New Theory/Old Theory

New Theory/Old Theory
Picture Spot
I began this project after noticing an old Kodak Picture Spot sign in San Francisco. Since the 1920’s, Kodak has manipulated people into photographing from a specific vantage point in amusement parks and tourist locations around America. Similarly, artist Igor Vamos created a parody with his Suggested Photo Spots in 1998. These historical concepts have led me to develop a new series of images in a technological driven world. I create my own Picture Spots by placing a view camera at a major tourist attraction to see how many people would inevitably shoot from that vantage point.

My view camera is used as a prop to lure the participant and engage them in photographing that location. I then collect their images and return to the studio where I search social media and cloud storage websites to appropriate more images. Finally, I combine fifty to hundred photographs into a single image that represents a societal view of this place.

Old Made New
This work was birthed from thinking about how the new digital revolution has changed photography and yet My work in this series comes from the concept of how the evolution of photography has changed yet continues to mimic the history of a painting. I appropriate famous images from photographic history and then dissect them into individual pixels, similar to the film’s grain, so they resemble the paintings of photo-realism. The images are printed as individual pixels and then assembled onto a large six-foot canvas. My work seeks to embrace the tradition of painting and the affect it has on photography.    

Light Studies
My work in this series is made by removing the lens of the camera and using the raw sensor to record the type or color of light falling both onto and reflecting from the subject. It is widely understood that the color of light differs from source to source, but seldom noticed. The purpose of this series is to show the purity of light and color without the distraction of the objects that appear in the image. The raw sensor cannot focus on objects or see differences in the environment. The only thing it can do is capture the light as it falls and reflects within view of the camera.

The light studies series have been shown nation-wide in a variety of mediums. In many cases the images are printed on canvas to give a painterly feel to the image. The canvas lends itself nicely to the image because it creates a softer more natural feeling, similar to the way it appears in nature. I have also created installations that deal with this visual spectrum using cotton sheeting, silk and projected light.