The Analogue Argument

Why it’s worth keeping a darkroom in your high school photography program.

Darkrooms and analogue photography are increasingly being excluded from the photography programs at high schools across the country, usually under the blanket sentiment that they’re old fashioned. I disagree, passionately, and rather than refute the flimsy reasons school districts use to push for darkroom exclusion, I want to highlight their benefits to the secondary education environment and experience. Continue reading “The Analogue Argument”

Exhibition Review for Fraction Magazine

I reviewed Richard Mosse’s “The Enclave” at the Portland Art Museum for Fraction Magazine.

Unlike his photojournalist colleagues, he’s using Kodak Aerochrome infrared film, which is the source of my ambivalence towards his oeuvre. This film renders greens as cotton candy pink. It was created by Kodak for military surveillance, to reveal things that would otherwise be hidden by dense vegetation. It’s a clever choice for a body of imagery that seeks to make the war in the DRC more visible, and the surreal, alien quality of the images echoes the surreal, alien reality of the war. The wide swaths of forest and soldier’s camouflage glowing like a science fiction movie grabs the viewer’s attention and draws them into the work, at which point they have to engage with the disturbing subject matter.

Head on over to Fraction to read the whole thing.

“Cameraless” at the New Mexico Museum of Art

The Cameraless exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art is up until December 7th, 2014. Here’s an image by Caleb Charland, one of the artists in the show. It’s made by growing bacteria on a piece of sheet film.

Caleb Charland, A Picture of Grey Eaten by Bacteria, 2009
Caleb Charland, A Picture of Grey Eaten by Bacteria, 2009

You can also see my photogram there too.

David Ondrik, Untitled 8, 2014 6 unique photograms
David Ondrik, Untitled 8, 2014

“Cameraless” Exhibition

One of my photograms is going to be on display at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe from August 28th to December 7th. Here’s what they have to say about the show on the New Mexico Museum of Art’s web site:

On display Aug 28 – Dec 7, 2014
Not all photographs are made with a camera! Enter the world of the photogram, where images are made without film or camera and often without recognizable subject matter. Featured are works by Caleb Charland, Leigh Anne Langwell, David Ondrik, Carol Panaro-Smith and James Hajicek, among others.

Join us for a gallery talk with artist Leigh Anne Langwell on Friday, September 12, at 5:30 p.m.!


Plastic Fantastic Exhibit

One of my new pinhole photographs is included in LightBox Photographic Gallery’s “Plastic Fantastic Show IV.” It was juried by Susan Burnstine. The show runs from June 8th to July 6th, and there appears to be an opening from 6-9 on Saturday, June 8th. In a weird twist of fate I’ve just relocated to Portland, Oregon and will be able to attend the opening, as Astoria is only an hour and a half away.

In a further nod to my budding luddite, these images will never appear on-line, so you’ll have to see them in a show, or in the box in my closet.