Going a bit viral

So outside my serious work, I like to have fun and stage a Christmas card photo each year. They've evolved from my rowdy college days into a bit more tableau-like with the dark comedy I love. Last night I threw the last 4 years into an imgur gallery and submitted them to Reddit. 

 

19 hours later I peaked at #3 on r/funny with over 27,000 votes and was #9 overall on Reddit. Bigger than that, each image has over 600,000 views on imgur (and I've used almost half a terabyte of their bandwidth--yikes!)

 

So in the spirit of the holidays, enjoy a weird project from my younger days:

here's the imgur gallery 

here's the reddit thread

 

PS: 3 (serious) new projects coming soon!

"Seeing the Light" with Joel Meyerowitz and Phoozl.com

When I was in graduate school, my mentor Tim Fuller introduced me to the work of Joel Meyerowitz. I fell in love with Joel's Cape Cod series and the way the light in his photographs became a subject of its own. His influence is a strong presence in my own portfolio.

Unfortunately Tim passed away in 2010, but I know he'd be proud of my work taking both 3rd place and an Honorable Mention for Best Interior in Phoozl.com's "Seeing the Light" contest, which was curated by Meyerowitz himself. I'm told that out of a few thousand entries, I'm the only one to get two into the winner's circle. 

 

About my photo, "The Oak St Basement", Meyerowitz had this to say:

This image is many things all at once: a mystery, with a touch of malevolence, a surprise, in the way it works on the mind’s eye, and a description of a place at that in-between hour when ordinary things take on an uncertain character. The French have a name for this hour; “Entre Chien et Loup” between the dog and the wolf. I have always seen that to mean, ‘between the known and the unknown,’ which is certainly the case with this photograph.

 

It's an immense honor to have Meyerowitz speak about my work, and I know wherever he is, Tim's pretty proud right now.

Previous Exhibitions

The old JohnCessna.com had its own exhibition page, but I felt like incorporating it into the blog would be a good step on the new site. And most likely I'll be a bit better when it comes to updates! With that in mind, I wanted to share a few older shows with you guys.

Gardens and Machines: The Suburban Life (featuring the Perverted Prius series)

Greener Grass (a temporary exhibition that toured across the country)

Keywords (in which I tried a new mounting technique with some Holga work)

You can also view a video of the Keywords show done by my friend Will Cabral:

And of course, the work from my MFA show can always be viewed on OakAndTardis.com

New Site Design

With Apple closing MobileMe, and the site being several years old, it was time for a redesign and update. Everything is still new, and there's a lot of content yet to fill in, but welcome to the new JohnCessna.com!