Visual Studies Workshop

Very excited that Luke’s book is a contender for ABofTM! Finalists announced in January…

IWYWH cover

AGYU Artists’ Book of the Moment – Luke Strosnider I Wish You Where Here.

Title credit: Pavement, Here


Some photo stuff that both irks and intrigues me:

Photographic Clichés | Martin Parr.
Dead on. I’m a #2, #4, and maybe a little #3. And Martin Parr is awesome. His corny flash website with way too much Cooper made my day.

Publish Your Photography Book – by “Swannie” (don’t call her that) and The Guy Whose Name Sounds Like The Hootie and The Blowfish Guy.
I… think I will wait til the Bloor & Gladstone (Bloodstone?) library carries this. I went to one of the most inSUFFERABLE artist talks ever with Mary Virgina Swanson and… some entitled Three Name artist book maker.

Want to make a photo-book? Talk about photographic clichés? Go take a workshop at VSW.

A book I made at Visual Studies Workshop - still waiting to be editioned...

Title credit: Rheostatics, Aliens (Christmas 1988)

Chuck Norris Zombie

12 Things that make me feel better, right now:

1. Chuck Norris Jokes on Soup

2. Wearing my papa’s painting overalls and finishing up a cottage painting blitz for the evening.

3. The Five Stairsteps coming up on my shuffle at exACTly the right moment.

4. Toronto address, phone number and a plan that doesn’t cost 80cents a minute!

5. Festival of 24 Things: 401 Edition!

6. Shooting stars at the end of the dock and the Vaccuum Cleaner constellation. And nighttime sweaters.

7. The Weakerthans at the Red Dog!

8. Staying up late, ’cause that’s what you do when you are wearing the painting overalls (flashback to undergrad painting class, when I stayed up all night painting in my studio, wearing the overalls)

9. Leonard and Joni, back-to-back.

10. Cool haps at my former school alma mater (oooh, someone has a few letters after their name).

11. Finding one more roll of Kodachrome in my messy bedroom.

12. A blog post sounding like it’s going to end with the Mastercard phrase: “Priceless”.

Title credit: The Five Stairsteps, Oooh Child.

Jason Fulford of J&L Books, speaking at Visual Studies Workshop, July 2, 2010

One great effin weekend in Rochester, NY. Lots of stuff to fill my notebook. Jason Fulford was a highlight. Reaffirming my belief that there is more than one way to skin a cat connect a group of photographs. Stay tuned for my full report.

[Visual Studies Workshop Photo Bookworks Symposium. July 1-3, 2010]

Title credit: Rheostatics, Stolen Car

Have been thinking a lot about walking and photography. (It’s hard not to think about walking when you are dog-sitting for a very sweet, but very active pup in a city with sidewalks that go on forever.) Walked to the gallery last night around 8 to take down & pack up a photo show (work by 3 members of the Chicago Women in Photography Collective: Mary Farmilant, Jennifer Greenberg, and Patty Carroll) and grabbed my camera. It was just past my favourite light*, that orangey, high contrast, raking shadows deal, but the tops of the houses were still getting good light. When I walk without my (good, not crappy $3 point&shoot) camera, I make mental notes of the place I like and want to come back to, but when I walk with my camera, my mind goes entirely blank and I am completely (god, I hate this corny phrase) in the moment. mindful of nothing but the present (whew, that‘s better.)

So with blisters and sweat and all the yucky parts of walking too much in a hot city, I think I got some good ones. The film has to go to Kansas and back before I will know, for sure.

from 5B4: Gone? by Robert Adams

from 5B4: Gone? by Robert Adams

5B4 (PHOTOBOOKS!) has some compelling thoughts on Robert Adams and photographing and the walk. 5B4 author Jeffrey Ladd will be speaking the the upcoming Photo Bookworks Symposium** at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester.

* See above crummy drugstore scan for example of robyn’s favourite (sic, in America) light.
** Check out the line-upANNE WILKES TUCKER! NATHAN LYONS! CARLA WILLIAMS! MIKE MANDEL! (not to mention one of my many many photo-crushes, Jason Fulford) Oh yes, and the one and only,

Alec Soth.

Title credit: Kris Kristofferson, Lovin Her Was Easier (covered by Richard Buckner – thanks Motel de Moka! My music drive is 2 hrs away and I really wanted to hear this today 😉 )

I love it when my likes overlap. It is no secret that I have an affinity for beards. Or photography. Baseball may be one of my more closely kept likes. It stole my no-depth-perceptioned heart when I was 12 and Roberto Alomar hadn’t yet done anything more troubling than McCain’s Catch The Taste commercials.

One of my favourite Chicago-based art-makers recently posted his ode to the legendary Mr. Alec Soth, teeming up three of my likes.


{Click through to see Jonathan Gitelson’s Sothdog Millionaire}

Want to see the legendary beard in person? Sign-up for the Photo-Bookworks Symposium at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY (July 1-3). And to make this post completely circular, 31 Prince Street is where I first saw Mike Mandel’s Baseball Photographer Trading Cards, and met a bunch of my bearded friends.

Here is Alec Soth’s original baseball card post, via his archived blog. I think that officially exhausts Beards, Baseball and Photography for today.

Title credit: Guided By Beards Voices, Weed King