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Love The One You’re With

image by Aline Smithson

I’ve been on the road since September, visiting photo festivals across the country and I’ve been thinking a lot about the experiences and the photographers I have met and wanted to share some thoughts. I have to say, it’s an amazing community, filled with good will, curiosity, passion, and really, really good people.  I think there is something special about those who use a visual language, who are reinterpreting the world close-up and far away.  I left each event filled up with friendships, with images, with experiences that make this journey a richer one.

I have always told my students that it is equally important to meet fellow photographers at these events, and not to solely focus on meeting with people that they think might change one’s career. Sometimes at photo events, photographers can be a bit myopic and self-focused, trying to tug on the sleeve of important reviewers. They don’t realize that those who don’t make it all about themselves, benefit the most–and often times, it will be a peer that makes something happen in their career. More has come to me, and to my career, from my relationships with other photographers than from anywhere else–the evidence of this statement seems profoundly evident after my recent travels–just looking at this fall, almost every invitation came from a relationship with a photographer.

I truly marvel at how many photographers are changing the photographic landscape by giving their time and energies to promote work that is not their own. Photographer Scott B. Davis created the Medium  Festival of Photography in San Diego this September, photographer Sarah Hadley created the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, I went to the SW Regional SPE conference, all run by photographers.  I attended Fotoweek DC started by Theo Adamstein (a photographer) and was invited to teach at the event by photographer E. Brady Robinson who I had traveled with in China.  Photographers Jennifer Shaw, Millie Fuller, and Lori Waselchuk, privotal players at PhotoNola, not only invited me to teach a workshop and review, but Jen helped me secure a gallery in New Orleans.

As I sat in the portfolio reviewing room at Photo Nola, I looked over at Blue Mitchell, a fellow photographer who started Diffusion Magazine, a publication that features historical and non-traditional ways of approaching photography, then I looked at photographer Gordon Stettinius who has not only become a publisher, but opened Candela Gallery and is working on creating a significant collection of photographs for gallery.  I looked at photographer Bryan Formhals who  champions the online community (especially Flickr) and has celebrated many image makers in his terrific LPV Magazine.

At the Medium Festival photographer Susan Burnstine found work to celebrate in her articles for Black and White Magazine (UK), photographer David Bram reviewed as editor of Fraction Magazine and in Chicago, photographer Kevin Miyazaki looked for new work for his amazing Collect.Give program and photographer Christy Karpinski reviewed for her long time publication, F Stop Magazine. Photographer Russell Joslin also reviewed for his labor of love, SHOTS Magazine which he has edited for years, photographer Bill Schwab shared his sage insights from years behind the lens and as a workshop educator and photographer Kyohei Abe reviewed for the Detroit Center of Photography where he is now the director. And there are more that I am sure I am forgetting.

I am not diminishing all the amazing curators, editors, and gallerists that make up our photography community, but I wanted to recognize the tremendous support that photographers lend to each other, often without recognition or financial compensation of any sort.

So next time you are at a photo or review event, remember that the person sitting next to you clutching their portfolio box, just might change your life one day.

The 2012 LENSCRATCH Pets and Favorite Animals Exhibition

Thanksgiving, for those living in the United States, is a day to come together with family and friends and give thanks for all that we have in our lives.  We sit down at a groaning table of traditional foods and see faces that sometimes are only an annual event. What we are celebrating today, are the faces that might just be under the table, waiting for possibility and a little affection: our pets.  They are as much our family members as those who are connected by blood or circumstance, and in many cases, they are the family that we choose.

Some of you may remember my farewell post to the love of my life, Riley.  It’s been a year since her passing and the loss is as profound as that of those loved ones in my life.  So in memory of her, give your furry or feathered loved ones an extra pat, a piece of turkey, and a little extra attention today.  I thank you for sharing in this wonderful celebration of those who live amongst us. Again a huge thank you to Grant Gill and Sarah Stankey for their help with this post.
Aline Smithson, Riley, modeling, Los Angeles, CA


Randy Karg, Shiner, Clarinda, IA


Robin Tryloff, Ben and George, Oakbrook, Illinois

Kylie Torrence, Dusty, Atlanta GA

Charidy Bunsa, Cody, Largo, FL

Shawna Gibbs, Sehan with Inchworm, Claremont, NH
In honor of all the little insects that, despite our most innocent and
gentle intentions, gave their lives to curious minds this summer.

