Tuesday, December 22, 2009

soooooo. here's a thing i did for impose.

i'll post more thesis pics later.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

the upper peninsula

So I went up to the UP at the beginning of October, and I just got my negatives back. It snowed while I was up there, I think the date was 10-10, but I could be wrong...

it feels cold wherever I go.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I just uploaded this song onto youtube really quick

but I just got her album and it's fantastic.

also, my cat won't be quiet.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

more thesis stuff.

thesis background

So I realize I never wrote about my thesis. Well in a nutshell, it's about suburbia. I wanted to make my photos sad, because I feel like growing up in Detroit suburbia, I got a different experience than any other suburban landscape. Detroit is falling apart, Michigan is falling apart. So. Sad pictures. I'll probably post examples of my inspiration later...

As I started shooting, I started concentrating on natural and man-made elements interacting. But, I guess I just want a lot of pictures, a lot of different details. We'll see how it evolves.

Also, I am concentrating on how certain songs enhance environment, like I was planning on making my thesis class a mix CD of songs that are important to me, or that give me the feeling that I want to portray in my photos. and this song is important right this second.

Monday, October 19, 2009

So here I am.

I've been going a lot of places lately. Like Houghton, and back to NYC. But when I've been home, I've been shooting like crazy for thesis. I just started seriously scanning tonight, and I'm a little worried about having prints ready in two weeks (since I am going back to NYC next week... woops...). Also, I am getting sick. Bummer. So, I guess that just means I am going to have to work extra hard for the next week, and scan like crazy.

Here is one of the images I worked on tonight.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I'm shooting for thesis (I don't have anything scanned yet...) and doing work for all of my other classes.

Somehow I found time to do a pro-bono shoot for my friend Corina, who needed a comp. card. She just got scouted by a modeling agency, but she doesn't have a lot of money. So, she told me she'd model for me in anything else I needed a model for if I shot her comp. card for her. We only had time for a 3 hour shoot, but it went pretty well.

SO if anybody knows anybody who needs comp. cards ($100-200 for a 3 hour shoot, depending on what they want)... I'LL DO THEM!

also, my friend mike is using a picture I took for his "under construction" banner on his website. no big deal.

I'm going to take a nap. I've been getting up at 7 every morning to shoot.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I'm starting work on my thesis today,

^(Camping on Fire Island)^

So there will be lots of pictures up from that soon (maybe...).


I still have one million photos from NYC to edit, but I did a couple for the presentation.

Monday, August 31, 2009

impose w3rk

I shot a couple things for IMPOSE this weekend...
(I still have to write the story for Helado Negro and get it up on the site, I've been so busy!)

On Friday, Noveller had a CD release show at Bruar Falls. This is the first noise show I've been to here. I didn't think I'd have a good time, but it was surprisingly awesome. 

Ducktales (above) and Burning Star Core (below)

On Saturday, I went to IMPOSE's Party With Tables

I had never heard any of the bands that played, so I was excited to see some new music. Screaming Females were BY FAR my favorite. They were so awesome.

Future Islands was great too. This guy is a mix between Charlie Slick and Bruce Springsteen. He sings really sad songs to poppy upbeat electro background. AND he is an awesome showman.

ALSO. A great thing about outdoor shows like this...
there's always somebody selling really cheap good food.

It's my last week in NYC this week. I am excited to go back to Michigan, but I'm going to miss it here so much. I'll be out to visit a lot, I'm sure.

This is the view of midtown from our kitchen window.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

helado negro

I'm going back to Michigan soon, in a week and a half. I'm excited to see my friends and family, but i am going to miss Kevin and NYC so much.

I don't have enough money to develop any film, and I haven't been shooting digital much lately. 

So that's why I haven't updated in a while.

I've only been shooting digital for events, like the show my roommate Brandon planned at the Jackson here in LIC. I'm planning on submitting a set of photos from this show and a story to go with it to IMPOSE.

This band, Helado Negro, was so awesome. They're on Asthmatic Kitty, and they're doing a borough tour (which is awesome).

Thursday, July 23, 2009

busy woman

In between doing work for Dominic, I am doing work for IMPOSE and some pro-bono stuff... 
IMPOSE just published one of my stories today, HERE

It's about my friend Scott who used to be in this pretty big band (Saturday Looks Good To Me) and now he is doing his own thing as Drunken Barn Dance.

Also, I just did some promo stuff for my friend Joe (used to be in Canada, now is White Pines) who just came out with his album.

Here's my two favorites that I made for him:

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I don't know if anybody reading this has ever been to The Strand bookstore, but it's definitely in my top 5 favorite places I've been since I've been here. It's this one-million-story bookstore and Kevin got antsy because I was putzing around last time we went. I could spend weeks in there. I ended up spending about $25 on a polaroid collection book, a Toni Morrison book, and a Breece Pancake book. Everything is really reasonably priced:.

