Thursday, December 26, 2013

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So, in a couple of weeks I'll be getting married in the Philippines. I'll be a husband to a womyn I've been with for four years. And as I type this right now I'm reflecting on what had happened the whole year.

2013 was indeed rough. I think a good number of people can vouch for this statement. And at points of being broke, no truck, no job, then having a job with little pay the cynical self tends to come out more. I wasn't feeling optimistic about how things were going for me.

But there are highlights that defined the year. Throwing a group art show, meeting up with Gus Powell for updates on a book I'm working on, finally having a stable job with better pay (full time with benefits in fact) and having the luxury of buying film and shooting it.

I'm more stable than I was months ago. I finally have some control. But I want more. I want more out of what I have now. I want more opportunities to pop up.

Next year should be a better year. Since I have a foundation to work with I'm able to work around certain things that had stopped me previously. Money was one of those issues, of course, but since that isn't much of a problem right now I can bet that more work can be developed in the years to come.

So goodbye 2013. This may be my last post of the year. And since the next few weeks can possibly be as hectic as the last few I'm bettin' that in the end something will turn up and ground me. I certainly need a break from everything.



Monday, December 16, 2013


Hilary Sander / San Francisco, Ca / Summer 2013

Just recently Hilary Sander had graduated AAU and is among one of the most talented photographers I know to this day. A friend I have been blessed to know she continues to create inspiring work which involves isolation, quirkiness, with a side of deep emotions that only touches the surfaces as to what Hilary can do photographically. Congrats Hilary. You are now a graduate.



Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Nothing really happened in November. Most of the images I took all month were my commutes. But this was what it looked liked. We're starting to face colder temperatures and witness common accidents. It's a shame that most of the time I've spent this month was in my car. I get some photo action on weekends, but it isn't enough. Ha.. funny now that I have a job and I have no time for anything versus being unemployed and shooting stuff about nothing. I guess there's a catch 22 to everything.



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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The other day I got an email by Kelly Keltos who had just recently interviewed Andrew McClintock for a school assignment. This was quite interesting considering how he is the director of the Evergold Gallery and has featured artists such as Sandy Kim. Check out the video and read the interview.

Andrew McClintock an interview with Kelly Keltos

Andrew McClintock is not only the owner of small tenderloin gallery Evergold Gallery, the founder and editor of international magazine SFAQ (San Francisco Arts Quarterly) but also a 28 year old resent grad from San Francisco Art Institute. Today we find out about how he got himself to this place and what goes into juggling his lifestyle.

Tell me a little about how you became a Gallery owner/ founder and editor of a magazine?

Well it started a couple different ways, art school. I was doing a lot of photography, making zines, making artist books. The gallery specifically was started with a group of guys that I went to the Art Institute with, we all graduated and found this space. we ran it for the first year, it was a very alternative space. Then a lot of the partners left and it transformed into a more professional gallery. Through making zines and artist books I put out a magazine called Rise Above Haters, that was my first experience with putting out a much more polished and mass-produced magazine. And also through running the gallery and seeing there was a lack of the local art scene in the press, that gave me the idea to start SFAQ.

And that happen, what year?

The gallery January 2009, and the Magazine April 2010.

You said that your partners kinda dropped off and did there own thing, I read that Greg Ito was one of your parters, what is your relationship with him like today?

Yeah so, I own all the businesses now and he's an employee for the magazine. We were business partners at first but now i'm the sole owner. It's been OK, any kind of relationship can be difficult and rewarding at the same time, we had different objectives and styles of working. The decisions that were made were for the better of the companies.

You started SFAQ because there were no other publications with a comprehensive art listing what do you think is the reason is the success of the magazine, in a day were print media is fleeting?

When I started, everybody was like you're crazy print is dead. What I've found is that, on the level that I'm doing it on, is, it's not dead and there is this desire to have this tangible object that covers the scene as well as importing and exporting information from the bay area community to New York and LA and more international as well.

SFAQ isn't just something that promotes Evergold, how do you get all of those resources to be such a leader in the art community?

The intention was never to create something for Evergold, I just happen to have a gallery, so that was an added bonus. It's two completely separate forces, SFAQ is about supporting the community as a whole and Evergold is just a gallery. So I keep them as separate as possible.

