Hello! It’s been a while, but I have a cool announcement to share with you. On August 4th, I will have work in this year’s member show put on by the Ag Works Photo Collective of Pittsburgh. I’ve been an active member with them for a number of years now and they are a wonderful, talented bunch of photographers who are all active members of the Pittsburgh photographic community. All of the info regarding the show is in the flyer above, so I hope you can make it to the show and check us out.
I want to share an upcoming show that I will be a part of along with fifteen other members of the Ag Works Photo Collective.
If you have a chance please come out to Image Box in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Friday, June 3rd, from 7-10pm. The opening is a part of the Unblurred monthly art walk and as is always the case, should be a pretty lively and entertaining night out. If you’re not able to attend that evening, the gallery is also open by appointment until June 24th.
For the gallery address and list of other participating photographers, please see the attached promo card above. I look forward to seeing you there!
Hi everyone! I want to announce that I will be teaching a new intermediate photography class at the Hoyt Center for the Arts this Summer term. I know a lot of folks have been interested in taking such a class for a while now, so I’ve put this together with that in mind. Here’s the description from the Hoyt’s website catalog:
New! On Assignment, The Sequel: Intermediate Digital Photography
8 Tuesdays, June 14 – August 2, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This class is for intermediate to advanced students. Students are required to have a DSLR or advanced mirrorless camera, as well as a solid functional understanding of both their equipment and basic photographic concepts such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Lessons are based on weekly demonstrations of topics such as shooting workflow, post-processing/editing techniques and software, color management, and off-camera flash. The class will also include weekly creative assignments and critiques to promote creative/practical problem solving as well as to strengthen the students’ visual vocabulary. Capacity: 12 students. Minimum: 3 students. Ages 16+. Non-members: $115/Members: $95.
If you’re interested, you can sign up via the website directly, or give them a call at 724.652.2882. Looking forward to having you in class!
Yesterday, I received notice that I will have two photos included in this year’s Hoyt Regional Art Exhibit. These two are from a recent series entitled, “Patrol“, which I shot over a two year period while I was working in dowtown New Castle. I’m very happy to be included in this year’s show, and I look forward to seeing the other entries that juried in once the show opens.
The show will run from March 15, 2016 to May 6, 2016 at the Hoyt Center for the Arts in New Castle, PA. There also will be a public Opening reception on Sunday, March 20th from 2p-4p where refreshments will be served. This is always a pleasant and fun event that is totally free and anyone may attend. My son always raids the cookie tray, so don’t hesitate to make it a family outing if you have the chance.
Hope to see you there, and please say hello if you see me walking around!
Hi guys! I wanted to announce that I will be conducting my first class of the year this coming Spring starting Tuesday, March 29th, 2016. The schedule will be 8 weekly sessions held every Tuesday evening from 6p-8p, and we’ll finish up on May 17th. Classes are conducted at the Hoyt Center for the Arts in New Castle, PA, Ph: 724.652.2882. Sign-up hasn’t quite started yet, but once the schedule is posted on their website, just give them a call and they’ll take care of you.
If you’re not familiar with the class, it’s one that I’ve been doing for a few years now and every session has seen many wonderful students come together to learn photography, make some new friends, and push themselves to grow artistically and creatively. The class is geared towards beginner and intermediate photographers who are interested in learning and developing the basic universal concepts of photography, as well as dipping into some additional practical aspects of photography like basic flash and event shooting.
The classes themselves are divided into a critique session for reviewing and analyzing each student’s assignment photos, a technical demonstration and discussion of new concepts, and lastly a weekly assignment designed to reinforce and practice the concepts introduced during the class demonstration.
As far as equipment is concerned, students must provide a camera that is capable of full control such as a typical DSLR, bridge camera, or film SLR. Students should also have a way of bringing their work for display in class – usually a thumb drive with the image files is best, but also prints will work as well if large enough (8×10 minimum). Tablets and laptops are another option for displaying work.
There you have it! If this all sounds interesting and something you’d like to participate in, don’t hesitate to sign up and become one of the many students who’ve had fun learning new skills and developing their photo mojo by taking my class. We have a good time, and I love seeing everyone progress over the course of the class!
