i think about portraits a lot. it’s a special thing when one catches my eye, and i’ve always been drawn to this one by maude clay. it’s portrait of william eggleston, camera in hand. it’s no secret that people tend to shine when they are doing their thing, but i imagine that taking a portrait of a photographer isn’t the easiest move, regardless. my obsession with this image prompted me to daydream about what a glorious challenge such a project would be: portraits of photographers! turns out that stuart plinkington, a curator in london, beat me to the punch with his next-level version that involves photographers from all over the world. he calls it “the swap.”
when stuart contacted me about participating in the swap, maude’s portrait of william immediately came to mind. i suggested that maude and i be a pairing. i figured it was a long shot, but as luck would have it, stuart had just been corresponding with maude that very same day, and she had agreed to participate.
when i researched maude, i was amazed to see that she lives in a small town in mississippi, just minutes from the spot where my mother lived for the last 15 years. my mother recently relocated to california, so knowing that i wouldn’t be visiting mississippi anytime soon, i wrote to maude with some words of praise and a brief tale of our almost-connection.
this is where it gets really good. maude responded that she was planning to visit the bay area the following week, and we made a date to meet in the redwoods. cheers to a serendipitous encounter, maude’s portrait of william, stuart’s project, and a little perseverance. here’s my maude and here’s her me.
here are a few favorite vignettes of the opening ceremony that took place on september 14, 2013 (plenty more here).
tucked in the eucalyptus grove
behind the remarkable presidio cemetery
david and colter jacobsen
the drawing will remain in the presidio until november 22, 2013. it’s an amazing thing to stumble upon, and an even more amazing destination.
i am thrilled to share what happened when sam, felix and i embarked on the journey.
the trailhead in front of SFMOMA
and … i saved the best for last. ready for sam fleischner‘s incredible short film?
it is with great pleasure that i announce the opening reception for my show: a collection of photographs inspired by what cézanne called “petite sensation,” the suddenness of seeing the world around you.
the images live inside of handmade frames, designed and created by jason libsch here in our woodshop. the frames are things of beauty: white-washed poplar, with a deep profile, thin face and finger joints. designed to disappear, the slim nature of the frame contrasts beautifully with the 5′ photographs.
SHOW RUNS SEPTEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 2, 2013
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013
7 – 9PM
2239 FILLMORE STREET, SAN FRANCISCO
if you’d like to receive one of these printed cards in the mail, let me know and i’d be happy to send it along.
i also made a set of offset-printed postcards to accompany the show. it is a limited edition of 500, hand-numbered.
my cats, fripp and eno, were unwilling participants in my impromptu backyard photo shoot yesterday. i was just looking for an interesting way to share the holographic foil stamp on the packaging, something i’m really excited about.
i’ll have discounted sets available for purchase at the opening and beyond that, find them at some of my favorite san francisco shoppes: gravel and gold, foggy notion, rare device and flora grubb gardens. on the east side of the bay, they’ll be at james rowland shop and erica tanov.