Monthly Archive for April, 2009

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angela bacon-kidwell – traveling dream

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Angela Bacon-Kidwell

Traveling Dream

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My photography comes from a life long obsession of exploring how my subconscious generates my dreams. As I move through my day, I am keenly aware of my encounters with people, places and things. I mentally record the details of these situations, and the physical or emotional responses that they evoke. These fleeting associations replay themselves in my dreams. The random moments combine to form sleep stories that are rich narratives, ripe with symbolism. With that as my model, I construct sets, use props and invite myself and models to perform in a natural, intuitive way. In essence, I attempt to create a waking dream.

For me, it is about being in the moment of a planned vision. That is were I’m most connected to my creativity.

In the series, “Traveling Dream”, I’m not illustrating a specific story, but creating unresolved moments from which the viewer must imagine a beginning and end. In this way, my images can become personal, each viewer lost in their own dream story within mine.

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young tom – greece

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Untitled, Greece by Young Tom

 

“Out of 
the sea, as if Homer himself had arranged it for me, the
 islands bobbed up, lonely, deserted, mysterious in the 
fading light. I couldn’t ask for more, nor did I want any­
thing more. I had everything a man could desire, and I 
knew it. I knew too that I might never have it again.”

Henry Miller

The Colossus of Maroussi

carlan tapp – clean coal TVA ash spill

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Carlan Tapp – Clean Coal TVA Ash Spill

For the past five years much of my work has focused around the social cost of producing energy in the USA. I continue to work in the Four Corners area of the Southwest on the Navajo Nation striving to photograph the true “cost” of using coal for the production of electricity. An on going project, Question of Power, shows the human condition as we mine, burn, and dispose of combustion waste using coal in the creation of electricity.

One part of the process which has received little notice is the combustion waste. In the burning of coal for the generating of electricity this is called “fly ash”. To date, fly ash is “unclassified” by the EPA and Federal Government. Current legislation may change that this year. If you do a little research you will quickly discover fly ash contains most of the toxic heavy metals which are left after the coal is burned. There are over 300 locations in the USA where this toxic material is simply placed in an outside pile.

On December 22, 2008 shortly before the Holidays, I caught a brief news flash regarding a “spill” of fly ash in Kingston, TN. at the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) coal burning electric generating plant. (My understanding is: the Kingston TVA Plant is the largest coal burning electric generating facility in the USA. The fly ash has been stored in an outside pond next to the river since 1954) With a little digging I found information stating 5.3 million cubic yards of “fly ash” had spilled into the Emory, Clinch, and Tennessee Rivers at Kingston, TN.. I thought it strange how it was down played in the news. Knowing fly ash is a highly toxic material this had the potential of being a major disaster.

A single look at my wife Nancy, she quickly said, “you need to go”. I drove to Kingston and spent eight days working there. I interviewed residents and photographed as much as possible. To be honest, TVA made it difficult to actually “photograph” the magnitude of the situation. The residents of the Swan Pond area I had the opportunity to meet openly shared their stories and concerns with me.

I plan to return to Kingston in the next few months and will give you an update.

Be strong, be safe,  Carlan

 

Photographs: Carlan Tapp
Website: www.carlantapp.com

peter tonningsen – buceros bicornis

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Buceros bicornis by Peter Tonningsen

 

 

This image is from my series, Descent which is an immersion into the visual pathos of an analytical world; a mournful ballad resulting from a marriage of art and science that began when I was invited to come to U.C. Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology to draw from their collections for artistic inspiration. I was immediately elated with the promise of this opportunity as I am generally interested in the mystique of science and the ideals and process of collection. Enthralled with the abundance and diversity of specimens preserved here, especially the bird samplings, I have primarily been working with this archive to create a series of non-ornithological specific collages that seeks to enliven and renew these perished birds while concurrently celebrating the astonishing visual allure of this collection.

I call this series Descent because it refers to what has befallen these lovely creatures: a requiem of sorts commemorating their loss of life and flight in favor of being eternally grounded for the sake of categorical examination. There is no scientific or analytical worth to this series, but instead it is intended to accentuate the often-overlooked beauty and substance inherent in such postmortem scientific study and compilation. I am particularly drawn to how these specimens take on new importance through my composites. Collaged with images of specimens from other departments and information extracted from field notes, histology slides, maps, and scientific texts obtained from MVZ archives, each bird is available for closer scrutiny and speculation about its particular history, story and station in this collection.

Most of the imagery utilized in this series comes from direct scans of the specimens and records. I have been exploring the use of a flatbed scanner as a means of image making for the past few years and am excited about how this tool challenges the traditional definition of a photograph. Made without a camera, film, or paper coated with light-sensitive emulsion, I never imagined that I could make photographs without these essential components or that I would be working in this manner when I started photography years ago. I am drawn to the physicality of this process and the immediacy and tactile nature this form embraces. Looking at these images, I feel as though I am under the specimen itself: in contact with it, touching it, sensing its weight, volume and texture, and I find that visceral quality curious and thrilling.