What factored into the tenderloin as a location for the gallery?

It was extremely cheap, which is changing now, but I can also get away with a lot of stuff, like having loud performances and crazy installations, that might kind of extended to outside as well. I also just like the energy here. It can be a little tiring sometimes, when you're faced with the crack heads and the dealers, you know it's the underbelly of the city. The more time I spend here, the more I realize how fucked up it actually is, but that energy makes me work harder because I isolate myself in here, in the office. I got make something happen, because outside you see the complete other end of how you could end up, in a sense. Also, I like being connected to Down Town, feels kinda like New York a little bit. Where in, for example, the Mission it's all sleepy, and sunny and everybody's trying to hang out, rather just work.

What is the Gallery's relationship with some other other Tenderloin lower polk galleries?

It's good, we are part of the polk street art walk which is good, sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes my schedule doesn't work out with this so we won't be open for the art walk. But, the Thing Quarterly, which is an awesome publication, they just moved next door. Jessica Silverman is a really big San Francisco gallery, one of the few galleries has a big international presence and has all the major art affairs, she's moving in and that's certainly great. Then there's all the small galleries that come and go. So there is a sense to build a community but it's kinda spread out. I don't know if Lower Polk, I'm all the way over here, it's kinda a stretch sometimes. But I am close to the 49 Geary galleries, so there is that cross- over as well.

You represent a lot of internationally owned artist, in a city that's know for representing local artist, does that affect Evergold?

It's great, it's interesting. For selling work and press and making a bigger splashed, over half the artist I work with are New York based, that have had some time in SF or the Bay Area or involved some how. With that, these artists are already in the larger markets and already have a collector base out there, so it's a way to reach out in different ways, like with Jacko Weyland's show, there was no local press, but I got press from New York. So it's kinda give or take. With the openings, if you have a local artist, the openings crazy, all the kids come out, but he might not be selling as much work. Every show is different, so that also an interesting part of the process.

About how long do you work with each artist?

Typically the shows are about a month to five weeks, but a lot of the artist I show are doing there second or third solo show overt the corse of the existence of the gallery. I usually try to book everything out at least eight months in advanced. So i'm constantly talking to the artists. we'll get together, hang out do studio visits, I have to try to be there for them. A lot of galleries will be like, ok it's your show, show up, give me some work to sell. The intention of this place was to be a creative, artist driven process. Now it just happens that it's that functioning with in the model of a more professional contemporary art gallery. I try to work with the artists as much as possible, support them. I pay for travel shipping and framing, I don't make that much money here so a lot of that basically goes back into the gallery.

It seems like there is a lot of work, between the magazine and the gallery. Do you ever have play time?

It's all play, it's all enjoyable. I think the whole thing is an extinction of my artistic practice, it's kinda like a neo-conceptual practice. There's talk of how the business of art can be an artistic practice as well, if I didn't think about it in those terms and if I wasn't having fun I'd go crazy and not want to do it. I've definitely worked a lot of jobs in the past that were not fun at all and kinda eat away at your sole. So if I didn't enjoy this, I wouldn't be here. That not to get's hard but you know, it's really
rewarding. Last year I was also the interim director of the San Francisco Art Institute. In there public gallery space to, I quit recently because it was just a little bit to much.

With these two projects in hand have you been able to peruse more personal artist projects, I've seen some of your photography online?

I shoot for the magazine, sometimes. I started to contribute photography to Juxtapoz Magazine, which is great. It gives me a reason to pull out all of my old gear and make a good polished photograph. I had a show, recently at Eli Ridgway Gallery, Down Town. I did a salt water battery installation. So i've been moving away from photography to more conceptual based sculpture and curating different shows that combine historical and contemporary artists that are offsite from here as well. working with different artist and doing all of these silly projects as well.

Is there anything, in any of your projects that you are excited about?

Well, the programing at Evergold next year, I picked up a few new artist that have shown at bigger galleries. They are showing here because I believe in the original intension and original vision of there work so it's like, I allow there to be shows were the normally commercially driven galleries would kinda freak out. Like the Jacko Weyland show, there's nothing for sale. It's balance, but it's about putting up a good exhibition.



