April, 2010

April 7, 2010

I have been very busy for the past couple months. I recently participated in the 2010 Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) show. I submitted an installation of photographs, video, and digital print from my Toledo Pride work. I was lucky enough to recieve two awards for my work. One was the James W. Strong award in Digital Arts which is juried by the faculty and the other was the Main Street Photo award which was selected by a secondary jury. Along with all the work I have been doing at school I recently applied and was offered a video editing internship with Root Learning. To visit their site and find out more about them click here.


February, 2010

February 25, 2010

As usual, I have neglected to blog for several months seeing as how I am busy with my senior year and BFA work. However, I have something blog worthy today, and that is regarding the show I was accepted into. It is called Zeros+Ones and it is held at the Climate Gallery. For more information go here.

 

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November, 2009

November 30, 2009

THIS IS A COPY OF THE BY INTELLIGENT DESIGN: I'M AN INTERNET SENSATION PRESS RELEASE SENT OUT TO LOCAL NEWS STATIONS BY CHRIS KOELSCH AND KRYSTA SA:

PRESS RELEASE


November 24, 2009

It has been a long time since I have had the time to update my blog let alone my entire website. Needless to say my senior year has been my busiest at Bowling Green State University. I have three main focuses this semester that are all geared towards presenting my BFA show in February. The first focus is my new project "Toledo Pride". This project grew out of my "On Your Front Porch" series when I began to realize that there was a lot more to be said about the symbol of the home other than simply strange objects on a lawn. So, I changed the location I was photographing from Bowling Green to Toledo, my home town. Along with these pictures I was taking I enrolled in a video art class. I soon found myself using the video as an accent to my photographs, pushing them to new limits with sound and rhythm. All of these new works can be seen on my "Gallery" page.

Lastly, my final focus is a collaborative art installation with my good friend Krysta Sa. We plan to do a 24 hour long karaoke performance at the Arts Extravaganza show at Bowling Green State University. Krysta and I both agree that our generation is obsessed with ourselves. Websites like Facebook and Youtube give us a simple and easy way to take our opinions, even when they don't matter, and put them out for all to see in hopes that we will get five minutes of internet fame. We plan not only to make our voices heard at the Arts Extravaganza (which actually only lasts 4 hours), but to also stream our entire performance live online. Through this process we will hopefully raise awareness about ourselves and be forever immortalized in internet fame.

Visit our Facebook event HERE

Stream us live during our event HERE

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May, 2009

May 5, 2009

I have recently made a Google Maps mashup for this website. I hope this will let people dive into my head a little deeper and understand the reasoning behind my latest project "On Your Front Porch." To view my google mashup click here.

April, 2009

April 28, 2009

I recently took part in modeling for my teacher, Takeshi Moro. His latest photography project is based around the act of apology, more specifically the gesture of bowing that is often seen in the Japanese culture. For this project we were supposed to come up with our own location that we wanted to perform this bowing gesture at. I had a tough time coming up for a place that I wanted to apologize for and I really couldn't think of what I was sorry for. As I thought about it more I began to think not of things I was sorry for doing but certain choices that at points in my life I have been sorry I made. For example, I love my car. My 1982 El Camino was a 16th birthday gift and it has been my dream car ever since; however, because of the cars old age it has often been unreliable and actually left me without a car for about a year. Along with that choice the choice to live in a one room efficiency has been the topic of much regret in my life this year. Although I love the privacy my house gives me it was extremely cold and confined in the winter. It was because of these reasons that I decided I was sorry for choosing these things. Don't get me wrong I love them both, but there have been many times I was sorry for the choice. This was the picture Takeshi took:
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To view more of Takeshi Moro's work visit his site here.


April 22, 2009

I have now spent enough time working on my 'On Your Front Porch' series to start really understanding what I am after and how I want to shoot it. In my most recent addition to the project I started to branch away from simply shooting straight on and only doing windows and porches. Of course those things are still interesting to me but to have a well rounded collection I need to have more variety in angles and content. On my walk I came across two different dogs that I simply could not pass up. The first dog was in the driveway of a house chained up near a lone set of cement stairs.

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The composition of objects was so strange I just had to take a picture. I came across the second dog later. Initially I was much more drawn to the house, but some complications with people made it difficult for me to shoot and the dog wasn't standing exactly still. In fact he was about as far from the house as he could be. So, I improvised and decided to take a picture of the dog inbetween two houses.

