CHUNGKING STUDIO'S "PHOTO OF THE YEAR"

December 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

CHUNGKING STUDIO’S “PHOTO OF THE YEAR”

 

December is upon us and it’s busier than Santa’s workshop here preparing prints for my hotly anticipated show It’s a Mess Without You, opening February 18 at Porch Gallery - Ojai. The solo exhibit will feature new work from my Desert Windows series, as well as the eponymous image that seems to have captured everyone’s imagination.

 

It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco California – 2011It's a Mess Without You! – Cinco, California – 2011First printed: 2014 (single exposure/not composited)

I'd been documenting the abandoned trailer homes at this site for three years before capturing this image. The same room appears in an earlier photograph Desert Kitchen - Cinco, California - 2010 before the sink was pried out and some unknown person was moved to add a memorable epitaph to the scene. As a documentary photographer, I only bear witness to the aftermath of such events, wondering like you, who may have spray-painted the message, and for what intended audience. A couple of months later, the entire property was razed and fenced off to make way for an industrial-scale solar installation.

"It's a Mess Without You!" - Cinco, CA - 2011


The photo is currently on exhibit at The Main Museum. If you haven’t checked out Downtown LA’s newest cultural nexus, the inaugural art installation runs through December 18, highlighting work from the legendary neighborhood’s creative denizens.

It’s a Mess Without You! will also be on view at Photo LA (January 12-15) as one of 20 finalists for the FOCUS Award. Wish me luck! And speaking of Photo LA, starting this year they’ve aligned with Month of Photography LA to create CONVERGE. In the spirit of all that, I also have work in the MOPLA-curated group show happening at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood January 19-30.

Finally, since UPS trucks are our modern-day sleighs, I’ve selected a semi as December’s Photo of the Month:

 

Passing the Truck with Lights All Around - Twentynine Palms Highway - Morongo Valley, CA - 2015Passing the Truck with Lights All Around – Morongo Valley, California – 2015First printed: 2016

Passing the Truck with Lights All Around - Twentynine Palms Highway - Morongo Valley, CA - 2015


This festive image from my Flirting with Disaster series is available for purchase at 20% off directly from Chungking Studio in either large (24x36") or medium-size (17x22”) limited edition prints through December 31. Please contact us for details.

 

Happy holidays. And see you on the Porch!

 

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