Tuesday, May 28, 2013
From photographer Niba DelCastillo, a collection of shots from earlier this year around Tucson.
To see more of Niba’s work, view his flickr account here
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
People who choose to promote 1912 are aiding in the continual creative formation of Arizona’s perception, integrity and character. By supporting the project, you’re supporting growth. Just wear the t-shirt with pride and spread the word about what makes Arizona special. Promote the small things that others may not see and generate a sense of excitement about being part of what makes up Arizona. By choosing to wear and identify with 1912, you choose to identify with and support Arizona’s creativity, history, symbolism, and identity.
William LeGoullon of The 1912 Project has released “Heat No. 1“, his fifteenth edition of Arizona-inspired t-shirts. Since only 25 of the limited-editions shirts are printed, you’ll want to stay up to date on the releases at the website, where you can also view previous editions and read a bio on the author/project. This edition is also available at Francis Boutique in Phoenix.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Photos by Erin Gramzinski
AZ Visionaries is a donor-driven, strictly volunteer non-profit of nurses, doctors, and technicians who perform cataract surgery and eyeglass fittings in the United States and abroad. Recently, they embarked on their fourth trip to Honduras to work in a clinic outside the municipality of El Progresso, where they spent two days performing cataract surgery on patients, most of whom were suffering from near blindness. Cataracts is a treatable condition and although quality medical care is available in the country, many people can not afford it.
Erin Gramzinski was invited to document the trip through photos and also a video to help fundraising. He describes his experience in a statement:
Being a photographer/videographer, I’m totally familiar with people acting completely different the second a lens is pointed at them. Here in the US we are accustomed to always trying to put on a happy face, or to look as attractive as possible whenever a camera is pointed at us. It often takes quite a bit of time with a photographer and the subject before they start feeling comfortable. It’s only after that has happened that you finally start getting shots of who that person really is with their natural expressions. In Honduras, it was completely the opposite. Patients would look at me when I was pointing the lens at them, and it was like they were looking though me. Such strength and power in those gazes!
Friday, March 15, 2013
At the risk of revealing too much, I have a soft spot for the natural environment. This is what immediately drew me to Clements’ work and the interactions she captures between the subjects and settings of her photographs. Having recently received her B.S. from NAU in Flagstaff, a place filled with the beauty of Arizona’s Ponderosa Pines, Clements’ eyes have grown attuned to the humbling effect that vast natural landscapes have when placed next to simple human affairs. There is an element of curiosity and light-heartedness that comes out, which I consider refreshing when juxtaposed with the inauspicious and foreboding traits commonly ascribed to nature by popular culture. Our films and books are filled with stories of characters who meet unfavorable ends due to the mistake of equating nature’s beauty with benevolence, yet Clement’s photographs show us that this is no mistake to make. The playfulness and curiosity invoked by natural settings is matched by the world around us.
I am a very dynamic person. I get bored easily and constantly crave change, but photography has always been a constant part of my life. As a kid, when my dad bought my family our first camera, I remember it was magical to me. I had always made art, but taking pictures was instantaneous. I could make something in a split second. Gradually, it changed the way I looked at everything, it was transformational. I’ve always been bad at explaining myself and talking is often very awkward to me, but photography is a way of communication that is effortless and natural. I graduated with my degree in photography this past May. I’ve been assisting for established photographers since then, and working on getting some exhibitions here in the valley before I make my next move.
I love that photography gives me the ability to change the way realities are perceived. It makes me feel like my camera gives me a supernatural power in a way, and so my work often has a dreamy, ethereal quality. I am also very inspired by people. I am very interested in emotions, reactions, and relationships between people– they fascinate me. Portraiture is definitely my favorite area of photography. Most of the photos I take involve people in natural settings, and my style often tends to be photojournalistic. I like the honesty and authenticity that spontaneous portraiture provides. I am always aware of a scene’s photographic possibility, always looking for the next shot. My camera is my third eye.
This quote from Ryan McGinley sums it up: “You have to be able to observe life as if you were a camera all the time, constantly looking at light and the way that things are placed and the way people hold themselves. You need the ability to see something in someone or something that no one else really sees and be able to bring that to light.
View more from Rose at her website here