Nightlight is my self-portrait series: 40 photo shoots at 40 sleep-overs in 40 different rooms. I reached out to my immediate community then outward to friends of friends and beyond. I slept in 40 different places and captured well over 1200 images.
My series of images are made upon first waking in the murky blue darkness an hour before dawn, utilizing my phone as the "nightlight". All images are long exposures up to 30 seconds, I shot the entire series with a Sony a7 and Zeiss 18mm Batis lens.
The resulting self-portrait images contain ghostly double-exposures, transparent shadows, and slept-in beds. I am seen “as-is” - revealing an acceptance of time, place and self. The room is not staged; I am not coiffed nor dressed for the camera. These images are personal, yet the project is public. This paradox, a yin-yang or introvert/extrovert undercurrent entices me.
Some people have noted that the series is redolent of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s paintings of the Thames at night. Some have characterized his work as gloomy but others feel that capturing the special light at dusk is anything but gloomy because in many ways, it allows us to see more clearly what was there all along. Paradoxically, it illuminates - while the searing sun rays earlier in the day obscure.
As night descends, the city is bathed in rich, saturated, vibrant color. Blues and purples wash the urban environment, juxtaposing the naturally occurring with the human made. What better time to photograph Phoenix in the Summer, than at night.
A collaborative photographic project. Jared’s images were created with a large-format camera whose design is rooted in the mid-19th century. His series is shot entirely on transparency film with a low rating of ISO 10. Each image required between 8 and 45 minutes of exposure. Catherine’s images are purely digital, blending the immediacy that using digital offers with the ability to photograph manually. Marshall provided the accompanying historical context. All three; Jared, Catherine and Marshall are Arizona transplants who love to call Phoenix their home.
Top level view, facing South Mountain. February, 2015.
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Luhrs Tower, Jefferson and 1st Ave, January, 2015
Grocery and Meat
Grand Ave, 2015
4th Ave and Washington
A favorite. Shot from the top of the parking garage. February, 2015.
Westward Ho Sunset
On Madison, it stands alone surrounded by a parking lot. I think it would make an amazing bar/restaurant, but that's because I take pictures and not develop properties for restaurants. January, 2015
Looking north from Van Buren Street parking garage, between 1st Ave and Central, Phoenix 2015
Affectionately called The Punchcard Building, the Phoenix Financial Center at Central and Osborn, Phoenix, October, 2014.
What Food Looks Like
In January, 2015 I started “What Food Looks Like”. I set out to photograph food, food access, food insecurity and food deserts in the form of urban community gardens, farmers and farms, neighborhoods, people and organizations here in the Phoenix metro area.
Within the first four months I had visited 25 places, including; Mesa Urban Garden, The Urban Garden, The Micro Farm Project, Growhouse, Gilbert Farmer’s Market, Recycled City Compost, Arizona Microgreens, The Orchard Community Learning Center, PHX Renews, Garfield Community Garden, Hayden Flour Mills, Hope House Farms, St. Mary’s Foodbank, The Simple Farm, St. Vincent de Paul, Neighborhood Ministries Foodbank. I walked and photographed the eight neighborhoods of Central City South identified in a 2011 study completed by the ASU School of Sustainability in conjunction with the Phoenix Revitalization Corporation’s study on food access.
September 2012, I set out to photo-document one dated sidewalk stamp per year of Arizona's centennial, my goal was to capture one per every year from 1912 to 2012.
I walked so many miles, many of them with my dog who you can see in several images, I ultimately photographed over 150 stamps. All of the photographs were in an exhibit and party for New Year's Eve, 2012.
Published, Arizona Contractor & Community, December 2014