3.31.2009

interview: andrew cutraro
















© andrew cutraro

My second interview is now posted on the Redux blog, with the photographer Andrew Cutraro. Andrew is the newest photographer to join the agency and has and thoughtful things to say about his work.

3.30.2009

within reach: burnt


















cookie after microwave incident © kjm

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]

3.27.2009

i love this photo, #28


















© Douglas Adesko

I love this photo by the photographer Douglas Adesko. I've been a fan of his work for a long time, most recently his series Family Meal. When I saw this picture on his website recently, I laughed out loud.

"The picture was supposed to be for my family holiday card this year - that's my wife and me in the street, and our daughter was going to be jumping over us on a motorcycle. But she chickened out at the last minute, so we were left with what you see, which I realized is a much more interesting picture anyway. But we never did get a holiday card out this year..."

3.25.2009

q/a
















© michael rubenstein

I've started a series of short interviews with fellow Redux photographers, which will appear weekly on the agency's blog. The first victim/volunteer to my line of questioning is Michael Rubenstein, a photographer based in Mumbai, India. Michael's website and blog are really fun to browse through, and you can read our conversation here.

3.23.2009

within reach: timely



















linus piggy bank © kjm

I wish there was a dramatic story behind my broken childhood piggy bank - like desperately wanting a new baseball glove, a gift for a cute girl, or R.E.M. Murmur. But alas, I think it was simply dropped.

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]

3.21.2009

collaboration

video
Extending Origins © Andrea Bartley/kjm

For the past month, I've been working on a collaborative project with Andrea Bartley, a talented and driven first-year photography student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Andrea is fortunate to be in a class of select freshmen taught by Jason Yi and Lynn Tomaszewski. As part of the class, students were paired with local artists to create a collaborative piece, which was displayed Friday night during a one-night event at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

We were asked to address the idea, "Does the person define the space, or does the space define the person?" At our first meeting, Andrea talked about the dramatic change from her mostly rural hometown to living in downtown Milwaukee. So we chose to address those two places, and the people from her past and present. It was exciting to tread on new ground - neither of us had worked collaboratively, or worked on video. The 4:18 minute video contains photos that were shot both in Zionsville, Indiana and Milwaukee - Andrea made the portraits and I shot the skies.

3.18.2009

within reach: thin



















hole in hotel soap bar © kjm

This never happens with Dove.

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]

3.16.2009

within reach: pairings



















smooth © kjm

My mom just returned from Hawaii with a suitcase full of hard-to-get-in-the-Midwest goodies. I now have two jars of jabotacaba and guava jellies, thanks to my Auntie Lyn. Cue the peanut butter.

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]

3.14.2009

within reach: condensation
























the front windowshade © kjm

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]

3.12.2009

american












© greg ruffing, left; kjm, right, from American Youth

A while back I mentioned a portrait series I was working on, photographing young Native Americans on the Oneida Nation reservation in northern Wisconsin. The photos were created for American Youth, a book produced by Redux Pictures, which will be available in May. The book numbers 240 pages, has work by 25 of the agency's photographers, and was edited by a group of accomplished magazine photo editors.

I don't talk too much about my editorial work here, but I couldn't do what I do without Redux - they're great people, and do a wonderful job of promoting my magazine work. And the truth is, I'm really a fan of many of the agency photographers, so to have work in a collective project makes me really proud.

For more info, check out the website and blog for the book.

3.11.2009

within reach: blue



















blueberries © kjm

I swear I had eaten these before leaving for Phoenix, but they were on the kitchen counter when I got home.

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]

3.09.2009

within reach: folds
























shower curtain in the morning sun © kjm

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]

3.07.2009

exit 253



















N. 82nd Avenue Location, #1
© kjm

A nice find this week in Merrillsville, Indiana - I've shot an empty Dairy Queen sign before, in Ajo, Arizona, but this was a newer version of the company's logo.

3.05.2009

as seen: glory, faded



















paint store sticker, chicago © kjm

3.03.2009

fast again























W. Peterson Avenue Location, #2 © kjm

Sebastian, one of the brains behind the building blocks of my website, recently tipped me off to an old Arby's in Chicago. Turns out, I had been there before, and photographed just the sign. But I was able to get an interior shot this time, and for his effort, I'll be mailing Sebastian a 38 booklet and print. Anyone else know of any buildings I haven't already shot?

3.01.2009

within reach: identity



















paper shredder window © kjm

[within reach is a series of photographs examining the environment of home in detail]