Gina Kelly, Mister entertained, Simon bored, Minneapolis, MN


Laurie McCormick, Raisin-RIP, Brentwood, CA


Phyllis Schwartz, Chow’s Last Portrait, Vancouver, BC

Morganna Magee, Tyler and Percy, Melbourne, Australia
This is Tyler and his cat Percy. Tyler is 10 years
old and completely blind after he had both of his eyes removed when he developed cancer in both of them when he was aged 3. He calls Percy his
best friend, and Percy is gentle and patient with him, only getting
agitated if he is locked out of Tyler’s room and can’t sleep in his bed
with him.

Larry TornoMaggie, St. Louis, MO
Maggie was a constant
companion for 17 years, often following me into my office in the morning
and taking her place until closing time, when she sat at the door,
waiting to be fed. 

Isabella La Rocca, Lulu, Berkely, CA
This image is one of a series I call Dog Park.  The dog in the picture is my 12 year old constant companion, Lulu.  I got her as a puppy from a shelter and we adore each other.

Cleo Schoeplein, Fig and Riley, Los Angeles, CA

Michelle Rogers Pritzl, Berlin Kitty, Tustin, CA

Mike Whiteley, Hailey, Mission: Wolf, Colorado
Hailey is a Grey Wolf living at Mission: Wolf in Southern Colorado, a
wolf sanctuary with about two dozen wolves mostly from captive breed
wolves that cannot be released back into the wild. I have been there a
few times to volunteer and help care for the wolves and I am always
amazed in how their wildness transcends their breeding and cages.

Susan BoecherMara and Cat, Minneapolis, MN

Angela MarklewFreyja, Venice, CA
In
the summer of 2010 I found a puppy on the street in Watts.  She was
emaciated and near death.  It was a long road but she made it through –
the full story of her ordeal is here: 

K.B. Dixon, Frick & Frack, Bandon, OR
This is a pair of guard dogs at an art gallery in Bandon ,Oregon.

Holly Connellan, Guard Dogs, Sydney, Australia

Caroline McLean, Monkey and Windsors, Boulder, Colorado
Monkey and Windsor in Boulder, Colorado on hike!
Monkey is my daughter’s dog and Windsor is my son’s dog.  They are
sister and brother, little and big, one likes to cuddle and the other
plays ball.  They get along only because  and not by choice.  Food is
often a bone of contention.  I love my dogs because they teach me about
tolerance, patience and life.  Dog hair is a fact of life, stubborn
behavior drives me crazy and they live and die. I thank all my pets in
recent years: Brandy, Moose, Pickle, Molly, Belle, Gunther and Tucky.
Happy Thanksgiving blessings!

Mary Anne MitchellPlaytime, Atlanta, GA

Linda Alterwitz, Ruby, Las Vegas, Nevada

Rana Nicole Young, Marli, Portland, OR

Donna Rosser, Sadie on the Sofa, Fayetteville, GA


Sadie
is a rescue from a local kill shelter. The shelter workers believed she was a
good dog — so she was kept there for about a month before we found her. We call
her the ‘monkey dog’ for the way she vocalizes to us and say that she has the
personality of a 5 year old. Sadie likes to hunt for rabbits in the backyard —
but she is also a couch potato. She is one of the best dogs I have ever had and
I don’t think I have ever taken a bad photo of her. 

Fabiano Busdraghi, where should we go?, Bernardo O’Higgins Base, Antarctica

Christine Anderson, Hurricane Sandy, North New Jersey
During the hurricane and following Nor’ Easter. My dog Reggie was not
fearful of the storm and became the way I portrait how I experienced the
storm and days after.  I started to call her STORMTRACKER REGGIE when I
started to to use pictures of Reggie to give online updates on the
storm until I lost power…

Julie Rae Powers, Zaira, Ripley, WV

Kristy CarpenterGus and Judy, Bronson, MI
Gus follows my mother around like a lovestruck teenager. Knowing he’s
there, always watching over her, helps me sleep better at night.

Vicki Hunt, Cami, Birmingham, Alabama
Jeremy Nix, Mister Bojangles, Denver, CO
We lost Mister Bo this year, this was my favorite picture of him that I took. 

Bob Johnson, Frenzy, Ballona Wetlands, Marina del Rey, CA
Lost Sasha and Homer, my dogs, to old age, so I decided to adopt the
wildlife in the Ballona wetlands as my playmates and photo subjects.
 Homer and Sasha were camera shy, but the Ballona residents are
exceptionally cooperative. 

Kevin McCollister, Luna Walks Into The Light, Los Angeles, CA

Heidi Lender, Untitled, from the series Once Upon, Garzon, Uruguay
The Bubba….best friend, muse, my Cindy Crawford, road-tripping
partner, bunny-hunter, bear-fighter and all around best little guy in
the world.

