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Monday
May132013

The Ten + Zatista Collaboration

 

The Ten is thrilled to have connected with an incredible online art selling site, Zatista. Zatista’s goal is to give people an exciting, fun, accessible way to buy original art. Sound familiar? Zatista’s commitment to reaching new audiences and giving them an opportunity to connect with and collect original art. . . well, it was like finding a creative soulmate.

And as a sponsor of the Crusade for Collecting, Zatista is offering a little something extra for art collectors! Enter the coupon code “Crusade” for 10% your purchase of any art on Zatista.com.

Collect photography. Collect the World. The Ten.


Monday
Nov122012

Where's the new Ten?

It's the twelfth of November, and faithful followers, you're probably wondering where the next great collection of images are - am I right?

In order to focus on planning (and executing!) the Crusade for Collecting tour, we are not adding any new Tens for a bit. Let's face it - Crusading is a full-time job. The Ten will remain live, and of course, it is an integral part of the Crusade.

Over the course of this project, we have curated sixteen amazing Ten collections, representing all different types of photography and showcasing sixteen incredibly talented artists.

I'm off to bring this great collection of photographs to the people and encourage people to connect with, support and appreciate original art. You can follow the tour and read updates on the Crusade over on the Crusade for Collecting website. Look out for a Crusade stop at a city near you, and see your favorite Ten image in person. You might even walk away with it for free!

Wednesday
Nov072012

Q&A with Sarah Moore

Like our featured photographer last month, Kat Kiernan, Sarah Moore also was a winner in our open call. Combining self-portraits and landscapes - two of my favorite things - the Moore Ten takes viewers visually on a journey with Sarah. The below Q&A will shed some light onto the purpose and self-discovery made along the way.

The series on the Ten is a lot about self-exploration, so what have you learned?

When I began the project, Scape, I didn't realize it would become a cohesive project. I began that journey right after moving from Philadelphia, where I lived for two years doing everything except making images. I decided to move to find my photography voice again, and to find myself again. I also just wanted to travel and see the country.
I learned a lot throughout the trip and after, while compiling the photos into a project. I definitely discovered I was a photographer again. I realized I'm in love with this country, but mainly for its landscapes. Loneliness has plagued me for much of my life, but I started to understand that loneliness doesn't have to equal unhappiness. Being alone and searching for something can bring joy. I also learned that I'll never stop photographing landscapes, and I'll never stop appreciating beauty.

Favorite type of landscape/terrain. 

For a long time, my favorite landscape was the flat land of South Dakota, where I grew up. I photographed that land for years, finding solace but also anxiety in the overwhelming expanse of that terrain. I know that I'll never tire of that landscape, even if (or maybe because) it stirs up intense emotions in me. The Midwest land is in me.

These days, I find inspiration through nearly every landscape. When I lived in Ohio, I started photographing forests a lot, which was very new to me. Here in Santa Fe, mountains have become more important. Oceans give me a similar feeling to the South Dakota plains. I think every different landscape offers something for me to think about, and I offer something to project onto every landscape. I think people are endlessly fascinating and wonderful, but also hurtful. Yet landscapes, the ones I look for at least, are still. They don't hurt me or challenge me. Yet they always remind me of the people that inhabit them.

Digital or analog?

I shoot a little of both, though primarily digital these days. It's much cheaper to shoot digital, and since I seem to always be struggling with just paying bills, paying for film, processing, and scanning is a little out of the question right now.

My general philosophy on the digital versus analog conversation is shoot with whatever works for you. I think if you can create a strong image with a digital camera, great. If you can do so with a film camera, great. If you can do that with an iPhone, great. I believe it's what you create, not necessarily how you create it. At least, that goes for my own work.

Why are you a photographer?

Sometimes I'm not really sure... I love seeing. I love observing. I'm incredibly analytical and tend to over-think everything. Photography provides me with a way to slow down a little bit, capture a moment, and hope that what I capture says something at least to me. I love writing, but I love the challenge of conveying my ideas and emotions through images. Photography constantly challenges me, and challenge has always been important to me.

Favorite camera to shoot with?

My Mamiya RZ 67. I love the medium format negatives. I love looking down into the ground glass. I love the sound the shutter makes. I love the focusing bellows. It's a beautiful camera. If I could afford to shoot with this camera more, I definitely would.

If you weren't making art, what would you be doing?

Well, if money weren't an issue, I'd embark on road trips constantly. I love driving and exploring. During the down time on these trips, I'd probably knit (I'm a huge knitting dork), read, and do some writing. I don't think I'm capable of not making art, sadly. 

Motto?

I don't really have a succinct motto.  Though, I guess I often tell myself that if I care enough about something, someone else out there will too.

Some photographers you draw inspiration from?

I've been feeling a bit bombarded by photographers these days, thanks to the internet and social media. I would say that the first photographers that directly inspired and changed my photography were Todd Hido, Alec Soth, Larry Sultan, and Joe Deal. I have a lot of close friends and peers I look up to now though, such as Jordan Baumgarten, Julia Kozerski, Matthew Avignone, Kurt Simonson, and so many others. I also find a lot of inspiration in filmmakers, authors, and musicians.

Any new projects or exhibitions you'd like to tell us about?

I've been working on making my project Scape into a book for the past eight months or so. I'm really happy with the progress I've made, but it still needs more work. I'd love to get that published some day. I'm also working on making books for some of my other work. Book-making is really interesting to me these days.

