explorations

Exploration no. 2

Last week a few students from the Art Institute of Austin came to my studio to learn stuff. In addition to telling them about stuff, I also showed them some stuff, like a lighting demo. This is a thing I pulled out of a scrap pile behind a barn. Larry (the head of the photo department at the Art Institute) informed me that is was an irrigation pump. I’m obsessed with the gauge on this thing.

  

Exploration no. 1

Two nights ago, after some dinner conversation about art and personal vision and crap like that, and maybe a cocktail or two, my wife gave me an assignment. One I’m very excited about. Each week I will study an object in light and composition. Sort of an exercise in ‘exploring’ objects. It’s one of my favorite things to do, and my first love in photography. Also, this will help shorten my internal list of things I need to photograph!

My first object was found on assignment for Texas Monthly. They sent me to Llano, Texas to photograph an antique shop among other things. The store was filled with little vignettes and groupings of objects. One table was filled with doll parts. Only parts. A bowl of arms, a basket of torsos, etc. I found a pair of cowboy boots in the shop I still dream about, but they were too small. So I bought this doll head instead. It’s been sitting in the studio (usually by the coffee pot) as a sort of joke ever since.