Morgan Hagar, Roxy’s Springtime Snooze, Denver, CO

Sheri Lynn Behr, 19 Year Old Crockett Keeping Warm After Hurricane Sandy, Edgewater, NJ

Robbie Kaye, Nico & Luna on the Trail

Adriana Reyes Newell, Carmelita-Lightning Dog, Nambe, NM
Carmelita was a husky-boxer mix puppy adopted from the shelter when she
was 2 months old. At age 7 she was diagnosed with bone cancer and
underwent surgery to remove her left arm. She also endured chemotherapy
for 4 months after which she came back to her playful and energetic
self. In July 2012 her cancer spread to her lungs and skin. She lost the
fight on September 11th 2012. We miss her terribly and her absence
feels more like a pestering presence that wont let go. The only
consolation is that she is no longer in pain.

Susan Weingartner, The Roar, Los Angeles, CA 

Michael was adopted from a shelter when he was just 6 weeks old.  He’s
one of the funniest cats I’ve ever met, always needing to enroll
everyone in his games, especially “fetch” , “chase the kitties”, and “da
bird”.

Jim Robertson, Lost But Found, Lexington, KY

Sharon Johnson-Tennant, Phoebe


Heather McKay Bowes, Catnap, Epsom, NH

Consuelo Mendez, Beluga my Cat, Caracas, Venezuela

Paul Matzner, Lucca in Lake, Milwaukee, WI

Lucca, our five year old golden-doodle loves the beach, eating raw
meat, and
being affectionate with us. He is a comfort and a joy.
Alaina Dall, Little Thief, San Diego, CA
“I doubt anyone will notice if one goes missing…”
Max Juhasz, Absolute Beginner, Cres Isle, Croatia
Dennis Stewart, Gilligan, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Lucy Carolan, Bonnie, Wolsingham, UK
Mary Defer, Ruby Extends a Paw, Garrettville, OH
Zoe Perry-Wood, Babu in Bat Wings, Lexington, MA
Ivan McClellan, The Lazy Meatball, Lake of the Woods, OR
Kevin Ooi, Stereotypical Indulgence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
Anne Connor, Henry’s Lament, Ridgeway, WI
Patty Lemke, The End of Film, Los Angeles, CA
As shown here, Jewels was inquisitive and quite simply a wonderful cat. 

CONTINUE TO PART TWO
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LENSCRATCH Exhibition Opportunities

LENSCRATCH is creating exposure opportunities for photographers with group on-line exhibitions. Photographers will be allowed ONE entry per exhibition and ALL photographs will be published. I firmly believe in having occasional unjurored opportunities that allow for community and conversation. International submissions are welcome!

Submission Guidelines:
Image size: 72dpi at 1000px on the long side, save as a jpg.
Send name, title, location (where you captured the image), and link to your work (website or other)
Example:
Aline Smithson, The Red Rose, Los Angeles, CA http://www.alinesmithson.com
In the subject of your e-mail, type the name of the exhibition (example:MASKS and COSTUMES) and e-mail to:
[email protected]  (don’t forget the “2”)
If your images are sized incorrectly or the submission is incomplete, they will not be posted.
Submission Categories and Due Dates:
Due Date: November 15th
FAVORITE PETS and ANIMALS 
Exhibition to run on November 22nd (Thanksgiving)
To say thank you to that family member that seldom get recognized…feel free to send a few sentences about what makes them so special.
image by Aline Smithson
Due Date: December 15th
FAVORITE HOLIDAY PHOTO
Exhibition to run on December 25th
Would love you to share old family photos or new photographs that represent the holidays, from Christmas trees to Christmas sweaters, Hannukah celebrations, and more….
image by Aline Smithson
Due Date: December 26th
YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO FROM 2012
Exhibition to run on January 1st, 2012
What was the favorite photograph you took in 2012?  and if you care to share your New Year’s resolution, please do, but make it short!
NO late submissions accepted as it would be nice to actually enjoy the holidays!
image by Aline Smithson

FOTOWEEK DC

So much happening in Washington DC starting Saturday and it’s not all political.  Fotoweek DC is an incredible celebration of all things photography, with a heaping feast of exhibitions, education, lectures, portfolio reviews, and a city that is joining in the experience.

