Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Somewhere Beyond the Fence - project update

Somewhere Beyond the Fence

Somewhere Beyond the Fence is an ongoing work of mine (surprise surprise... it's been in progress since 2009) I've been adding to the project whenever I can get a chance, or get down to the World Trade Center with whatever camera I have, be it my DSLR or my iPhone (HDR in the off position!) Most of the pictures below were taken in 09-2010. In 2011, a couple of weeks ago, I made my first jump to moving images with this series, and I think I will continue to go that route to add to this project.

Last night, I watched Loose Change: An American Coup. I realized that my stance on 9/11 is that I am aware that it happened, and that it was horrible, and that bad things will continue to happen from the beginning of creation to the end of time. Trying to figure out why these things happen, or who is responsible doesn't change that. The problem is the state of the world, and the generalized psyche of the human race. So I ask, with my words, and with my images, to people interested in conspiracies, to notice and harp on what we can tangibly touch and see--not what is excavated, dead, and closed cased--because, to be quite honest, the conspiracies never mattered. Life did.

"Somewhere Beyond the Fence" -motion image

September 11, 2010

September 11, 2010

September 11, 2010

September 11, 2010

"1 Dollar, Cold Water"
"Walking by the Fence" - (images individually untitled) compilation #1


Rudy Guilliani and Press - Sept 11, 2010

"The Crucifix at Ground Zero" - Saint Peter's
"Walking by the Fence" - (images individually untitled) compilation #2

"Church and Vesey"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NONESTICA - formerly "Tik-Tok of Oz"

"To Oz? TO OZ. #1"


NONESTICA - derived from the Latin phrase "non-est" - means that of which does not exist. Commonly referred to as the Continent of Imagination, or more simply put, the Land of OZ.

Image making has always been a method of saving lost moments after my father's death in 2002 (which sparked my interest in photography), but in my most recent ventures with photography in my professional life, I find many of my experiences with it to be entirely isolating. My father passed away and left my life before I really knew who he was, or who I was. His absence fueled my creative energy, and he presented himself in my photographs. And now, almost 10 years later, image after image, I’ve constructed my own history. In OZ, I had discovered that my father wasn’t dead. This world, universally accepted as a place attainable only within times of grey, or want, had provided an escape from a daunting reality. My father, and I, or anyone, lived within the work I created.

Consequently, photography is my inability to reconcile with my living self. This image series deals with the concept of being trapped within an image, or living vicariously through images.

NONESTICA is a poetic assimilation of my dealings with reality, as seen here far from an unreal world—a journey through my home, a life-long residence of constructed and recycled memories—after OZ. This is an examination of the oppositional—The fact that my father is gone, buried; and that a photograph is merely paper, and bone, merely sand in the deadly desert.

Note: these images are photographs of the c-prints, not scans of the negatives.

"Untitled Mirror #1"

"Nonestic Ocean"

"Dancing in Reflections"

"Untitled Mirror # 2"

"Self Portrait, here."

"The house began to pitch"

"Untitled Mirror #3"

"Deadly Desert"

"Untitled Mirror # 4"

"Untitled Mirror # 5"

"Tik - Tok the Machine Man #1"

"Tik - Tok the Machine Man #2"

"There's No Place."

"Untitled Mirror #6"

"The Wizard's Balloon"

"To Oz? TO OZ.#2"