Thursday, September 30, 2010

A weekend at Open View

This past weekend, I had the privilege of spending three days at Open View Farm to make photographs.  The farm was absolutely beautiful.  Though the leaves aren’t quite all the way turned yet, they were colorful enough to evoke the quintessential New England fall landscape.  I expected the air to be crisper than it was, but I made an effort to appreciate this last bit of heat before it turns cold for the foreseeable future.  In fact, I appreciated it so much that I went swimming with the folks from the farm on Saturday!

Every time I go, I fall more in love with the people and the place.  I am so humbled and grateful that everyone has been so open with me.  This past weekend, I exposed 40 sheets of 4 x 5 film, 21 rolls of 6 x 7, and made one more audio interview.  Whew!  The project is really coming along, and with each trip, I discover something new about the farm and make images that add to the complexity of the story. 

Violet looking at contact sheets

Something interesting is happening, both to me and to the work, as time passes.  I rarely return to the same place, or photograph the same people, over and over.  With this project, documenting the farm over the passage of time is integral to its theme, and I have made many trips over the past 5 months.  I find that with each trip, the photographs get better, more intimate, and my relationships with the people (and the animals) continue to deepen.  

Me with one of my favorite rams, Lovebug

And on another level entirely, the farm feels more and more like home.  I had been visiting it for many years before I began this project, so in some ways it was already familiar to me, but the process of making work with everyone and sharing my images has brought me close to the people and the place in a way I could never have imagined.  Plus, who doesn’t love getting to hang out with wonderful people on a gorgeous farm, eat delicious food right out of the ground and make campfires with friends, spending late nights lying on the grass watching the stars?  So thank you, everyone at Open View.  You are wonderful, and I can’t wait to come back again soon.  Maybe in a few more weeks, the leaves will be fully turned, the air will be crisp, and we will surround ourselves with pumpkins and apple cider- New England at its finest.  

Squash, squash, and more squash.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Feature on Lenscratch

A huge thanks to Aline Smithson of the blog Lenscratch for featuring my work from Open View!

View the feature here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Photos from Traversing Gender

Last night's opening of Traversing Gender was wonderful.  It was great to see the work in person, together in one exhibition, as well as to see some of the other artists and folks who came out to see the show.
Below are a few photos:

Work by Triiibe and Caleb Cole

Work by Jesse Burke

My work, from The (Trans)Gender Series

My work, from The (Trans)Gender Series

Work by Triiibe

Exhibition curator Debbie Disson talking to Arlette Kayafas

Arlette and me at the opening

Caleb and me at Gallery Kayafas before the opening

David and me at Gallery Kayafas before the opening

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Traversing Gender- Opening reception tomorrow

I am very excited for tomorrow night's opening of Traversing Gender at the McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University.  For those of you who can get to New Hampshire, I'd love to see you at the opening!

SNHU logo

Selections for this exhibit traverse gendered representation in contemporary art and provide 
an array of stories that reveal how we adopt various roles, either masculine or feminine, 
and how these interpretations are visually constructed. Traversing Gender is an exhibit 
that includes political, social, economic and religious content that gives way to broader
implications illustrated in a disparate selection of photography, painting, installation 
and sculpture.
Artists include: Hannah Barrett, Jesse Burke, Caleb Cole, Jess T. Dugan, Lauren DiCioccio, 
Lalla A. Essaydi, Elisa Johns, Steve Locke, John O'Reilly, Rune Olsen, Suzanne Sinclair, 
Mary Ellen Strom, Triiibe (Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, Gallery Kayafas, 
Howard Yezerski Gallery, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Samson Projects, Walker Contemporary)
The McIninch Art Gallery 
Sept. 20 through Oct. 23, 2010 
Opening Reception: Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
(Closed Monday, October 11)
Music by the SNHU Jazz Combo

Gallery HoursMonday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106 | | 603.629.4622 For more information: Debbie Disston, Director, The McIninch Art Gallery

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thanks to everyone who has pledged!

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged so far on Kickstarter in support of my project, Open View.  I am excited that the pledges are currently at $950.00.  Please help spread the word- even $5 makes a huge difference!

Here's a new photo from the farm of a wonderful animal named Lovebug:

See more of the the project on Kickstarter.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Help support Open View on Kickstarter!

Violet holding eggs, from Open View, 2010

Hello friends, supporters, and fellow rabble-rousers,

I hope you are all enjoying these last few days of summer (especially in Boston, where we're having a heat wave)!

I am thrilled to announce my Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for my new photography project, Open View.  For the next year, I will be documenting Open View Farm, a small, peace and education focused fiber farm in Western Massachusetts.  Open View is a very special, amazing place. Not only is it focused on the critical issues of farming, raising animals, and learning to be self-sufficient, it also promotes peace and education across all issues and fosters an environment where everyone is welcome.

In order to raise funds for this project, I have launched a print sale and fundraising campaign through the popular website Kickstarter.  I'm aiming to raise $5,000 in the next 45 days so that I can continue to document this wonderful and important place.  This is a great opportunity to get cool prizes, such as postcards featuring images from the project and original prints of images taken on the farm, and help me to continue to photograph this amazing place over the next year. 

What is Kickstarter, you ask?  Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects.  It works by introducing creative projects to a wide audience of creative people who would like to support these projects and get great prizes in return.  It is built on the idea that if enough people donate, even $5, amazing things can happen! 

I'd really appreciate it if you check out the project and the Kickstarter campaign here:

And please spread the word!