Last night I found myself moving around the Work | Release venue with a small cadre of fellow artists in the Eight Bells Collective. We were part of the NATIVE exhibition opening sponsored by the Meredith and Brother Rutter Family Art Foundation in the incredibly refurbished and re-purposed three story ex-Texaco building owned by the Rutter... See More -- with Jason Michael Tuthill, Bedelia Burris-McGrath, Stephanie Adams, Harold Scot Clark, Katie Hayes, Eugenia Gonzales, Ishaway Friestad, Dirk Ehlert, Mary Dixon, Ryan Archer and Hunter Chapman.
This is the setup for Monday. The goal is an elegant shot of a model in a misty pool at water level (she's in the water at water level) and I'm dry on the pool deck with the Hasselblad. Might be able to get a little lower with the camera on a towel, but on this Induro HiHat and a waist-level finder on the camera will be a lot easier to handle and shoot. Totally badass.
I like sharks. I like medium format digital. And, I like humor. So, here's all three.
I found this shark at Dillards for $3.75 and bought two. New Hasselblad H5D-50c WiFi arrived Saturday and I'm putting it through its paces. Incredible 50-megapixel sensor with 14-15 stops of dynamic range and performs amazingly well at ISO 1600. I was astounded at the lack of noise at 1600! First job for it was Ice Cream Cakes and packaging items today. Friday is drum pieces. Monday is a model named Willow.
Today, the shark was making Client, Creative Director, Assistant and me laugh.
I was happy to be part of the creation (underwater sequences) of "Eight Bells," a movie and part of the the NATIVE exhibition opening this coming Friday. Here are some of the details:
opens Friday, February 12th at 5pm
N A T I V E
Charlotte Potter & Gayle Forman
Virginia Van Horn, Randy Hess, Robert Sites, Victoria Farr, Peter Eudenbach, Mary Dixon, Luis Adelfio, Kathy Little, Kathleen Kennedy, Julia & Robin Rogers, John Roth, Joan Biddle, Hen Cho + Christopher Revels, Heidi Peelen, Heather Bryant, Emily Bartelt, Echard Wheeler, Diana Laurel Caramat, Christiana Caro, Carl Medley III, and Avery Shaffer
About the exhibition:
Rutter Family Art Foundation invites you to Work | Release for their upcoming exhibition, Native, featuring more than 20 artists with local ties to Norfolk and southeastern Virginia.
Defined, the word Native is the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being. Generally considered the location in which someone originated, it is a word that denotes belonging and an ingrained ownership of a place, creating an invisible community. This exhibition explores the many facets of being Native, specifically within Eastern Virginia, and how the unique qualities of the land and culture distinctly informed the creation of the 21 pieces included in the show.
As a community almost entirely surrounded by water and rising sea levels, there is an ingrained lifestyle within Norfolk's nomadic culture. Being one of the world's largest ports creates a transient space between water and land, home and away, environment and industry. A landing point throughout history, these waterways have been arteries that flow deep into our nation and leave Norfolk and the surrounding region brimming with history and local lore. Whether one heralds from afar or has always called Norfolk home, the social and political cartographies spill into daily life and seep into the artist's studio. Works consider the uncanny pairings of flooded front porches and a pelt made of lost keys, sugary frosting and historic wallpaper, military mothers to Virginia Beach tourists, and the euphoric discovery of sunken treasure, only to find imported knock-offs. This survey of local artists was selected from an open call and encompasses a range of approaches to artistic practice, from self-taught artists to full time makers, from academics and educators to collaborative teams. Native is an innate glimpse into the ways in which sea and land have a significant impact on a sense of home and personal identity.
ABOUT THE CURATORS:
Charlotte Potter is an educator, conceptual artist and designer who creates jewelry, sculpture, video, installation and performance. Her work explores the different ways in which humans connect to one another and has been exhibited worldwide at Museums, Galleries and Art festivals. Born and raised in Vermont, Potter holds a BFA from Alfred University and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is trained as a traditional glassmaker. Charlotte has been a pioneer in developing glass as a performative and conceptual medium. Currently Potter is the Glass Studio Manager and Programming Director at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. http://www.charlottepotter.com/
As an avid fan of frozen treats, Gayle Forman seems to gravitate toward things that melt, spill, and generally make a mess. As an artist and designer her studio practice and research focuses on play, imagination, the absurd and the everyday. The work is realized as performance, video, photography, installation and sculpture. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gayle received her BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. Currently Gayle is located in Norfolk, Virginia as a Studio Instructor at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. http://gayleeforman.com/
EXHIBITION RUNS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th - SATURDAY, MARCH 19th
THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS 5pm-2am
One of the nice things about being a photographer is working with interesting people. I've done several projects with Brynna Raine and we always walk away with a nice creative satisfaction. A side benefit is I can tap her knowledge and skill with Adobe Premier Pro. She's my tutor and helps bring video things to life.
Some uses of my MerImages are vehicle/boat wraps, public service pieces, calendars, book covers, print ads, print and digital magazine covers and inside illustrations and Websites. Uses are only limited by the imaginations of creative directors/graphic designers and end users. I really enjoy working with mermaids capturing the images, then the creatives who take the images public.
Q: why do you carry a camera around? A: never know when you'll see something worth capturing.
This was a corridor to the restrooms in a local mall. Within three frames, mall security showed up. Security: "Can I help you?" Me: No, I just liked this view and took a picture. Security: "This is private property; no photography allowed unless taking photo of friends or family."
I liked that security showed up so fast and hope they would be that quick if there was something really bad going on.