a book(let)

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For your consideration, a booklet and print.

This is something new for me, inspired by similar projects by online galleries and other photographers and unique to the wide reach and accessibility of blogs. I think the diminutive term "booklet" fits my offering well - both in the size of the piece and the spirit in which the pictures were created - these are small observations. (Besides, I feel kind of old when I hear myself say "zine.")

The thirty-eight color and b/w pictures are mostly singular images that I made and posted here on the blog, and not work from my larger projects (Camp Home, Early Places, or Fast Food).

Edition: 150 pairs available (54 remaining). Title: 38. Saddle stitched, 6x6". Print title: Cemetery Flowers, Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Digital c-print on Fuji crystal archive matte paper, 7x5.5".

Price: $27.00 (plus shipping)



North Milwaukee Avenue Location, #1 © kjm

Wanted: Help in finding locations of abandoned fast food restaurants.
What: Only the big chains. No Brat Barns, Sub Shanties or Tofu Huts, please.
Where: Anywhere in the U.S. considered! I'm willing to travel if the location can be combined with an assignment or a visit with nearby friends (I'm likely heading to Washington state for a ripe Taco Bell and a recently shuttered Burger King).
Who: Midwestern photographer who should spend a bit more time taking pictures and a bit less time writing his blo
Why: If you tip me off to a location that I end up photographing, I'll send you a copy of my soon-to-be-released booklet of personal photos (although your time is surely worth more).

[The Burger King, above, (graffiti on the windows and yet still one light on inside!) was spotted in Chicago by photographer Michelle Nolan.]



My nightstand is lousy with new photo books. In the stack, to be devoured in no particular order (but listed here clockwise from top):

[Manzanar] Architecture Double by Andrew Freeman
The catalog for FOTO: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945 (photo by Lotte Jacobi)
Allison V. Smith's second zine, An Issue With Lomos
The Castle & The Kingdom by Mikael Kennedy
Driftless: Photographs From Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier
The Polaroids by André Kertész
The catalog for the Archive Fever (photo by Fazal Sheikh)
Dog Days, Bogotá by Alec Soth

Note to self: Schedule time to curl up.



© kjm

I've been thinking a great deal about my website lately. Without buying too much into corporate-speak, I've started to view the site as my storefront. That's not to say I don't have some actual bricks and mortar that I pay a mortgage on, but the website is my one-stop shop for anyone looking to work with me. Luckily, the lights are always on, hopefully it's easy and fun to browse, and feels a bit like me. This blog is more like a peek in the back storage room, or maybe my thoughts on the daily commute to the day job.

Anyway, I've got new space.


within reach: 6:34 pm

bedroom window at dusk sunday © kjm

The days are getting longer.


don't miss it: listen

© david turnley

On the radio today: A really nice interview on The Story about this picture of the photographer Peter Turnley. And a piece about Robert Capa on On The Media.


early places: the rules

Four Square Court, Lincoln Playground, 2007 © kjm

I've been working like an e-dog for the past days - editing old assignments, searching for files and scanning film for possible inclusion on the new website (to be unveiled any day now!). This is an Early Places picture I scanned today showing the painted line of a Four Square court on my elementary school playground.

I remember that when you advanced to the A square in the game, you were able to call your own set of rules. I'm sure nowdays kids yell something slick, like, "Texas Hold 'Em!," but in my day, the default set of rules (unless you were a young dictator) were "Jenny Noble's Rules." Jenny Noble wasn't a student at our school - but likely some Four Square prodigy from days gone by - and for all we knew, she was married with kids by then. But whether she knew it or not, she still called the shots on a small corner of the playground.



349225 © kjm

I'm sticking with the 'someone else wrote this' theme.

I live next door to a hardware store, and the wind brings small bits of garbage from their dumpters to my property. Among these things, (besides lots of small Doritos bags, for some reason), are occasional small handwritten lists. I find them interesting, because they're such a big part of the hardware store experience - and have decided to start photographing them in detail.



summer camp birding list © kjm

Today, on a drive at dusk from Madison to Milwaukee, I saw two, nearly perfect v-shaped flocks of Canada Geese.

They were flying north.


he is sam

© kjm

I spent two days in Philadelphia catching up with friends Andrea and Colin and their charmer of a son, Sam. Lots of changes and potential and new beginnings in their lives right now, so it was a nice time to visit. And trust me when I say that Sam is every bit as cute and happy as the picture above suggests.


as seen: light

© kjm

A few of the Whitney Biennial installations were held at the Park Avenue Armory, an amazing Upper East Side building constructed in the 1870's. I dare say the building, with details like the hanging lamp above, was more compelling than the art.


as seen: street

Wet Plastic Bag + Metal Door © kjm

don't miss it: in the city

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In NYC for a few days as Marilu does studio visits and takes in the latest Whitney Biennial. Some highlights:

At MOMA, geek that I am, my first stop was a show called 50 Years of Helvetica. It was very small, though, just a corner of one of the design galleries. In Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, there were all kinds of good things. John Baldessari's photograph called Common Memory Colors, a beautiful Jennifer Bartlett, David Batchelor's Found Monochromes of London, and Jim Lambie's vinyl tape floor (iPhone self portrait, above.) I've always loved On Kawara's date paintings, but never had the chance to see the corresponding color chart journal, so that was a treat. The link above for the show is a nice online exhibit, where you can see everything I've just mentioned.

The Archive Fever show at ICP had beautiful photographs from Afghanistan by Fazal Sheikh. I'm not sure what I think of Sherrie Levine's straight appropriation of Walker Evans photos, but I'll need to read more about her in the catalog.

In Chelsea, Bruce Yonemoto's pictures at Alexander Gray - portraits of Asian American men dressed in Civil War uniforms; Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner - drawings, along with journal pages of sketches, sculptural dioramas, and even a scratchy film.

Lastly, Thomas Holten's show, The Lams of Ludlow Street at Sasha Wolf. The most memorable photo in the show (the third in the online gallery link) could tell the whole story on its own.

Whew. OK, today, it's on to the Whitney...


i love this photo, #18

Oil Self Portrait (2), 2007 © sonja thomsen

I love this photo by the photographer Sonja Thomsen. Sonja has been photographing ever-changing water surfaces for some time, and more recently began photographing oil. Of the oil pictures that include her own reflection, she notes that "photographing oil has been a challenge as it is essentially a black mirror. I decided to stop fighting my reflection and work with it. I have been interested in how the form mirrors the oil and how the shadow allows a look into the oil rather than the reflection of the sky."


within reach: unbleached

Coffee Filter © kjm