the number of frames that have gone into any of the other works in this series. This was shot at MIT behind the Strata Center where they have this cool outdoor seating area. I’ve wanted to do a …