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I saw this picture as still working with my theme because the viewer can still tell which house the dog belongs to and I thought the idea of a dog having his own house was a humorous was of adding this photograph. I found the dog pictures to be much different than the cat pictures. When I come across a dog chained up in a yard along with bikes, trash, toys, ect. I start to see the dogs as being more of an object and less of a human companion. The dogs end up being just one more thing these people pile in their front yards from lack of space.

 

During the past few days I have taken the last few rolls of film for my final. One suggestion my classmates and teacher had were to revisit some of the porches I have already been. I thought this could be interesting so I decided to keep it in mind. What I actually found out was that I have already been to most of the places in Bowling Green so it seemed I was almost forced to revisit some of these sites. As I walked around I began to spot my previous pictures and this is when I started to really see how interesting this project is. I found that some houses and porches hadn't changed at all. What was surprising about this was a majority of these houses had the most trash on the porches. It was then I started to get a sense of abandonment in these houses. Not only abandonment but lack of respect for the house and city. This college town has trashed and used most of Bowling Green's resources and all they left behind was garbage on front porches for others to see and wonder who these people were. I will be printing out and putting together my final collection along with my artist statement very soon.


April 7, 2009

My latest project in my Digital Hybrids class was to make a Silkjet transfer onto Fresco. Fresco was a painting technique developed in the Renaissance, which meant to paint on plaster or on walls. I usually don't get too intimidated by the process we use in class since I am now used to printing on all sorts of surfaces. I tend to come up with my idea first and then use the process as an accent to it. My collection for this semester has been all about taking my black and white Workforce photographs and manipulating them to make a comment about the monotony of life. However, for this project I found myself out of photographs to work with and tired of repeating the same style. I wanted to talk about monotony but in a different way, a more abstract way. I began to think about the things throughout the day that can be monotonous. One such thing is human conversation. I was inspired by this idea while reading Thoreau's Solitude in my English of the Natural World class. Thoreau wrote, 'Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that old musty cheese that we are. We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war.' I find this passage ringing true every day of my life. Usually my idea is the hardest part of the project for me, but for this project I had a much harder time coming up with the imagery. I found I had grown reliant on my photographs to create the images I needed. So, I started sketching and eventually came up with a concept.
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This project had us using two 12 x 12 panels and I had decided it would be better to get my point across by combining them instead of making two separate images. For the bottom half I wanted to have an image of two people talking, dialogue fills the background so much that it becomes more of a texture than actual words. All these ideas are constantly surrounding us throughout the day yet when we actually talk to each other it's about the weather or pre-established greetings we all know too well. To recreate the emptiness I feel whenever I have one of these conversations I made the top half of the piece a totally empty word bubble. Hopefully when the viewer sees it they are left feeling cheated like I feel after these conversations.

March, 2009

March 26, 2009

Since my last post I have been able to go out and take more color photos of the front porches of Bowling Green. When I first realized this idea I thought that my work would be much easier than when I was photographing working people. I soon found out that I was very wrong. In many ways it is more challenging to take these pictures than the portraits I was. For one, I fear it is only a matter of time until someone catches me taking a photograph of his or her house. There have been a few times where it was a close call. Still, as I continue this project I am growing more confident and I believe my pictures are improving. What makes this project interesting is the same thing that makes me nervous when taking pictures. These people put these things on their front porch, for the whole neighborhood to see, and still I feel nervous they will see me taking a picture of something that is out for anyone to look at. Even still I am positive there are certain people who would be angry knowing I was taking such photos. To sum it up, what makes this project interesting to me is that everyone wants to take a peek into the lives of those around them and since we can't actually break down their doors the next best thing is to look on their porches and through their windows. I have never taken a picture from somewhere I wasn't technically allowed to be so in all reality what I'm doing is perfectly legal in my mind.


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It is little treasures such as these that make me love photography and the process of going out and shooting. I never know what I am going to find when I leave the house. Each day could bring a new photo that was not there the day before. No other art form that I have done in my life is quite as instantaneously satisfying and inspiring as when I find a composition out in the real world that I know will make a beautiful photo. I didn't set this up; I didn't move the objects around. This picture existed in the world that day and most likely still exists. It makes me angry when people say there is nothing to take pictures of in "boring" Bowling Green when I am constantly stumbling upon photographs like these. The world is full of wonderful moments; we just have to find them.


