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Single Image Sundays: Skull Pendant

5 Mar
Smiling Skull Pendant by Lucy Duncan of Earthbound Arts

Smiling Skull Pendant by Lucy Duncan of Earthbound Arts, Winston-Salem, NC.

This week’s Single Image Sunday comes from my participation in a challenge on Instagram, where participants are given three days and six images to craft some interesting visuals using only the Hipstamatic app and a certain lens & film combination. Entries are judged by the contest hosts, and the winner gets to pick the next lens/film combination. It’s a fun way to see what can be done with the app by its enthusiasts, and for someone like me who tends to stick with only a few combinations, it’s an encouraging way to challenge myself to see what can be done with combos I might not otherwise consider, as in the case of last week’s Single Image Sunday. More on this at the mxgxpx challenge. For you Hipstamatic users, this was done with the Jimmy lens and BlacKeys BW film, no flash, and with the assistance of a Photojojo macro lens attachement.

Earthbound Arts: More Than Just Skulls

I’ve managed to collect a fair bit of skull-related jewelry and accoutrements over the years, and I thought this challenge’s grainy black & white format would make a cool highlight vehicle for these as a series. This particular skull is a necklace pendant made by Winston-Salem artist, Lucy Duncan of Earthbound Arts, one of my favorite local businesses for one of a kind creations that make excellent holiday gifts, birthday presents, and just cool stuff to have around the house. Check out Earthbound Arts on Facebook, or stop by the gallery/shop on Trade Street, part of Winston-Salem’s thriving Downtown Arts District. I’m not sure if they do mail orders, but if you’re in Winston-Salem and are in the market for some cool handcrafted pottery, sculpture, handmade soap, beads, copper creations, herbs – or, if you’re lucky, some skull jewelry – definitely have a look. Inventory refreshes constantly, prices are very reasonable, and you’ll always get friendly service and conversation from Lucy Duncan and Gordon Jones every time.

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What do you think? Do you have some odd collection that might make for a good photo series? Ever thought about setting up your own shop? Are there any local art shops you frequent for one-of-a-kind items? Link them in the comments!

Photography, Technology and Connections in the Name of Art

16 Dec

I find it awesome when the digital and “real” worlds intersect for collective benefit, especially in the name of art.

Two Winston-Salem Arts Institutions

I just had the pleasure of attending a free lecture hosted by SECCA — The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art — about select photographic works of our city’s Arts Council (full disclosure below). Because of technology, a passion for art, and social networking, the experience became amplified. And that sort of thing gives me hope for the world.

Several items from the council’s photography collection were to be on display at a local gallery, and Michael Christiano, Curator of Education at SECCA (check them out on WordPress), gave a crash course in photographic appreciation to start the evening off.

In the span of 20 minutes, he covered many of the greats — Robert Frank, Edward Weston, Jerry Uelsmann (my all-time favorite & inspiration) — along with several others, highlighting how the collection’s works being shared were representative of the media’s progression over time. In a larger sense, this collection and these artists aside, it was a notable reflection on how the technology of photography lets us put form to something intangible like memory.

Think of a photo that ever brought a “wow” from your lips.
Kiss Me Like You Promise Me Heaven in Your Lips

Kiss Me Like You Promise Me Heaven in Your Lips - © Sion Fullana. All Rights Reserved.

Considering such technology didn’t even exist two centuries ago, it’s rather an amazing jump in human communication that we practically take for granted nowadays, what with cameras in our phones and everywhere else.

But it’s that jump in communication having to do with photography that compels this post. Because of my growing interest/obsession with street photography and iPhoneography (thanks to Instagram and appreciating the art of others), I, of course, had to snap the below image with my phone just as the lecture was getting started. The meta-ness of the moment was too great not to indulge:

Meta-techno-photography moment captured. Click for the full conversation.

A photo from my iPhone at a lecture on photography prior to a photography exhibit that I later published via a photo-sharing app. Now you're reading a blog about it.

Naturally, this immediately went up on Instagram.

The evening progressed; the lecture was great; we perused photos and headed home. Later that night, @lindsyarb — someone I’ve never met except via Instagram — noticed the photo, asking to know more about the event and who hosted. Turns out we’re all in the same city, so I shared SECCA’s details and she signed up for their mailing list.

Instagram Conversation

Did you catch what just happened there?

Through technology, interest in art is shared and fostered — relative to the local community, no less — connections are made, and we actually live through a jump in human communication… not over the centuries, but over wi-fi and social networks in real-time… through a shared appreciation for the creative spirit fostered by photography.

Now that’s art. Or at the very least, I’ve got a little more hope for the world. 🙂

Have you ever made a real-world connection via social media? Is there an Arts Council or equivalent in your city, and do you take part? How have you come to be inspired in an artistic fashion, and do you enjoy sharing that with others? Let us hear from you in the comments!

Full disclosure: I work for a company whose parent is also parent to a corporate donor to the Arts Council. This post is not intended to promote either company or this collection, but rather to expound on the general idea of technology as a facilitator for interest in the visual arts.

Hey Look, A Photo Booth! This is Private… Right?

9 Dec
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Me and the Mrs. having fun in the photo booth. Good clean fun.

So I was at this fundraiser last night, which was a huge affair and likely a roaring success. I’m very proud of our community for coming out to have a fun time while supporting a good cause and enjoying the downtown nightlife. There happened to be this photo booth setup with props and instant prints — you get behind a curtain, take 4 digital photos in 10 seconds, and get a printout instantly. It was even free! (Or, included in the price of the event ticket). Totally fun.

And hey, you can even go online to view them the next day. The guy handing my prints told me so, and there’s a website on the back. Easy-breezy! Cool!

I hope he told everyone else this, because everyone else’s photos are there as well. What looks to be every… single… photo. My guess is that these have been screened for gang signs, product placement and, um… body parts, but I wonder if everyone realized their snapshots would be available for the world to see the next day?

Congratulations, You’re Famous!

If there was a sign stating these would be online, complete with social sharing buttons on every pic’s page, I didn’t see one. Not that I’d ever do anything at a public event that I wouldn’t want, you know… public, but being behind a curtain in a booth implies an idea of privacy, especially when you walk away with the prints in your hand. That is no longer so in our technoconnected world, and to assume otherwise is naive.

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Say, there's no way someone's gonna post this on a blog, right?

I’m even writing this post from the photo’s page, since it offered the option to share via WordPress (along with Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Posterous). I later came to WordPress.com to add photos and links. Man, WordPress rocks.

Don’t get me wrong — I think the modern photo booth is a fantastic idea and I hope the venture and this local franchisee makes a million bucks. What with the rise of vintage effects and retro cameras now supercharged with the speed, portability and low cost of digital photography, I think it’s wonderful to bring back an “old-timey” experience, and especially to make sharing easy. But I gotta wonder if — and do hope — everyone else pictured is cool with that.

What do you think? Have you ever been in a “for-real” photo booth that uses film? Or have you ever done one like this with digital prints and social media capability? Does this raise privacy issues, or should we all assume we’re free game? Tell us in the comments!
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