Tuesday, November 25, 2008

new series starting

the beginning
The Beginning
20x30 Digital Inkjet Print

   This is the start of my last project for the semester. I have no idea where I am going with it, but this is my favorite image that I have made yet. Seems like I keep producing better and better images every time. Hopefully I can keep that up.

Monday, November 17, 2008

is frank an alien?

I'd like to tell you a story. It's a story that begins in a disjointed fashion, but I think that's often how life works.
The other night as I was walking, I saw a strange and mysterious sight. It was amazing to behold, my brain and mind tried to tell me my eyes were lying, but as a photographer, what can I trust if not my eyes? Imagine that I had my camera with me, and I captured this glimpse of a man whose identity I (and you) was soon to discover.

As I am sure you can imagine, the sight I beheld was one terrifying. Even being the nerd I am, I was quite beside myself, and then it happened. As it began to walk towards me, the feeling that churned within my body came to light. Amazing and appalling I saw myself approach me.

Nothing could have prepared me for the shock that followed. To tell you the truth I don't even quite remember. It may be that I passed out, it may be that my memory was adjusted, I must say I am not sure.
I somehow made my way home, and decided to try to keep on going, acting as if nothing had happened, afterall, I have had dreams before... was this real?
I don't know how, but it seems my doppleganger has arisen. It's too early to tell if he's friendly or what his intentions are. I realize you may be confused, let me try to fix that. In my delerium of trying to operate the large format camera, and trying to make weighted decisions, he came back. One second I am typing and fretting, and all of a sudden he's there. Wearing my pants? and my shoes? Wtf? He says, "you must find me a name!" Beset by his appearance in SA room 311, I oblige and show him a name database online(Lucky thing i actually had wireless!)

He chose Frank. Is Frank an alien? Or is he me? I have a feeling that only more questions will arise, and this disjointed story that is my life will continue to get weirder as he jumps in and out of my life.

If you will make a leap with me, and get ready to suspend your belief for a time, I would love you to join me in an adventure. An adventure to discover this new person.

And that leap my friends is where you come into the picture. I need your help. This story will continue with your ideas! Who is Frank? Who am I? What kind of adventures can happen between myself and this "doppleganger?" of mine. My posts will be determined by the ammount of feedback that is generated, and if you would be so kind as to send input, we'll all see what happens...

if this intrigues you, or even if hate or love it, please send all feedback and ideas to

from now on, further additions to the story will appear on franksanalien.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 6, 2008

student show

so I got some photo work into my school's annual (36th!) Juried Art Exhibition. I am unsure yet which photo I got into the show, but either way it is rather exciting.
THe juror for the show was Daniel Keegan, Director for the Milwaukee Art Museum. SO that's a pretty cool deal, he gave a talk about the art world, and how the market works, and I even got to talk to him one on one for a bit.
So I think it's possible for me to make it. I think I will still most likely teach, but his talk, as jaded as it was about the system, was kind of encouraging. Apparently it takes great people skills, and building relationships, and I am pretty good at that. SO yeah, art world here I come (=
No photo today, but I may post some soon. I am off to Chicago with fellow art students from UWGB for a scuttle about the city and the world of museums. SHould be great, I've only been to one decent museum so I am pretty excited!