Friday, March 26, 2010

SPE Northeast region, news

At the national Society of Photographic Education (SPE) meeting in Philadelphia earlier this month, Bruce was elected chair of the Northeast Region! He is very excited and hopes to rally the troops!

SPE has made a tremendous difference in Bruce's life. It blows my mind to think that in 2005 he nervously came with me to Chicago. Reviews filled up, but he brought his portfolio anyways and ended up showing it to tons of people, making lots of connections, and meeting many new friends. Just 5 years later, he has his MFA and is an Assistant Professor at NEIA!

For those in the Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT), please join the facebook group here and watch for good things to come!

ABOVE: SPE pic of Bruce with his color checker t-shirt I bought him for his birthday along with RISD students and the amazing Henry Horenstein, all at the legendary dance party. Bruce will be teaching a section of large format/view camera at RISD again in the fall.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Harnessing positive energy, David Prifti

I want to take a moment to blog about an amazing person, David Prifti. David has been battling pancreatic cancer and tomorrow he will have intraoperative radiation. I know that I along with so many people he has touched are sending heaps of collective positive energy his way. If anyone can beat this, David can.

I showed David's liquid emulsion work at the PRC in Contemporary Vernacular in 2004/2005. As he is often wont to say, although he went to Yale, he's still a kid from Worcester. A high school photo teacher by day, David readily gives of himself and he always generously opened his studio to my Art Institute of Boston Professional Directions classes (replete with lemonade and cookies). He spoke to the students about balancing one's life and work and gave them what is perhaps the best piece of advice for an artist: do something everyday, no matter how small, for your art.

For those who don't know David, I hope you take a minute today or tomorrow to ponder a favorite teacher and add a little positive energy back into the universe. The impact that educators make on our lives is immeasurable.

Check out more of his awesome work on his website.

UPDATE - GOOD NEWS! The surgery went well. Now let's keep up the positive vibes!

ABOVE: David Prifti, Assabet River, from Trees