I shot this 8×10 metal wet-plate of Dustin a few weeks ago. I shot it with the intention of doing this picture, but just now getting around to it. I saw it in my head. Tonight I shot some stuff in my neighborhood, and just started combining and bleaching.
I was leaving the Dumbo Arts Fair today, walking down the steps of the F Train at the York stop. This woman was in front of me, walking very slowly. Of course I got a little impatient, then I noticed her little dog over her shoulder. When I got to the bottom of the stairs, I also noticed she was traveling with a caregiver. The woman had great style — a pink skirt, a red and white top, and yellow and red sneakers. Spunky. I asked to shoot her portrait once we got down to the platform. Very nice lady with great face, but the dog had zero interest in the whole affair — was ready to get on the train and get home.
Caution: pretty intense video. Be warned. This is Chris Jordan’s documentary on how birds eat plastic bottle caps and bags, and it gets caught in their system. I tried to not take home these plastic bags from the deli any more.
(Excerpt from Living Buddha, Living Christ. I read this on my phone, on the train, in the mornings. Sets the day. -MT)
5. Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I vow to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being, and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicant or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain TV programs, magazines, books, films, and conversations. I am aware that to damage my body or my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society, and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion in myself and in society by practicing a diet for myself and for society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self-transformation and for the transformation of society.
In modern life, people think that their body belongs to them and they can do anything they want to it. When they make such a determination, the law supports them. This is one of the manifestations of individualism. But, according to the teachings of emptiness, non-self, and interbeing, your body is not yours alone. It also belongs to your ancestors, your parents, future generations, and all other living beings. Everything, even the trees and the clouds, has come together to bring about the presence of your body. Keeping your body healthy is the best way to express your gratitude to the whole cosmos, to all ancestors, and also not to betray future generations. You practice this precept for everyone. If you are healthy, everyone can benefit from it. When you are able to get out of the shell of your small self, you will see that you are interrelated to everyone and everything, that your every act is linked with the whole of humankind and the whole cosmos. To keep yourself healthy in body and mind is to be kind to all beings. The Fifth Precept is about health and healing.
Hanh, Thich Nhat (2007-03-06). Living Buddha, Living Christ 10th Anniversary Edition (Kindle Locations 1117-1122). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
Hopped the MetroNorth upstate to the Hudson Vallery area to Dia Beacon, about 80 miles north of the city. 240,000 square feet of modern art. It was an old Nabisco box-printing factory building. Only photographed part of it before security nabbed me. Missed the giant Warhol room. The whole museum was a giant meditation in white, especially the Richard Ryman area. Also passed this incredible rotting site called Bannerman’s Castle, on an island in the Hudson, seen from the train window.
Loved the eyeball in the bark of this tree today, on the grounds of Wave Hill, in the Bronx. Second annual AIM Biennial. Wet-plate work by Lisa Elmaleh, and my favorite piece was “Joist”, by Jessica Sanders — pieces of deteriorating wax.
Lisa Elmaleh, 8×10 collodion
Grounds of Wave Hill
I’m now the king of searching for wet-plate space in Brooklyn. Here’s a potential studio building, today, off the Graham stop of the L. Reminds me of the electricity riggings in New Delhi, or that old Werthan building in Nashville. It’s a Fire Marshall’s wet dream. I found it oddly pretty, with that window light.
Good show of Hank Willis Thomas new work at Jack Shainman in Chelsea. I shot this bad iphone video today, trying to show how the glass diffuses the images in the five frames, as you walk left to right. Each of the five images were about 30″x40″, butted together. The glass or plastic did that effect where Jesus opens and closes his eyes. In the back room was a video piece of five monitors — interviews with black men about race. I could have stayed all day and watched it. Here’s another link to show more of the (strong) work. Chelsea, between about 22nd and 26th, is like a Masters Program; just walking the streets and ducking into galleries.