Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Appearance on "Things Organized Neatly"

Do you know about this site? I'm obsessed with it. It fulfills some sort of OCD need for me. I submitted a photo about 2 months ago, and just a few days ago, I saw that it "made the cut" and was featured on Things Organized Neatly. Here's a screenshot with all of the likes and reblogs at the bottom:

CLICK HERE to go to my entry on Things Organized Neatly.

Well, I can check THAT off my bucket list...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sister Corita Kent's Rules

From "Weekend America:"

When you think about pop art and counter culture, in all likelihood, you don't immediately think of a convent in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Sister Corita Kent was a nun at the Immaculate Heart Convent in Los Angeles, as well as a teacher in the art department at the Immaculate Heart College. She was also an artist whose screen prints garnered world-wide attention. At one point she was on the cover of Newsweek. But she was also criticized by conservative Catholics, including the archbishop of the Los Angeles archdiocese. Sister Corita Kent left the convent at the height of her fame but continued to live a fascinating life....

Here are Sister Kent's famous rules:

1. Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.

2. General duties of a student: pull everything out of your teacher, pull everything out of your fellow students.

3. General duties of a teacher: pull everything out of your students.

4. Consider everything an experiment.

5. Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

6. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.

7. THE ONLY RULE IS WORK. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.

8. Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They're different processes.

9. Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It's lighter than you think.

10. "We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities." - John Cage.

Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything always. Go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully often. Save everything, it might come in handy later.

Dear students: today's lesson? This. All of this.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

File Under "I Want:" The Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

Direct link: http://youtu.be/Th5zlUe6gOE

Friday, October 07, 2011

Opening of the New Photo Labs at CVA

Last night was the "Grand Opening Celebration" for the new CVA Photo Lab. (BTW, if you aren't a fan of the CVA Photo Lab on Facebook, become one now!) There were a lot of people there, and I was able to chat with some old and new "photo friends."

Here are some photos from last night:

Goodies (many of them were made by members of our own photo faculty)

The "loungy" area directly outside of the B&W lab - notice
the magnetic wall used for instant critique space!

Faculty, staff, and students starting to file-in to the new studio

Ann Ledy (the president of CVA in the red glasses) thanking those who made
the new labs possible - there were a LOT of people who did a LOT of work!

Students getting ready to present thank you gift baskets
to Shawn, Grant, John, and I. Thanks students!

Some of my work-study lab assistants found the extra food once everyone had left...

My gift basket from the students

Probably the most random gift basket I've ever received... Thanks photo students (and Emma!)

Thanks to EVERYONE who showed up in support of the Photo Program last night! What a fun time!

I'll have some pretty dramatic "before-and-after" photos of the photo lab spaces posted in the next week or 2. Check back for those and become a fan of the CVA Photo Lab on Facebook!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Photo Area Open House

Stop by and check out the new photo labs at CVA! We have a new B&W lab, Color lab, film processing area, Digital Darkroom, and check-out area. That's a completely brand new photo department!

Here are 2 photos from the months past. This first photo shows the B&W lab full of boxes from the beginning of Sept:

And this photo shows the lab as it's getting ready to open a week later:

Stop by Thursday evening and check out our new space! See you there!

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