We Skyped for about half an hour. Talked about philosophy, shooting film and creepy photographers. Two years later we met for about 10 minutes and made a few frames. Glad to know the three dimensional version of you Marta. If only for a moment.
I've become more and more hesitant to work with new people. It's exciting to meet someone for the first time but I'm not looking to be a collector of persons. I looking to experience something outside of the comfortable. My favorite way of shooting is being very close, watching, waiting. My favorite people to shoot are those who can hold that space. Knowing I don't have a plan, knowing I don't expect them to be or do anything.
Holding that space together, without needing a goal, without needing to make it comfortable, keeping the experience and not the photo as the thing that matters... that's where my favorite work comes from. After that it's basically point and shoot photography. For me a wide lens on a camera that can focus close, because that's where I want to be and that matters more than that "right" way to do it.
Luca, unposed on the floor on the day we met.
They way people look and hold themselves when they are talking about or listening to something they care deeply about is my favorite thing to try and capture. Too close is my favorite place to capture it from. As little as possible is how much I try to manipulate that moment using a computer. A lot is how thankful I am for everyone that let's me in. #kodakfilm#indiefilmlab
I'm back in Portland after a brief but intense & amazing trip to Canada. Portland is such a nice place to come home to. It always feels comforting to arrive here and I'm grateful for that feeling. Next up is Utah.
and at some point you'll probe, and you'll hope you're willing to give as much as you're willing to ask. and you'll hope it will be enough, and you'll hope it will have been sincere. and you'll post it at an inopportune time hoping that that lends it emotional integrity. and you'll know it was the best you had. and you'll wonder if it was enough, enough to have been here, and enough to keep going. and it will seem like the end of it all. and against all odds, and of course... you'll awake tomorrow and have to continue. and have to start all over again. and I'll see you there. of course, reluctantly, expectedly. again.
To all the women that have to put up with far more aggressive messages than this on a consistent basis: I'd like to sincerely apologize on behalf of my frequently awful gender. It's been a weird journey to be male but never closely identify with so many classically male characteristics. I feel like I generally don't understand non-artist males. I'm fairly often mistaken for people in my photos and have gotten quite a few aggressive messages. More than anything I'm usually confused by them. Why would anyone talk to a stranger like this? For everyone who gets them much more intentionally, again I apologize. I have so much respect for the people brave enough to put their truth out there into an arena with so much disrespect. All my love.
Also man... if you want me to send those nudes you're going to have to use the correct "you're". I have no greater turn off than bad grammar.
On a bus from Portland to Vancouver for a short 2 day trip. I've got 7 hours to kill. Everyone wish me the strength to spend the time reading and not playing 40 games of Catan on my phone. #kodakfilm#indiefilmlab#leica
Sometimes it's framed. Sometimes it's passed around at a gathering of friends. Sometimes it's taped to the wall of a recording booth while the band that made you want to be an artist is making their own art. However it's shared, printed work means more to me. It was my goal this year to focus on prints. Making them. Selling them. Sharing them. Giving them away for free. Thanks for helping me make it happen.
NEW PRINT PROJECT!!
If you've been following me at all the past year you know the thing that matters to me right now is printing. The work takes on so much energy and means so much more to me when it's printed. I'm grateful for our devices for connecting us but they pale in comparison to prints when it comes to communicating how I want to. Lately I've been doing Instagram live print sales and similar random things to get more prints out there, but I've been searching for something more structured and regular. I think I've settled on what that is.
My new print project is a "from me to you and you to them" concept. Hopefully I'll think of a snazzy name soon but I want to get this going. The way it works is this. I'll use my Instagram story to share a print of the day. Each day I'll choose a print that's meaningful to me and upload it to my story. It will be an 11x17 print made and signed by me. There will be a direct link in the story to purchase the print (a feature I just acquired). The print will be $150 instead of the normal $200. When you purchase it, it will come with a free 8.5x11 signed print for you to give to someone else. It's meant so much being able to share art you can hold with my friends and I want you to have the same experience. I'll be using my backup account @ghostshapedpeople to post the prints sets, who bought them and where they ended up. If you want to share who you give yours to, I'll tag them in the post as well. If you want to share pictures of your prints once you get them, I'll add them to my story on one or both accounts.
Here's the thing though: there will only be ONE set available each day. First come, first served. I'll try and mix up the time I post each day to accommodate different time zones. If you would like to make a suggestion of what print I should feature and what time I should post it, I'll be open to that. So here we go! I'll be updating my story with the first entry shortly! As always thanks so much for overwhelming love and support. Getting my prints out into the word may be a small dream, but you've made it come true.