Monday, April 30, 2012

Ann & Sanny Sullivan, Kerrville, Texas

title: Ann & Sanny Sullivan, Kerrville, Texas
date: 2012
relationship: friends, art, met through Moria Greenspun Tarmy
years known: 0-5

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Interview on Talk with Francesca WWZN am 1510 Revolution Boston



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Shout out from Photoblog.hk - Hong Kong

Originally posted on Photoblog.hk


你的 Facebook 上有幾多個「朋友」?300?500?1000?有幾多個是真正意義的「朋友」?又有幾多個只是虛擬的、news feed的,但在現實上並無交集的「朋友」?攝影師 Tanja Hollander  的朋友名單在兩年前已去到 626 個了,她進行一個名為「The Facebook Portrait Project」的攝影計劃,就是到訪她名單上的朋友住址,然後逐一替他們拍照,並且在照片裏,也表達出自己與對方的一些關聯。


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Adventures in Chicago & St. Louis - day 6

Although I really wanted to spend the morning at a museum, it turned out after I did a portrait of my hosts and grabbed some lunch, I had just enough time to do a little laundry and re-pack for St. Louis.
I met Jenn through my friend Laura when they were both in grad school at Williams and I went to see the show Laura curated at Mass Moca when she was a fellow.  Jenn & I stayed in touch and re-connected when she was researcher for the exhibit, Hide/Seek at the National Portrait Gallery.   When the exhibit was censored and David Wojnarowicz’s video piece A Fire in My Belly was pulled, I helped spread the word and have it screened at Space in Portland.   She is also super awesome because she brought me to speak at the University of Chicago where she is getting her PhD in art history.   Only days before my arrival, she & her girlfriend Kristine packed up her stuff and moved her from San Francisco to Chicago, so they were also extra kind to host me with boxes every where and in process of setting up home.  Like figuring out wifi pass words.  Kristine worked in technology so we had a good laugh most of the visit about her very complicated pass word.
Living room & super cool glass bricks (which Chicago seems to love)

Jenn & Kristine

Jenn & the kitchen / office

Seven the cat who was the source of much entertainment and a little worry

headquarters
Then off to St. Louis, where I was born and raised until my sophmore year in high school.  I decided to combine the mid western cities to make it more cost effective and because I promised Jessica a commission that was a Christmas present to her family.   We were family friends and I used to baby sit her and her sister, Alicia way back when.  We re-connected on FB a few years ago, and she thought it would be great to add her parents to the project and have me document their whole family.  I loved the idea and she really helped to arrange and make this trip as easy as possible considering I had almost 20 shoots in 5 days.  I took the train in from the airport and she picked up and took me to meet her dad, Rick and his new girlfriend Sarah at a fabulous restaurant called Taste

view from the plane preparing for landing
I later learned the NRA was in town & wonder if this SUV on the tarmac getting someone important was related

Lambert airports needs some TLC

Dinner at Taste
Drink at Taste

Taste kitchen is beautifully lit

Shout out from Focal Fixa - Brazil

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Elizabeth & Amy Munger, Houston, Texas

title: Elizabeth & Amy Munger, Houston, Texas
date: 2012
relationship: friends, business (art), met on FB via Jim Kempner Fine Art
years known: 0-5

Friday, April 27, 2012

Shout out from a550 - Brazil



Shout out from hypeness - Brazil

Originally posted on hypeness



Fotógrafa sai pelo mundo tirando foto dos seus 626 amigos no Facebook
por Jaque Barbosa
Dois anos atrás, depois de questionar quantas das 626 pessoas em seu Facebook eram realmente suas amigas, a fotógrafa Tanja Hollander decidiu sair pelo mundo para encontrar cada uma delas e tirar uma foto em suas casas. Desde o início do projeto até hoje ela já visitou mais de 16 estados diferentes e conseguiu fotografar um terço dos seus amigos. As fotos foram compiladas num projeto chamado The Facebook Portrait Project e estão em exposição no Portland Museum of Art até 17 de junho. Na fanpage, dá pra ver todas as fotos e as informações dos personagens dessa história.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Adventures in Chicago - Day 5 (in three parts)

On my morning walk to the L, I stopped to grab a delicious scone & coffee at Bake.
I'm not sure this is the best place to advertise (here)
Baked goods at Bake
I had enough time before my afternoon shoots  & head down to The Art Institute of Chicago.  I thought I would have time for at least one other museum, but I could of spent the entire day there. It is a beautiful museum, filled with light airy spaces with apparently the world's third largest collection.  I became obsessed with a couple of galleries filled with walls and walls of entire miniature living spaces.  Like little doll houses but built into the gallery wall.    I literally had to drag myself out of that room so I could actually see the rest of the museum.

And I'm glad I did because what happened next has never happened to me in my entire photographic career or in my art looking career, EVER.  I was standing next to an older gentleman who was looking at a Lewis Hine photograph of a little girl (2 girls actually, he pointed out another one in the background) and he turned to me and started reading the wall label out loud (I have never seen that by anyone other than a docent).  When he realized I wasn't his family, he went looking for them, and called his grandson over. "I need my grandson to see this.  To see the importance of this photograph.  To see the dangerous jobs children had to do."  

I learned so much from that brief encounter.  One: art actually does make a difference to real people's lives; Two: I am grateful museums have collections (and show them); Three:  This project has  become almost as much about the process of traveling and the interactions that happen while I'm shooting or in between shoots as it is about the final end product of the portrait.   I think I have known that for awhile, but this is the first time I've been able to articulate it.   I also think its the reason I have tried to be so vigilant about documenting everything I see & do, down to meals and modes of transportation.

Does anyone know of a grant where the guidelines are "go out and see the world, document it and report back"?

Light in the hallway
Ceiling
Shadow
I couldn't figure out whose house this was and then I realized it was the little miniature house!
Long shot of the miniature room

3 generations of family in front of Lewis Hine child labor factory worker photograph
New contemporary wing
trees outside the museum
restaurant
wishing well
I thought it was an installation piece, but then I realized it was actually the train yard
view from the patio
another view from the patio
and another
Millennium park
Jaume Plensa installation at Millennium park
Jaume Plensa installation at Millennium park (under construction - I love the workers white hard hat through the bricks)
Then back up to Logan Square to shoot Isak.  He is also a fellow artist, we met a bunch of years ago in Portland because we were in the same studio building.  Like Magalie, yesterday's portrait, he also left the east coast to go to grad school at SAIC.  We caught up over tea in his sweet apartment, with the living room turned into a studio.  Which was great because I got to see the giant and beautiful painting he just finished.  I still am not quite sure how he got the canvas up there to begin with.
Isak's street in Logan Park
Isak and his big beautiful painting
Isak's kitchen
Isak's living room / studio
I love it when I see vinyl in someone's house
My next shoot was hard to get to via public transportation, so Kate graciously offered to pick me up.   Our parents have known each other since we super little, and I used to babysit for her.  I'm not sure how long its been since we've seen each other, but now she is an employment lawyer, married to Erik  & has a beautiful two family in Chicago.  We caught up over beers and I heard the woes of their home renovations (something I can easily relate to) and then they took me for fabulous mole enchiladas at Mixteco.

Top notch liquor cabinet

Kate basks in the afternoon light while we wait for Erik (and I spot two of my landscapes on the wall!)
Kate & Erik (dear god, please let that reflection in the TV show up on the film as well)
I want to be perfectly organized like this
And have beautiful flowers kicking around the house like this
Kate & Erik pick a beer for me to try
Calamari salad
Kate & Erik


Mole enchiladas





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