Sunday, November 29, 2009

Teeth as jewellery?

What are your thoughts? Repulsive or worthy of wearing around? I mean, would anyone in their right mind fuck with you if you were wearing ANY of these? Polly Van Der Glas is a Melbourne based artist who hand makes these sterling silver pieces with human teeth and hair. I love how she says " Teeth are particularly difficult to come by, so any donations are gratefully accepted." Wowza.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Yawns have usually been associated with boredom, stress, nervousness or simply being tired but in fact there is no real solid reason for why we do it.
A characteristic of an empathetic person - you may yawn after seeing someone else yawn, depending on how much you are capable of appreciating other people's physiological state.
Perhaps your body is simply regulating its brain temperature, drawing in a deep breath to cool off the brain. Rats, Cats, Dogs, Snakes, Penguins and Baboons all yawn to display dominance, anger, or even to get down and make some babies.
Yawns are incredibly contagious - perhaps you've even yawned just by simply reading this.

YAWN is an exercise in executing an idea. Capturing a yawn was to capture someone's vulnerability; an intimate, distorted portrait which finds us looking quite the opposite of bored.

The exhibition is on from November 27 - December 31 at Auld and Grey and then will go on to The View Factory from January 4 - January 31 in Newcastle.

I will be making a micro-site for the exhibition soon and will keep you posted...there are 21 portraits in total. Enjoy.
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Photography As A Sixth Sense

I have spent the past two weeks with some really incredible kids. 

which one is the teacher?

Rose, 6th grade

Jasmine, 8th grade

Kennan, 6th grade

Valentina, 7th grade

Katrina, 8th grade

Clare, 6th grade

Karla, 6th grade

Briana, 6th grade

Aishwarya, 6th grade

Devon, 6th grade

Experiences that nourish children's creative thinking skills are at serious risk in the Florida school system, as budgets for Art Education have been drastically cut and are expected to be worse for 2010. How do we fix this? With a stimulus of creative people! 

As you already know from this blog, I love photography! I see it as a powerful tool that keeps us aware of our surroundings and ourselves through exploration and experience. Not to mention that it has become a more accessible technology that is easy to learn. Therefore, it can be used as means to get kids to actively explore the world around them and express themselves. I know I am not alone in this endeavor. There are several organizations out there that believe in this too. And so we start local...

A few months ago I approached my friend Refmann, who is a middle school history teacher in Orange county, FL, and asked him if he thought his kids would be into a photography workshop that would teach them how to create a visual narrative using photos. He replied "that sounds really cool" and with his amazing support for the project, the first Photography As A Sixth Sense Workshop came to fruition. I had the pleasure of spending time with a group of middle schoolers who proved to be enthusiastic learners and immensely creative young photographers. I wanted the workshop to go on another two weeks and I think they did too : ) Above are a few of my favorite photos from each student. I will have a website up next week with the complete narratives. 

If you are interested in learning more about this project or have info to share about similar projects, please email me

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Cat Power

I was bored and decided to google James Franco ( as you do), and I stumbled across this heavy article about how the shirt he wears in Pineapple Express is the exact design of this company called WOWCH. They're a bit pissed about it all, and you can read more about it here but I suggest you go straight to the meow-riffic pieces of artwork.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New England

Lenox, Massachusetts

Shaker Sheep

Tea time at Nudel

Middlebury farmer's market, Vermont

For the first time in 28 years, I experienced Fall. It was incredible! More photos to come...

Photos: Jen O'Malley

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