Friday, November 21, 2008
Dad at the Fulton Run field, Fulton Run, PA 2008
We're headed to Pennsylvania tomorrow morning for Thanksgiving. Can't wait to see family and friends. When we were home in September I began work on a project about my Dad. He played in a slow-pitch softball league when I was a kid and going to his games in the summer was always high point of vacation. A lot of the players' families came out and watching a game in the warm glow of the summer sun was about as carefree as it could get. Plus, the after game trip to the bar (the team sponsor) to play some mini bowling was a pretty fun time too. The league died a few years ago and my Dad hasn't played in nearly 15. A lot of the fields are in company mining towns (or what used to be) and were part of the coal league that existed in the area. The roots of it all are very working class and something that, for the most part, continued on in the league my Dad played in. I don't have a formal project statement yet, but it's really about how some things change and how some never will. The project is ongoing and while I probably won't be working on it on this trip home, the photo above is one of the starting points of the project and I wanted share the beginnings.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A new photo that was featured on this blog last week is now featured on Flak Photo today! Thanks to Andy Adams for the continued support. He really does a lot for emerging photographers and I for one am extremely grateful. And he's always on the lookout for new work, so send him some!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Friend, fellow photographer and western Pennsylvanian, and all around good guy Jacob Koestler has finished up a new body of work entitled "Sound Structures." I feel a real connection to Jacob's series as I too am from Western Pennsylvania and can really relate to the "middle class frame of mind" he talks about in the project statement. Great work from a great guy. If you're in the Johnstown area go check out the show, where you can also pick up a copy of the accompanying book (or go here to get yourself one right now).