You are the universe experiencing itself.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Index Mortalis

One more thing for this wave of updates... For my last project in my letterpress class I published a new book titled "Index Mortalis".

It's just a little guy at about 4" x 5.5" and inside there are no photos, just my writing about photography and how it relates to death and ghosts. The entire book is printed by letterpress, including the cover, and inside all the text is made from my own handwriting that I scanned to make photopolymer plates.

There are five copies in the first edition, excluding one artist proof. Each is signed and numbered, and each one has a little bit of unique character in its print. Also, two of the five has specially embossed end-sheets.

At this time I am not quite prepared to offer these for sale yet. I have an idea of a price that I am still deliberating on, but I also need to consider if I want to include this in my thesis exhibition this coming spring and if i want to risk needing to publish a second edition. I'm just not sure if I will have the time in the coming months, not to mention that I still need to publish an edition of my first book "Space | Time"

SFAI Concentrate Art Sale

On the subject of recent events of this last semester, I also participated in the art sale at SFAI's Concentrate shindig. I had no idea what to expect because it was my first time and this year they had the most students participating ever, but it actually went very well over the two days.

Here's a crappy snap of my little booth setup:

By far the most popular item was the letterpress print that reads "Some day you just want to smash some fucking particles" but I sold a few of everything else too. Not too many photographs sold though, other than the ones of star-trails, but I blame myself for having too many and they were just 5x7 inkjet prints. It was nice to get a chance to show my proof of "Space | Time" also, and I had a few people ask about purchasing it, but unfortunately it is just a proof with an edition coming (hopefully) soon which will be for sale (My goal will be to have an edition of 5 or 10 in time for the MFA thesis exhibition in May.) Another great part of the sale was getting to distribute my classy letterpressed business cards. In that photo you can see my box practically full with them, but by the end I think there were less than half remaining... So I guess I'll need to print (and cut, damnit) more sooner than I thought.

Rock, Paper, Petroglyph

Last month I had some work up in Z-Space SF as part of a group show for the travel course to Southern Utah I took last summer with Linda Connor. The opening reception was a fun with a lot of people showing up, mostly familiar faces since the location doesn't exactly attract foot traffic. Of course I am thankful for my mom Iris Fraser, my lovely lady Naomi Shepherd, and her friend Akhil Naini for coming out to support me. Here are some photos of my pieces installed:

Mine are the middle four and long top one.
The large photo to the right of mine is actually a photo of me by Cameron Van Loos 

Closer detail of the four boulders.

And here's some photos from the opening courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography and Rachelle Bussieres:

 Special thanks to John Chiara for coming out for the show too!
And Linda Connor who joined us straight from the airport after her flight back from Vienna.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Since I'm on a roll, here's more work fresh from this semester.

These photos were shot on 645 with a 1:1 macro lens at my TV screen connected to my PC displaying old Windows 95-98 era icons, and the two last ones are taken from this image. It started out just as something fun I wanted to try one day, but I like how it has turned out so far. The path of visual translation is kind of amusing to me, that it starts out as pixels on a screen, which is then interpreted into grain on the film, that is then transferred back into pixels, and then finally rendered as points on inkjet prints.

This may also be a reaction from listening to a lot of Vaporwave recently.

More things from Utah!

While I'm at it...

Boulders. Moab, Utah

Black & white 4" x 5"

Taken this past summer on a travel course with Linda Connor to southern Utah.

On one of our last days in Moab I took the car and rushed down to these boulders on the side of the road along the Colorado River. It was already evening and everyone else was at our camp waiting for dinner, it was my opportunity to get out there even though we were passing by that spot every day. I only had about an hour to drive out there, get some shots, and get back not too late for dinner, and it took about 15-20 minutes to get there from our camp. Working like a madman I managed to punch out six exposures which all turned out pretty good, and when I got back to camp everyone was still waiting for dinner. I even narrowly dodged a deer on the road back.

It is on my "list of things" to expand on this project using some local Bay Area boulders.

Oh and I almost forgot: prints of these are going to be in an exhibition of SFAI photo students hosted by the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien) this month. And I will also have them up for the Utah class exhibition in Z-Space coming soon.

New Video Work in Progress

Here's a few clips showing some of the video work I've been up to lately. I first experimented with these things last Spring but I didn't keep it up, but now I'm picking it up again (as if I need anymore simultaneous projects...)

Also, here's another thing I did with the Moon.

Bear in mind none of this is really meant to be finished work, which is why I am hesitant to put it out, but I don't think it matters.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Timelines pt.1

Here are some timelines from my first year at SFAI.

Bay water surface. 2013

waves on a beach in Kauai. 2014 

Tree grove in Presidio. 2013 

Courtyard in Fort Point. 2014

These are the best ones that represent only a small portion of the huge number of rolls that I shot. Most of the time nothing is resolved onto the film, it tends to just turn into nothing but blurred, indiscernible streaks. About 1 in 3 actually comes up with enough detail for me to recognize the shot, and then maybe 1 out of 3 of those is good enough to work with. So that means out of 9 or 10 rolls I can expect one good one, but thankfully I load my own cassettes with lengths shorter than your normal 24 exposure roll. Even still, I think I get about 40 rolls out of every 100 foot bulk roll of 35mm.

I think more recently I've been able to improve my technique a bit to get better ratios, but I think I'm going to start loading my film even shorter for now on. Also, I've once again tried working with color, both positive and negative, and this time I've had much better results than before. I think my best results came from some expired Provia 400, but Ektachrome 100 also seems to work well. The only problem is that no color film of any kind is sold in 100ft bulk rolls anymore. Which is incredibly frustrating, I don't think any color film is even available as 24 exp versus 36, which is absurdly long for the rewinding even with the motor (and by hand it just straight up sucks). I was lucky with the Provia 400 because it was expired when I bought it a while ago back in Reno, and it was a 100ft roll. So I guess now I have to start trolling eBay for unused and expired bulk color 35mm.

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