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Joni Sternbach, 07.08.23 #1 Ditch Jetty

Joni Sternbach, 07.08.23 #1 Ditch Jetty

Joni Sternbach

07.08.23 #1 Ditch Jetty,
Montauk, New York, 2007
From the SurfLand series
Website – JoniSternbach.com

Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York. She graduated from New York University/International Center of Photography (ICP) with an M.A. in Photography in 1987. She was part of the adjunct faculty at NYU for over 20 years, and is currently a faculty member at ICP and CAP workshops teaching wet plate collodion. Sternbach uses early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and seascapes. Her photography has taken her to some of the most desolate deserts in the American West to some of the most prized surf beaches in the world. Her solo exhibition, SurfLand, which captures portraits of surfers in tintype, has exhibited at the Peabody Essex Museum and Blue Sky Gallery and will be on view at the Southeast Museum of Photography in 2012. A monograph of the SurfLand images was published by Photolucida in 2009. She is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art in New York City and Edward Cella Art and Architecture in Los Angeles.

Nicole Jean Hill, Highway 14

Nicole Jean Hill, Highway 14

Nicole Jean Hill

Highway 14,
Ucross, Wyoming, 2011
From the Artifacts & Incidents series
Website – NicoleJeanHill.com

Nicole Jean Hill was born in Toledo, Ohio. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, including solo exhibitions at the Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR), Gallery 44 (Toronto, ON) and The Front (New Orleans, LA). She has been an artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah, and the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR. Hill currently resides in Eureka, CA and is an associate professor in the department of art at Humboldt State University.

Vojtech V. Slama

Tonight, a not-to-be-missed exhibition opens at the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, showcasing two wonderful talents, the amazing Ken Rosenthal, and brilliant Vojtech V. Slama. I featured Ken’s work on Lenscratch recently, but was not familiar with the work of Vojtech. His Silver Bromide prints from his series Wolf’s Honey, are surreal, layered, evocative, and timeless. I am now a fan.

A Czech photographer, Vojtech received his degree from the Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University, Opava, Czech Republic. His work has been exhibited widely at galleries such as Brno Gallery (Czech Republic), Prague House of Photography (Praha), Fotoforum West (Austria), Photeur Gallery (Germany), Blue Sky Gallery (USA), LEICA GALLERY PRAGUE (Czech Republic), Centro de la Imgen (Mexico), Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) and FotoFest Houston (USA). His work is held in collections, public and private, all over the world.

In 2006, Sláma was one of ten photographers identified as a Fotofest Discoveries of the Meeting Place. His photographs have been reproduced in publications such as Host Magazine, Imago Magazine, Digi Foto and European Photography.

Images from Wolf’s Honey

Vojtech V. Slama

Tonight, a not-to-be-missed exhibition opens at the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, showcasing two wonderful talents, the amazing Ken Rosenthal, and brilliant Vojtech V. Slama. I featured Ken’s work on Lenscratch recently, but was not familiar with the work of Vojtech. His Silver Bromide prints from his series Wolf’s Honey, are surreal, layered, evocative, and timeless. I am now a fan.

A Czech photographer, Vojtech received his degree from the Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University, Opava, Czech Republic. His work has been exhibited widely at galleries such as Brno Gallery (Czech Republic), Prague House of Photography (Praha), Fotoforum West (Austria), Photeur Gallery (Germany), Blue Sky Gallery (USA), LEICA GALLERY PRAGUE (Czech Republic), Centro de la Imgen (Mexico), Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) and FotoFest Houston (USA). His work is held in collections, public and private, all over the world.

In 2006, Sláma was one of ten photographers identified as a Fotofest Discoveries of the Meeting Place. His photographs have been reproduced in publications such as Host Magazine, Imago Magazine, Digi Foto and European Photography.

Images from Wolf’s Honey

Dona Schwartz

Looking at few of the portfolios that received Honorable Mentions for the Santa Fe Prize offered by Center and jurored by Maggie Blanchard of Twin Palms Publishing….

I’ve shared Dona Schwartz’s terrific project, In the Kitchen, in my classes for a number of years, so I was happy to see Dona receive an honorable mention for her new project, On the Nest. Dona’s work is about space and time; she examines the “interactions among and within the physical, social, and emotional spaces we inhabit”. She also recognizes the fleeting and evolving periods of childhood, parenting, and being part of a family. The image below, Christina and Mark, 14 months, from On the Nest was the Third Prize Winner in the 2011 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize competition, awarded by the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Dona lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her PhD at the Annenberg School for Communications is an artist, scholar, and educator. Amongst her many academic publications are two photographic ethnographies, Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992) and Contesting the Super Bowl (Routledge, 1997). Her new photographic monograph, In the Kitchen, was published by Kehrer Verlag.

Her work has been internationally published and exhibited at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, London, Blue Sky Gallery, the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Stephen Bulger Gallery, the Pingyao International Photography Festival, and in numerous juried exhibitions in the United States. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, George Eastman House, the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, the Harry Ransom Center, the Portland Art Museum, the Kinsey Institute, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago’s Midwest Photographers Project.

ON THE NEST: In our lives we experience multiple transitions, and in these moments of change we renegotiate our sense of self. Events like communions, weddings, baby showers, and retirement parties formally mark the new roles and statuses we take on. We cross other thresholds without rituals or celebrations—even though divorce is a momentous life transition there is no script for marking its passage. I am intrigued by the ways in which we move from one life phase to the next, and I am working programmatically to represent complex processes of changing identity.

In On the Nest I use environmental portraiture to examine two moments of change that bookend parents’ lives—the transition to parenthood with a first child’s birth, and the transition to life without day-to-day responsibility for parenting when young adults leave their childhood homes. I photograph expectant parents in nurseries or other spaces they have made ready for their newborns, and I photograph empty nesters in the rooms left vacant by their grown children. The nursery is a canvas on which parents paint in broad strokes their imagined picture of the future. Creating the space is itself a celebratory ritual, and for many parents-to-be the nursery is a showplace—and a sacred space—to be shared.

Teenagers’ abandoned bedrooms tell different stories. The transition to life as an empty nester lacks formal ritual observance. There is no finite gestation period and the new beginning it heralds may be more sobering. In some vacated rooms, abandoned childhood toys compete for shelf space with high school trophies, providing a time-lapse history of nurturance, growth, and development. In others, boxes containing once treasured items await their final disposition. Unused beds become temporary worktables. A sewing room is born. By showing expectant parents alongside their empty nester counterparts I invite viewers to reflect on their own experiences of change and the trajectories we trace in the course of a lifetime.