Cleveland-based ceramic artist Billy Ritter and I got together to shot this promo piece at his studio in the city’s Artcraft Building. Over the course of a few throws at the wheel we reveal the elegance and texture of working with the black ceramic clay.
The perception of freedom in America is strong. Freedom only exists in the mind. The symbols of freedom are everywhere. It is marketed to you constantly. The flags, the bikes, the space, the wind, tree and life itself (which is only free for the very young). This image series warps and blurs the idea of freedom and makes its meaning less clear, less defined and blended. The process is not at all liberating. It is long. It is manic. Failure is an endemic, but you must continue to make work and move forward. You must do good for others and yourself. Just like with freedom you must work hard to to attain it. Hopefully this resonates.
The process is a bleached Polaroid negative image scanned and outputted as a digital fine art print. You can see the rest of the exhibit here.
#LunchHourPGH is an uninfluenced visual record of the right now. The people in the images, who could be you or I, are cultural participants and consumers at the same time.
The images are made anonymously though close attention is paid to framing and timing. The subjects are caught completely unaware and are even somewhat oblivious to the presence of the photographer among them. Because of the anonymity, the viewer can see that there is a sense of discontent, disconnection and voyeurism linking the body of work.
Sixteen #LunchHourPGH images were printed on stretched canvas and were previously exhibited May 2015, River Gallery, Rocky River, Ohio. These one-of-a-kind exhibited images are available for purchase.
US Army Veteran Nick Guzik passed away this week, he was 95. He was a witness to the execution of Private Eddie Slovik during World War II. Slovik was the only US service person to be put to death for desertion since the Civil War. Guzik vividly retells his experience in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France to a 2011 gathering of the Pittsburgh based The Veterans Breakfast Club. This is the only known recording of Guzik’s story of the last day of January 1945. Sixty-six years later he still questions the morality of the killing and considers Slovik to have died bravely.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in Allegheny College’s annual photojournalism workshop. The topic for this year was focused on the women of the Meadville community. I acted as a mentor/collaborator with a student from Ohio University. We had the opportunity to visit retired Allegheny College professor Sue Buck.
Prof. Buck is an artist who works with textiles and drawing. She has committed her life in retirement to drawing to raise money and awareness for The Center for Great Apes.
This video was created for a crowd sourcing campaign to help renovate the Coraopolis Train Station in Coraopolis, PA. The station, when renovated, will be the junction of the Montour and Ohio River bike trails. From here you can ride continuously to Washington DC.
The campaign is ongoing and will run through May 2015. The goal is to raise $75,000.
This is a creative personal project I created with my children. They are at the age where they love to make films with me. I am grateful that they enjoy spending the time with me. I hope these films make great memories for their lifetime. We have more adventures planned for the summer of 2015. Stay tuned!
writing and production
gathering storm/il pleut à mourir [+Clatters Like Worry]
by Godspeed You! Black Emperor