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Tom M. Johnson

I recently received this e-mail from my friend Tom M. Johnson:

If you happen to find yourself in Paris next month I invite you to My Private Art Room in the Marais for a glass of champagne. I am having a solo show where I will be exhibiting work from both “Lakewood: Portraits of a Sacred American Suburb” and “Au Bout de la Ligne (At the End of the Line).” As written on the invitation, it is truly a photographic journey into contemporary suburban life. Besides, Paris is beautiful in October.

All I can say is, “Wow, I wish I could”. Tom is no stranger to Paris, having worked in the city of lights in his earlier incarnation as a model, but he already had a camera in hand and created a terrific project on what he found at the end of the Paris metro lines…all 29 of them. When he returned to the states, and to his hometown of Lakewood, CA, he began to see small town life in a new way, and has captured it brilliantly through portraiture and place. It was recently featured on the NY Times Lens blog.

His exhibit of these two bodies of work opens at My Private Art Room in Paris on October 13th and runs through October 30th.

Au bout de la ligne
It was living in Paris in the eighties that inspired me to become a photographer, however, it wasn’t until I returned twenty years later that I was roused to photograph the city that had taught me so much about life and art. Yet, I wanted to avoid taking just another of the tens of thousands of photographs that had already been taken of Paris. I mulled over this for weeks, trying to conceptualize a new technique or method of approach to the project, until one early morning, after a long dinner party sitting on a train in the direction of La Defense, the northwest terminus of line number 1, the inspiration emerged. I had ridden the metro throughout Paris, yet I had always traveled in the direction of, but never to, Au Bout de la Ligne. I asked myself–What type of Paris exists at the end of each line? Do the lines end in the suburbs (banlieue)? Are the people who live in the banlieue dissimilar to those who live in the center of Paris? I took the metro to all 29 ends of the 14 metro lines in search of provocative moments, visuals, portraits, and answers to my questions.

Bobigny Terminus Picasso

Châtillon Un Couple

Créteil Un Batiment

La Defense Des Voitures et Grand Batiments

Mairie de Lilas Un Joint

Mairie des Lilas Un Mur

Mairied Ivry Des Couleurs et Feuilles

Nation La Manège

Pont de Levallois Un Biere

Porte de la Chapelle Un Champ

Lakewood: A Photographic Journal of a Sacred American Suburb: I search for provocative portraits and relics of Lakewood’s middle class. I come upon kids riding their bikes whose parents are watchful of strangers but not threatened by them, women tending their yards, and men tinkering inside their garages. I interact with these folks, many whom I share similar concerns and interests. They question why I am taking pictures or if I work for a newspaper. When I tell them my pursuit is only artistic many shake their heads. But for every one who is uncomfortable with my presence, there are those who welcome me to photograph them and their front yards.

Images from Lakewood

Lenscratch Back to School Exhibition 2011

Just process of uploading these school-themed photos brought back a flood of memories from this time of year, when Back-to-School was a stew of angst, dread, excitement, and most importantly, worry over what to wear to the first day of school. Living in California, I would pour over the September issue of Seventeen Magazine, pining for a wool plaid pleated skirt and crew neck sweater, for boots, and a cute jacket, but instead, we had to wear something cool, as September was always the hottest month and there was no wool in the cards for us Angelenos, ever.

Thank you to all of you who shared school related images and helped mark this annual migration back into the classroom. I am starting off with Linda Alterwitz’s contribution, My Report Card, the dreaded item that haunts us throughout our educational journey.

