Throughout July I've got a solo show running at Pearl River Public Library. Family, Friends, Artists & Artisans is a collection of portraits taken over the past 3 years. Preview the show at this link: http://johnaiello.zenfolio.com/p896288015
We're all 50 this year, the whole class. Some of us have been luckier than others. Some of us are gone. It'll be interesting to find out what 30 years has done to the rest of us.
Maybe to avert or soften the blow of an impending (late-)mid-life crisis, came up with this project of reshooting my HS yearbook. Nervous about it already, but head is now spinning on this project rather than hair loss, etc. Starting in a week. Just a few sketches to show for it so far.
Sometime in November my Mac collapsed under the weight of over 10,000 photographs, all taken within the last twelve months. Pictures of old friends posed as apostles, pictures of monks, priests, a gravel quarry in fog, an abandoned psychiatric hospital, the back kitchen of a Chinese restaurant, a bee keeper, a harpist, a zen drummer, a barber and his son, 350 Read posters, macro shots of fingers, flowers, food, shots from the plane window, the cloisters, the met, my wife, the kids, trees, the hudson - all of my world, essentially.
All of my world, but clearer than before, lingered over, considered as abstraction and as reality. My world and the light that touches it: morning light, dusk, flash light, bug lights, lights covered by blue tupperware containers, window light. And then all of my world re-examined on the screen. 418 people in the Read posters, each face looked over closely, the old ones smoothed a bit, the young ones cleaned of dirt and mucus.
Things never before considered suddenly becoming obsessions: fashion photography, Avedon, Beaton, Penn, Nick Knight. Food photography. Looking, looking, looking.