Monday, March 06, 2006

vacant stare

I went into the weekend frothing at the mouth with desire to take photos. Last weekend I ended up in Lancaster, doing little but laundry (oh and how) and having dinner with my mom. I followed this up with a brief trip to Carlisle to make a purchase: a mannequin body, along with some old illustrated story books, which I cut up and made into clothes for said mannequin. This, a birthday present for Mr. D. I spent the best part of two hours getting increasingly lost, unlost and relost in a different way. So mostly my weekend looked like this:

(space left intentionally blank, for lack of photos)

Yeah. So this weekend, I was fired up to shoot. The birthday party for Mr. D was transferred to my house. Yet, not once did I take out my camera. I had an excellent time, party people seemed to have a mostly excellent time. The morning after, we refueled on French Toast and headed out to the Most Pleasing Pile of Hazardous Waste in Montco.

parity © Laura Kicey

Only to find yet again, the place inhabited with the paintball posse. Second time. Getting old. Especially as they are always in the biggest and most interesting building. The one I have explored the least. Probably the most toxic. Nonetheless, the one a Certain Birthday Someone had designs to visit, specifically. And I had my heart set on for the day.

I really didn't shoot that much, yet again. The light was intense and hard to work with. There were a few select shots that I worked on trying to compensate with ridiculously short exposures (1/4000 sec) and combining two exposures in Photoshop. Such as here:

partition © Laura Kicey

This bad excuse for winter is messing with me. Bringing intense sun with the short days, high winds and miserable rain. Making the only time I have to take photographs into a fight with time and the elements and the best days during the week, when it is mostly dark when I escape work. Dying for spring. My photographic edge is being blunted.

wipeout © Laura Kicey

Things which I planted seeds of ages ago are starting to shoot out lovely little tendrils. One of my photos is being published in this book by Catherine Jamieson. A second book she is co-authoring on portrait photography will be using this and this.

The Philadelphia Center for the Photographic Image '06 contest results have finally been confirmed. This image will be in a group exhibit at the Nexus Gallery, opening April 7th, 2006. First Friday. Other prizes TBA.

And one last thing! The article Ms. Audrey Gray interviewed me for a ways back has moved to cover article. And I have completed the equipment self-portrait to (hopefully)accompany the article. Decisions about what other photos will be included in the article will be determined come month's end, moments before it is whisked off to print. Wee!

equipped © Laura Kicey


Blogger Michael K. said...

What's with the missing photo?

And as for your (n-billionth) self-portrait, all I can say is: did our mom raise you to turn yourself into a photographic Borg? Huh? Think about that.

Seriously though, it's all wildly compelling, I'm just a little worried about how pale you're getting. You can't entirely blame Photoshop for that. It's the asbestos... and the braces.

Wild stuff, though I'm always a little disturbed.

4:01 PM, March 12, 2006  

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