I was recently interviewed by Voyage Chicago about my business. Here is the article. Have you found yourself alone in the struggle? I certainly have in my journey to create a place for myself with photography. Through the years I have gotten a lot of great, and terrible advice on what I should be doing. "You should find a job that pays at least.....to be happy, you should make less 'scary' images, you should be different, you should try and fit in." Que the audible grunt of exasperation. Not all of us were granted with educational funds, not all of us start out with privilege. When the race begins, some are already ahead. They have been granted support and praise from such an early age they don't know the difference of a life without. Some of us have been at it on our own for a long time, just trying to make something beautiful with our lives. Through my own journey I have learned some valuable lessons, had some rewarding experiences, been treated like garbage, been treated like a genius, been questioned about my worth, been praised for my contributions, been ostracized for trying new things. I've had people use my name to sell their own work, I've had people trash my name to sell their own work. (Isn't the internet the best and worst of us?) Through it all, I just try to be myself, I try to be as honest as I can about who I am and what I can do. I try to push myself through rough patches and commit to this creative path that either I choose, or which chose me so long ago it no longer matters. Everyday you can get up and try, and that is what I keep doing. For those who keep kicking ass and use both feet, I salute you! It isn't easy to swim in a sea of negativity, but keep those arms moving! Eventually there will be land for you to stand.
It has been so gray and cold here in Chicago these past few days. I have been wishing for those days in late summer when it is just too hot in the afternoon. The sun is so bright you can barely lift your head without a shade to cover your eyes. Yes, today I wish was one of those days where I could stand in the sun and soak.
In December, Mosaic Science hired me to create a tintype portrait of biologist Dr. Craig Venter for an upcoming article. Dr. Venter was the first to sequence the human genome and currently heads Human Longevity where they are working on cracking the code to human aging. Here are the tintypes I created and the article that was written by Roger Highfield.
I was thrilled (but a little nervous) when I pulled up to Human Longevity. The building is daunting in size! I knew that my time with Dr. Venter was very limited, but I had hoped to create 3 tintypes during our shoot and was focused on that goal. I was staged with my studio lights and camera set up in a lounge area and the darkroom just outside, visible from the indoor space. I had asked Dr. Venter’s assistant for a call letting me know when the Dr was on his way, so when I got that call I quickly rushed outside to coat the first plate. I had just under 20 minutes in his schedule when he entered the lounge. I approached him with my mask and apron on, gloves in hand, ready to shoot. Dr. Venter made himself comfortable in the lounge and I rushed outside to gather the first plate. After exposing the first plate, I ran outside to develop. Dr. Venter was able to watch the fixing of the first plate. He let out a ‘wow’ when his tintype came to life in the fix. I then asked if he could give me just a few more minutes for two more plates, which we then quickly made. The whole shoot was weeks in the making, but just lasted under 20 minutes!
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