Journal

One by One

Not long ago, I did a series on mobile photography because I believe that photography has always been a social medium, a thing to be shared. Over the last few years, I've really embraced this reality. And I'm not alone. In the wake of the advent of new venues, like Instagram, that play host to millions upon millions of shares, whole communities have sprung up and relationships have leaped off of devices into real life.

This is post is about one of those things. And I couldn't be happier to have a very small part in it, for my city.

Last year, InstaDFW founder, Jeyson Paez, reached out to me with a simple, but intriguing idea. Let's put on a group photography show that features the mobile photography work of the DFW community. I was intrigued. Then he asked me to curate the show which opened at WELD, the co-working space I call home, on September 27, 2013.

It was an incredibly fun evening.

Well, here we are, less than a year later and One by One 2014 is upon us.

The One by One 2014 poster was hand-drawn by Kyle Steed.

The One by One 2014 poster was hand-drawn by Kyle Steed.

This year the show has grown a bit, reaching beyond the bounds of the DFW community to feature twenty of the top Instagrammers from across the United States alongside DFW's vibrant community. Not only that, but the month-long show will be accompanied by artists talks, and a Dallas Block Party on June 20th.

I'm am thankful for the opportunity to have, again, curated the show. The work this year is stellar & the challenge brought out some unique connections between the work of the individual artists as well as their relationship to one another. I'm particularly proud of what will be on display beginning Monday, May 19th.

All the details about the show are available are available here. I genuinely hope you're able to stop by and enjoy the show.


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#MakePortraits: Monday Spotlight: Yousuf Karsh

 
How I wish that mankind would take the sunrise for their slogan and leave the shadows of sunset behind them.
— Helen Keller to Yousuf Karsh
 

I recently stumbled upon the work of Yousuf Karsh, an Armenian born survivor of the genocide against his people & one of the most masterful portraitists of all time. Digging deeper into his work, I found his official website, which pairs his astounding work with anecdotal stories behind the images.

 
 

We live in an age when making a portrait requires very little work — by that I mean our cameras fit in our pockets & the images are re-touched and shared within seconds of taking them — and as I got lost in the black and white images of Karsh's portrait gallery, I couldn't help but think how much we have to learn from the subtle bits of wisdom in archives like this.

#MakePortraits: Monday started as a personal exercise on Instagram, but has grown into a quest to become fluent in the craft. Reading these words from Yousuf, who by every measure is a master, gives me hope that the quest I'm on — and, I hope we are on this quest together — is a worthwhile one:

 
...I believe the past has no claim on greatness, for such arresting personalities are always among us. Nor can we yet judge what lessons remain to be learned from the young. I know only that my quest continues.
 

We are the young — though I am much too quickly escaping that classification — and I believe that many of those lessons we have yet to learn are locked up in archives like this. It is my goal to find them in hopes that that, each week, we can, together, continue to take the sunrise for our slogan.


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Source: http://www.karsh.org

Air Review

Week before last, my love for music, visual storytelling and my friends all collided in a shoot I couldn't possibly be more excited about.

"I've got low wishes now that I am old / 'cause I don't really know what to ask for anymore / and I'm overwhelmed by the questions I can't ignore" — Low Wishes

"I've got low wishes now that I am old / 'cause I don't really know what to ask for anymore / and I'm overwhelmed by the questions I can't ignore" — Low Wishes

In case you haven't heard, Air Review has a new album out, so when Jeff Taylor — a long-time friend and member of the band — called me to say they needed some new promo photos, I jumped at the chance to work with them.

Jumped, not just because of my friendship or the fact that Jeff and Doug Hale (the world's most humble frontman) have scored almost every motion project I've ever done, but because as humans and artists, Jeff, Doug and the rest of the guys have my admiration and respect. They are so much better than they realize.

"'Cause we are planes heading for a lonely place / faking everything's okay / this is my automatic" — My Automatic

"'Cause we are planes heading for a lonely place / faking everything's okay / this is my automatic" — My Automatic

But I have a feeling that's about to change. NPR released their list of "100 artists worth discovering" at SXSW this year and atop the list sits Air Review:

"Handpicked from among thousands of artists, this genre-traversing playlist picks highlights, discoveries and future thrills from this year's festival."

Air Review's new album, which you must buy, could also be described as genre-traversing. It's a little electronic & a little folk-y with lyric depth and beautifully crafted melodies. It's a stunning bit of work that I've had it in constant rotation since first laying my hands on it several weeks ago. I cannot get enough.

"When we were kids we believed in everything / there's only one thing left to believe in now that we're old" — Rebel

"When we were kids we believed in everything / there's only one thing left to believe in now that we're old" — Rebel

"And I can't help that this heart beats in my chest / and that the blood fills up my bones like flesh and hope" — Rebel

"And I can't help that this heart beats in my chest / and that the blood fills up my bones like flesh and hope" — Rebel

Special thanks to Deep Ellum 42's Benton Payne. He works tirelessly to enable artists from around our city free access to shoot in these incredible Deep Ellum locations. If you have a photo or video project coming up, or need to host an art event in a truly unique space, give Benton a call. They have 19 buildings in Deep Ellum that are completely free, provided your project meets their requirements. I feel rather fortunate to have met him and hope they are successful in their attempts to revive this storied part of our city.

"Oh to know where secrets go / we could start a fire and watch it grow" — Young

"Oh to know where secrets go / we could start a fire and watch it grow" — Young

"I'm not the only one / I am America's Son / and I'm so inclined to run" — American's Son

"I'm not the only one / I am America's Son / and I'm so inclined to run" — American's Son