"My Broken Hasselblad"

It's true. I took Hass up to Nippon Photoclinic on Broadway to remedy the lens and bellow syndrome it came down with. Fortunately it was only 30 bucks. This seemed like A LOT when I dropped Hass off - I walked out of the Clinic wondering if you can haggle with a technician. A few days later I was checking my voice mail and found two important messages in my inbox:

1. Someone named Kevin wanted to know when and where the funeral was. It creeped me out that I had apparently inherited this man's phone number (maybe I was in his will) or instead the fact that Kevin doesn't give two shits about this guy enough to keep current with his phone number.

2. A worried Japanese man informing me that my lens was indeed detached but there "has been a problem with your body". Fantastic. The only upside of that message was hearing him recite his telephone number... I really loved his annunciation.

I must have sounded pretty important in the New School cafeteria:

"Excuse me, so my HASSELBLAD is broken? You know, Victor Hasselblad's camera, made in Sweden by precision technicians? Yes yes. You fixed the lens? Ah very good. There is a problem with the rear flaps? ... They don't fully close? Okay, I'll be right there." ::CLICK::

Instead he just sort of told me one of the rear flaps doesn't fully close, and that labor is $160 if no parts were needed....otherwise it might as well be $200. Hah. So I took my broken camera home. I'll fix it someday when I'm not broke. Funny. I even shot off my last two shots just so I can see how the mistake looks on the negative. I imagine it will just be a half exposed or fully exposed negative. But ya'know it'd be nice if the other 10 came out nicely, considering I've gotten a little screwed over last time I got developed.

About that. I accidentally developed my roll I shot for my photography class in Union Square that we were saving for the darkroom. Dropped it off with my color roll by mistake. Not bad, but once I set the negatives on the light box I there were these dark.. UGLY streaks all over most of my good shots. I asked the man what these were, and although his response of "light leaks" sounded like a canned response for "oh crap I ruined his negatives", his answer is entirely believable. I AM shooting on cameras made in 79' and 85, after all. In the meantime I gaffer tapped the hell out of my one body and ordered some light baffle which will hopefully solve the problem. Tomorrow I'm planning on shooting my roll in USQ after an unsuccessful stint in the rain today.

So let's take inventory:

Broken Hasselblad
Broken Contax 159mm
Broken Contax 139 Quartz
Nikon D70s

This means I'm camera-less.

"But don't you use digital Jack?"

"No, ever since I moved to New York I'm a film elitist. Thanks."

"But isn't 90% of your work digital anyway?"

"Shut up."

Now we transition to the pleasant part of my post. (This is my favorite part)

Finance a Young Photographers Education: Buy Him This Book!

Jack wants a beautiful new book. Since no one bought him the last one he posted he put up a new one instead. (thanks mashal!)

The book is Asakura Portraits, by Hiroh Kikai. Since the site is flash based I'll post one picture and give you the link here for the rest. Beautiful portraits.

You might have seen this artist in the past (I know I have) but I wanted to feature some of his newer work (since I love it!) Levi Van Veluw, besides having an awesome name, is an artist from the Netherlands who likes to do stuff to his face. Copy pasta!

His works constitute elemental transfers; modifying the face as object; combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object of great visual impact. The work you see therefore is not a portrait, but an information-rich image of colour, form, texture, and content. The image contains the history of a short creative process, with the artist shifting between the entities of subject and object.

Although one can certainly accomplish a "landscape of the face" with say wrinkles, furrowed brows, hair, whatever- the constructed feel here creates an interesting dichotomy between the object/subject, also revealing the symbiosis between the two. One can exist without the other, but it wouldn't have the same impact at all. Plus "Gravel" reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth. I love the uncovered shoulder for reference, a reminder that this is something very familiar and natural - the human face. I can't help but look for the familiar contours of the skull while looking at what is essentially a study in texture. Plus most of them are pretty clean.

It's the harvest season!


Pan's Labyrinth

Photoshop CS2esque.

The Ballpoint series is how I originally was introduced to Levi van Veluw. I'm glad I checked back. Go here for more.

*This may be interesting for fellow Parsonites who will be dealing with magazines in the very near future:

Wired is doing a profile of a profile of Charlie Kaufman here
Very cool behind the scenes info. I haven't read all of it yet.

Last on my list is a set of shows I plan on attending this September. If you're at all interested in coming, let me know! (By all means this is a copy paste job from various sites...) Any suggestions, please post in the comments. I haven't even taken a look at all of these on my list, most were suggestions.

September 10, 6-9 Walker Evans: Carbon and Silver Opening reception On view through October 11 Bond Street Gallery 297 Bond St., Brooklyn

September 10 MoMA New Photography 2008, featuring work by Josephine Meckseper and Mikhael Subotzky Opening On view through January 5 Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53rd St.

September 11, 6-8 Eye Mind Spirit: The Enduring Legacy of Minor White; Minor Impact: An exhibition of 16 photographers who were influenced by Minor White Opening reception On view through October 18 Howard Greenberg Gallery 41 E. 57th St.

September 12, 6-8 How I Spent My Summer Vacation Opening reception On viewing through October 11 Michael Mazzeo Gallery 526 W. 26th St. between 10th and 11th Ave.

September 12, 6-8 Alessandra Sanguinetti: The Life that Came Artist's reception On view through October 18 Yossi Milo Gallery 525 W. 25th St.

September 12, 6-8 My Other Nature: Jesse Chan, Amy Elkins, Travis Kent, Sara Macel, Azikiwe Mohammed, Reka Reisinger, Heather Sullivan, Eric Weeks, Ofer Wolberger Opening reception On view through October 10 The Camera Club of New York 336 W. 37th St., Suite 206

Andrew Krepps Gallery
525 W 22nd St

Louise Bourgeois

Silverstein Photography
Jesse Chehak
529 W20th

Luhring Augustine
Joel Sternfeld
531 West 26th

Sikkema Jenkins & Co
Vik Muniz
530 W 22 St

303 Gallery
Doug Aitken
525 W 24th

Feature Inc
Richard Kern
276 Bowery

Josef Koudelka: Invasion 68 Prague Aperture Gallery
September 5 - October 30, 2008
Opening reception: September 4, 6 - 8 pm

Kevin Cooley: At Light's Edge
Massimo Audiello Gallery
September 4 - October 11, 2008 Opening reception: September 4, 6 8 pm

Check out ArtCal for news on new gallery shows.

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