Linda Alterwitz, My Report Card, Gary, IN

Amanda Keller Konya, The Four P’s from the “School’s Out, Forever?” series, Elk River School, Elk River, ID

Davide Maione, Supreme Youth, London

Nancy Baron, Free Lunch, Hollywood, CA

Domenico Foschi, Whittier, CA 2010

Eleonora Ronconi, School in Hue, Hue, Vietnam

Nataly Radar, Kinder Days,2010 – 11 School year, Pali elementary, Pacific Palisades, CA

Catherine Jones, Classroom, Toronto, ON, Canada

Eyakem Gulilat, From the series The promise Land, Boley, OK

Aubrey Lynch, Routine and Rhythm, Knowlton Hall at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Cate McRae, from First Days at School 2003, Penwortham Primary School, South London, UK

Dave Jordano, Black History Month, Detroit, MI

Winky Lewis, Lo with Goggles, Waynflete School, Portland, ME

Stacie Turner, Books, Old Chicken Barn, Ellsworth, ME

Jane Gottlieb, Cross Your ankles!, My 6th grade graduating class picture – 1958, University Elementary School at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Kristy Carpenter, Spelling Words, Bronson, MI

Tom M Johnson, 20, Lakewood, CA

Deborah Parkin, Playtime, UK

Marina Font, Daydreaming, Miami Beach, FL

Ken Rosenthal, Seen and Not Seen #1138-1

Cynthia Wood, Coachella Valley Unified, Desert Shores, CA (Salton Sea)

Dennis Hodges, Schoolmaster, Mzuzu, Malawi, Mzuzu, Malawi

Paris Visone, Summer ’11 Class #1, Boston, MA

Bianca Dorso, School House Flag, 100 miles north east of Las Vegas, NV

Carolyn Hampton, Defense Summation in the Trial of the Big Bad Wolf (2nd Grade), Los Angeles, CA

Jamie Johnson, School Boy in Cuba, Cuba

Deborah Yun, Summer Daze, Palo Alto, CA

Aline Smithson, Henry in the elementary years, Los Angeles, CA

The LENSCRATCH Self-Portrait Exhibition 2011

Welcome to the 2011 LENSCRATCH Self-Portrait Exhibition. I am always excited to see how photographers choose to express themselves through self portraiture. A big thank you to all the contributing photographers for sharing your inner and outer selves, your humor, your life, and revelations. The genre of self portraiture is a universal expression of our humanity and ourselves. So express yourself!

Carol Dass, The Scream, Colorado Spring, CO

Davide Maione, and his neck, London, UK

Tom M Johnson, Pin Hole Self Portrait, Lakewood, CA

Olivia Carpenito, Self Portrait, Billerica, MA

Dennis Baburov, self-portrait, Finland

Antoine Blanchet, Fenêtre sur coeur, Saint Tropez, France

Trevor Christensen, Self Portrait (sort of), New York, NY

Andrew Phillips, Untitled, Alexandria, VA

Michelle Marie Murphy, Self in the Midwest, Cleveland, OH

Neil Berrett, July 8, 2009. Perignon, Perignon, France

Filippo Mutani, Myself, 2010, Milan, Italy

James Friedman, © 2011 Self-Portrait with Jewish Nose Wandering in a Gentile World #775 , Columbus, OH

Dick Simon, Self-Portrait of a Photographer, Sundance, UT

Greg Zauswoz, untitled, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Laurie McCormick, The Best, Los Angeles, CA

Jane Gottlieb, ghost self portraits, New York City, NY

Dana de Luca, “After a certain age every man is responsible for his own face” (A. Camus), Milan

Kent Krugh, Self Portrait#7, Cincinnati, OH

Joseph Verrastro, The Night Visitor, Buffalo, NY

Enrique Ahumada, The Invisible Man, Los Angeles, CA

AnnMarie Tornabene, The Advisor, New York, NY

Benjamin Wong, nowhen, 2008, Seattle, WA

David Gardner, Intelligent Design, San Francisco, CA

Sandra Louise Dyas, Self Portrait in LA 2011, Los Angeles, CA

Cath. An., L’inconnu(e) qu’on porte en soi…, France

Elizabeth Clark Libert, Liz and Mardee, Palm Beach,from Libert & Company, Palm Beach, FL

