Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Images of Australia: Sydney

St. Andrew's Cathedral                                                        

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and praise your Name, because of your love and faithfulness;
For you have glorified your Name
and your word above all things.
When I called, you answered me;
you increased my strength within me.
All the kings of the earth will praise you, O LORD,
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
They will sing of the ways of the LORD,
that great is the glory of the LORD.
Though the LORD be high, he cares for the lowly;
he perceives the haughty from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe;
you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me.
The LORD will make good his purpose for me;
O LORD, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands. 
Palm 138, appointed for July 25, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

iPhone Diary Series

iPhone Diary: 24 July 2009

This photo will be exhibited in Currents 2010, the annual juried membership show of New Orleans Photo Alliance. The show will be at Crescent City Brewhouse on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, Nov. 20, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011.

Monday, September 13, 2010

iPhone Diary Series

iPhone Diary: 23 July 2009
In late March 2009, I began to explore the capabilities of my new iPhone camera. Like most of my projects, this one did not spring full-blown from my mind. Rather, I tend to start doing something, then figure out what it is and why it is interesting.

What it is, in this case, is a series of photographs called "iPhone Diary." Each image is subtitled with the date it was made. iPhone Diary photographs must be composed at the moment of taking on the screen of the iPhone. Although I upload them to my computer and sometimes adjust the contrast or color to represent the scene as near to how I saw it as possible, I do not crop the images.

My purpose in not cropping iPhone Diary pictures and in seeking to re-present a scene as I saw it is distinctly NOT to reinforce the popular notion that the camera produces a mechanical, therefore somehow "objective," record of reality. Photographers are in the business of framing the world. They impose the physical frame of their camera's viewfinder/screen on continuous reality. What ends up within the frame and how it is organized in relationship to the frame is one of the photographer's primary communicative tools. Deciding to not crop the iPhone Diary images thus requires discipline. I must be very clear and deliberate at the moment of making the photograph about what I see and how to frame it so that others will be able to see it as well.

Is it interesting, and if so, how? To me it is, but the photographs are fragments from my life--like a diary of images. I have a story to go with each one. At the same time, perhaps the pictures also somehow transcend the particular. Maybe they evoke your stories, too? 

Friday, September 3, 2010

iPhone Diary Series

iPhone Diary: 20 July 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

iPhone Diary Series: Australia

 iPhone Diary: 17 July 2010 (After Diego Rivera)
iPhone Diary: 26 July 2010 (Farewell)