Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bethany's Senior Portrait Session

The weather was pretty miserable this week but thankfully cleared up for Bethany's photo shoot.

With our props and camera equipment we went all over the beautiful Toledo Botanical Gardens. Her photo shoot was super fun!

Click on the title to see more of the shoot.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Artomatic 419

Check out the pictures I took at this year's Artomatic 419, one of Ohio's biggest art events.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mark Moffett's Tree

Mark Moffett is a local artist that makes the most bizarre and fantastic sculptures out of ordinary, everyday things.

Here he made a sculpture out of shoes for the recent Artomatic 419 and hired me to document his work.

Derby party at the Museum

Check out the pictures I took of the Derby party last spring at the Museum!

It was such a fantastic event; everybody was dressed up in their Derby best, and the excitement of the races took over the entire event!

I'm pretty sure the Museum will be hosting these parties every year to coincide with the Kentucky Derby. Make sure you go next year--I will!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Photo Shoot with Raq the Casbah

Local bellydance and music troupe Raq the Casbah asked me to take some promotional shots of them. We had a fantastic shoot outside of the museum, one of my favorite places in town to have a photo shoot in Toledo!

These guys are super-talented and put on a fabulous show. Check out their facebook page for their next performance.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Frame of Reference-MFA Show

For those of you who weren't able to attend my Master of Fine Art Thesis Show, here are the images, video, and artist's statement.

Body of work as it appears in the gallery:

Detail shots of individual images:


Link to the video:

 Artist's Statement

Writer Susan Sontag once said, “All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

One of the things that has always fascinated me about photography is this “freezing of time,” if you will. It’s always amazed me that though life marches on in an unstoppable flux, moments can be frozen in the form of photographs and revisited.

The contact sheet format in this body of work is a reference to contact sheets that are used in film photography. When looking at a contact sheet, one expects to find a linear progression through time. However, when looking at the contact sheets that I digitally created, the viewer sees a movement of time that skips from past to present to past again. This nonlinear portrayal of time shows how the past influences the present when memories are recalled. It’s also shown in the video I am exhibiting, where old home movies are layered with recently shot footage. Both the video and digital images also express how much of an impact memory can have on the present, which in essence, is the basis of grieving.

I lost my mother two years ago to cancer. The day after she died, I learned that my family home that was in her name and that I was supposed to inherit was going to be seized by the government to pay outstanding medical bills. It is a huge loss for me on two levels: a loss of a loved one and a loss of a legacy.

My grandparents emigrated from Greece seventy years ago and were typical participants in the American Dream of the twentieth century. They initially lived in a one-room apartment in downtown Toledo, worked hard to make their business successful which eventually enabled them to buy a house where both my mother and I were raised. Being the only kin, it is up to me to clear this home of personal property before it gets turned over to the government. Going through three generations of personal possessions brings up a multitude of memories and intensifies the grieving process. My mother was a professional bellydancer, taking the art very seriously. She performed both internationally and nationwide, made her costumes by hand, and owned her own dance school where she taught bellydancing. As I pack up her things, I come across her costumes, sewing materials, instructional books, and other items that she used for performing and teaching. Her vocational devotion has been one way that I have been remembering her.

Consequently, I have been learning firsthand how the past affects the present in the form of memories, whether they are joyful reminiscences or longing to be with ones that are gone. I’ve also been learning that elation and loss are both integral facets of life. Existence is fleeting and years go by, but photographs can bring back memories that sometimes seem like the only things we can truly possess.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Video wins First Place at Salon des Refuses Show

I was shooting event photos at the Toledo Area Artists Show when I happened to look at a brochure for the Salon des Refuses show that was simultaneously happening across the street. I saw my name in the awards section and realized that the video I had submitted had won first place! I rushed over in just in time for the awards ceremony. It's not too cool having your work turned down from a show, but I must say it's pretty fantastic winning an award for it from another!

Click here to watch the video.