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I have a new artist statement: My work explores… - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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abmann
I have a new artist statement:

    My work explores the relationship between postmodern discourse and midlife subcultures.

    With influences as diverse as Kierkegaard and John Cage, new tensions are crafted from both traditional and modern meanings.

    Ever since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by the theoretical limits of meaning. What starts out as hope soon becomes corroded into a hegemony of temptation, leaving only a sense of decadence and the prospect of a new reality.

    As shifting forms become transformed through emergent and critical practice, the viewer is left with a statement of the inaccuracies of our world.


You can get one here: Instant Artist Statement
Finally have birthday things planned. Still persuading myself not to buy this before it though. :)
Especially if I have to replace the dryer, which stopped tumbling two days ago. I'm trying to crack it open as I bet the belt just broke but I couldn't get the fasteners loose. need to get a better putty knife tonight.

Darn you, responsibility!

Current Mood: amused amused

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alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
When did you shift from the Leica to the Fuji? Or is this not an either/or sort of decision?

Also, they're out of stock, so your decision may have been made for you. (Yes, I know you're resourceful, and could likely very easily find one from another vendor, but maybe this is the Universe telling you to wait on it.=)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Realism? I'm not sure when I'll ever have $8k for an M9 plus lens.
Also, the Fuji has been getting excellent reviews.

M9 is more a "one day" thing whereas a compact, high quality image camera is a should get soon. I'm getting six of lugging my D90 everywhere.
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Fuji is pretty cute*..

* I apply this term in both the "retro kitch-factor" AND the "technically pretty nifty" definitions of the word.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree on both parts and will say that, while aesthetics are important, they don't seal a deal for me beyond general utility. That it is pretty and has shutter, F-stop dials directly accessible, an ASP-C sized sensor and optical viewfinder make it too good to pass up when I get the money together.

Also, 35mm is a great general use length for what I tend to shoot day-to-day.
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think my pithy comment properly conveyed what I was getting at -- I have a nostalgia-connection to vintage cameras, and use them often, despite their obvious limitations in comparison to some modern ones (though I know "limitations" can certainly be argued, depending on what aspect of photography you want to hone in on.) I just wish it were easier to get the analog images into a digitally-processable format (and am picky about the crap job most film scanning places do.)

I think what pings me about the Fuji is that I get the nostalgia factor with the convenience factor and all of the modern technology tucked neatly inside. The only additional thing I'd ask for eventually would be interchangeable lenses..
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I got that. :) I was going further to say I'm not shallow.

If I could convert my Zorki 4K to digital... oh man. Even it was a mediocre sensor I'd use that all the time.... Which is to say, I want this concept design to actually exist.
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, okay. =)

And I never thought you were shallow. The Leica M9 takes some GORGEOUS-quality images. (And it's not like my camera setup didn't cost nearly that much anyways.)

Digital film would make me happy. Even moreso if they produced it in all sorts of old, OOP formats (so I could use my old Kodaks!)

In the meantime, I will continue to lust over Rolleis, now that they're starting to include ones with digital innards (though reviews say they're not as good a quality as their analogue counterparts..)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was calling you shallow. Obvs. Pshh. I'm not shallow - I don't buy pretty things ever. EVER.

The digital Rollies are toys, I think. They're half the size and use very sad cellphone-sized sensors which is annoying. I think they were done more as a "because we can, on the cheap" rather than "these were good cameras, let's update them." Jerks.

I think if I add up all the money I've spent on cameras over the years, they equal about 9/10's a Leica. :) Two Nikons and all those lenses....

If'n I didn't buy my car, I totally could have saved enough for an M9 in about a year. And then maybe be still in a ditch from the Winter.

Edited at 2011-06-29 04:03 pm (UTC)
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're calling me shallow?! How DARE you!

The only reason I could afford my current camera setup was because I could write it off as a business expense.

I just wish I had the time/money/energy to convert more film images to digital; I'd utilize my other cameras more often. I still want to go out and shoot with my Duaflexes sometime this summer. I've managed to get the film I need; now I just need to re-roll them onto the proper spools and get out there and shoot.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
So we have this trip coming up to a near city. Maybe we should drag some film with us?
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
If so, this means I need to figure out which one to use, and how to properly expose things..
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Doooo it. I'll pack my Zorki!
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I'm picturing myself wandering downtown chicago layered in a half dozen different Duaflexes..
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Collecting
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was exactly the photo I was picturing, yes.

It's just that I have both black and white and color film, and each of the Duaflexes has different lens irregularities... So many variations, so little time!
abmann From: abmann Date: June 29th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Simplify. Might I remind you that you didn't change lenses at the Forevertron?
alyska From: alyska Date: June 29th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes I did. Twice. (From 24-105mm to my 16-35mm wide angle and back again.)
world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: June 29th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
So is that four or five cameras?
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