Monday, December 22, 2014

Andre Wagner recently appeared on my radar through the blogger feed. It was a nice change from the work I've been looking through as more and more of my interests have been focused solely on isolated areas, small towns and portraits of the usual. But Andre reminded me of the work I used to process and how I approached the process during my time in the Bay Area.

Andre's photographic style is based through street/documentary photography. He's released two books, Black Boys & The Purist, and is a BFA in both Social Work and Digital Media. I can see why his pictures come out the way it does based on his studies.

When I look at his work I'm reminded of the many classic photographers of the early years. The compositions are slightly offset, the tones are in almost every shade of gray, and the subjects reflect his attitude towards the world he lives today. Perhaps the points I made are just assumptions, but I'm feeling his vibe about life.

Give this guy a chance. Here are some of his links.




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Last Sunday I was able to watch the last episode of THE NEWSROOM which features Jeff Daniels (Dumb and Dumberer too) among others. The whole 3 season series covered topics such as the election period between Obama & Romney, Boston bombing, and even a fake story about "Genosha". But the appeal wasn't necessarily the news itself, but the idea of how things shifted over to an artificial network to a network that delivered true journalism.

Finding news that delivers truth is hard to come by considering networks' agenda of what they want to control. Unfortunately I can't listen to anything else, but NPR and other networks that do their best to inform the public what they need to know.

And maybe that's why I'm not part of current journalism today (even though my degree emphasizes Documentary/Photojournalism). I don't inform myself enough to follow what's going on in the world. I should be doing these kinds of things, but I'm just not interested. Shitty huh?



Monday, December 15, 2014

I've been shooting here and there, but I haven't made time to edit anything I've developed recently. There been a couple of new grounds I've been stepping while editing takes a sabbatical. But I've been collecting ideas to add towards the prospects for next year. It's generally a transitional phase I'm going through. Perhaps it's a good time to reflect on what I've done so far.

Looking back at some of the earlier posts I have managed to update the blog regularly, properly launched a portfolio website, curated a couple of exhibitions, be part of a first edition zine in England, and kept a strong discipline to edit work that may or may not have been posted. I've been so focused that the year seemed to fly by. It's been a busy year and a year full of tough decisions.

I really hope that I'm at the right path of everything. I don't know what will happen next year, but for sure I'm having a good time understanding myself and the things around me. I just hope things get better for me and my wife. Until then thank you all for your love and support. It really mean a lot to the few who still lurk my blog.