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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Dispatch from graduate school

We're midway through Bruce's first semester in the MFA program at UConn. He is swamped, but he loves it. I don't see him much, maybe Friday through Monday, but even that has been decreasing. Is there a support group for significant others who have a loved one in graduate school - i.e., grad school widows? (The tables will likely be flipped when I *hopefully* venture off myself someday.) On another note, it's pretty fascinating to watch a close one go through such a transformation.

Today, Bruce had his midterm crits and I drove down for dinner when they were done. It went well! Above, I have posted some of his critted work and below, one of his newest images on the 40th parallel, 97 West. Bruce recently was a visiting artist at Metropolitan College in Nebraska (this community college has over 200 photo majors!). While there, he visited 4 points on the 40th (95,96, 97, and 98) and the sixth principal meridian. They are some of the best 40th pics he's made yet--all made in the rain. A new looseness pervades them, especially this one in which he didn't clean the rain drop off of his lens (on purpose).

Oh, and as you can see above, these images are all single images; there is only one triptych/panorama, and it's a vertical one! In school he is investigating other, more emotional issues, but with the same signature Bruce preciseness, yet in a different way, such as a series of all the men in his family and view FROM the 16 place he's lived in Massachusetts TO where we live now. Congrats to all! Maybe I will see him at Christmas...

6 comments:

Matthew Nash said...

Yay Bruce!
I'm really excited to see the new images - please post when/where they can be found. The "new looseness" sounds like a great new development.

LKB said...

Matt - Thanks for your comment! Sure, I'll let you know when they are posted online. I got an advanced copy :)

Here is one pic, maybe not quite loose, but different, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leslieandbruce/1394222598/

LKB said...

By not loose, I meant it's a rock! Better go to bed, game's over now!

jeremias said...

Wow, 200 majors! That's wild stuff... like the new stuff... or at least the chatting about it... I wanna see it bigger! I'm trying to convince Rachel into letting me get an 8x10... what would bruce say?

LKB said...

Bruce says go for it!

pitchertaker said...

Yeah, it's a rock, but it's a nice rock. Congrats to Bruce on a good start and gettin' halfway through the first semester. Those men folk pics are most interesting when seen side-by-sde. When you think about it, that rock sorta' looks like a family member, also.

P'taker