Sunday, November 24, 2013

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To and From Work / Middletown - Hartford, Ct / November 2013

Since being hired at my new job I haven't been able to do some serious shooting. I could maybe get five minutes and photograph something so mediocre, but it would somehow fulfill my need to capture something. But I keep at it.

For these images I use my point and shoot to take random snaps from my vehicle. The light is beautiful and it's among the best I've seen in awhile. I wish I could just take it in and really feel the glow instead of spending my time working. But this is all I can do for now.



Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recently Cheryl Dunn had released the highly anticipated EVERYBODY STREET which focuses on street photographers of New York. Photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Gilden, Jeff Mermelstein and others are interviewed describing experiences of New York photography. I've been watching this documentary and the bonus interviews for the past few days now. The things they explain gives me the drive to just go out and take more pictures. And just the list alone are among the photographers that have influenced me over the years.

If you haven't checked this out yet I suggest you guys do. Cheryl Dunn has definitely outdone herself. The whole movie is flawless. I'm happy that there are people out their in the world who do believe that this kind of photography is an important aesthetic of our lifetime.

Go here. It's only $12.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Donna / Lowell, Massachusetts / September 2013

This was taken days before my birthday. Donna's family and I decided to go apple picking. It was fun just hanging out and being outside. If you ever get a chance to go apple picking I recommend you do. The apples at that farm were fresh. Donna's mother happened to whip up some apple pie that afternoon and damn... it was soooo good.

So, before, during, and after our little adventure I just took photos of my Fiance. They came out quite nice. I'm beginning to feel better about portraiture. This may be the new course I will be taken for the next year.



Monday, November 18, 2013


This time of the year usually slows down for me. I take less pictures to focus more on editing. Lately, however, I haven't been motivated to do any editing. I've been wanting to let these pictures sort of sit for awhile and wait for an appropriate time to post them. I don't know if there's any logic to why I do this, but it's how I process.

October was one of those months that I never cared about. Sure that the scenery starts to look prettier, but it just doesn't do much for me. It's a month where I transition myself into this mellow person for November and December. Something about those two make me feel nostalgic and emotional. I hate it.. but it's what get's me through things.



Monday, November 11, 2013


Daniel / Fresno, Ca / Summer 2013

He still continues to be a great influence in my life. As a vegan, straight edge, married man he continues to follow his dreams pursuing music with his friends. Always on the grind and never on downtime. Till this day I wonder why he accepts me for who I am. I'm not the same person I was five years ago. And I certainly don't want to be that same person ever again. But I think my motives were always clear with him. I respect him. I respect his choices, his thoughts on life, and how he presents himself as a man. He is the ultimate gentleman.

And for the record... You ever start shit with him you can bet shit will go down.



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Just recently r/mathrock posted this band up. I can't stop listening to this band. It's been awhile since I had done any music posts and today felt like an appropriate time to talk about them. Pretend seem to take influences from such bands as Sharks Keep Moving, Cowboys Aren't Indians, and Death Cab For Cutie as they are instrumental, jazzy, and lay the vocal lines softly. Slight instances of dissonant notes with a splash of free jazz textures allow an interesting take on the emotionally driven band that they've proven to be. And with their instrumental routes they leave enough room for vocals to add the finishing touch. Bones in the Soil, Rust in the Oil was my first impression. A 13 minute journey of melodies, climax, and different turns ending with a sense of resonance swimming in your skin. It really is a band that gives me a better experience of fall and winter. Check them out if you can. They are a great band.



Monday, November 4, 2013

I usually post once or twice a week these days. Considering how much my job, school, and home life have taken up much of my time I haven't given much effort to this blog. But I've been writing on my creative journal, shooting pictures (not as much as I would love to though) and thinking about projects I want to finish for next year. There are a lot of new happenings when 2014 arrives. I'm ready for this year to finish so that I can start fresh and get a new outlook on what's to come. I've thought about taking a 2 week break from this blog. I thought about keeping this place quiet so that I can start gathering my thoughts. The early morning drives, the cups of tea I've been drinking, entering data at my job that I currently work at... my thoughts continue to think about these future endeavors. I've been thinking about this blog and how I want to rearrange it again. I've been looking at my pictures thinking about how I want to post them and when to post them.

So for the next few days or weeks I might be a bit absent. I got a couple of rolls I'm throwing at the lab this week and one of them is a ROLL CALL roll.

