So there’s this thing I have to do…

it’s an artist talk. Like a 10 minute version, but still, something that entails me putting together a presentation with words and pictures and then presenting it to a largish group consisting of my peers and others. I am kind of terrified to be honest. I don’t do public speaking well at all, and when I am forced too I usually just end up getting flustered and teary eyed. It’s not fun at all. Luckily this is something we are working to all semester, and so we have a few drafts before the final event. The first draft just consists of words. Three minutes of words in fact, no more no less. So this post is me trying to make some sense of the jumbled mess inside my head.

I am trying to decide if I want to just limit it to my current project, or maybe just make a summary of my work at college. Certainly don’t want it to be a life story or anything like that (too long!), but I think that a summary of my college work is a good way to close my senior year and this particular chapter of my life.

When I think of my work, what immediately comes to mind is the night, and the transition time between night and day or vice versa. I love shooting during the golden hour, and have done so for many a project. I like reflections, I made an entire body of work just focusing on storefront reflections, and it is one of my favorite works to date. I even won a VMFA fellowship for it. I even did some reflections work in the studio too, with objects and colored lights, another favorite of mine. I’ve done a lot of different things here; sky swaps, face blends, cubism pieces, and even plain old portraits. I love a good shallow depth of field or even a nice wide shot of the stars, focused to infinity. I often find myself thinking of my “style” or whatever. I don’t know that I have one just yet, or maybe I do, and I just don’t see it.

I don’t always have a concrete concept in my head, or even an image. I know people who seem to just have the image inside their head, and then the final result is usually along the same line. I don’t work that way, not at all. I like to work in the moment I suppose. Just reacting to whatever situation I am in. I don’t usually like to have some definitive plan in my head, I just kind of give myself some loose parameters, or decide what I don’t want to do. Sometimes I like structure, but other times I don’t want any structure. I like to work first and then look back at it and figure out what it was that I was focusing on. It’s something unconscious for me.




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