Among a large selection of exhibitions, Feature Shoot editor Alison Zavos and Amanda Gorence are presenting Come Together, a group photography exhibition featuring 18 photographers that is a mash-up of contemporary imagery that visually alludes to song titles by the Beatles. The experience of viewing the show can be likened to a Beatles-themed
game of charades, but using photos to invoke an interactive element,
even if the challenge is only going on inside the mind. Accessible and
lighthearted, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on one of the
most popular bands of all time. While some connections will be easier to
make than others, the images will cross all genres, allowing viewers of
different generations to find a meaningful relationship between the
photos.

I’m thrilled to be teaching the seminar:

STRATEGY & CREATION – SUNDAY, Nov. 11th
Industry
Knowledge For Beginning and Emerging Photographers – Aline Smithson
& PDN’s 30 Strategies for Young Working Photographers  REGISTER NOW

10am – 2pm, Goethe Institut*
Aline Smithson – The Broad View: Fine Art Portfolios from Context, to Creation, to Completion

The most important tool that a
photographer can bring to their work is knowledge and insight.  Many
photographers spend much of their education on learning the bells and
whistles of cameras and changing technology, and don’t consider what is
equally as important: Creating a voice, having ideas, producing stellar
prints, and knowing where the work they create fits into the
contemporary art market.  Ultimately, what is most rewarding and most
important is The Work.

This three-hour workshop is geared to
beginning and emerging photographers.  During the session, we will
explore how to develop ideas for projects by examining the fine art
market and by exploring the context of award winning or meaningful
portfolios.  Portfolios will be presented to also help explain
contemporary genres of photography, touching on categories that are
often offered in competitions or magazines, and we will look at what
kinds of work fits into what kind of market.

In the
workshop, we will also not only discuss how to create a portfolio but in
addition, how to present a body of work to the fine art market,
focusing on your ability to articulate your work and produce quality
photographs.  The details that surround the work you make are important
to establishing yourself as a professional.

There are lots of terrific seminars to attend:

Eleonora Ronconi

I’m excited to introduce photographer, Eleonora Ronconi,  as next week’s guest curator and writer.  My busy travel schedule this fall opened an opportunity to ask a few guest editors to share work from different parts of the world, giving Lenscratch readers a fresh perspective on photography outside of the United States.  Next week Eleonora will be presenting photographers from Latin America, and in upcoming weeks, German photographer, Jacqueline Roberts, will be sharing work from European Photographers.  I can’t wait to see who they feature and learn more about global photography starting on Monday.  Thank you in advance to Eleonora and Jacqueline for all their efforts.

Eleonora Ronconi by Aline Smithson

Growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Eleonora tried to balance her love for the arts and sciences. She attended medical school for four years, but then had a change of heart and followed her entrepreneurial spirit and fluency in multiple languages to begin a career in conference interpreting. Her business has allowed her to travel extensively, and in 1998 she settled in Northern California and established her own interpreting company. Her photography has been a life long passion. Eleonora’s first solo exhibition was in her native Buenos Aires in 2009 and she has exhibited around the globe. Her work has been published by numerous magazines including Fraction and F-Stop.  She is best known for her project, Once Upon a Time, that deals with memory and loss. I am featuring her cell phone project, Fragmentos today.

image from Once Upon a Time
FRAGMENTOS 

These photos are part of an ongoing personal project about my childhood.

I have been living in California for 13 years and even though I visit Buenos Aires every year, this was the first time that I photographed there.

I have been going through a difficult transitional time, so I decided, on this visit, to go back to my roots and rebuild myself with a camera in hand. 

These images represent my past and symbolize ephemeral moments that developed right before my eyes, just like an old Polaroid photo. From the window of my now empty bedroom in the house where I grew up, to the fish head caught by my departed father, which sits on top of my aunt’s fridge, these photographs document the objects of my past that make up a puzzle I am trying to put together… 

I chose to use my iPhone camera because its small size and ease of use helps me stay in the moment with my surroundings. It also affords me spontaneity and the freedom to express my feelings right in that very moment.

I’ll Be Your Mirror curated by Jennifer Shaw

I’ve done a lot of writing and thinking about the idea of photographing family.  Never has the photo landscape been so rich with the genre of looking at family. As participant observers, living along side our subjects, we have to separate reality from artistic interpretation and the results are sometimes humorous, sometimes insightful, and sometimes incredibly poignant.  Even though these stories are personal, they are indeed, universal.  Photographer Phil Toledano has had millions of visitors to his site, Days with My Father, that looks at his father’s journey into dementia–a telling fact that we are hungry for visual stories about those under the same roof.

