Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Slightly Delayed Look Back at 2014

Thus far 2015 has been so busy that it is half way through February before I've had a chance to look back through my old photos and sort out how 2014 was photographically productive for me.  Certainly it was a year of profound change and progress in my life, both professionally and personally.  For example, I got married, certainly the most exciting bit of news.  I also spent time in 18 different countries: USA, Japan, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, England, Russia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, Barbados and Cuba.  Which was awesome.

But first I want to mention a few other bits of news...

I've just finished production of my limited edition artist book Untitled Re:Iterations this week...  I've only printed 100 copies of this book, which basically looks back at 15 years of my photography (well, a certain part of my photography, the addictive part where I can't put the camera down and I photograph everything that interests me).  The book is 198 pages and contains more than 600 photographs from six continents, many of them have appeared on this blog over the past several years, but many of them have not.  You can take a look at some of those images and buy the book via my website.  Here's a snap of the book:



2014 was also quite a big year for my Ornithological Photographs.  I finished photographing for that project when I was in Brazil in November, and also worked on it in Mexico last January.  Those photographs are going to be published in a monograph this autumn, by Daylight Books.  Right now, twelve photos from that series are up in Charlotte, NC at The Light Factory.  I'm also fundraising for the book, and very actively seeking exhibition and book signing opportunities starting September of 2015.  Take a look on my website or contact me for details.  Here are a few highlights from my last year of photographing birds in mist nets:


Blue Manakin

Brown-backed Solitaire

Black-headed Nightingale-thruth

Green Kingfisher

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

I got married at the end of last July, and this is certainly the most profound and exciting change in my life.  Part of the reason I put out the book of travel photos as well as finished up the bird photos is that I'm moving on to this new phase in my life.  I probably won't be traveling as much as I did in my 20's and early 30's, but I'm very excited about nesting.  It is also leading to a change in my work, where I'm spending more time making images in the studio.  This year, 2015, I plan to really dig into my ongoing series I call 44% Blue...  I wasn't able to work on it for much of last year, because I was traveling so often.  But here are a few recent highlights from the project during the months I was at home...

Like this photograph of a photograph on my iPhone covered with water droplets (that turn into little microprisms) during a misty rainy day:


Or this photo on a calm day, where I made a wave by photographing onto a curved piece of film, so the image actually ends up having two separate focal planes (it's more obvious in larger prints):


Each square in this Bayer pattern is the same size as a pixel at the highest resolution of publicily available USGS (Google Earth) satellite imagery...  Which would make some strange interference if the sculpture was actually photographed by said satellite:


That project is really delving into the world of video too.  Make sure to take a look at these videos from the project here: 

Reconciling Idealized Form and Perfected Value

Breathe: Self and the Horizon

So, on to the next project then!  Rapid fire today.  While traveling I dug back into my series of photographs of urban and community gardening, that I call Post-industrial Edens.  I photographed a lot of new places in Europe and got to return to Cuba, after a seven year hiatus!  Definitely hoping to head back there in 2015/2016...  And I am also trying to start photographing more gardens in Japan at some point soon.  But here're a few of my favorites from 2014...

One from Cuba, with amazing lush lettuces and a classic Cuban car:


This odd structure looming of an abandoned allotment garden in Belgium was actually an artificial ski slope...  But it looks more like an odd bridge to nowhere when photographed from this angle:


Another allotment garden in Belgium, albeit a bit more Banal:


This Cuban gardener was a great guy.  He gave me oranges, he liked to restore classic cars, and he had lots of party slogans and posters hanging around the garden:


In Grosseto, Italy...  An allotment garden in the heart of Tuscany:


All right, so on with some other shots...  That don't fall into any of these relatively clearly defined projects, but maybe that makes them even more interesting. 

It's a bit daunting to organize these images, so I'll just try to go roughly chronologically.

Two medium format photos from Japan:



Lawrence and a light on my birthday:


Spiky flowers in Florida...


A bold bird:


Darkroom sculpture:


Another Paper Towel:


Colliding patterns at the airport:


Post in a tree:


Guinea Fowl with her babies trekking across the landscape:


Freedom, the morning after we got married...


Another dog on a beach, in Trinidad and Tobago:


In the mountains:


Baby turtle rescue patrol:


Still life with cone and hole in the afternoon sun:


A hollow way, near Axminster, UK:


Church of Spilled Blood, in St. Petersburg:


Woman taking an art selfie in front of a Rembrandt:


Flowers in Gemany:


A still life with cube and hole in Belgium:


An Antwerp street scene:


Hound dog in Ireland:


Dedicated to St. Brigid:


At the bottom of her well:


Lisbon, Portugal is full of stairways:


Covered car in Lisbon, after Frank...


Street scene in Imlil, Morocco:


Hanging out with the Goat Man drinking mint tea:


Bugs in Tuscany:


A voyage across the ocean:


Street scene in Porto Allegre, Brazil:


Alejandra and the Cotingas...



A burst of water in Barbados:


Esley drinking Cuban coffee late at night:


A found painting in Havana:


The orange peeler and the Mercedes:


And a few from Tertiary Objects...  Here's a moth wing:


Infinity knot:


A cold place to sleep:


And an inviting tomato...


And some portraits of Mika as my 2014 finale...

Mika and I spent the start of last year in the mountains of Japan.  Here's her on our morning walk on January 1st, 2014:


Mika at night on the turtle beach in Trinidad and Tobago:


Mika with snake around her neck in Morocco:


Mika with big golden box:


Mika in Kimono before rehearsal dinner:


Two photographs of Mika photographing large animals:



Bring it on, 2015: