BP=Battered Photographers?

I ain’t no boycotter (plenty of our fellow citizens get their paychecks from international corporations), but here comes another story of shooters being shat upon. Follow the link to the link.


“I don’t know WHAT I am!”


I’m pretty much at a loss for words. The only appealing improvement is the option that accommodates the 15% of us.

The AP “Fives!”

The good news is that everyone in the 2-D Design course scored well enough to qualify for AP credit.

The less good news is that, as usual, I have a beef with at least four of the scores. (I’m probably too close to the work to be objective.)

The best news is that Ann Marie LeVerso, Katie Thompson, and Brennan Zwieg received top scores for their portfolios. Click on each of the following to see ’em better.

Ann Marie:

Katie Thompson:

Brennan Zwieg:

The average score was 3.875. Congratulations to all sixteen Photo Devotos! It was a very good year.

W.o’ W.: Laurie Anderson


Q. What qualities must an artist bring to her work regardless of the era, medium or technology?
“I would just say one word—openness. And you could also say awareness. That’s what I treasure in other people’s work—when they create something that makes you go, “Whoa, I never saw that.” In a way, what artists really do is extend your senses and your awareness of things. For me, the making of stuff—the creation of artworks—is not really to the point. The point is to experience things more intensely. I hear people commenting that culture is dying, but it’s not true. People are making lots of fantastic things. You don’t know about it, that’s all. It’s really hard to squash artists. They keep appearing and making things.”

“I’m not on Facebook. I’m a miniaturist and a confessional writer, so it seems like it would be a natural form for me. I also like that the writing is meant to be conversational. But I like to work on things six different ways before I put them in a public situation, and the immediacy of the Web is not conducive to that. I also find it tyrannical. I’m not sure yet whether it encourages people to be more creative or to mold themselves more carefully to fit into the clean design of Facebook.”


Happy Independence Day; are you anywhere near a refinery?

 “…followed by a BP employee after taking a picture on a public road near the refinery, and then cornered by two police cars at a gas station… had the right to look at the pictures taken near the refinery and if he did not comply he would be ‘taken in’ … released after officials looked through the pictures he had taken and took down his date of birth, Social Security number and other personal information… turned over to the BP security guard who said this was standard procedure…”


Oh, I know, you’re probably standing on public property somewhere in the United States, but what’s in proximity? Are you carrying ID?



Are you shooting… film?