And speaking about the ROLL CALL series this has been the most interesting project to date. I've realized that a month of one roll of film can show you a variety of interesting things. It allows you to be a bit creative and think about pictures carefully. Especially when you have a crappy point and shoot camera. I'm thinking about compiling the images into a book. It's not set in stone yet, but it is something I will definitely think about for the months to come.

Thank you to the people who continue to watch my blog once in awhile. I know I don't have much visitors, but it's good to know that someone is out their watching what I do.



Thursday, October 31, 2013

I didn't get enough submissions for this zine. Sucks, but for the people that had submitted I thank you for your effort and participation. And since this has happened I think I will be changing how Bueno Power Blogzine produces online zines. Again.. it sucks, but it happens. Thinking about it now I the concept wasn't even all that. It was kinda stupid.



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Kids / Middletown - West Hartford, Ct / July - August 2013

This particular diptych has been sitting on my "pending posts" folder for over a month or so now. I don't know why I didn't post these images sooner. I love the fact that there's this relationships between the kid pushing the stroller vs. a kid running in a mall. I don't know what that relationship is, but I know it's just there.



Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Couple with a Kid / Lowell, Ct / September 2013

This particular image is just a simple couple waiting for the bus. We don't know the destination they're heading to, the kind of relationship they carry or even if they are a couple period. And lately I've been questioning the structure of relationships. Questioning their integrity, beliefs, etc. This image is a normal and realistic representation of how couples are: distant, bored, and patient. Not to say that relationships are like this period, but I wonder if this is how it goes most days. Would you act like this towards a person you've been with for a long period of time? Who knows, but I do know that the couple photographed here opens up some things for me that I may want to consider in the future.



Monday, October 21, 2013


About a couple of days ago Michael Behlen had sent the book we worked on for about a month and a half. The book, Searching for Stillness, is a polaroid collection of life in the Central Valley. Through the adventures he takes with friends it's clear that his images are reflection of his youth, his warmth and his loneliness.

For hours on end we created a concept, design and layout completing what may be the best work we've done so far. Though my role was to design the layout I am proud of the turnout. Check out his websites below and make sure to purchase this book. You won't want to sleep on this.




Thursday, October 17, 2013


Chelline / Hartford, Ct / October 2013

From the last post I had showcased a Lookbook I did for VRTU which is a collective I recently got in ties with. These particular shots were going to be included with it, but I decided not to do it. It just didn't fit for me. Anyway, here are some shots that didn't make it. Thanks Chelline for the participation once again.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Chelline Smith / Hartford, Ct / October 2013

A little white ago I had the opportunity to photograph a LookBook of a model named Chelline Smith. This was my first portraiture shoot I've done in a long time. Not to mention this being the first Lookbook I've ever done. For this particular shoot I've envisioned the images being more street. I felt the brand brings that kind of energy, sort of engaging in the idea of the hustle. And that's just it.. the brand is an outlook of what hard work looks like. From the quality of the cloth to the design elements it's obvious that all the passion comes through in these clothes. VRTU for life.. all day.. all night.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Koji / Lowell, MA / September 2013

I was walking around downtown Lowell to shoot for a good few minutes. I needed some air after working on my online modules at Brew'd Awakening. As I was walking by I noticed a character that I have been following on tumblr for quite some time. I couldn't believe it was Koji. If you guys are not familiar with him he's been an important asset to the hardcore scene, so, seeing this guy walk around looking for some eats was pretty interesting. I had the chance to talk to him while he allowed me to photograph him on a white wall. The people that you seem to meet up in the oddest places.



Monday, October 7, 2013


I've been so incredibly busy with things. It's been overwhelming at points, but I try to manage the time I make for work, school, and this blog. Lots of things coming up however. I had the opportunity to develop a backlog of film that needed processing, so, you should be seeing a good amount of photos coming through in the days to come.

Anyway, September wasn't so bad. Probably one of the more interesting months out of the year. I was able to witness one of my favorite bands, TOE, who had the opportunity to tour the U.S. for the first time of their career. I was lucky enough to live near a location they were performing at. It was also my birth month as well, but that doesn't really matter. The month was cool. I was satisfied. Just wished I took more photos to get some variety in here.