Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ari Marcopoulos at the BAM/PFA

Recording New York’s downtown art scene in the early eighties, shooting snowboarders and skateboarders in motion and at rest, or chronicling the vicissitudes of his own family life, photographer ari marcopoulos unerringly captures the zeitgeist in this mid-career survey. 

OPENING RECEPTION 6:30-8:30PM 9/22/09

the big picture

I will speak for myself, but I hope the view is shared.

I want to see that my voice is being heard. That my thoughts and ideas are not mine alone, but amongst those of greater interest. Because I want to see a change. A change in the way we interact with people across the world, with the environment we inhabit, and the the way we bring legitimacy to our lives. 

The decisions I make on a daily basis come together to create and diagnose my values.  Values I haven’t really taken into account. It is now that I see an opportunity, that I feel the pressure to take action. Small actions that I can make with my daily decisions to help the greater cause. It would be hopeful to be apart of a humanistic movement in the world we live in. 

Friday, September 11, 2009

A walk in the park with Heidi Schmann

I had the pleasure of meeting with Heidi Schmann in the park yesterday. I was surprised that she agreed to roam around the GG with me as I scouted for an upcoming shoot. But as I found out, that is how she is. Calm, collected, and able to fit into any situation. I figure it has something to do with her years of experience shooting for clients such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Village Voice just to name a few. As we set foot through the park we chatted about where she is now and her thoughts on the evolution of documentary photography.

Heidi moved out to San Francisco nearly three years ago and now has a hard time imagining going back. Although she keeps tight ties with the East, it is here where she will dive into multimedia. Now that newspapers are becoming obsolete in print and more interactive on the web, documentary photographers are being looked to change with the times. That means no more sending digi still frames, but edited motion clips with sound, and all at the same price. 

That reality shines a light on the responsibility and dedication of a documentary photographer that has been over looked by the recent saturation of the the photo industry. The willingness to morph and educate in a whole new medium to successfully connect with the viewer. Respect. 

While we wait to see what Heidi will come up with next, here are a few still frames for you to feast your eyes upon. 

© Heidi Schmann 2009

Documentary Photography to go see right meow: Then and Now: Photographs by SebastiĆ£o Salgado @ The David Brower Center 


Thursday, September 10, 2009

coldest summer

Last week in San Francisco

Friday, September 4, 2009

natural history

“The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.” –Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Film Grants Yum Yum

Too much chocolate is excited to partner with Kodak in offering its first-ever film grant program, with submissions opening September 1st, 2009. This grant will provide 10 non-represented photographers with the film needed to execute a new or ongoing personal project, to be completed during 2010. This partnership aims to recognize strong project ideas from talented and emerging photographers, allowing them to fully realize a body of work that may not have been achieved otherwise. At the start of 2011, the recipients’ final projects will be brought together and exhibited through a variety of online, magazine, and gallery showcases.

Click here to read more and submit. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

South Yuba River with Justin Divine

Justin Divine is the greatest kid you will ever meet. 

Humble as ever, ready for anything with a tall boy in hand, and strapped with an audacious eye for the environment he finds himself in. Divine has spent time in Yoesmite, Washington State, Santa Barbara, and New York. Now this Hemet raised 28 year-old calls San Francisco his home. These images were taken at the South Yuba River right outside of Nevada City in August. 

He never ceases to amazing me. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Drive South on the 1 to Pescadero

old trees

secret spot

8:30am on a Friday 

If I were a house, I would want to be in a tree

northern california love