Ireland: I Want My Rainbow

I’ve been here for four days now, and no rainbow. Call me impatient, but dangit, I want my ray of glorious colors! I live for rainbows! And I want my Irish rainbow!

I went on a long walk the other day, (my body hates me,) and there were, of course, no rainbows. I joked with my friend that I would put rainbows in my own photos.

Welp. I crossed an entire ocean to put emojis on my images.

You know what these gorgeous landscapes need? Emojis.

Ladies and gents, I am an artist. That is my excuse for this ridiculousness. But the walk was lovely, even if we walked for five hours. We walked to a castle along the coastal road, and of course I took a lot of pictures, all of which still need to be processed. So in the meantime, here are some more emojis:

This weekend is bound to be full of adventure. I’ll be returning to the Cliffs of Moher for the second time in my life, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some clear, fog-less weather. Cairns and crypts are on our to-do list as well, and who knows what other adventures. All I know is a lot of picture making will happen.

Happy Shooting!

On Childhood Trauma

Time to talk about something scary: childhood sexual trauma. Psychology Today says that up to 40% of females and 30% of males will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18. Nearly half of you reading this, statistically speaking, have endured this special sort of terror. And if you haven’t, you most likely know someone that has.

And I’m sorry for that.

I’ve been creating a series of self portraits, exploring my own experience. I want to photograph others who have experienced sexual trauma in their childhoods, since there doesn’t seem to be any photography projects that explore this topic conceptually.

Synapses Firing

Depersonalization

Hypervigilance

These portraits are just interpretations of my experience from living with trauma. I’m interested in photographing others and make their stories into conceptual portraiture as well. If you’re interested or know someone who may be, feel free to contact me. I am willing to travel.

Trauma is a really crappy thing, but maybe we can talk about it more through photography.

Happy Shooting!

 

Photographer of the Day: Hans Aarsman

To keep myself fresh on my photographer knowledge, I’m going to start doing “Photographer of the Day” posts. If I tell you guys about these photographers, odds are I’ll remember them more readily when the time calls for information about them and their work.

So here we go.


Hans Aarsman

b. 1951, Amsterdam

To begin, Aarsman was a part of a movement called New Topography, which was founded on the idea of photographing new-but-not-new landscapes, circa 1980s and 90s. They worked to create landscapes that included the ordinary, everyday objects that normally go unnoticed, like perhaps a stop sign on a street corner. The “great” landscape photographers of the early-ish 20th century (y’all know about Ansel Adams,) showed the United States what lied out west, and so because of their images National Parks and other attractions for tourism were put in place. The New Topographers, wanting to create their own beautiful landscapes, but found that their work would be hindered by a car, or a parking lot, or anything that we see everyday but pay no mind to. They decided, why not make these ordinary objects just as important as the landscape? So they did. They brought attention to things that are normally ignored or not thought about in an objective style.

Hans Aarsman’s photography falls into this movement. His most notable body of work, Hollandse Taferelen, focuses on the transient moments of ordinary becoming extraordinary in the Dutch countryside. Here are some images from that project:

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See what I mean about transient?

Aarsman is still with us today, and he is an author, a lecturer at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and a playwright, in addition to being a photographer. Follow his example kids, he’s what we call a “go-getter.”

The next photographer of the day will be Bayard Hippolyte, so keep an eye out!

Happy Shooting!