Jennifer Henriksen, Self Portrait, London, Ontario

Virginie Plauchut, Huis Clos, France

Andrew Davidhazy, strip rollout self-portrait, Rochester, NY

Marula Di Como, Foreign, Berlin, Germany

Linda Alterwitz, Good Cranial Anatomy, Las Vegas, NV

Rebecca Martinez, Three Orange Fingers Three Blue Toes, San Francisco, CA

Bradford Robotham, Wrapped, Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Frances Jakubek, Wheelchair Accessible; Real Estate Woes, Stamford, CT

Heidi Lender, Untitled, from the series Green Dress, Garberville, CA

Philippe Calia, Untitled, India, 2007

Suzanne Harrison, No. 28, My apartment, Lisbon, Portugal

Andi Schreiber, In Vein, Scarsdale, NY

Bruce Barone, Bruce Barone (and Elizabeth Avedon), West Springfield, MA

Emma Powell, Slumber,

John F Martin, My lackey costume from Don Giovanni, Fort Mason, outside, San Francisco, CA

David Cory, Shiojiri Niwa Self Portrait, South Bend, IN

Margaret Bryant, Loser’s Lament, Lawton, OK

Nhung Dang, Milady de Winter, Brighton, UK

Robbie Kaye, Kiss Squared, Los Angeles, CA

Skott Chandler, The Science of Sleep, Savannah, GA

Bárbara Soto, Self Portrait, Brooklyn, NY

Ursula Sokolowska, Untitled #30, 2006, the Constructed Family series, Chicago, IL

Frank Biringer, Untitled – From the series “Håpet er grønt” (engl.: “Green is the hope”), Stord/Norway

Kalliope Amorphous, Boys, Providence, RI

Andrew Gold, Self Portrait, Los Angeles, CA

Douglas Stockdale, NWM Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Loretta Ayeroff, Photograph is a Verb, Postcard Self-Portrait, Los Angeles, CA

Gina Kelly, Self-portrait with Simon the Cat, Occidental, CA

Patrick Collier, Fear of Irrelevance, Stayton, OR

Patricia Houghton Clarke, The Looking Glass, Martignano, Italy

Suzanne Révy, Self Portrait with Rental Car, Santa Fe, NM

Panos Lambrou, Shadow of Myself, Long Branch, NJ

Adam Neese, Self (as Tree Hugger), outside of Nacogdoches, TX

Raul Guerrero, Multiplicity, Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Long, Male Order Bride, Germany

Sara Friedlander, Self-Distorted, Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Jenny Nordquist, Morning stiffness in hands and feet, Copenhagen, Denmark 2010

Jessica Tampas, Self Portrait, Chicago, IL

Jamil Hellu, Self-Portrait, California, 2008

Taylor M. Curry, Self-Portrait, Savannah, GA

Mary Ann Lynch, Dualities, Hawaii/NY 2011

Kelli Sanderson, One Month Later, West Hollywood, CA

Deon Reynolds, Me & Mamba, Warren, OR

Dennis Hodges, Self Portrait, Malawi

Mike Spitz, Mego Man, Los Angeles, CA

Charley Star, Untitled, (Ripe #717, Self Portrait), North Carolina

Bootsy Holler, Ruby and Bootsy, Missouri

Erica Martin, Self Portrait with Shoes and Banjo, Los Angeles, CA 2011

Sarah Pollman, Untitled (Weeds) from the series Dark Surfaces, Allston (Boston), MA

Pekka Nikrus, Covering Not Covering, Helsinki, Finland

Joanna Black, One of the many hopefuls taking a chance!, Edinburgh cafe

Magali Duzant, Nosebleed #3, North Sea, NY

Garry Loughlin, Untitled self-portrait, Dublin, Ireland

Ashley West Leonard, Bounty: The Quicker Picker Upper, Los Angeles, CA

Connie Conway, Giant Women, Blackwood, NJ

Erin Tyner, looking forward, looking ahead, Atlanta, GA

Donna Rosser, Me in the Mirror, Fayetteville, GA

Isaac Hoddle, Aching Bones, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Martin Lindman, Wallpaper, Stockholm, Sweden

