Monthly Archives: February 2010

Woo-Hoo for YUMA!

It’s been confirmed, I’m going to Yuma next week for the 30th Yuma Art Symposium! Thanks to my photography professor Julie, I was awarded a Yuma Symposium Work/Study Scholarship! I can wait to experience Yuma for the 1st time, I’ve heard from others who have attend before that it’s sooo  much fun! I also get to hang my print into the Student Show! There are other events going on but it’s better explained on their website, so woo-hoo for YUMA! 


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Photos of the Midday?

If only our trash turned into trees!

Really, who tags a tree? I guess it’s the new thing.

Nissan, formerly “Datsun.”



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The 10 Most Exciting Photographers of the Last Year….

Dave Kennedy, Saint Peter from the series The Twelve

Tonight for my Photographic Exhibition class we were to attend a lecture by Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography Dr. Rebecca Senf at the Phoenix Art Museum. Her lecture talked about  the work of 10 (but really 13) photographers she’s been introduced to in the last year. Many of the artists shown were introduced from jurying  portfolio reviews to artists who visited both the Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ.

Ben Lowy, from the series Iraq Perspective

I’m constantly amazed with the endless possibilities photography is marking in the arts. The photographic medium is evolving rapidly and tonight we were given the opportunities to meet new faces in the field that contribute to this ever-ending progression. Dr. Senf presented emerging photographers as well as new work produced by established artists, from color to black/white, and from film-based to digital production.

Cheryl Hanna-Truscott, series from Protective Custody

I throughtly enjoyed her lecture and definitely wrote down her “hints and tips” for artist wanting to get the work seen.  Now, I really need to step up my portfolio for Philly, so no sleep for the next 3 weeks! 

There’s a list of the artists and their websites she shared: 

*Cheryl Hanna-Truscott –

*Dave Kennedy – 

*Benjamin Lowy – 

John D’Agostino – 

Desiree Edkins – 

Ádám Magyar – 

Andrew Freeman – 

Robert Weingarten – 

Melvin Sokolsky – 

Jane fulton Alt – 

Rita Maas – 

Evan Baden – 

Richard Misrach – none 

(*) I considered my favorites 



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Mad Skills in the Color Darkroom…NOT!

Yesterday was my first day using the color darkrooms in MHALL and I must say it’s definitely harder than it looks. One must be patient and have nocturnal senses! By the end of the semester I’ll have pale looking skin and probably eek of color chemicals from the processor.

Color to me is more complex than black/white. In black/white you’re looking for the highlights and contrast, but in color it’s a whole different ball park! 

 Major differences between color and black/white:

1. You work in complete DARKNESS! Color darkrooms have no safe light, so once your paper is out you have to remember where the enlarger, easel, and timer is located.

2. The color enlarger has 3 filters (Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta) that either subtract or add color to your print. For the correct color correction you must memorize the color principles. Ex. if your print is too yellow, you need to add yellow to actually subtract yellow,  I know right? And if it’s too cyan you need to subtract yellow and magenta….

3. Once you think your print is this color it’s actually another! Ex. I swear my print looked too red, but no it was actually more magenta then red. 

It’s challenging now, but hopefully I’ll be able to pick it up soon. I took some pictures of the color studio, so enjoy! But remember, these rooms are completely dark when we’re working in them.



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Packed HOUSE!

Yesterday was the opening reception for the Joel Meyerowitz juried show,  An Equation of the Fanciful and Bizarre, held at the Northlight Gallery at ASU. And the show was a major SUCCESS! The gallery was completely packed with curious minds and wondering eyes. I’m extremely proud of everyone who was involved in making this show what it is – thanks to the ASU Student Photographers’ Association, Northlight Gallery, and especially to Joel Meyerowitz for taking time out of his busy schedule to juried our annual photography exhibition. Personally, I’d like to thank my mother for all her support and beauty. Also, I want to thank my sister, Connie (and Chipper too) for the continual support throughout my image making!

I took some pictures of the packed house inside Northlight, sorry for the blurriness, I was trying to be a little inconspicuous.

Congrats to everyone in the show!



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Philly or Bust…

In March, I’m planning to attend the 47th SPE (Society for Photographic Education) National Conference in Philadelphia, PA. SPE is a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. The main focus of the conference is “Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts,” it will examine how photographers of diverse backgrounds participate in the art world today and how these artists are being received. The conference will look at inclusively, diversity within diversity, and the various perspectives on the changing cultural dynamics of this country. It strives to bring together curious minds in celebration of the achievements by artists of all backgrounds.

The conference program will:
• Discuss what diversity means within the framework of photography
• Examine how artists have expressed themselves on the topics of race, culture, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sexual preference, and age
• Identify how these issues are being discussed in the art world and in the classroom today
• Investigate the vocabulary required to discuss diversity in the arts today

SPE is partnering with En Foco to bring together photographic educators, artists, and scholars from around the nation to address issues of diversity within the field of photography. En Foco is a non-profit photography organization dedicated to nurturing and supporting photographers of diverse cultures, primarily those of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific. This event is extremely dear to my heart, so I’m determined to go at any cost (even if I do go broke :/). Today, I am competing in a field particularly dominated by the majority, so being Native American and a woman I have to work 10x harder to accomplish my goals.

One of the featured speakers is Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie and Veronica Passalacqua. Hulleah is a Native American photographic educator and artist in residence at the University of California Davis. Veronica is the curator at the C.N. Gorman Museum at the University of California, Davis. Hulleah will be speaking about her perspective of the concept of visual sovereignty while Veronica will examine how visual sovereignty is employed in the structure of the conference and exhibition as well as within artists’ works. I’m so excited to hear each one speak, especially Hulleah, she too is Navajo, a woman, and an imagemaker.  I want to get the chance to ask her some questions about her work and etc.

And importantly, I’m submitting my portfolio into the Student Portfolio Critique, where I will receive two twenty-minute sessions with a professional portfolio reviewer of my choice. There are 5+ pages of professional reviewers looking at both student work and professional work. These reviewers range from university professors, established artists, gallery owners, curators, editors, non–profit organizations, publishers and more. I want to hear everything they have to say about my work, good or bad, this is going to be the most important forty minutes of my life! It’s important for me to network with as many people as possible, the more people I talk to the the greater my chances are to get my work seen.

So I will be using my blog as a way to get me there. I will exchange some of my work for donations to raise funds to pay for my room and board, airfare,  food, and photography supplies (meaning paper for my portfolio and printing ink). I looked at all the costs and figured it would cost me about $800 to go, as of now I was able to raise $100, but I still need to come up with several hundred dollars on my own. So, any donations would be GREAT APPRECIATED!