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I went to a lecture this afternoon by the two photographers showing at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR...Tony Mendoza and Brad Temkin.

Brad discussed his photos from Relics, a body of black and white images he'd taken in Northern Europe. He captures "manuments" on stark landscapes; man-made relics left for dead in forgotten fields, freeway corridors, cow pastures... They take on a life of their own, especially in their large (approx. 40x60) format!
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What struck me most about Brad was his propensity for people. He spoke casually but effectively. He engaged a room full of strangers. He shared stories of his encounters with humans in all of his other bodies of work. But there we were, looking at piles of rocks, rusted re-bar, old tires...there were no people. Not even a trace of human activity. Or so it seemed...

I wondered if his affinity for socializing had something to do with the success of his pictures. It was as if the culmination of time and his activated curiosity for human stories produced in him, the ability to know what we want; to know that we will be drawn into expansive landscapes and larger-than-life relics.
Hayroll+2005.jpg Predicting the future...on a limb...one photograph at a time.

More about Tony on our next encounter...


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I had a crazy professor in college that published books...lots of books, and refused to capitalize any letters. She felt it was one of the many internalized processes of "othering" that were practiced by educated human beings. Exclusion and isolation led to power, discrimination and division. The final paper I wrote for that class was published. I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

The best way to describe my relationship with photography at that time was true, blinding love. I had confidence that I could blur the lines of duality with a single photographic experience; assurance that I would join the ranks of photographers who change how people see. In short, I was going to revolutionize communication...and I would drive it with the power of love. So it stands to reason that this final paper would extract a small photographic property and make it explode with purpose. It is the human propensity for monochromatic thinking that waters the roots of "othering".

Boy, I was really proud of that conclusion. I guess things like this lose a bit of their University flare when they're not tucked safely inside university walls. The point is, as my contextual knowledge of photographs grew, I developed a strong affinity for joining the non-joinable in all manner of subjects. Do non-sequiturs really hold water?! Don't our brains have a mind of their own? If you aren't convinced, hang out with a toddler for the day and you will know this as fact.

Photographs are a secret passage into all kinds of relationships. They are nostalgic and prophetic at the same time and I think that is so cool.


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