Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'll Take Care Of You


Started working on a new project, tentatively called I'll Take Care Of You. This came out a little softer than I would have liked, but I think it's a nice beginning. I really like the tension in the way Ryan's hand is placed on top of mine; how strange and awkward it feels to suddenly be aware that you are touching another person, not really being sure of what that means about your relationship. I'm really excited to see how the rest of the images come out as I work on them over the holiday. It's a little nerve wracking to throw myself back into self-portraits, as I haven't really photographed myself since graduating from college in 2005, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

Like I said, just a beginning, but definitely more to come in the near future.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Larry Sultan



Larry Sultan died yesterday of cancer at the age of 63. I paid monumental late fees at the Purchase College Library because I had kept out "Pictures From Home" for an entire semester because I just couldn't stop looking at it. I carried that book around with me everywhere I went for most of the fall of 2003. It was, and still is, one of the most influential books and bodies of work I've ever come across in my life. I am currently in the process of applying to the California College of the Arts, mainly because I wanted to study with him.

A really great description of his father's reactions to his photographs of him that ran in his obituary in the times this morning:
"Mr. Sultan’s father, Irving, speaking of a picture of himself in a suit sitting on the edge of a bed with a vacant stare on his face, related how his son had instructed him not to smile and had created a portrait that the elder Mr. Sultan felt was much more about the photographer than the photographed.

“ ‘Any time you show that picture,’ ” Mr. Sultan said his father told him, “‘you tell people that that’s not me sitting on the bed looking all dressed up and nowhere to go, depressed. That’s you sitting on the bed, and I am happy to help you with the project, but let’s get things straight here.’ ” His parents died not long after the work was completed."


Rest in peace, Larry.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Jason Lazarus


Just got Jason Lazarus' Otis Redding Motivational Poster in the mail last night when I got home from the Metropolitan with my friend Pacifico. It is now above my workspace in my studio, alongside my crappy scanner and from-the-dawn-of-time iBook. I am glad to be giving it a good home! And only a few hours before I submitted my Columbia College Chicago application!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Dream

I dreamt last night that i was photographing a gallery opening at some big, nameless art gallery in a high rise overlooking central park for PMC, because all of our real photographers were in Hawaii on vacation. They gave me a little plastic rectangular camera, the kind kodak used to make when I was a kid that used the tiny 8mm film, and told me to use the on camera flash if there wasn't enough light. I got to the gallery and suddenly everyone was praising me for the pictures I was taking, even though they hadn't seen them and I was totally inadequate. Afterwords, I went to develop the film and there was nothing inside the camera: it was just a black plastic box.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Paris Shower Curtain, Bushwick.


New 4x5 image. Not really sure how this fits in with the others, but I really like the light in it and I've been feeling like there needs to be some sort of expansion on the more two dimensional images of objects and photographs. I'm still making those images in addition to images like this one, but I don't think they work solely on they're own. I'm still not sure if this an entirely successful image, but I think it's a good step. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Parked cars, fall.




My parents cars are no longer among them.

Michael Wolf's Transparent City



Great video interview over at Conscientious with Michael Wolf about his Transparent City project that's up at Aperture right now. Strangely enough, I was walking around galleries in chelsea on Saturday and managed to somehow bump into Joerg Colburg at pretty much every space I went to, and happened to be looking at the Michael Wolf show while he was doing this interview. Really weird. Also, I was looking at the Barbara Crane show in back and almost literally bumped into Todd Papageorge, which made for a pretty awkward "you're in the way of the photographs I'm looking at" dance around a cluster of images. I'm very, very easily intimidated by people in the art world. Go figure.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart got in touch with me a few weeks ago, as we were both applicants for the POC collective. His work is pretty great, and is definitely worth taking a look. I also just stumbled onto an interview that he recently did with Jonathan Cherry at Mull It Over, and he has some interesting thoughts about his project Local Color.

A few things

First off, heres a really interesting post on A Photo Student about the need for photographers and photography programs to "adapt" to new technologies in the current Web 2.0 climate. Really, really worth a read.





Second, here are some images I shot recently of my friend Joe for him to use as contributing editor photographs in magazines he's been writing for. He'll have an article in the upcoming issue of Pin-Up.

Third, I still have a few prints available in both images from my November print sale. If you're interested, please email me at gregorycevans@yahoo.com, everything can be paid for securely online by paypal, and at $50 for an editioned 8x8" Digital C-Print, you really can't ask for more affordable art.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Samuel Egloff




Pretty rad performance / installation oriented stuff I found on Samuel Egloff's site.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Print Sale!



So I'm holding a fundraiser print sale in order to jump start some new work I've been thinking about, and some equipment that is just slightly out of my grasp right now. Which is awesome for you, since that equals sweet deals on prints! The two images above are from my recent series "The Things I Once Owned", and I'm offering them as an 8x8" Digital C-Print in an edition of 15 for $50 each. Please email me at gregorycevans@yahoo.com if you're interested; please include your address and contact information.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Weirdly reminiscent.


I found this David Horvitz screenshot this morning, it's the latest added to his blog. It's weirdly reminiscent of "The Things I Once Owned". I mean, except for putting the photographs in place of the objects I photographed, this pretty much exactly what I did throughout the project. Pretty rad, if you ask me.

Wednesday, 10/28/09

To do:
Work on grad school applications
Finish Joe's portraits
Scan film
Load 4x5; reshoot Dean Martin image
Buy new Atlas Sound record
Buy new Fuck Buttons record
Pick Print for Ebersmoore
FedEx Print to Ebersmoore
Apply to Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2010
Research options for going to Miami
Research dental options, healthcare
Fundraise.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Foreclosure: The Death of the American Dream

Lauren Greenfield's "Foreclosure: Death of the American Dream" from Frank Evers on Vimeo.


Lauren Greenfield's "Foreclosure" is really pretty amazing. Found via Amy Stein's blog.

Mull It Over

Photographer Jonathan Cherry recently asked me to do an interview on his blog, Mull It Over, about 'The Things I Once Owned' project. I think he asked some interesting questions and I'm pretty excited to be included in the project. Check it out, when you get the chance. He's interviewed some other pretty great photographers, and I always love to see new websites talking about contemporary photography.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shrine - Still in Progress




New shrine sculpture! Still in progress, but I'm really excited about it so far. I think I might frame the print and lean it against the wall, though I'm not sure. Also, brightly colored vigil candles are going underneath the desk, which the viewer will be encouraged to light with long matches.

Any suggestions?

Also, check out 'Album' by Girls. It's so fucking amazing.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Flash Forward 2010

http://www.magentafoundation.org/submissions/submit.php?project=9

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cornwall - Cornwall


















Google image search of Cornwall, NY (where I grew up) and Cornwall, UK (where I've never been). Ideas brewing...