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As many of you know, I've been decidedly busy these past months. Starting this Depth of Field contest is exciting and revealing and consuming. I'm enthralled with the processes of communicating, confused by the practices of marketing, and generally stimulated by the culmination of all these pieces.

To make matters more exciting, I accepted a solo show at a huge coffee shop in Portland. Albina Press of Hawthorne is fairly new extension of its original shop on Albina street in North Portland, and has a LOT of wall space. So, I printed and printed and printed, and somehow managed to produce enough to fill the walls.

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This posting is a bit tardy, as the opening reception was held on April 3rd. However...the pictures from FIELD GUIDE will be up through the month of April.

I invite you to check out the photos and give feedback on what you think of my wall-space-filling. I'm young and learning and appreciate feedback. If you are reading this blog, I probably am interested to hear what you have to say :)

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I had some incredible people help me put this together. Look at how great they are! (photographs courtesy of Stephen Brooks)
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...and in the end, this is what it looked like:
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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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