[Update] My friend Mandy’s campaign ended just a short while ago, and I’m very pleased to say that she reached her goal, and with a little bit extra too, so she will receive the money and go to Japan. If you opted to help fund her, then a big thanks from me because it’s a very worthwhile project and Mandy’s a good person who deserves to be able to pursue her art to the best of her ability.
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This is a first for me. I’m never one to post links to funding campaigns and the like because, well, it’s just not my thing. Tonight, however, I’d like to break that rule once and ask that you consider funding my friend and fellow photographer Mandy Kendall’s campaign to bring her work to Japan this July in order to help begin a dialog there regarding the issues surrounding fracking and its impact on the environment.
As a resident of PA and being surrounded by active fracking wells, and also as having a direct connection to Japan via my own family, this is an issue I feel strongly about and one that needs to be brought to the attention of the Japanese public so that they can begin to learn about fracking and thus make reasonable and educated decisions about it in their own country. Mandy’s work is unique and will be one of the first steps towards that goal, so I feel she should be given the chance to facilitate that discussion in person.
And that’s that. I always hate the hard sell, so I will say no more. You can follow the link to Mandy’s Kickstarter page where you can find more info on the project. If you find it meritous, please help and contribute towards her goal (which is very reasonable), or at the very least spread the word so that this very important project can become a reality. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and also for your help and consideration! Here’s the link: Sacrificial Fire: Fracking Impacts in the US and Japan
Trying to play catch-up due to my database crash, this is about one of the posts that was lost.
Back in January, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2015 January Group Show put on by Most Wanted Fine Arts in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The image that I showed is displayed above, and when I attended the opening I was pleased that it got a fair bit of attention from the viewers that came to the gallery. The opening coincided with the monthly Unblurred gallery crawl, so the turnout was pretty decent considering that it was January. Probably didn’t hurt that it was unseasonably warm that weekend as well, so there really was no reason for people not to go out that evening. In any case, it was a good time, with good people, and I am very thankful that I was asked to participate in the show.
Here are some snaps I took mostly while the gallery was still empty, with a few later ones as well once the crowd showed up.
A quick note to share with you. You may have noticed that recently a number of posts have disappeared in to the ether never to be seen again. This, unfortunately, was due to a database corruption that came about from an unwanted automatic WordPress update about a month or so back. Worse part of it is that even the backups had the corruption propagate to them, so after a lot of searching and scrabbling the end result is that I’m back to July 2014 as my latest post. Needless to say, I’m rather annoyed.
That said, I’m going to recreate the lost posts as best as I can so that they’re not completely lost. I’ll also be updating my resume and such again as well, so there’ll be at least some recovery back to the norm. Anyway, I apologize if you weren’t able to find one of the lost posts or not able to have a current version of my information in hand and ready to go.
I would like to announce the opening of the Ag Works Group Show which is being exhibited from July 29 – September 19, 2014 in the Blair Walkway Gallery at the Hoyt Center for the Arts in New Castle, PA.
Ag Works is a Pittsburgh artist collective which provides artists working within the photographic medium an environment in which to share work with other artists and gain constructive critical feedback. Formed in 2009 by a small group of Pittsburgh Filmmakers alumni to address the need of artists to receive the same informed feedback from their peers that they had received in the world of academia, the collective currently boasts members working in all aspects of photography, including alternative and historical processes, traditional darkroom photography and the newest digital media.
The opening reception for the show will take place on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6p-8p at the Hoyt. For directions and additional viewing information, please contact them at 724-652-2882. I look forward to seeing you at the opening!
[Update] Here’s some photos of the exhibit that I took to share.
I would like to announce that I will have a piece in the upcoming “Black|White” show hosted by Camera Arts Creative and The Alliance for Contemporary Photographic Learning. It will run March 21st – April 20th at Studio 3702 : 3702 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA. The opening reception will be on Friday 3/21 from 6p to 9p, so come on out and check out all the great work. See you there!