You are the universe experiencing itself.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Business Cards

This past week I had the chance to make some new business cards using a photo-polymer plate on a Vandercook letterpress. They have my updated web address on them.

Also, it has come to my attention that for some reason my old website address is not actually forwarding to the new one, which I'm trying to fix, but if you are reading this it shouldn't matter to you anyway.

New work updates to come.

Update: forwarding issue resolved. will redirect to the new url until it expires on April 19, 2015.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Website Updating

I am beginning to get the itch to finally start updating my website. It will probably be a long process over the course of my last year at SFAI in preparation for that great big final show known around here as vernissage. Of course this happens while I have only a million other things I am trying to get done in the next few months.

The big change right now is a new domain name:
I did this because I no longer wanted it to be defined strictly by "photography". This way makes it more open ended, even if I still do mostly photo based work. I also feel like owning the domain of my name is more valuable an investment. Who knows how much longer it would have remained available?

For the time being the old domain will still reman active ( it will just redirect you to the new domain with the same site.

That is all for now. I have not yet added any new work.

(and I know I need to fix the timelines viewing)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Self Publishing a Book

A couple weeks ago I finished the first proof of the book I am making. It was a project for a class this semester but I plan to make a full edition eventually (maybe over this summer). The entire book is printed and bound by myself. The title is Space | Time.

Here are a few quick photos of the finished proof:

The front cover with a dark navy cloth. Future copies will likely use a different bookcloth that is a brighter blue and more delicate texture.

Title page.

Inside layout. I made an earlier post here with the images and text as it appears in the book.

A short essay I wrote about the project is at the back of the book. (I am aware of an error which is now fixed for future prints)

I also made a slip case for this proof copy using a different bookcloth, which I might use for later copies. And if I make slipcases for the forthcoming edition it might be in the darker cloth that is currently on the book; they would also have some sort of cover label (similar to the inset letters on the book cover).

Here is slipcase with the book inside.

My goal is to try to publish an edition of 10 over the summer which I would make available for sale. There is also a strong likelihood that I will publish a version through blurb or some similar online service so that there is a cheaper alternative to the limited hand-bound copies.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Space | Time

"We come spinning out of nothingness,
scattering stars like dust."
– Jalal ad-Din Rumi

we are still spinning

and the stars are still scattering

but we are watching the sky 

curiosity turns into obsession 

but fascination never subsides 

night after long dark night 

we collect and preserve ancient light 

light that has been travelling for millions of years 

swirls in the sky above us

and we keep watching 

captivated by the beauty of chaos 

but it is easy to forget 

we are still spinning

and we are listening

as we are constantly reminded

of what we come from 

so we keep watching  

as we keep spinning

Sunday, March 2, 2014

M42 Orion Nebula

Last night the storm cleared up enough for me to get this shot of M42. This is by far the best image I have made from my telescope thus far, but still learned a few things in the post processing (more dark frames!)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Some New Work in Progress

Here are some photographs I took at the Lick Observatory last week for a book project. It was distressing to learn that UCO announced their intention of cutting all funding by 2018 and greatly changed how I was thinking about this book.

This is the Shane telescope. It is a reflector and the primary mirror is 3 meters in diameter. It is the most powerful telescope on Mt Hamilton and the work-horse for most research.  It was used in collaboration with the Apollo missions for the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment to precisely measure the distance between the Earth and the moon, by aiming a powerful laser at a retroreflective panel placed on the lunar surface by Apollo 11

This is the dome housing the Automatic Planet Finder (APF). This is the newest telescope on Mt Hamilton and is a fully automated 2.4 meter robotic telescope designed to detect rocky planets orbiting distant stars with the goal of finding planets like Earth that may support life.

Monday, January 27, 2014

"2 Degrees" MFA Invitational Show at Sierra Nevada College

This Thursday is the reception night for gallery exhibition "2 Degrees" at SNC which is featuring two new prints of mine. The show is a MFA invitational which features SNC alumni currently in MFA programs around the country who also invite another student from their school. It occupies two galleries: the Tahoe Gallery and the brand new "Garage Door Gallery" as part of the new building for the fine arts department.

My work will be in both galleries, one in each. One of them is actually a photo that I had printed before, but with dubious results, and ended up being cut into smaller sections. Unfortunately I don't have an image of that one, but the print looked good before I sent it off, and I'll be sure to document it when I head up this Thursday. The other one, which is in the Tahoe Gallery, is actually my most recent piece. I had actually taken this photo while on vacation in Kauai and in less than a week of getting back it was developed, scanned, printed and installed. I do have a photo of this one (although just a cellphone picture).

The dimensions are 17" by 17', black and white inkjet on matte. This photo uses my rewinding process with the camera on a fixed spot of a beach with the ocean washing in and out.

The other print is the same dimensions and shows a 360 degree view of a grove of trees.

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2 Degrees