2-11-11 [from the archives, September 2008]

February 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Posted in alaska, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Seward, AK alley.

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The next photo project

April 15, 2009 at 6:18 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, art | Leave a comment
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Took down my Alley Project show the other day.  I think it was a raging success.  Countless people, known and unknown to me said they really enjoyed it, loved the idea, was about time people started paying attention to alleys.  “I walk down the alley instead of the street all the time!” a lot of people at the opening said. 

Mt. View alley.

Mt. View alley.

I have a lengthly ‘to do’ list right now.  This year has been so crazy.  I am going to take stock of everything, take some time for a thorough Spring housecleaning and work on some unresolved issues.  [That all sounds rather cliche-ridden, but it is true!]

I’m thinking about what sort of photo project to tackle next.  I take a lot of photos of houses and apartment buildings.  And I was thinking, I wonder what it would be like to take six months and move into a small building, maybe eight or twelve units, and try to get to know the people who live there in the other apartments?  And photograph them, inside and outside the building; and record some details of their lives in photos and words.  How could I pull this off, in a lovely and respectful way without seeming weird to the people I’m depicting?  Is it even possible?  I’m going to toss this around some more and talk to some other people about it.

3-21-09

March 30, 2009 at 5:40 am | Posted in art, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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My friend and ally Claire brought flowers my show opening at MTS.

My friend and ally Claire brought flowers my show opening at MTS.

alley project opens march 20th at MTS

March 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Posted in art | Leave a comment
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Posting here has been very light lately as I’ve been working on my first solo photo exhibit.  It’s just about ready to roll.  I also self-published a book with all the images from the show plus a few others.  I had a lot of fun the last year or so sneaking around in alleys and taking the photos.

Kind of exciting!  We’ll see if these alley scenes are ready for prime time.

Update 3-21-09:

They WERE ready, as it turns out!  Very well attended and people really liked the work!  [It wasn’t one of those openings where everyone is socializing and not paying much attention to the art.]  So much for crippling self-doubt.  I couldn’t be happier — a lot of nice compliments.  Many people commented at how much different street fronts are from alleys.  The back sides of properties are so much more revealing of owners’ tastes and personality disorders.

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