So I was in the photography section upstairs and I found this INCREDIBLE book:

Eirik Johnson Sawdust Mountain

It is a lot better in print (in my opinion). I'm going to have to buy it before I go back to Michigan, it was only $40 for a nice hardcover copy.

In other news, I went on my first shoot with Dominic and did my first shoot for IMPOSE, which is published already HERE, which is really exciting for me. So things are busy. 

I went through my old hard drive before I got out here, and I found these two pictures. I never cared about them when I took them, but now that I went back, I really really like the one on the black floor. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

the longest blog post in the world.

I guess I never updated about any of my internships.

WELL. I got one with a friend of a friend first, Dominic Neitz, which is awesome because he does personal editorial stuff a lot like the stuff I do/want to do. I think we're attracted to the same sorts of things visually and it's nice to be working with a freelance photographer instead of a company. We're working on his website now and it should hopefully be up by next week.

HERE is his website, once we get it running.

THEN. I ended up getting an internship with IMPOSE magazine, which is basically just them giving me a batch of photos and me retouching/cropping/prepping them for publishing on the web. 

HERE is IMPOSE magazine's website, and HERE is the first project I did for them. It was sort-of a weird project for me: their photographer ended up not being able to make it to this event, so they just gave me a bunch of cell phone pictures and really crappy point and shoot pix, and I had to make them all consistent/as un-crappy as I could. 

I took this of Morgan when she was visiting. This is on the way home from ToddP's acoustic BBQ at Fort Tilden (the prettiest beach in NYC!). I took it with her camera, and wherever she got it developed messed up the chemicals and there are bubbles all over the film. I sort-of like it...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Kevin just pointed out that in most of my entries on here I mention how sleepy I am. 

Here's a picture of Kevin's silhouette. 

Also in my last entry I wanted to post something about how nice it is to finally have time to do personal work now that school is over. So.

It's so nice to do personal work now that school is over. I have been trying to take pictures without trying to compose them or worry too much about things, which is such an awesome feeling. It's finally becoming relaxing for me to have my camera with me, rather than me worrying about how I'm going to compose this, and I am just relying totally on my instincts. 

night time

I've been exclusively using my FM since I've been here, and I took my 5D out for its first run last night. These are taken off of the pier by where I live in LIC, it's midtown. That bright thing is the Empire State Building.

Oh. Kevin and I went to Olive Garden today in Times Square for lunch, real New Yorkers. Olive Garden is so good.

Here is a long exposure I took, 13 seconds I think. I didn't have a tripod so I just set my camera on the railing. It's a little shaky.

I'm so sleepy. I've been really busy this week. I'm going to go play the Sims and then take a nap.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Kevin went to LA for the weekend, so here I am. At home watching Weeds and applying for internships. Well I'd be doing that anyway. But it's just lonelier. Kasey is coming to NYC on Friday, his band is playing at Piano's. So I'm going to go see them. Which I am pretty excited about. Also there are fireworks in LIC on Sunday. We'll be able to see them from our roof. It's so foggy out today that I can't see midtown from the kitchen window, crazy.

This was from a setup that I made in the spare room at my parent's house. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I have to admit that I am starting to feel a little bit homesick. I mean it's not unbearable, I just miss Morgan a lot. And my dog, Sadie. And my rats, and my mom and dad. Of course. 

Monday, May 25, 2009


Like I said, I've been pretty busy with the move;

Here I am, Long Island City, NY. Kevin and I got in really late Wednesday night (we drove through the Appalachians in PA right when the sun was setting, it was so pretty), and I've just been unpacking, getting acclimated, and hanging out since then. I went to SOHO with my mom on Thursday, and then went to a show with a bunch of musicians from Michigan on Saturday. We got a bookshelf and a coffee table from IKEA so we spent yesterday rearranging the apartment and putting it together, so now I've got all of my stuff unpacked and it looks awesome in here. That picture is a picture I took last time I was here with my FM. It's got a light leak. Obviously. So now it's time to get serious and start applying for internships. 

summer update

So I haven't updated this in a while, I've been so busy with my review, the student show, and the move...

My review went really well, I got five things selected to be in the student show, which is a huge deal. One of the pieces I got selected was a diptych from my final series in Fine Art Concepts. Each of these was printed on 13x19 Epson Enhanced Matte paper:

In addition to these two, I got two more diptychs, smaller format (both landscapes), a handmade book, and a photo/illustration piece that I did and printed on ink-aided Rives BFK.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

i'm so tired

I haven't slept a wink.
Okay so here's some of my cousin Em's metalwork,
I took the PIX and made business cards.
I made three total, but this is my favorite one.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

but if you gotta go,

it's all right
but if you got to go, go now,
or else you gotta stay all night.
so here's something I made today.

I am really really tired. I'm going to go watch Weird Science and go to bed. Oh! It was so nice out today. Please Michigan, I'll do anything.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

So I guess it's high time I started a blogspot. It's going to take a while for me to get the hang of this...