Website: Peter Tonningsen

 

yulia serdyukova – cosmos

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Gagarin’s flight to outer space in 1961 marked the beginning of the “space boom” in the USSR. Epic drive to the space validated and glorified the Soviet system and propelled cosmonauts to the status of national heroes of mythical statue. The collapse of the Soviet Union put an end to the cosmic epos of communist ideology. Its debris can now be found scattered around the former USSR.

Peaceful Space Exploration Museum was created in 1979 as a part of “Pereyaslav” National Reserve 120 km from Kiev, Ukraine. The museum is located in a wooden church, circa 1833. Placement of the museum allowed the founder of the reserve Mikhail Sikorsky to save the church from the destruction by the Soviet authorities.

Galya and Natasha, the museum custodians, call it simply – “Cosmos”. They open the doors on request from the visitors: “Are you going to “Cosmos”? Wait a minute, I’ll open it for you”.

 

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sigurd fandango – fast food worker

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Fast Food Worker by Sigurd Fandango

http://www.fandangophoto.com

editors note:

this photograph was turned in during my class this morning by Sigurd who is doing a portrait essay on fast food workers for my weekend loft workshop….for those of you who live in New York, please come to my loft Sunday evening  to see his entire essay (being shot right now) and the 3 day shoot  of 5 other of my student photographers..8pm…475 Kent Avenue, buzz 607 (Brooklyn, near Wmsburg bridge, between Division and S.11th)….bringing your own refreshments really helps us out…many thanks…oh yes, surprise guests of course….

 

 

spring cleaning

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finally….springtime…i do not know about you, but for me spring just does not come quite quick enough….spring brings hope and promise and well, just warmer weather is just fine with me….and spring is just the time to clean house….throw out all the junk one accumulates over the winter…both physical and psychological ….time for us to begin anew….this spring brings challenges for all of us….with the lovely green of spring , this year brings us to face a world where we might all just have to do with less….

wherever i go now photographers are flat out scared…fearful of the future….businesses are closing down everywhere…magazine circulations have dropped leaving little money for assignments, galleries are not selling as before,  advertising agencies no longer have big budgets for photography, and newspapers are cutting their photo staffs drastically, if not going out of business entirely….i do not know one single professional photographer who is not affected by our global financial crises….

at the very same time i see amazing work being done…one way or another, the best will thrive in the long run….photographers and agencies who can move with stealth will move forward…those with too much overhead will have to do serious “spring cleaning” in order to survive….this is our new reality…

as i start now to look through the 1,029 entries that came in for the Emerging Photographer Fund grant, i am so so impressed with the  high standard of work being done by so many….a truly staggering tour de force of worthy work was submitted to me here on BURN…..to choose only one seems right off the top  somehow unfair, since i would so love to help so many more…..i am not the chooser, and i am pleased to not be the chooser of the recipient for this grant because i would be very hard pressed to make a decision among so many worthy photographers…i will do all i can to at least give those who do not receive this funding at least as much opportunity as i can give them with some solid exposure here on our forum in the coming months…

do i see a solid future for these emerging photographers as we go through these difficult times?? of course i do…hard times befall almost every generation…and harder times than these to be sure….now is just the time to share…band together…for mutual benefit and creative growth….and we must all throw away what we do not need which is historically what led the citizens of Valencia, Spain (above) to create the spring Fallas…

so many photographers and so few resources to finance them as professionals will lead many to search for other sources of income….however, the true visionaries will do just fine….and it has always been so…..

how do you see it??  bad times, or just time to clean house???


daria endresen – to have

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To Have and Not to Hold       Self Portrait by Daria Endresen

 

Website: Daria Endresen

 

brent foster – kashmir’s half widows

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Brent Foster

Kashmir’s Half Widows

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Estimates range between 2000 and 6000 women do not know the whereabouts of their husbands. They are Kashmir’s Half Widows, women whose spouses have disappeared during the conflict. Some have been killed by security forces or militants, some have crossed the border to take up arms, and some have been jailed. Regardless the cause of their disappearance, they’ve left behind children, and their wives. Without proof of their husbands death,  the women are unable to re-marry, receive government funding, and are often cast out of society as a great stigma is attached the now single women. Most of their in-laws disown the women and their children.

For the first time these women are leaving their homes, and are seeking work as seamstresses, taking odd jobs, and begging on the street in order to provide for their children and themselves. They continue to search for their husbands and to hang on to the thought of them coming home. Every women I’ve met and photographed says they haven’t lost hope of their husbands return.

I hope to continue to document these women by photographing them through their daily life. The struggles, the stigmas, and the hope.  My goal is that this story raises awareness to the quiet injustices in this conflict.

 

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