Lilith, Doing the laundry, 2007, My boyfriend’s backyard, the Netherlands

Alek Lindus, Half Empty, Water Mill, Samos, Greece

Maryanne Gobble, The Lord is my Strength, Longview, TX

Sarah Melançon, Just.Be.Me, Baton Rouge, LA

Angel Chiriboga, Untitled, Providence, RI

Jessica German, Storytime, Dallas,TX

Brian Nelson, My Secret Pleasures, Dallas, TX

Mareva Nardelli, Stay Classy Reykjavík, Reykjavík, Iceland

Mimi Haddon, Silent Retreat, Venice, CA

Sofia Silva, Year 28, from the series 10227 days of lost affection, Glasgow, Scotland, 2011

Nicole Nash, Shy One, Dallas, TX

Mark Berndt, ,,,finally, Los Angeles, CA

Christina Maria Zane, I Once Was Lost, Savannah, GA

Linda Morrow, My Life as a Succulent, Long Beach, CA

shāna, Untitled, Huntington, NY

Erika Kapin, One Hour, New York, NY

Eva Baranyai,The Third Member, East London, Whitechapel, UK

Amelia Morris, from the series The One-Trick Pony and Other Concerns, Indianapolis, IN

Russell Joslin, Lay your head down, no one will see, Minneapolis, MN

Catherine Just, The 9th Year, Los Angeles, CA

Alexander Lessing, Untitled, Los Angeles, CA

Helena Kaminski, The Knee and the Shovel, Elmhurst, IL

Lisa Callamaro, ...always an auntie, never a mom, Long Beach, CA

Russ Morris, Self Portrait, Santa Clara, CA

James Luckett, Embodiement, Springfield, OH

Sheri Lynn Behr, Untitled, New York, NY

Bjarte Edvardsen, Brainstorm Station #2, Ålgård, Norway

Pieter Lessing, all downhill from here, Los Angeles, CA

Thom Greifenstein, The Eristic, Portland, OR

Vito Pasquale, Red, Westchester, NY

Patrice Cochran, Hello Sailor, Jacksonville, FL

Ajay Malghan, Kansas, Rockville, MD

Natalie Marie Franco, Electric Chair, Los Angeles, CA

Amy Fichter, self-portrait, sand hill cemetery, Falls City, Wisconsin

Bridget Burke, Legs, Dearborn, MI

Richard Vanek, Smoke or not to smoke?, The Netherlands

Julian Ward, Grandad’s Coat, 2010, Brighton, UK

Larry Torno, TORNO Self Portrait LENS, St. Louis

Sally Mars, I Am Here, Peru, 2004

Karen Florek, Self Portrait with Tree, Marina del Ray, CA

Paula Gorazar, When the girl was a girl, England

Shelia Newberry, Untitled Silhouette, Berkeley, CA

Noelle Swan Gilbert, Self Portrait 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Krista Bailie, Krista from the series HomeWork, Vancouver BC

Eric Phieler, Self Portrait, McKinney, TX

C. Gary Moyer, Air Show, New Jersey

Ben Madden, Self Portrait No.4, Minneapolis, MN

Warren Harold, Bifocals, Houston, TX

Angela Wenum, Untitled, Los Angeles, CA

Mike Patterson, Dreaming of J. L. Borges, Savannah, GA

Gerhard Clausing, Bonding, Laguna Beach, CA

Kathleen Taylor, Self Portrait of Computer Monitor, Beverly Hills, CA

Brad Buckman, Self, Los Angeles, CA

Bea Fresno, Midnight Joy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Sharon Morgan Jenkins, My Kaleidoscope, Glendale, CA
Bob Bright, Folding Space, Los Angeles, CA

Herman Nicholson, Self Portrait on Bed, London, UK

Aline Smithson, Non smoker, Los Angeles, CA