19-12-22 – The Air Outside is Thin

Rice Cooking, Dec. 20, 2019

The Air Outside is Thin, 2019

The air outside is thin
grasping all about
laying its hand on everything
a piercing chill freezing fingers
the ground is firm
the leaves, crisply rigid
but inside the warm air wraps me
as I watch the steam from the rice cooker
dancing in the sunlight

The Cup – Dec. 5, 2019

Image: The Cup
The Cup, 2019

Text: 

The cup seemed small. Yet upon looking inside he saw structures of another world, windows to someplace new. As he drew closer, his gaze narrowing, this other place expanded, seemingly drawing further back. It was as if this other realm were saying “Please… you may look. Look with wonder, but you cannot come in. You cannot reach through and explore me with anything but your mind. Stay seated beautiful stranger, and look at me only with your curiosity, for that is the doorway to all wonderful things. Sit and drink. When you 


Note:

These photographs were made in Philadelphia, PA at Elixir Coffee. After a client canceled a photoshoot last minute, I had decided that rather than be upset about it, rather than be frustrated that I had driven down to Philadelphia and wasn’t able to conduct my photoshoot I would make the most of my morning. I walked around and found Elixr Roaster‘s pleasant “industrial-chic’ interior and enjoyed a well brewed cup of their Ethiopian Rophi coffee.  I hadn’t’t had a cup of coffee in over two months. This wasn’t for any specific reason. Maybe that reintroduction to coffee lended to my slower, more thoughtful experience while I was there.

Frames: Dec. 2, 2019

Princeton, NJ – 2019

I recently read an interview involving the photographer Stephen Shore. In it he spoke of turning away from using more typical cameras (SLRs and rangefinders) for large format cameras, and eventually his iPhone. He had used an 8×10 camera for several decades and found that using an iPhone felt similar. Rather than looking through the camera, he found himself looking at a screen. To him this screen is reminiscent of the experience of looking on the ground glass of a large format camera. He spoke of how he methodically used his iPhone and only makes one picture, two if it is of people or a moving subject. The above image was made using my own phone.

Japanese Restaurant, Ewing, NJ – 2019

The above triptych was made while my friend Erik and I were enjoying dinner at a local Japanese restaurant. Viewing them together they seem to speak about emptiness. Three scenes, all of which feature empty chairs. In the middle image was the last image I made. A large group had just finished eating, and I jumped up to grab the shot before the table could be cleared off. I felt that showing the remnants of a meal, and a large meal at that, but with only empty chairs surrounding the table further emphasized the idea of emptiness.