As much as I love my Resonance series and my black and whites, I’ve felt for a little while that it was time for a change. So for the last year or so I’ve been revisiting my love of collage. I find making collages to be more engaging, enjoyable, and physical than straight photography. Working with my hands to play with color, texture, and space is artmaking at its most pleasurable for me.
I’ve begun a series of more formal, photography-based collages that I have up on my website. But I wanted to offer the below sketches as a hint of what I’m trying to do, in the most basic sense. I learn a lot from the process of making these, even when they’re not perfect. I hope I have more to show soon.
There were many things about Germany that surprised me. The friendliness of the people. How the countryside looked just like the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, where I’m from. The way in which every city seemed a place unto itself, each so different from all the others we visited.
Berlin was the most strikingly different city. I’ve never been anywhere like it, not in Germany or anywhere else. My boyfriend called is a modern-day Paris, and I think he’s right. The city has great and terrible histories – the marks are everywhere. Buildings are riddled with bullet holes. Triumphant gates and columns. Small golden squares sit deep in the sidewalk, remembering those who were taken from their homes. A modern building hugs and supports a destroyed church. In fact, modern buildings seem to hug and support the whole city. There are so few historic buildings left, especially downtown. The city seems to be endlessly being restored and rebuilt, and it gleams with the bright reflection of glass and color. Bouyant structures are everywhere.
I have been volunteering with the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University since last October, and have greatly enjoyed the various events and opportunities they offer. The organization truly is one of the best resources for photographers in New England. I was very excited to have the opportunity to share my work at one of their peer-review nights last Thursday. Lisa Kessler, a professor at Endicott College, hosted the night in which I, Leslie Jardine, Barbara Trachtenberg, Paris Visone, and Ryan McMahon shared our work. The conversation was lively, and the work shared showed a wide breadth of photographic interests and the stellar quality of work happening in the Boston area.
Click the image below to see more photos from the event!
So sorry for the long (very long) break between posts! But good news: I have started a new photo project! The tentative title for the series is “Workplace,” and will be portraits of my current and former coworkers’ shoes. There’s much work to be done yet, but I’m so pleased with how the shoots have been going so far that I had to share. So here are two of my current favorites as a teaser:
Once the series is complete, I’ll post it on my website and post about it here as well. Can’t wait to show you the finished series!
New York City is a place that I pass through frequently, but barely get to spend any quality time in. This was true once again last week when I traveled home for a friend’s wedding. Only an hour and a half Wednesday, and the same on Sunday. What can you see in the city in that amount of time? Not much. It’s hard to escape the crush of Times Square and the accompanying tourists when travel takes you to both the Port Authority and Penn Station. The city becomes neon and paper, with billboards and brick clouding the sky. But if you look closely, there are still striking views to be seen. All the following photos were taken within one block (which, according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, is typically 900 feet long in Manhattan).