I was going to wait to make a tidier version of this video—which I actually attempted (and failed)—but this blog is as much about process as it is outcome. I was in pain by the end. This video is called “Endurance.”
I over-sharpened some of these…
Some images made in San Pedro
I wish I had made these with film.
I was going to try to write something, but I have too many thoughts tangled up in each other, and it is making any kind of expression impossible. This has been one of the biggest frustrations of my life. I don’t know how to convey what I feel I must convey. There are no words, drawings, paintings, or photographs that could possibly express. I desperately need to find a language. I feel...
Black-eyed dog, he calls at my door...
Here is a tamer version of what I posted last night, since this is the closest thing I have to a professional online portfolio but the issue needs to be addressed nonetheless: I am not producing even half the amount of work I should or would like to be producing, and it is because of the one thing that always holds me back: depression. It frustrates the hell out of me. I want to make work. It...
Museum Series Final Edit
I just realized I never actually put up the final edit of my museum project. For anyone interested, this is what I got into the bachelor of fine arts program at Cal State Long Beach with (I have copies of these files with much better color balance somewhere, but for now…)
Well, friends, I am very pleased to announce that I was recently invited to contribute to Image States, an online magazine about photography and culture, founded by artists Rebecca Sittler and Francesca Romeo. The site went live this week and we are very excited! I wrote a small piece for the first issue and plan to contribute as often as I am able. Please take a look at imagestates.com! If...
Whenever I go into new territory I realize just how much self-confidence I lack. This applies to anything in my life (going new places, meeting new people, etc.) but I’m referring specifically to photography. I took some self portraits last night, and I’m pretty sure they’re at least decent, but the idea of posting them frightens me. I guess that means I ought to do it. More...
I'm in a rut...
A big, huge rut. But here’s a picture.
A departure from my usual work, but I’ve very recently become fascinated with the databending phenomenon. I think this fascination has something to do with how cryptic and unpredictable it is and how many different possibilities it presents.
Jesus Christ Pantocrator
I have never worked so much on a single image.
This is a reminder to myself to update this thing, which is in desperate need of more recent photographs.
A few more images for the museum series
Continuing with the museum project...
What is this?
I think my classes this semester are throwing my work into a state of crisis. I’ve realized I really have no idea what the hell I’m doing in regards to this whole photography thing. I’m being challenged to think about art and photography in ways I’ve never thought about them before. It’s exciting, and it’s also causing me some anxiety (and by some, I probably...
There's so much beauty in the world.
Around the house no. 3
Around the house no. 2
In the back yard
Around the house
In the family room
The pleasant results of an irritating fumigation
My bedroom is beginning to look like a studio. I have scads of 4x6 digital prints taped to my wall, stacked on my desk, and strewn on my floor. I have several negatives I’m still planning to scan, and many images I’m waiting to post here. I’m constantly seeing things around this house I want to photograph. I told my grandma that if her house wasn’t so pretty, my life...
It's been three and a half months since I last...
Without enumerating all the various reasons for which I haven’t posted since September 17th, I will say that this last semester was both very difficult and wonderful. I spent hours shooting and hours in the darkroom (work from this semester’s photo class to come). I learned a lot and grew as an artist more than ever before. It was challenging and exciting. The most exciting thing...
Taken the day before my grandpa died.
Dealing with the Death of My Grandpa Pt. 1
I know…I’ve been posting endless photos of my grandparents’ house lately. I’m fascinated with how the light shining through the windows plays on the floors and walls. I hope it isn’t getting tiring at this point. This set and the next set that I’ll post were taken in the days leading up to my grandpa’s death. It’s been a difficult two weeks (or...
Flowers by the driveway
J. Morgan Rupp
Last week I had the opportunity to take my cousin’s senior photos. I had only done this type of photo shoot a couple times before this, so it was definitely a learning experience. Still, I think I got some good shots.
More time at Grandma and Grandpa’s.
My Grandma and Grandpa’s house is filled with the most wonderful light in the early evening.
Yesterday I went to Forest Grove, Oregon. This is the house my great grandfather built. It’s been the same color all this time.
4th of July
Dandelions and Morning Light
Vancouver and Portland