I also recently moved to Santa Fe, so I'm starting to find my photography footing here. The light is so intense, and the landscape is pretty new to me, so it's both exciting and scary.

No new exhibitions on my horizon, but I'm still trying to get my work out to as many people/places as possible. Promoting work is one of the more grueling tasks of being a photographer, but it's incredibly necessary.

Dinner party. 10 guests. Who do you invite?

Terrence Malick

Rachel Moore (my older sister)

Jeff Mangum

Larry Sultan

Ann Fessler

Stephen Colbert

Kate Bush

David Foster Wallace

Michelangelo Antonioni

Tom Waits

Though, I'm sure this list will change day-to-day.

 

Self-portrait (New Orleans)

Self-portrait (White Sands)

Nightfall (White Sands)



 

 

Monday
Oct012012

Q&A with Kat Kiernan

This month's Ten features Kat Kiernan, one of the winners from our open call over the summer. When Kat's submission came through, I knew I had to show this work. The romantic nature of the work may suck you in, but on a formal level, the compositions hold your interest and make you wonder what's really going on. Here's some insight into Kat's brain, and what inspired her to create this series...

What inspired you to create these images for The Ten?

The Sailor’s Wife is an autobiographical series. At the time I was in a long-distance relationship with a sailor and struggling with the challenges that come with it: lack of communication, loneliness, co-dependency, etc. I felt that it was important I examine this relationship photographically in self-portraiture rather than using a model. 

What did you learn from creating this series?

By physically placing myself into the image, I was both playing a role in a constructed narrative while living a very similar role. The duality of making work about a situation as it unfolded in real time, living and re-living through pictures, was a turning point for me. Halfway through the project, the relationship came to an end and the project shifted into themes of grief and resilience. I used nautical items to symbolize emotional lifelines and tools of expression, repurposing them to suit my shore bound needs. 

Digital or analog?

I have worked in analog in the past, and may do so again in the future. However, The Sailor’s Wife was shot digitally.

Why are you a photographer?

For a photograph to exist, the subject must have been physically present at some point. Unlike a blank canvas, a camera can only record what is in front of it. I find this liberating. With photography, the idea serves only as a means to get out in the field. Once there, I can work with unexpected surroundings or lighting to create a variation on what I had preconceived. If I were a different type of visual artist, my artwork would only be as good as my technical ability to manifest the idea. With photography, I am forced to adapt my vision to all the wonderfully unexpected factors that I encounter.

Favorite camera to shoot with?

Right now I am using a Nikon D800. However, one of the best cameras I have ever worked with was a modified Polaroid land camera built by one of my old professors.

If you weren't making art, what would you be doing?

When I am not making art, I am running The Kiernan Gallery. If I were not a photographer, I would probably be acting. 

Motto?

If I had to have a real motto, it would be Res ipsa loquitur, meaning “the thing that speaks for itself.” It’s a legal term, but I like to think of it as it can apply to art. Every image must stand on its own without the assistance of an explanation. But the motto I say more often is “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” a quote by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, which can be easily adapted to photography.

Some photographers you draw inspiration from...

There are so many photographers who inspire me at different times for different projects, and I am discovering more every day. I have always admired Trent Parke, Francesca Woodman, Cig Harvey, Robert and Shana Parke-Harrison, to name a few.

Any new projects or exhibitions you'd like to tell us about?

I am working on a few things right now, but they are new so I am keeping them quiet until I feel they are ready for the public.

Dinner party. 10 guests. Who do you invite?

In no particular order or seating arrangement:

1. Pina Bausch

2. Andrew Wyeth

3. Barbara Crawford

4. Shel Silverstein

5. Sam Beam, of Iron and Wine

6. John Stewart

7. Ragnar Axelsson

8. My boyfriend, W.G. Beecher

9. Barak Obama

10. Truman Capote

The Course

 

Tin Cans

 

Bearings

Friday
Aug312012

Q&A with Warren Harold

Ok blog readers... We've neglected you so, but hopefully this posting will cheer you up! We've got a Q&A with our newest Ten artist, Warren Harold whose series "Alternating Weekends" is creating lots of buzz. 

Favorite activities to do with your son?

Building things, especially LEGOs, swimming, but lately it’s been catching up on movies I haven’t shared with him yet. Battle Royale may not have been my best parenting decision but I had to give The Hunger Games some perspective.

Best part of creating "Alternating Weekends"?

It helps me remember that in spite of the time constraints, our memorable moments aren’t always fireworks and confetti. Some of our strongest connections form during non-events, simple shared time, and every second we’re together is worth something.

Digital or analog?

I use both but I prefer analog.

Why are you a photographer?

It’s a control thing, from camera to output. I love the image making process and all its variations.

Favorite camera to shoot with?

My first Holga 120S.

If you weren't making art, what would you be doing?

Gardening. Wondering where all these cameras came from.

Motto?

No matter where you go, there you are.

Who or what inspires you?

Commitment. Loyalty. Light.

Any new projects or shows coming up?

I have a couple of long term projects taking shape, and I’ll have 8 images from this series in a family-themed group show at Homespace in New Orleans starting October 13th.

Dinner party. 10 guests. Who do you invite?

I’d have to trade the dinner party in for a bacon and egg breakfast with my grandfather.  

Alternating Weekends

Creature Feature 

Water Balloons