Pocket Film Antiques

The first week of October I went on a little road trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for the MWSPE conference. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to take photos, so I only brought one camera: my Minolta Weathermatic A, which is my only camera that shoots pocket film.

And, for some reason, I really wanted to shoot antiques with pocket film. I thought they would look good with the grainy quality of the film. Since my family was going to Kentucky with me, I knew that stopping at antique stores was inevitable– so I was prepared, and I was not disappointed.

One of my favorite things about antique stores is the collection like quality of a lot of their display cases. So much Coca Cola memorabilia, paperweights, light bulb thingies… Also, shout out to the last image of the carnival ride set up– I have a fondness for the dog(?) chillin’ in the middle of everything.

When I got back from my trip, I still had a couple of shots left, but was eager to get the cartridge processed. So, I took some photos of my apartment, including my roommate’s cool looking bed (sorry, Claire, but you have good taste.)

As always, I want to shoot more. Chicago has some great antique shops, so maybe when I’m not living the grad school life, I can check them out. Until then, this will probably be a thing I do when I go on road trips.

Happy Shooting!

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Graduate School Update

I am halfway through my first semester in graduate school, and wow. Just… Wow. Here are a few facts:

1.) I’m tired and my brain feels like a strange mixture of oatmeal, jello, and sadness.

2.) My brain is so filled with knowledge on photography things, there isn’t much room left for important things, like pressing the “down” button on an elevator when you are trying to leave the 12th floor.

3.) Naps are the most important thing. I thought they were important when I was in undergrad, but man. This is a whole new level of commitment.

4.) I was hesitant about jumping into a graduate program straight from undergrad, but I am fully confident I made the right choice.

5.) My work is getting heavy and I’m okay with that.

I miss blogging multiple times a week, but grad school is literally my life. It’s sad, but true. When I’m not reading for classes, I’m shooting, and when I’m not shooting, I’m editing or brainstorming, and when I’m not doing that, I’m having an existential crisis, and when that isn’t going down I’m sleeping or eating potato chips while watching DWTS. Is this adulthood?

No, it’s grad school.

For the next two years, I get the joy and pleasure of focusing on a thesis body of work. I made my initial decision about 6 weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. I’ve already created a series that is a work in progress, and it touches on what I’m focusing on: Childhood Trauma and PTSD. It’s different than my usual work, which involves sets, characters, tableau… I just photographed objects with a single light source. I think the juxtaposition hits on what I’m trying to talk about.

I have a lot more work to do with these, including re-photographing them with different light. There are a lot of ways I can explore my thesis, and I’m super happy I’m surrounded by peers who have a passion for photography and can talk about it in an informed way. Undergrad was okay, but grad school is much more my speed. I love a good challenge especially one that takes years off your life and reduces you to a poptart eating sorry excuse of a human.

Overall, I may be frustrated, tired, hungry, and crabby, but I am inspired, excited, and in love with where I am. It’s definitely hard, but everyday I feel myself becoming more informed about the field I love so damn much.

So, yeah. Here is a little update for anyone who stills follows me. Happy Shooting!

First Speaking Arrangement

I had my first ever speaking arrangement at the Midwest SPE conference last weekend, and it was awesome. Last fall, I applied for a travel award, to obtain funding to travel to the National SPE conference in New Orleans. I won the award, but the stipulation was I would have to also go to the Midwest conference, and give a talk about the work I applied with (which was Home Sweet Home, of course.)

Thankfully I have had enough practice talking about this particular body of work, since I applied to grad school with it, had ample opportunity to discuss it in interviews and portfolio reviews, and my senior thesis show revolved around it. I was comfortable talking about it.

I’m already looking into more opportunities to speak again, because it felt so beneficial. If you haven’t had the chance to speak about your work yet, I suggest giving it a try. It’s important for artists to be able to talk about their work, process, influences, and answer difficult questions on the spot. I loved it.

Here, have some shots of the conference, including yours truly being a little excited about being featured on an exhibition card.

Happy Shooting/Speaking!