A long ride to a foreign land. rolling through the sky looking at landscapes filled with mountains and rivers I’ll never cross. it seems as if this continent must have been connected to California looking at her from this viewpoint. I see fire and smoke burning up the mountain side, clear skies and a spralling metropolis up ahead. the weather feels warm. looking forward to landing and skipping into the country as seemlessly as possible.
We arrive – wander through the city with the help of my iPhone GPS – easy. Japanese dinner with good company – see a new friend up ahead and invite her in.
I don’t submit my work for silly contests. Yet, just about every single contest out there, I’m talking with jurors and such, sends me about 2 emails a day to give them money so that some bonehead who thinks he or she knows everything about photography can say whether or not my piece of art is up to par. Some of these contests cost $75.00 to enter! I wonder how many unsuspecting artists souls are being devoured by sending off a check… and then some of the contests do a rights grab afterwards! So, you are basically paying them to use your work. I want to know what the house looks like of the founder of these awards. I bet after receiving all this cash it’s a nice posh ranch house in Bel Air. I also bet (after seeing some of the names of the contest winners) that these “contest winners” were planned before the contest even started. They get a few well known photographers ask them to be in the contest and give them the prize so that that photographer’s name lends them credibility, then they can continue to mooch off artists in order to keep their lights on. Vampires.
And to go through all the contests out there, and if you check to see who has won the contests you start to see some very familiar names over and over again in each contest. That’s really not a coincidence.
When did things get so depressing? This isn’t the way artists should be treated. I literally get 10 different contests who email me regularly – The International Color Awards are seriously on my last nerve! An email a day from them!! International Color Awards! You aren’t getting my money, and I don’t shoot color.
Before you go on a trip, especially one that won’t allow you to rent gear, you need a check list. A packing list, and a bag that you can carry on the plane. Checking your gear and trusting airport baggage with expensive equipment is a bit foolhardy. If only I could Fed-Ex it all so it arrived before me. But I don’t even trust that. So – I thought I’d let you all into my ritual of organizing before a photo excursion by posting my check list.
1. Holga w/Polaroid Back. I don’t leave home without it!
2. And that means – 10 packs of Type 85 Pos/Neg
3. Sodium Sulfite (hmm… airport security… wonders to myself)
4. Polaroid Bucket
5. 2 Nikon FM
6. Nikkor 50mm
7. Nikkor 105
8. Red Filter, Orange Filter, Yellow Filter
9. 20 BW Kodak Tri-X 35mm 400 Speed
11. 20 BW Ilford Delta 120 400 Speed
12. 20 BW Kodak Tri-X 120 400 Speed
13. The last stash of Kodak Portra
14. My last roll of Kodak Color Infrared
15. Film Cooler for Infrared Film
16. Diana Camera
17. Pano Holga Camera
18. 4×4 silver/white reflector
19. Polaroid film protectors
I’m debating on taking my Speed Graphic 4×5. I know I’ll want it at some point but the terrain is going to be rugged and traveling light seems like that will give me the most freedom. Not only would I have to tote the 4×5 around but boxes of Type 55 too. So it’s not sounding too adventurous at the moment. Thinking about renting something while I’m there for a day so …
20. i545 Polaroid Back
21. 1 box of Polaroid Type 55
Yeah – I kind of have to shoot 4×5 – at least one day. Even though it will be insanely cumbersome, it will probably be worth it.
22. Video Camera
I have a few days yet, trying to think of more crap I can fit into a carryon seems exhausting. If only I just needed clothing.
For those wondering what the prize is going to be… I’ve decided to give whoever guesses where I am 2 movies I made to music of my photography mailed to you.
I’m going to the end of the earth and to a World Heritage Site to make photographs. I really am getting excited about this trip. I hope there won’t be too many big snakes! But I fear they will be hard to escape… crossing the date line… crossing the equator… and going underwater! I shall post travel snaps with my iPhone here every day, as long as I’m able to find an internet connection. If you are the first to guess where I am, I will send you a prize!
This is where I was today. But I haven’t left yet, so I say it’s Malibu!
Jessamyn – the awesome model featured as you log on is featured in these Triptychs. She’s an amazing model, an artist in her own right and super fun to be around. I have quite a few more images that I will be posting in my photography gallery soon.
These were taken with a Speed Graphic 4×5 Camera and Polaroid Type 55. I still have two cases left!
Welcome to my new website. What a change this will be from coding html pages using Go Live. I’ll be able to update this place when ever I want. So, stay tuned to more activity here. I’m such a wordpress geek now.