I do a lot of personal projects throughout the year to satisfy my curiosity in photography and art, my need to create and continue to explore as a photographer. My personal work makes my professional photos better and my professional work pushes my personal; they are like opposite ends of a magnet always reacting to each other. Our Ann Street Studio holiday card is one of the personal projects I most look forward to every year. I like that it takes place over a multitude of cities (New York, Boston and Savannah), I like that it takes a really long time to create, I like that the entire thing is done by hand, by my hands, I like that there is nothing digital about the process and I like that in the end, we send it out as a true artifact you can hold and that will be there for years to come.
This year’s print starting unknowingly on the beaches of Montauk, during an autumn walk that presented our little artifacts, moon shells washed up on the shore: all of them different sizes, colors, tonality, some with nicks and scratches. It reminded me of how we are all different but beautiful…and though this year has had so many ups, we all face the downs and the scars left on our shells from the beating currents of time should be celebrated – for without them, we must not truly be living.
We brought them back to the house we share with our friends in Amagansett to be photographed on Ilford Delta 100 black and white film.
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Polaroid of still life #1
One of my favorite still life photographs
A collection of still lifes photographed with a view camera pulled from my film archive. Looking at these images from my past I can read into the photographs in ways I was unable to previously. I don’t see the literal image anymore, I see a portrait of myself at a time when I was very lost and confused. I think this is especially prevalent in the first and third photograph where the objects are askew and there is a tension in the space between them. I also see the feeling of pain in the 4th photograph as I entered a very difficult transition period in my life. When I made these images I was unaware of these underlying currents as I set out to create a modern still life (meaning lived in and not perfect) in a traditional form by using traditional photography techniques. Photography, if we realize it or not, is very much a portrait of a person and kind of state of mind they have.
All images shot with a 4×5 view camera and traditional black and white sheet film.
One of my favorite records is the soundtrack to Woody Allen’s classic black and white film Manhattan, with the epic Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Sometimes when I walk the streets of New York I’ll listen to this song and watch the city pace to it’s beat. I don’t believe a place has ever been captured more accurately than though those musical notes. James Nord and I recreated George Gershwin in front of his 33 Riverside Drive penthouse where his rooftop parties started an era of glamor in the Jazz Age. Maybe this is what it was like to meet Mr. Gershwin on the streets in his Manhattan.
Images were shot on two film cameras, Hasselblad 500C and a Toyo View Camera with Kodak Tri-X 400 film
For James, Happy Birthday and thank you ever so…
My Paris Opera Gloves
Self Portrait with my 4×5 View Camera and Kodak Tri-X 400 film
I am so glad I created this series of self portraits with this camera however words can not describe how unbelievably difficult it was.
Photographer and Lifestyle Blogger Mara in Midtown Manhattan.
New York City, New York
4X5 View Camera / Fujichrome Velvia 100 4X5 Color Slide