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