April 30th, 2012
April 27th, 2012
All Photos © Patricia Lay-Dorsey.
Twenty years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1988, Patricia Lay-Dorsey took the first self portraits for what has become known as Falling Into Place. This ongoing project documents Patricia’s day-to-day life with an intimacy and openness that is unusual. She says, “I simply want to show that I may do things a bit differently, but, in the long run, I am pretty much the same as everyone else.” Since moving to a motorized scooter in 2000, Patricia says, “I am more apt to know the design of a person’s belt buckle than the color of their eyes,” but that just gives her photos a unique point of view.
Falling Into Place, has been featured on the New York Times Lens blog, Visura Magazine, Burn Magazine, Fototazo, Lenscratch, New Mobility Magazine and in Catherine Edelman’s The Chicago Project. The image below was included in the 2011 Beauty CULTure exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Falling Into Place received 3rd prize in the 2010 FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project. David Drake, Director of Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Wales, UK, has begun work on publishing the book.
-courtesy Patricia Lay-Dorsey.
April 26th, 2012
|All photos © Pinhole Cameras by Chris Keeney (Princeton Architectural Press)
April 29 is Pinhole Photography Day. The old fashioned process is still used by many photographers around the world, and Princeton Architectural Press recently published Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide by Chris Keeney. The book presents in-depth instructions on how to build your own pinhole camera using a variety of materials, from shoe boxes to coffee cans. Pinhole enthusiasts are encouraged to upload the pinhole images they make on Sunday, April 29 to this website.
Above: Pink Pinto. Baja California, Mexico. PinHolga. Fugi Provia 100 F 35mm, slide film. 2-second exposure.
April 25th, 2012
All photos © Deborah Mesa-Pelly
“I’ve been working on location, setting images in overlooked and all too familiar spaces. There is a ritualistic aspect in the way I establish these photographs that traffic in both photography and sculpture to arrive at narrative. The activity of collecting and repurposing found objects transforms an inspirational poster into a backdrop for a neglected turtle’s tank while simultaneously expanding the shallow pictorial field with deep space illusion. Through restaging domestic interiors and questioning the photograph as document, perception is jarred and the knowable questioned.”
Deborah Mesa-Pelly has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her photographs are part of the public collections at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York, Seattle Art Museum, The Orange County Museum in Los Angeles, The Neuberger Museum at Purchase College, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Centro de Photographia, Salamanca, Spain. She is a professor of photography at Purchase College. Born in 1968, she immigrated to the US from Havana, Cuba when she was 3 years old and currently resides in New York City with her husband artist Michael Wetzel and their daughter Alba Rose.
Above “Bed Cage” 2011
April 24th, 2012
French photographer and street artist JR. © Zachary Bako
While doing an artist residency in Beijing, photographer Zachary Bako started documenting the contemporary art scene in China. But it wasn’t until he returned home to New York City that he would meet Liu Bolin, who was working on his series “Hiding in New York.” Bako began photographing Liu’s creative process for the images, which show Liu painted to blend into the background of various sites around the city.
Within six months, Bako relocated to Beijing and began his own series “Liu Bolin: The Process.” Using both still images and video, Bako continues to record and document what goes on behind the scenes in order for Liu to make photographs for his “Hiding in the City” series. Here, Bako chronicles a collaboration between Liu and French photographer JR. For the work, JR photographed Liu, enlarged the image, and pasted it on his studio’s exterior wall and door. Then Liu painted JR to blend into the image and photographed the resulting work.
Liu’s exhibit “Lost in Art” is currently on display at Eli Klein Fine Art in New York City through May 11.
© Jimmy Chin
Jimmy Chin is an adventure photographer and filmmaker who is part of Camp 4 Collective, a full-service video production house of like-minded artists and athletes. In addition to a myriad of amazing feats, including reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, Chin also placed in the 2011 Great Outdoors Photo Contest with this image of James Pearson climbing the first ascent of the Arch of Bishekele in the Ennedi Desert in Chad. The deadline for the 2012 Great Outdoors Photo Contest is Thursday, April 26, 2012. Chin will also be speaking at this year’s Outdoor Photo Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, which will be held August 1 through 4.