Curator Jennifer Shaw (dynamo Photo Nola organizer and a photographer in her own right) has just curated an exhibition on family for the HomeSpace Gallery in New Orleans.  I’ll Be Your Mirror, opening October 13th and running through November 8th,  is an exploration of family through the eyes of seven contemporary photographers:Angela Bacon-Kidwell, Laura Burlton, Warren Harold, Aline Smithson, Gordon Stettinius, Phil Toledano and Alison Wells. “All document a creative collaboration between family members and all are bound by a profound intimacy. As fathers, daughters, mothers, sons, these seven brave photographers reveal the beauty, chaos, heartbreak and humor inherent in family relations.”

Jennifer states: When Kevin Kline invited me to curate a show for HomeSpace I decided to use the opportunity to have a conversation about family, a topic both universal and entirely personal. I’ll Be Your Mirror brings together the work of seven photographers I deeply admire. It has been a pleasure and an honor working with each of the contributing artists.


Phil Toledano’s “Days
with My Father
” documents the relationship 
with his aging father over a
three-year period.
Gordon Stettinius’s images of his son Walker growing up capture the chaos and humor
of parenthood, from the perspective of a single father.

Angela Bacon-Kidwell’s
“Daily Sums” narrates one summer‘s worth
 of daily adventures with her son Bleu.

Alison Wells‘ 
“Time Flies” features small
and intimate portraits of her son and twin daughters, rendered in wet-plate
collodion. 
Warren Harold’s “Alternating Weekends” chronicle the post-divorce relationship with his young
son.

Laura Bulrton’s “Chalk
Dreams
” explore the fleeting moments and dreams of childhood – sometimes
filtered through a Grimm’s-like lens – in a collaborative process with her
daughters.

Aline Smithson’s “Arrangement in Green and Black:
Portraits of the Photographer’s Mother “ re-imagine Whistler’s Mother in a
series of unlikely costume changes, created in collaboration with her mother.

Lenscratch Opportunities

LENSCRATCH is creating exposure opportunities for photographers with group on-line exhibitions. Photographers will be allowed ONE entry per exhibition and ALL photographs will be published. I believe in having occasional unjurored opportunities that allow for community and conversation. Newsletter writing . International submissions are welcome!

Submission Guidelines:
Image size: 72dpi at 1000px on the long side, save as a jpg.
Send name, title, location (where you captured the image), and link to your work (website or other)
Example:
Aline Smithson, The Red Rose, Los Angeles, CA http://www.alinesmithson.com
In the subject of your e-mail, type the name of the exhibition (example:MASKS and COSTUMES) and e-mail to:
If your images are sized incorrectly or the submission is incomplete, they will not be posted.
Submission Categories and Due Dates:
Due Date: October 24th
MASKS and COSTUMES  Exhibition to run on October 31st.
Scarier the better!
Image by Aline Smithson
Due Date: November 15th
FAVORITE PETS and ANIMALS 
Exhibition to run on November 22nd (Thanksgiving)
To say thank you to that family member that seldom get recognized…feel free to send a few sentences about what makes them so special.
Check back for new opportunities….

I’ll Be Your Mirror

HomeSpace Presents:Ill Be Your Mirror (New Orleans, LA) HomeSpace Gallery is proud to present an exploration of family through the eyes of seven contemporary photographers. Ill Be Your Mirror features work by Angela Bacon-Kidwell, Laura Burlton, Warren Harold, Aline Smithson, Gordon Stettinius, Phil Toledano and Alison Wells. Web Design Tewkesbury . Blog Commenting . carrera de fotografia . Curated by Jennifer Shaw, the images include a variety of stylistic approaches, ranging from candid glimpses to staged allegories. All document a creative collaboration between family members and all are bound by a profound intimacy. As fathers, daughters, mothers, sons, these seven brave photographers reveal the beauty, chaos, heartbreak and humor inherent in family relations. The exhibition will be on display October 13 – November 18, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 13th, 6-9pm. Several of the contributing artists will be in attendance. HomeSpace is located at 1128 St. Roch Street in New Orleans St. Claude Arts District and is open Saturdays 12-5pm, Sundays 12-3pm, and by appointment.HomeSpace is proud to present an exhibition exploring family through the eyes of seven contemporary photographers. Featuring: Warren Harold – Alternating Weekends Laura Burlton – Chalk Dreams Alison Wells – small & intimate wet plate collodion portraits of her children sample attached belowAline Smithson – Arrangement in Green and Black: Portraits of the Photographer’s Mother Phil Toledano Days With My Father Gordon Stettinius sepia toned images of Walker growing up Angela Bacon-Kidwell – Daily Sums (new series) OR selection from Traveling Dreams (TBD by Monday)