Archive for December, 2009

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Snapdragon Spotlight: Daniel Kariko

December 23, 2009

Snapdragon: I’d like to introduce Daniel Kariko – a fantastic photographer whose collection, “Storm Season”, is opening at Snapdragon Photography Gallery on Thursday evening, January 7.  Daniel received his Masters of Fine Arts in 2002 from Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been a faculty member at Florida State University in Tallahassee since 2002, where he teaches photography and digital imaging.  Welcome Daniel!

Daniel Kariko: Thank you Jennifer for this wonderful opportunity. This will be my first solo exhibition in Atlanta, and I am looking forward to sharing my work with new audience.

S: So tell us a little bit about yourself.  Where you are from, how long you have been taking pictures, and what led you down this path.

DK: I was born in former Yugoslavia, now Northern Serbia. I moved to the States in 1994, to study at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. That is where I started making photographs. I was studying to be a mechanical engineer, however, arts were more fun.

S: Tell us about your collection, “Storm Season”.

DK: This body of work coalesced from several different projects reaching as far back as 1999. I started taking photographs of South Louisiana’s Cajun culture and landscape it occupies. This project combines the cultural documentary with environmental concerns by presenting the Louisiana wetlands issues in context of our global cultural-environmental situation. Louisiana’s wetlands are the proverbial “canary in the mine” for the issues that are affecting the entire world.

S:  What drew you to this subject?

DK: I suppose I think of the disappearing landscape of Louisiana wetlands as a metaphor for my own country, which fell apart during the Balkan wars of the 90’s. This overarching theme is why I am attracted to photographing human-affected landscape.

S: Why did you choose Polaroid pinhole photography for your medium for this project?

DK: I first used this process after the hurricanes of 2005- Katrina and Rita. Up to that point I was photographing landscape using a digital camera, in a very objective, almost disassociated way. After the storms I realized that I would like to use a process that gave emotion to my work, as a conscious aesthetic choice, and created a more direct connection to the location. Polaroid images are developed right there, at the edge of the water, when I peel apart the positive and the negative of the sheet film.

S: Anything else you would like to share?  Any new projects in the works?

DK: I am constantly investigating how landscape defines the people who occupy it. Another long-term project I’ve been working on for the past couple of years is titled SpeculationWorld: Topography of Florida’s Real Estate Crisis. This work combines urban landscapes with aerial photographs of abandoned and foreclosed subdivisions in Florida, where I live.

S: Thank you for sharing with us.  I’m looking forward to the opening of your show!

Be sure to check out Daniel Kariko’s work at Snapdragon Photography Gallery.  The opening reception and artist talk is Thursday, January 7 from 6-9pm (artist talk begins at 7:30pm), and the show will run through the end of the month.

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Coming in January – Storm Season by Daniel Kariko

December 9, 2009

Daniel Kariko’s pinhole photographs were taken in Louisiana wetlands, in the aftermath of recent hurricanes. The Polaroid process was used in order to simplify the creation of the image, and more so, to truly develop the image at the location, giving the project a certain finality.

The barrier islands of Southeast Louisiana represent the “First Line of Defense” against hurricanes. Our often adversarial relationship with the world outside ultimately reveals our inability to adapt to the natural process. We stop the flooding of rivers by building levees, yet that destroys the wetlands that protect us from storm surges. These photographs set out to illustrate the results of such failed relations.

This work is striking in both content and presentation, and we are excited to showcase it at Snapdragon Photography Gallery in January.  The show opens on Thursday, January 7 from 6-9pm.  Daniel Kariko will be giving an artist talk at 7:30pm.  See you there!

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Thankful

December 1, 2009

The fall is a crazy time of year for portrait photographers – holiday cards, holiday pictures, holiday, holiday, holiday.  And in all of this craziness, it’s easy to lose sight of what I’m thankful for professionally.  So over Thanksgiving this year, I gave it some thought. . .

Number one, I absolutely love, adore and cherish my job.  And I am thankful for that.  It’s wonderful to wake up in the morning and look forward to the day ahead.  I’m thankful for baby fingers and toes.  For siblings that hug and kiss and act silly together.  I’m thankful for photoshop.  Very thankful.  I’m thankful for the cookies I keep in my freezer at the gallery.  I’m eating one now.  I’ll also be thankful when they’re gone.

I’m thankful for my amazing assistant who has made my life easier and more joyful.  I’m thankful for my intern who makes me appreciate learning and growing.  I’m thankful for my amazing clients.  We laugh, we share war stories, we become friends.

I’m thankful for my lollipop jar and parents who are pro-bribes.  I’m thankful for my potty word ABC song that gets smiles and laughs from all the kids who aren’t afraid they are going to get in trouble for hearing potty words.

I’m thankful for beautiful, glowing, pregnant women and the partners who support them.  I’m thankful for new moms and experienced moms and everyone who trust me to capture a special moment in time.

I’m thankful to all of you for being a part of my life and giving me an opportunity to do what I love.