Thursday, August 26, 2010

Terminator Cs5

So I work in the computer lab at school (fun!) and got the chance to test out the new computers. THEY HAD CS5 ON THEM. I was pretty excited to try out the new Content Aware Fill feature, aka the Terminator Tool.

So I stole this pretty sweet picture of a dude totally hangin' ten.

Then I roughly outlined the surfer dude (really roughly!). Went to edit, fill, content aware, ok. And BOOOM.

Gone. Almost without a trace! I spent maybe 10 minutes touching some patches up using the heal and spot heal tool, but really little was needed to make it seem like he was never there catching a sweet swell.

I could have done more, like take out his reflection on the wave, but I didn't get the chance. So what does this mean for photography? The Terminator Tool scares me, but it's also pretty damn cool and a lot of fun. For me, this means I can go 'shop Amanda out of my pictures, making them way better.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Summer in the Suburbs

It's summer, which means it's now the time for hikes, rivers, and the swamp. I went home to New Jersey this weekend, and here are the results. Excluded is what I shot for my thesis. These photos are just the little fellas who won't make it to the classroom. Poor guys. The least you can do is stare at them for a little bit to make them feel better. And remember, there's more of them than there are of you.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Solid Gold

In an effort to improve my public image I am releasing this sexy photo of myself.

I think it's becoming obvious that when Amanda and I team up in the studio the result is one thing: Solid Gold. The unique blend of my talent and Amanda's
willingness to follow my orders yields beautiful images that rival the likes of Irving Penn. I've never been all that into studio photography, but maybe this pairing can change my feelings on the art.

And speaking of solid gold, here's Amanda digging
for some.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bloody Mouth Hole Time

I, unfortunately, will also have to take a late pass on updating this blog. School has been pretty good, and photography is looking up. So, keeping with the recent theme of embarrassing pictures of each other, here is a picture of Sean's mouth hole. Caption contest! Leave your submission in the comments.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I haven't kept up with my posts and I feel shame. Photography has been going well and I should post some of the stuff I've been doing. For a silkscreen project, I've been making a sketch journal of sorts; I sketch out and write what I do during the day. It's quite fun when you see how much coffee you drink during the day drawn out. I'll have to post a few of those too. For now it's time to start fattening up for the finals season, where food breaks will be rare and from a vending machine.

I leave you with this picture of Amanda snorting an exorbitant amount of cocaine.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Subject is Prints. The Category is Buried.

Have you ever buried something and wished it would come back? Wished it wouldn't come back ever ever ever? Wished you knew what happened to it afterwards? When I was younger, I had pet hamsters. Anyone who has had hamsters will know that their life span is about 2 years or so. Inevitably, you have to bury them in the back yard, or the park, or the big flower box. I used to wonder what happened to the buried hamsters. Obviously, I knew they decomposed and left behind little hamster skeletons. This may sound morbid, but I used to picture the little hamster skeletons tunneling towards each other and creating a new little underground hamster skeleton world. I just wanted them to have a peaceful, wonderful afterlife and not be lonely in all that dirt.
Lately, I've had a hard time using photography to express my ideas. Fortunately, printmaking has stepped up to fill the void. This series is about things that are buried, literally and metaphorically, and what their world is like underground.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Uncomfortable Moments

I've always been fascinated by the experience of pain, and this image is the beginning of a poorly planned project about it. I'm fortunate enough to have quite a few friends who put up with my strange bullshit and don't mind modeling for me (thanks, Keith.) Looking at this picture now makes me a bit uncomfortable. However, it is helping me overcome the feelings of fear and discomfort that I often experience when interacting with people in a studio setting, and in the rest of my life. So here it is. Part I in the undefined, haphazard adventure.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Spring Break !

So besides being a complete bum this Spring Break, I've been feeling a bit creative. I drew this at work for a collaborative sketch project I've started. It's basically what Pratt looks like, for those who've never been. I'm also carving up a linoleum block!

Went to the MoMA yesterday and saw the Tim Burton exhibit, full of strangeness! Ever see his version of Hansel and Gretel? With japanese actors? Also gained silkscreening inspiration thanks to my good friend Gustav Klutsis. I looooove constructivism......


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Flooding in Gillette

Over the weekend it rained quite a bit in the tri-state area. What you see here used to be a grassy field and a road.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Golden Boy! This is a mixed media piece I made a while ago using a magazine, tape, crayon, ink, and spray paint. The gold spray paint shines more in person.
I used to work a lot more like this in high school using Rauschenberg as inspiration. I gotta get back into that mindset!


What's Left Over After Art School

Welcome to Spare Change! This is a blog about everything that's left out of class, or rejected from it.

We are two photographers living and going to school in Brooklyn. Aside from photography, we also enjoy drawing, printmaking, painting, collage, poetry and this is our place to share the work we do mostly for ourselves. We'll post work that we do to satisfy creative desires that extend out of the classroom or don't fit into it, musings, and dwellings on art school life.

Hope you enjoy!