Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri

Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri

There is a dreaminess awaking from winter into spring.

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Evening Commute, 1604

Evening Commute, 1604

A long exposure gives the opportunity to see a span of time in one image. It is an interesting thought that in a still scene you see time passing, seconds recorded as they were on a sensor, expressed as continuous movement.

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Missouri Memory at Dawn

Missouri Memory at Dawn

The space between memories and dreams lingers in the fog of recollection, of piecing together visual cues and the time that has passed. There is a softness and subtlety to telling those stories.

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Neighborhood Walmart, 2013

Neighborhood Walmart, 2013

I had a “Warhol-ian” experience at Walmart the other day. The bright colors, the repetition, the sheer amount of product; all of these things inspired me to create photographs that reflected that feeling of standing in the aisle, looking at stocked shelves, and evaluating visual information.

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Kansas City, September 2013

Kansas City, September 2013

The idea with this photograph was to create an experience of looking by using abrupt shifts between elements of the image with the intent to create a dialogue between the eye and the object.

Reviving my blog life.

I was recently encouraged to revive my blog by a friend, in a way to explore the work I have been making and a way to encourage myself to continue to create work on a daily basis. Every previous post to this one was made when I was a sophomore in college, and then my blog was called “The College Kid.” It is mainly about media and things I was interested in and thought that my peers would also enjoy, but this College Kid has been out in the real world for a few years now and it’s time that my blog graduated as well.

Now, as a graduate, my web presence has a different purpose. “The Wandering Graduate” will be a place for me to post new work and express my experiences and ideas as I am making new work and engaging in a new environment. 

 

Facebook: The Ultimate Timesuck

It is common to sign on to Facebook to “check things out” and end up signing off 30 minutes later. With hundreds of friends and acquaintances to keep up with to the recently popular  Snake app, Facebook is like a black hole for your brain.

Most likely the most popular website of all time, Facebook serves two purposes, to keep you connected and also distracted. It is easy to get sucked into a photo album, even of someone you vaguely know and have little real life interaction with. Also, Facebook creates these interesting social situations where you can’t really remember if you know a nugget of truth about someone because they once told you about it or if you dug it up on their profile page. And if you did dig it up on their Facebook is it appropriate to bring up in common face-to-face conversation? Facebook is also rewriting the rules of dating. Friending has replaced the ultimate question of “how long should I wait to call?” Now it is “would it be weird if I friended them this soon?”

Facebook is the ultimate social network and is reshaping how people socialize in general. How we speak (terms like friended and tagged were virtually nonexistent in their current form 10 years ago), how we communicate with one another and how we follow all of our favorite things.

Text Message Typos

Recently I was directed to damnyouautocorrect.com, a hilarious collection of text messaging mistakes. With the popularity of touchscreen cell phones, the opportunity for messed up messaging is endless. The best part about it all is that it is totally by accident, unlike other funny text messaging sites like Texts From Last Night.

It is a great place on the web to stop by to distract yourself from that daunting paper, but beware it is addicting and can steal more time than you originally intended to waste.

An Interesting Comparison Between Zombies and Voicemail

Zombieland was released in 2009.

Zombies are relentless, monotonous and pretty reliable, well reliably consistent. The way you fight zombies hasn’t changed since their creation in the fiction world and that is reassuring. It is a plan and attack type situation, one down, a million to go, much like daily monotonous tasks, like checking e-mail.

In Chuck Klosterman’s New York Times article, My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead, he talks about how the action of killing off zombies is much like the action of task killing, and that is why we as humans are comfortable and attracted to the zombie phenomenon. It is consistent, Klosterman writes, “If there’s one thing we all understand about zombie killing, it’s that the act is uncomplicated: you blast one in the brain from point-blank range (preferably with a shotgun).”

This comparison is really clever. Never before would I think of comparing decomposing, undead monsters to finishing up that lingering homework assignment. The general zombie story remains the same in most accounts, unlike and especially recent, vampire depictions. In a strange way an audience is comfortable with zombies, as if they present a certain danger, and severely gross appearance, but that danger can be easily diverted by following the zombie killing protocol. Like tackling assignments at school, zombie killing is annoying but doable.