Photo Exploration: Theo in the Backyard, June 2014.

June 24, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Theo, June 2014

Theo play­ing in the back­yard as we do a lit­tle lawn main­te­nance. He really loves his “dig­gers and dumpers.”

When you play with expired film, some­times you get a mash of spotty color and weak con­trast. This roll turned out fine, and I’m grate­ful. There are some other shots of Theo, but this is the one I really took as a favorite. There aren’t any par­tic­u­larly amaz­ing mes­sages com­ing from this, but it is still a nice “day in the life” work.

I’m spend­ing more of my time work­ing on series for show, get­ting gallery work together and really striv­ing for a more “fine art” pre­sen­ta­tion. It’s a bit exhaust­ing, and it doesn’t always give me the space to just shoot. I’ve got­ten more hes­i­tant about shar­ing work on social media, as if the responses won’t be hon­est enough. I want to just work with shar­ing­prints these days, but even that has become a block and I’m not print­ing as much as I was ear­lier this year. I feel that if I bring this work out into the world, I need a wor­thy place to present and dis­cuss. And that’s still being searched for.…maybe indefinitely.

All that said, I like this photo as it takes me away from all that navel gaz­ing and is just a nice time hang­ing out with Theo.

Photo Exploration: Empty Cabinet

March 5, 2013 at 10:24 am

Mis­sis­sippi is a bit of home. There isn’t any­where I’ve spent as much time, and very few places I’ve done as much pho­tog­ra­phy. I tend to tread care­fully with that imagery how­ever. It’s a loaded space to pho­to­graph — nearly every­one I’ve known has his­tory there, and not all of it pleasant.

How do you go from broadly painted strokes to per­son­ally vivid, nar­rowly focused work? Where is a start­ing point, maybe a touch­stone for focus­ing in on a sin­gle moment? If that can be found, then we can work back­wards and build a nar­ra­tive that involves the his­tory and the pres­ence of the area. Instead of a few vague thoughts, we will have cre­ated a solid con­struct to han­dle all the infor­ma­tion and emo­tion from engag­ing such an over­pow­er­ing entity.

I had the excep­tional oppor­tu­nity to pho­to­graph in two dear places in late Feb­ru­ary. One, the town of Natchez, was where I was born and spent a great major­ity of my early life. Walk­ing around down­town and vis­it­ing my grandparent’s old home and church, tak­ing pho­tographs of places I’d been pho­tograph­ing since nearly my first roll of film. It was remark­able in the quiet and noth­ing­ness of a sunny Tues­day after­noon. The other loca­tion was around my in-law’s fam­ily farm house. My wife’s great-aunt passed away in the late 1990’s and the house had been untouched in many ways since. Although the prop­erty is occu­pied with equip­ment and horses, the house itself has been devoid of per­ma­nent res­i­dence in over a decade. Being granted per­mis­sion to pho­to­graph the rooms as I found them was a lux­ury — the insight into what is still a very accu­rate por­trait of life there was amazing.

Using those two loca­tions as the gen­eral map for track­ing a path across Mis­sis­sippi, I gath­ered mate­r­ial for a series ten­ta­tively titled “Where the Dust Set­tles.” Below is one of the pho­tographs from that series. All film, either Ektar 100 (120) or Ilford HP5+ (35mm).

Empty Cabinet

The sim­plic­ity of a bath­room — a heater, a cab­i­net. Left ajar for a dozen or more years. To be hon­est, I don’t even know if the cab­i­net is empty. There could very well be med­i­cine, band-aids, old mag­a­zines and Maalox wait­ing for a bit of light to shine in. But it was not my turn to dis­turb the scene. I set up, metered/focused and exposed the film.

When the cousin comes to town

May 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

A few favorites from an infor­mal ses­sion with Eryn’s cousin Matt Haynes

Biltmore with Theo, Film

March 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

Get­ting back into film, these were taken over two shoots (spaced out about two weeks I think) at the Bilt­more Estate. Good mem­o­ries with Theo, and also good light­ing as the day got a lit­tle longer and I could stretch out the time wan­der­ing around.

Noah’s Art Show at Warren Wilson College

February 12, 2011 at 11:47 am

A won­der­ful exhibit at Holden Gallery on the cam­pus of War­ren Wil­son Col­lege. My cousin, Noah Sater­strom, col­lab­o­rated with many writ­ers and poets to cre­ate a show pair­ing writ­ten and visual works.

Avoiding the Chill, December 2010

December 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm

A Walk in the Woods, November 2010

December 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Family Visit in Nashville, October 16

October 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm