Saturday, October 31, 2015

Act Fast Friday - FREE - October 30, 2015

Untitled 131213 (Marzocca di Senigallia, Ancona, Italy), 2013, Archival pigment print, 12x12” or 24x24".
 
I just returned from two weeks on the road, starting in NYC and ending in Texas. Austin-Dallas-Houston-San Antonio-Austin in 5 days.  It was a lot under the best of circumstances.  I like to think of myself as prepared for travel and related snafus.  And although taking risks is the name of this game, I am usually pretty calculated, even while going with the flow.

What I thought was a major accident driving from Dallas to Houston (hours of standstill traffic) was actually massive flooding.  Apparently I drove right into the eye of the storm, and found myself stranded in the worst part of it in Corsicana, Texas. I was completely unprepared.   I checked the weather, almost stayed another night, but it cleared up when I left. I texted my friends in Houston. Everything was fine.   Hours later I was figuring out where to park the car for the night so I wouldn’t wash away. 

As I’m settling into sleep a sense of fear sweeps over me.   It’s not the rape/murder fear, or the fear I will drown - it’s a fear of the unknown that I haven’t ever felt in the almost five years of this project.  I usually figure out a solution to the problems before me.  But I realized at this point, I have no solutions.   And I’m out of energy to find them.  And I’m tired.   And I want to quit.  And I’m alone in the middle of the night in an alley in a small town in Texas. 

I’ve been asked a lot if it’s lonely both living and traveling alone.   I always answer with a resounding NO.   I don’t feel lonely, but what I am started to feel is exhausted.   It’s not just the travel, just the art making, constant fundraising or literally maintaining a roof over my head (an e-mail to the roofer is next on my list).   The combination of keeping all of it afloat, staying positive and cheering myself on has worn me down. 

All that being said, besides the floods, a broken iPhone, an extreme allergy attack, missing my bus to Maine and then getting home and immediately loosing power – the last two weeks were really great, so onward I will go, even if a lot weary.

I'm giving this image away for FREE.   Yes, that's right free.  What's the catch?   I ask that you make a donation to the project.  Those of you with a little more cash to spare, I hope you'll donate generously. Those of you with little or no cash to spare, I completely understand, it's your lucky week!  

Did you miss a week?  Prior Act Fast Friday prints now available for a set price in the ARCHIVE.

Act Fast Friday is a chance for you to purchase a photograph at a super super discount. I want to democratize art and the art buying process.  Every Friday, I'll switch out the image. Sometimes they will be small prints, some times large. Act Fast Friday is the latest in a series of fundraisers to complete the project + prepare for the book and installation of Are you really my friend? at MASS MoCA. Follow me on social media of your choice or sign up for alerts here, so you don't miss a chance to Act Fast!

READ the interview with Atlas Art News about Act Fast Friday to learn more.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Dory + Dan Waxman, Portland, Maine

title: Dory + Dan Waxman, Portland, Maine
date: 2015
relationship: family friends, met through Toby and Lucky Hollander
years known: 20-25

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Kari Radasch, Ian, Ruby + Heilo Anderson, Portland, Maine

title: Kari Radasch, Ian, Ruby + Heilo Anderson, Portland, Maine
date: 2015
relationship: friends, art, met through art world Portland
years known: 5-10

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Scott Mullenberg, South Portland, Maine

title: Scott Mullenberg, South Portland, Maine
date: 2015
relationship: friends, art, met through art world Portland
years known: 20-25

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Rhonda Wanser, Topsham, Maine

title: Rhonda Wanser, Topsham, Maine
date: 2015
relationship: friends, art, met at Hampshire College
years known: 20-25

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Anju Rajani, Steve + Prem Connor, Falmouth, Massachusetts

title: Anju Rajani, Steve + Prem Connor, Falmouth, Massachusetts
date: 2015
relationship: friends, met through Tania Allen
years known: 0-5

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Carin + Gar Allen, Dan, Anna + Evan Wainberg, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

title:Carin + Gar Allen, Dan, Anna + Evan Wainberg, Woods Hole, Massachusetts
date: 2015
relationship: friends, met through Tania Allen
years known: Carin + Gar 30-35, Dan 5-10

Monday, October 5, 2015

Jessica Bassett, Nat + Ben Hammatt, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

title: Jessica Bassett, Nat + Ben Hammatt, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
date: 2015
relationship: friends, art, met at Al's Diner
years known: Nat 25-30, Jessica 0-5

Friday, October 2, 2015

Act Fast Friday - FREE - October 2, 2015

Untitled 139916 (Half Moon Bay, California), 2013, Archival pigment print, 12x12 or 24x24”, (retail $1-4,000)

A couple of weeks ago, I was working late,  preparing to leave town, and heard and then saw a car pull in my driveway.   I live up a long country driveway, cars rarely pull in, especially at 9 PM.  Partly, I’m curious.  Partly, I have 9-1 entered on my phone.  

I hear a knock, and there is a young fellow on my doorstep.  He introduces himself and I stare at him blankly.  Then he says he has an airbnb reservation for the next three days. I correct him.  No, it’s for next Thursday.    

We both take out our phones to check, and sure enough, I screwed up.  I saw the reservation come in that morning, but assumed it was for next Thursday, while I was gone. I don’t rent my house while I’m in it.

I talk a bunch about trust in this project. Mostly I talk about blind faith and humanity while traveling. I haven’t had to make a split second decision about trust - in my own house.  I tell him that he is welcome to stay as long as he doesn’t mind that I’m also here, working until I leave on Saturday morning.   He agrees that it's better than a sleeping bag on the floor of his new office. 

So, I offered him a glass of bourbon.  And next thing you know, we’re chatting at the kitchen table, becoming friends.  

I'm giving this image away for FREE.   Yes, that's right free.  What's the catch?   I ask that you make a donation to the project.  Those of you with a little more cash to spare, I hope you'll donate generously. Those of you with little or no cash to spare, I completely understand, it's your lucky week!  

Did you miss a week?  Prior Act Fast Friday prints now available for a set price in the ARCHIVE.

Act Fast Friday is a chance for you to purchase a photograph at a super super discount. I want to democratize art and the art buying process.  Every Friday, I'll switch out the image. Sometimes they will be small prints, some times large. Act Fast Friday is the latest in a series of fundraisers to complete the project + prepare for the book and installation of Are you really my friend? at MASS MoCA. Follow me on social media of your choice or sign up for alerts here, so you don't miss a chance to Act Fast!


READ the interview with Atlas Art News about Act Fast Friday to learn more. 
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