Monday, November 2, 2009
Inaugural Post take two
So Friday the 30th was the Celebration of Arts I was asked to exhibit in by local band, Busted Stuff. The show was pretty small, just three artists including myself, and it was held at a restaurant slash bar. I arrived to find one of the other artists had taken over my space, and I was left with the shitty lighting. But I was directly across from the entrance, so mine was the first work you saw when entering.
I decided to show a series called Tiny Gods, a project I've had in mind for years and executed in about 3 weeks. The other series I showed was a grouping of urban landscapes. Both were pretty well received. A few people have commissioned me to turn them into Tiny Gods for some unique portraits, one person asked me to photograph her daughter's wedding, I was happy that one of the band members wants a limited edition print of one of the landscapes and I got to see some awesome new people while hanging out with the friends who came out in support.
The most common question I got all night was "Now, do you go in and add all that stuff to their faces after you take the picture?" The answer is no, I do all drawing, painting, what have you before I even set up the first frame. It is time consuming and a pain in the ass, but I actually rather enjoy doing it. The second most common question was "Who wrote all that stuff on your pictures?" The answer is moi. I knew early on I wanted to be a writer and photographer, and this was a great opportunity for me to combine both.
The name of the series, Tiny Gods, comes from the idea that we idolize our partner(s). Often times, it appears from the outside looking in that we worship our romantic interests and lovers, thus making them miniature deities. Each piece of writing on each image is about one of my previous loves or another and was written at the time I felt such notions. So each one of those good lookin' individuals I photographed for the series took on the task of conveying what was written on their finished image. Only they didn't know it so I hope everyone was pleased with the result. And if not, they can go ahead and file a grievance. I love what they each did for each piece.
So that's it, the first complete post. I hope you like what you see. This is only a handful of the pieces in the series and prints are available if you're interested. I hope you continue to make it back time and again to see what else is new in Bossy Land. Peace be with you.