March 15, 2009

I have finally found my voice in my Color Photography class. Initially I was very turned off to color photography because it is completely different from Black and White. I still miss the process of developing my own film and printing the photographs myself but I am now starting to see the good side of color. I learned early on that I could not keep photographing the working people of Bowling Green. I simply have to work differently in color because the colors change the whole message of a photo. After much wandering around Bowling Green I soon realized what I was shooting - houses.


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Yes, it sounds very dull and boring but I am not just taking a picture of a house. You can actually find out a lot about a person simply by looking at the things they keep on their porches, in their backyards, and in their garages. I have just started to dig deeper into the significance of this subject and I will have much more to discuss about it as I figure it out myself while preparing for my final collection.

March 7, 2009

As the Spring Break mood slowly takes over I am left to wonder about what draws people to travel to certain places. In my Literature of the Natural World class we often discuss the power that nature has over humans. Along with this I have also been studying a photographer named Alec Soth, in particular his Niagra collection. In his book he deals a lot with the strange juxtaposition of beautiful photographs of Niagra falls, pictures of couples nude in sleazy motels, and love letters found randomly in the town.
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When we start to look at these pictures in the same collection, knowing that the people we see are people actually in the Niagra Falls region we begin to see the landscape differently. Suddenly this amazing wonder of the natural world is turned into a dirty getaway for couples to find lust, love, and sex. I think the same process can be done with many areas around the world. Spring Break goes hand in hand with Florida, but is this just because of beautiful beaches or because Florida provides a landscape for college kids to play on and destroy. It is good to just take the time and look at how different places can mean totally different things when we juxtapose the landscapes with the people actually living in them.

February, 2009

February 25, 2009

As I have stated before, lately my work has been focused on how I can tranform my photographs into something more than what they are through the digital media. For me to manipulate my photos I had to first decide what I was really trying to say. I found that what interested me so much about the townies of Bowling Green is their capacity to simply wake up every morning and do the same thing over and over. To the people of Bowling Green they don't need much else, in fact most don't want much else. Still to others, and sometimes even myself, these people seem to be stuck in a rut of routine. So, to emphasize that idea in my pictures I began to combine the photos with silkjet transfers of calendar dates.

How I accomplished this was to digitally manipulate the pictures in Photoshop and print them onto BFK Rives paper. After this I printed the dates on a Silkjet transfer sheet, soaked my print for about half an hour, and then placed the Silkjet dates onto the wet paper. The uneven texture that this process can create gives the image a stamp-like quality that I enjoy. I believe this process has aided my photographs and I think the idea of life and monotony really comes through.

February 18, 2009

I have met a lot of fascinating people and learned a lot about the city of Bowling Green. This small town seems to chug on without anyone telling it to. The townies go to work each day to provide a place for the college kids to run around. One such worker I met late at night. He was cleaning the laundromat's washers and dryers with a white rag. As I began talking to him I noticed he had a can of mace slung around his neck. I asked him about it. He told me that one night a drunk man brought a gun into the laundromat. I couldn't believe it. Sometimes we like to believe that these things don't happen where we live. Bowling Green may be a slow paced town but it has all the same problems as a large city. These are the stories and people I am interested in and I believe there is more to Bowling Green than most people know.
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February 15, 2009

Lately my work has been focused very much on what I see around me. I am a current Junior at Bowling Green State University and I am earning my BFA in Digital Arts. However, my main focus right now has been my photography. Seeing as how I don’t have a car what I photograph is limited to how far I can walk. The most interesting thing to me within walking distance is Main Street. Many people would see this area as not really that exciting at all. In fact some would say it’s boring. Still, I see things just a little differently. BGSU is a relatively small college in the rural city of Bowling Green, Ohio. An extremely midwestern town it is surrounded by flatlands with corn growing for fields upon fields. What is most interesting to me is the dichotomy of the townies who inhabit Bowling Green and the students attending BGSU. You will find my art work has a lot to do with this relationship and the roles both play. I am starting to look into more research about the cultural bubble that I am in and plan on discussing this topic further.