Odd, the words: ‘while away the time’.
How to hold it fast the harder thing.
Who is not fearful: where is there a staying,
where in all this is there any being?

Look, as the day slows towards the space
that draws it into dusk: rising became
upstanding, standing a laying down, and then
that which accepts its lying blurs to darkness.

Mountains rest, outgloried be the stars –
but even there, time’s transition glimmers.
Ah, nightly refuged in my wild heart,
roofless, the imperishable lingers.

-Rainer Maria Rilke


“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

I’ve submitted my portfolio and have officially completed the photography program at RCC. This image, my very first post on this blog, has been retouched and reposted.  It was made for the “perspective” assignment in the medium format design class.

This is a copy of a medium format film scan from my first year in the photography program at Randolph Community College.  This group of kids participated in a Martin Luther King, Jr. march and were gathered at the end of the route when I made this image.  I love how they maintained their casual formation and simply looked toward my camera.  Revisiting this image to edit for portfolio made me  miss the photo adventures with classmates and darkroom nights of first year.

Digital multimedia assignment: create a 1-2 minute interview highlighting the Commercial Photography concentration at Randolph Community College.

Thank you Molly Mullin and Eric Waters for graciously agreeing to participate.  Also, thank you Andrew Cloer, Olivia McCrary, Daniel Storment, Walker Anderson, Emily McNeal and Kayleigh Mezger for letting me crash your sets!

For a group project in RCC’s digital multimedia class, Tim Jones, Laurie Merritt, Brandi Hunt and I produced a music video for Matt Stutzman’s composition “Conversations”.  Our original storyboard had us capturing video footage of sunrises, nature scenes, spiders building webs, etc.  We quickly realized some of the scenes couldn’t be captured the way we wished so we took full control and made the scenes ourselves. Fifty (plus) hours of shooting and MANY laughs later, this is what we created using Dragon Frame and Final Cut.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is currently showing two photography exhibits: To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document and a series titled Infra by Falk Visiting Artist Richard Mosse.

My digital multimedia class traveled to Greensboro today to view each collection and attend “Art for Lunch” featuring UNCG Associate Professor Benjamin Filene. “Art for Lunch” was an enlightening yet brief discussion about the history and purpose of documentary photography as well as a group dissection of a selected image: “Bruce’s Mirror” by Nan Goldin.

Filene stated that an original reason for documentary photography was to capture apparitions. An unstated reason for documentary photography was to simply document or record a given scene. A theme of both exhibits is documentary photography but each photographer added unique elements to qualify the images as more than a documented scene, they turned each piece into ART.

“To What Purpose?” features images ranging from 1869 to 2008 while “Infra” is a collection from 2010-2011.  The earlier photographs are beautiful landscapes meant to show Yosemite at its finest.  The art is in the technical perfection in each image.  The 20th century images in “To What Purpose?” by photographers such as Marion Post Wolcott, Lewis Hine, Walker Evans and Alfred Stieglitz begin to present a side of American society that needed attention.  They are beautiful in their own right but unconventionally artful.

Infra presents art in documentary photography like I’ve never seen before.  Using a filter to convert greens to magenta, the masculine soldiers of the Congo are shown in exquisitely commanding poses surrounded by magenta landscapes – not how you would normally see them.  The prints are huge which accentuates their beauty.

To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document is open through April 8, 2012.  While you’re there, check out Infra before it closes April 15, 2012.