BLUR Magazine

Everyone should download a copy of BLUR Magazine’s issue #29 today! Not just because I have 15 pages in a new section called “wide”, but rather because every issue is packed with incredible photographic art!

Download your pdf copy from the link below, it’s only one dollar.

 

BLUR Magazine

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“Where Cowboys Roam” is the title of my photographic essay in issue #29 of BLUR Magazine. All of the images were taken with a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera reloaded with Kodak Tri-X film.

 

East and West Coast Openings

I am so excited to be a part of openings on both the East and West Coasts! I juried into Soho Photo’s Krappy Kamera XV, and the RayKo Photo Center’s 6th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show!

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“Steens Mountain” will be hanging at Soho Photo’s Krappy Kamera XV in New York City.

Opening Reception Tuesday, March 5th 6:00 – 8:00PM

Soho Photo

15 White Street

New York, NY 10013

212-226-8571

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“Rodeo Queen” will be hanging at the RayKo Photo Center’s 6th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show in San Francisco.

Opening Reception Wednesday, March 6th 6:00 – 8:00PM

I will be attending this opening, hope to see you there!

RayKo Photo Center

428 3rd Street

San Francisco, CA 98107

415-495-3773

Lenscratch: Canteen Magazine’s “Naked Judging”

A two part, must read on lenscratch!  As part of the new way of looking at photographic competitions Canteen Magazine started “Naked Judging”, an open and transparent competition. This sounds great, I thought. So I entered eight images, and awaited the judges open and transparent critique. Out of 230 recipients the judges culled it down to 26. I did not make it past this point. My critique is now open and transparent for the world to read. Next, lenscratch picked nine of the rejected artists to share their critique and responses to them. I was one of the nine photographers picked by Aline Smithson of lenscratch (I’m at the bottom of part two). If you are an artist and looking into competitions, or critiques, you should read the following post on lenscratch.

Click here for part one  Canteen Magazine’s Naked Judging: Learn from Rejection, Part 1

Click here for part two  Canteen Magazine’s Naked Judging: Learn from Rejection, Part 2

 

My eight plastic panoramic images submitted to Canteen Magazine’s “Naked Judging”

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The judges critique:

“There’s a nice old Western vibe here. It’s meticulously crafted–skillful work. But if you’re going to use panorama, I think that it should be more provocatively used. In at least some of the shots there should be an activity, or something of note, happening on each end that requires you to use it. Otherwise, I don’t bother looking at 50% of each photo, and only regard what’s in the center. Also, I’m not a fan of the book-ended edges, which negate the panoramic view for me.”

Canteen Magazine: Naked Judging

I was very intrigued with Canteen Magazine’s Naked Judging: The 2012 Canteen Awards in Photography. So, I entered eight images from my “Where the Cowboys Roam” body of work, all created using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable camera. Their contest featured some very different ways of looking at a competition. Mainly their transparent partnership with all of the photographers entering the contest, every entrant receives an open critique, a live, longer form critique for the finalists, and a non-profit model for entry fees. Sounds good…

There were 230 submissions, of these entrants, it was narrowed down to 26. I did not make it past this point…

This is what the judge had to say about my submission:

“There’s a nice old Western vibe here. It’s meticulously crafted–skillful work. But if you’re going to use panorama, I think that it should be more provocatively used. In at least some of the shots there should be an activity, or something of note, happening on each end that requires you to use it. Otherwise, I don’t bother looking at 50% of each photo, and only regard what’s in the center. Also, I’m not a fan of the book-ended edges, which negate the panoramic view for me.”

In my opinion the comments by the judge were clever and flippant. Although the judge starts out with positive words, I disagree with the remainder of what the judge said, not because they were negative, but rather because they didn’t give me a good enough reason why. My guess is that the judge is young, or not experienced in the arts. I would also venture to say the judge didn’t look at my submission fully, as I see lots of “activity” in the images. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion… And I very much respect that! This is precisely why I made the judges comments public (I wanted to continue the transparency). I have had this body of work before industry professionals at Photolucida, FotoFest, and Review LA. They have been overwhelmingly positive in their response. I have had two scathing negative critiques in my life, both by photographers and not by curators or gallery owners. A few of them didn’t like the rebate edge, but virtually every reviewer stated I utilize the panoramic frame exceptionally well. I don’t expect everyone to love my work. If this were true, my art would be nothing short of mediocre.

What do you think?

Here are the images I submitted:

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