Monday, April 30, 2012

From that certain period of the day, where things are in transition, but seem more clear than at any other time. As if its the only authentic time and space, and all other time is simply seeking to get back to that hour again.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Shuffle Mag's Indie Grits Showcase

The music video I made was featured in Shuffle Mag's Indie Grits showcase.  North and South Carolina bands were selected for the showcase.  Asheville was represented by a handful of artists.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


This photograph was from almost two months ago, and posting it made me realize how long stretches of time can go by where you leave a project.  I'd been really excited and productive on the work I was photographing at night.  Then I wasn't able to get the time to go out like I wanted.  A few nights back I went out and drove around, and I was even able to make a couple images, however, I just wasn't feeling it.  And when that happens, there isn't much you can do.  I decided just to stop trying for the day.  Something about this image really appealed to me.  Its stuck with me, even the funky lens flare.  Such a strange manifestation.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I realize that I make a fair amount of photographs of doors. There's something about them that I really respond to. So here's another one. Some doors are open, others closed. Some are inviting, even if closed, and some are distancing and confrontational. Doors move; they open and close. They conceal, and they welcome. They are duplicitous and multifarious. Doors are fairly interesting, and deceptively simple.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Radford University Photo Exhibition

My work will be featured in the First Annual Radford University Photography Exhibition. The show opens May 9th and closes May 31st. The exhibition is in Gallery 205.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Too Close to Home at Coop Gallery

My work is in a group show at Coop Gallery in Asheville entitled Too Close to Home. The opening is Friday, May 11th at 7PM. The work features new photography from Asheville artists Matt Brown, Phaedra Call, Scott Hubener, Miranda Maynard and Dawn Roe.

Each artist lives and produces work in Asheville, and each dealt with the concept of "home".

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Strong & Jones Funeral Home

The title comes from the name of the funeral home, which is printed (for marketing purposes, I assume), on the plaque above the headstone. Its too small to see on the screen at this size, but it's there. Sad. Or funny. I tend to lean towards sad.

This photo was of the type I had in mind to make before I left for my little trip to Florida. Not the detail of a commercial/marketing exploit, but rather a memorial or grave. Not that I understand these things; the plastic fence, plastic flowers, pom poms, or any of that. But I've seen it. I've seen so many graveyards in this region. This is where I grew up. And particularly in the south, I think the thing that one most comes to identify with is the landscape. Its somehow more present than in other parts of the country. It just is.

What I do know of this region is the light, the grass, the trees, the sand, the marks that people make upon the earth, even a thing or two about the people who roam around this landscape. So within this seemingly simple image, there is my attempt to strike a balance and say something I knew, without getting in the way of what I didn't. Its a tenuous line, and my thoughts while making this image were numerous. I tried to respond to it, but also step back and think. Maybe that's the tricky part about photography? Maintaining a balance between speaking, authoring, being authoritative and also being responsive. I felt that divide when I was making this image.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

St. Teresa

At St. Teresa beach in Florida.

Monday, April 9, 2012

I'm in the process of scanning some new work. I just got back from Florida. There wasn't an opportunity to make as many photographs as I'd have liked, but a managed to shoot a couple rolls. Seems most of spring's colors and blooms are over. Its a pity it passes so quickly. So here's one more recent image. On to something else.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Transcendental Blues

More budding trees, at least while they last. You may wonder, "why the pictures of the trees? What is up with that? Dogwoods, come on." I know. Its so sublime though. Remember, nature? Sometimes things are just pretty or transcendental. Its more than that even. There's something else at work here that I'm seeking to express. Yes, that's it! And I'm sorry, but Redbuds are cool.