These images were “round 2” with Portland model Maryjane McLain, which is to say, the second time I got to work with her in the last 6 months or so. We had access to a dive-y bar which all kinds of psycho stuff written on the walls, and it was a complete blast to shoot amongst the bar patrons and in the creepy, ratty basement. I have been a recent admirer of the South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord who have a similar rat-like vibe thanks to their frequent collaborations with photographer Roger Ballen; it’s not quite the same as shooting with a stylish Maryjane but you can see where some of the influence comes from.
This is being written halfway through my journey to Photolucida, a photography portfolio review event that happens every 2 years in Portland, Oregon, aka City of Beards. I’m in my quaint Motel 6 room on a Saturday morning, with my free coffee and convenient store blueberry muffin by my side. It’s a small lull during days of presenting work to reviewer and fellow photographer alike, and looking at other people’s stuff, and having a table at the Portland Art Museum with over 400 attendees. In a couple hours I’ll be hopping on the bus with my portfolio and jetting downtown for 7 reviews, which is quite a high number even if you consider they are only 20 minutes long.
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These xerox transfers were created with one of my favorite models in Portland. I had been using acetone for my transfers but since I’ve been teaching the workshops at a local art store, it’s worked out to use the Chartpak blending markers instead of acetone- safer and you can get these sketchy “charcoal”-like results.
The SXSW of art photography, Photolucida, is having portfolio reviews in Portland April 2015, and I was lucky enough to make it through the lottery process they have for registration. The next hurdle is registration costs- roughly $1000 due Oct. 7, 2014, one week. Photolucida is a big enough deal that I am ready to sell my car to pay the registration, but since I do have an Etsy shop full of art, anyone who buys from me this week Sept 29-Oct. 5th will get something extra in their order, to be determined depending on what anyone orders!
I just wrapped up 4 days of shooting around Vancouver, British Colombia, and Portland. This was a “model shoot only” art making trip and it was a complete blast, and lots of great images got shot because I was 100% focused and got new ideas from each shoot which I could utilize in the following shoot. This happy photo was with model Verronica Kirei and hmua Jodi Vaughn in Portland, a model I absolutely highly recommend to anyone. Helpful that that sparkly background was a “designated selfie” area in the basement studio we shot in!