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January 24th, 2019

This is copy of today’s post from my current @spemccaucus takeover. I think it is always important to talk about influences, though many practitioners keep their influences private. While this may bring about unwanted comparison, it makes unmistakably clear the traditions at which I hope to look and with whom I’d like to converse. Not speaking of my influences is a certain type of erasure of my story and the people that have made ‘me’ possible. The meeting place me, our tomorrow, and the realization that I am bringing history with me culminates into destiny. Purpose means finding uttering production unnecessary.
So, Roy DeCarava’s work was introduced to me by name through a dear friend and great artist Zun Lee. He is also responsible to igniting my concern with love as an action, process, and concept within my practice of photography before portraiture became the way of making photographs. Seeing DeCarava’s work was a homecoming for me. His intent was to represent in all connotations of ‘represent.’ Too, his aesthetic resounded with me dark, low contrast printing. DeCarava wanted a full tonal range with full tone in the whites of the print. The tonal range was never. This paired well with content that still has me in the place he has framed for long moments, even after I’ve closed the book. He worked in the ‘Black Aesthetic.’ I found his printing to bring the heaviness of the experience within blackness from a personal perspective. While some have had a problem with this idea of a black aesthetic for its threats to confine and limit individual experiences, there is no denying that the spectrum from white to black in America has and continues to elicit community-building (and destroying) within and to human space and time. Peace and love. 1) Roy DeCarava, Pepsi, 1964
2) Roy DeCarava, Boy, Woman’s Hand on Shoulder, 1952
3) Roy DeCarava, from Sweet Fly Paper, collaboration between the artist and Langston Hughes #contemporaryart #spemccaucus #roydecarava #blackaesthetic #blackandwhite #spe #societyforphotographiceducation #makeportraits #portraiture
https://www.instagram.com/p/BtB5_I6laCZ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=76x6u3iwhghv

January 24th, 2019

This is copy of today’s post from my current @spemccaucus takeover. I think it is always important to talk about influences, though many practitioners keep their influences private. While this may bring about unwanted comparison, it makes unmistakably clear the traditions at which I hope to look and with whom I’d like to converse. Not speaking of my influences is a certain type of erasure of my story and the people that have made ‘me’ possible. The meeting place me, our tomorrow, and the realization that I am bringing history with me culminates into destiny. Purpose means finding uttering production unnecessary.

So, Roy DeCarava’s work was introduced to me by name through a dear friend and great artist Zun Lee. He is also responsible to igniting my concern with love as an action, process, and concept within my practice of photography before portraiture became the way of making photographs. Seeing DeCarava’s work was a homecoming for me. His intent was to represent in all connotations of ‘represent.’ Too, his aesthetic resounded with me dark, low contrast printing. DeCarava wanted a full tonal range with full tone in the whites of the print. The tonal range was never. This paired well with content that still has me in the place he has framed for long moments, even after I’ve closed the book. He worked in the ‘Black Aesthetic.’ I found his printing to bring the heaviness of the experience within blackness from a personal perspective. While some have had a problem with this idea of a black aesthetic for its threats to confine and limit individual experiences, there is no denying that the spectrum from white to black in America has and continues to elicit community-building (and destroying) within and to human space and time. Peace and love
https://www.instagram.com/p/BtB2dHils8H/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1vt070dp60kti

January 18th, 2019

Kat came to the studio and was like all the kind souls with whom I’ve broken bread and was so gracious with her time. We ended up with this photograph. Peace and love @kat.cadena we talked about making work and shifts in aesthetics and symbolism. I hope Friday is a warm threshold to a more than fair weekend. #ricohimaging #profotoglobal #sanantonio #godox #150mm #makeportraits #art #people #portraiture
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsyH1M1F1Vj/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1vua70g7f3i4n

January 17th, 2019

Dmitri: behind the scenes One of the things I underestimate is people’s reaction to being seen. So often people talk about photography within the context of art history and forget that the reasons for the bastardization of the medium are the same elements that allow it to be a tool of subversion, revolution, and —dare I say— community-building. People see what they metaphor they have employed their bodies to communicating, and it is my job to have them realize I see them and the us in and through them. And in order to understand my work, the viewer has to ‘see’ the person in this work. There has always been study, well before the scholars. #ricohimaging #profotoglobal #alltheblacks #makeportraits #sanantonio #art #artist
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsv2vQvFOc9/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1jvzh7o16gix

January 16th, 2019

A night cap. Another image of Jarvis @thetrialsofvanoccupanther . Peace to Jarvis and ya’ll. Night. #ricohimaging #profotoglobal #alltheblacks #makeportraits #sanantonio #art
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsuCPuUFWcb/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=19i67im87z2c8

January 16th, 2019

Jarvis is just. Jarvis has now helped me twice with sittings and has slayed all the times. Thanks. Peace and love. The weather here is chilled and cloudy. I hope your day is filled with good and essential stuff and that it all swells you, warmly. #alltheblacks #ricohimaging #profotoglobal #makeportraits #sanantonio #us #weallwegot #portraiture #portraitures
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bss3EXLFRRN/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1okcfvl84aj3g

January 15th, 2019

I had a double cancellation in what was supposed to be a day shooting for a project. If you are a student of photography, understand time inside the camera depends upon time outside of it. Time of day, other people’s time, and the serendipity of what comes or doesn’t and on and on are out of control but should be anticipated, and contingency plans must abound. I was left experimenting with a lighting situation I’d recently seen. I was being me, all hoody. #profotoglobal #pentax645z #ricohimaging #me #alltheblacks #weallwegot #makeportraits #selfportraiture #hood #hoodies #colors #hands #eyes
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsrSLUFlllj/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1ab0bxbsbk10c

January 14th, 2019

@kaypea87 Krystal is more than enough, is all. We made some good stuff. You are totally my mood in this right here, @kaypea87 Peace and love to you and all y’all. I hope the day is slowing to good rest and good bread. Here is to the warmest of us-ness. Peace and love #us #weallwegot #makeportraits #art #ricohimaging #profotoglobal #godox #sanantonio #portraiture #alltheblacks
https://www.instagram.com/p/BsoVgxnFJHM/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=ul2xpdh7tm37

January 13th, 2019

Dearest @foxsar came by the studio on the basis of an exchanges compelled by mutual admiration. Not only was she great but just as pleasant and as engaging as anyone that knows Sarah expects. This image is one (probably ‘the’) of my favorites. It is always good to catchup. Peace and love. Check out Sarah’s work @foxsar #artist #art #sanantonio #profotoglobal #ricohimaging #makeportraits #family #portrait #contemporaryart
https://www.instagram.com/p/BslyOUgFB-k/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1de9yi3jn6h8n

January 11th, 2019

Give a lil smile. Have a good time. Peace and love. -with @icookthenieat #makeportraits #sanantonio #portraitphotography #alltheblacks #profotoglobal #godoxad600 #ricohimaging
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsg5dyPFxGn/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1l16bo0w7r0qw