Friday, April 29, 2016

APR 23, 2016 — Hi guys!
Today is a very sad day for the photography...
During the last days i was hoping for an happy ending of this analog story even though the situation was complicated since the begin.
The first reply from Fuji was something strange but i've never thought that it could reveals what i'm writing now.
Well, Fuji has replied to our second letter and they said this:"...we cannot now change our decision. Thus, we respectfully decline your proposals. "

These words are unbelievable!

They don't care to leave the world's FP100 users with nothing in their hands.
They don't care to be reponsible for the death of an iconic photographic format of the 20th century.
They don't care to betray their faithful users who have bought their products until yesterday.
We cannot understand their decision to refuse all of our proposals. Why!
We gave them proposals with a total costs coverage and they said: "No, we are sorry guys, we don't care about you and your passion" and they have showed us their middle finger.

I'm very frustrated in this moment.
My friend Florian Kaps are determined to keep on fighting against this decision and i really appreciate this but i think that we have done the maximum to save this films and speaking again with a deaf and indifferent management is completely useless.
Thank you all for supporting me and Florian and all the others who have tried to do something beside this cause.
So i'll keep on informing you about every future developments but i'm honest and i sadly say: "I'm sorry guys, we were not able to save our beloved Fp100 films. This is it."

I kinda figured this would be the case considering Fuji's transitions as of late. What bothers me is the fact that this company is blinded by the demands and have no interest of other individuals carrying on the legacy. I guess it's there way of saying "we don't want you to have this anymore".

I'm sure in a few years that this film will somehow make it back to the fold, but it's going to take awhile for it to appear again and will probably cost loads of dough just to buy a pack of film. Look at the Impossible Project film... jeezus.. shit is expensive.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The World is Record Release / New Haven, Ct / December 11, 2015

Another shot of the band. This dude has an incredible voice. I'm anticipating seeing them play live again soon. Hopefully soon...



Monday, April 25, 2016

The World is Record Release / New Haven, Ct / December 11, 2015

This band is pretty damn amazing live guys. You should really check these guys out. Amazing musicians!!!



Friday, April 22, 2016

For the most part these have been very difficult to deal with in the state job world. As I'm typing this thousands of individuals will be laid off due to the fiscal budget. My division is seeing some heavy change letting go some seniors, some freshman, and even a manager who made his presence known by his consistent efforts of helping us deal with politics in the workplace.

I'm here at the moment with a cup of coffee and some pancakes ready to head out a 8-5 shift. The thought of knowing that I won't have a job today, tomorrow, next week, or next month is horrifying. Bills need to be paid and money needs to be saved. I want my future to look blue. Not gray. But because of my position I'm left feeling anxious about the possibilities of it all.

I can almost feel the same about being an artist. Quite honestly I'm glad that I'm not a working photographer, but since the state in a state of stress I think it's time to look for something that meets my needs. You know.... the effort to be more creative? I don't have to be a working photographer. I could do photo edits, help build sets, clean the toilet and whatever. Just as long as they pay me good money I guess right?

I don't know. At this moment I'm willing to be creative as a career. I think I'm ready to leave the plain desk and move to a creative one.



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The World is Record Release / New Haven, Ct / December 11, 2015

Another show of the band that I had a chance to check out at this show. It was again so much fun to get some coverage of a show. Their newest release Year of the Goth is something you should not sleep on!



Monday, April 18, 2016

The World Is Record Release / New Haven, Ct / December 11, 2015

For the next few weeks I'll be showcasing images that I took at the The World Is A Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid To Die record release show for the album Harmlessness. It was the first time in a long time that I photographed a show. Since leaving San Francisco I've not had a chance to really engage in photographing shows since being part of SFSTATION. And having the x100t that night I was very comfortable shooting with this camera alone. It was so much fun and I hope that I can start doing this again more often.



Friday, April 15, 2016

Just recently I had finished watching the anime series Honey & Clover. A show surrounding four art students relationship between their friends, their art, their loved ones and themselves. The development of the plot is wonderful showcasing how each individual is connected with one another and how it coincides from past experiences. It’s a show about life and life experiences that help them grow as individuals.

And watching this anime sort of gave me a good point of view as an artist. Each person had a goal in life utilizing their skillsets. Some had a spiritual path while others were more about making a career. It was something to relate to and I had to sort of stop myself on some moments because they really hit close to home. It was almost too real for me.

Just recently I did a post on a subreddit, r/portfoliocritique, to see if anyone could give me some criticism on my work. It’s been years since I’ve had anyone look at my pictures and give me a proper critique. The subreddit doesn’t have much subscribers, but one individual had given me a pretty harsh one in which helped me think about my work.

I understand your going for the street / found art style but I’m not getting a vibe of fine art, more snaphot. The composition seems lax and the lighting not that engaging. Sorry. That being said you have definite potential, what is your gal as an artist… what story do you want to tell? This was the best image I saw (he was referring to an image of the Chinese women on the bart station for the project “Passed Times”). Really great lighting, interesting subject, depth, keeps me looking at it for awhile, it tells a story, If you take a few more like this then bam, solo exhibit time. J hope this helps and if you have any specific questions please let me know.

At the moment I was a bit taken on this, but it really got me thinking about the quality of work I produce. What am I really doing with my work and what is my direction? It’s been a troubling thing just thinking about it all this time. And then it hit me while watching the Honey & Clover series….

My story is about slices of life

I don’t think I have any stories to tell other than what I’m experiencing for myself. There isn’t any gimmicks to my images, no particular stages I’m creating, nor exerting any statements that most photographers or artists in general try to push. It came to me watching the series when I realized that this is what I will be doing for the rest of my life. I’m documenting my life as an individual. I’m documenting things that that I have a connection to even though they’re lifeless. It’s strange, but I came to terms with this and I think I’ll be rolling with it from here on out even though I’ve been doing it all my life.



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fakes / Lowell, Ma / October 10, 2015

This diptych was shot with the intention of it being photographed as a diptych. Both images could not stand alone if isolated. I really tried my best to focus on color to see if there was any relationships with both. I think it helped that I kinda planned it.



Monday, April 11, 2016

Mellow / Lowell, Ma / October 10 & 11, 2015

Another pairing. With this diptych I think I was focused more on color rather than composition. It's something I'm very much trying to get into with these mellower tones. I like the combination and how they sort of interact with each other in such a way.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Oliver / Middletown, Ct / October 11, 2015

I Don't know what else to say...



Monday, April 4, 2016

Keep Walking / Lowell, Ma / October 11, 2015

I was starting to get the feel of my camera when stumbling upon this moment. I was something I realize I missed when it came to photographing people. Sort of seeing people occupy space and how they respond to it.