I can’t believe I am going to start this post quoting from Oprah Magazine. And I quote it for a very simple reason, when I googled the words second chance it was one of the first links to come up: Here’s the first truth about second chances: They rarely happen by chance. Oh, the first one, sure, is often concentrated pure luck, but first chances are notorious for fizzling out, derailing. At which point, everyone … More Second Chances
Since last June or July I have been photographing with a Fuji Instax camera, a plastic camera that is (probably) marketed towards teenage girls (mine is cobalt blue). I am using it as a sort of stop-gap tool, until my new studio really takes shape. The pictures are then used for larger collages, in which … More Toy Cameras and Hindu Scripture
This is a hard time for me. I can’t keep going anymore and don’t know where my next chance might be coming from, or even if there will ever be another chance for me. I have found myself praying multiple times a day, praying for a second chance, for forgiveness, for opportunity. Am I even … More How Deep Must I Pray?
All the world like a woolen lover once did seem on Henry’s side. Then came a departure. Thereafter nothing fell out as it might or ought. I don’t see how Henry, pried open for all the world to see, survived. John Berryman, Dream Song 1 When I left home for college, I knew I was an artist. … More So It Goes…
When I was about 13 together with some of my friends we’d soak tennis balls with lighter fluid, set them on fire, and then kick them around in a circle and watch them burn. It was pretty fun to watch the trails of fire as we kicked the ball around. And then the Crash Worship … More Voodoo Child
I am close to finalizing a book of my photographs from Indonesia made between 2011-2016, called Javan: Indonesian Landscapes. I don’t yet have a release date, but hope to get that soon. I am working with Afterhours Books, the great publisher in Jakarta that I did my first book. I am also working with the same … More Javan: Indonesian Landscapes
Darkroom work is slow and solitary. The privacy in my current lab in the far corner of a basement allows me to think without interruption. The room is painted a soothing medium gray from a Kodak test patch. I don’t bring a phone, and I can’t hear anything on the other side of the door. … More Safelights