Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Last chance to vote for me for the next issue of JPG. You know I love you guys.

On the subject of loving you guys, I can’t believe I somehow ended up with ten dollars over expenses. I just wanted to cover em, but it seems I’ve some how made some bucks sending out business cards. Don’t think for a moment I don’t see the irony. And don’t worry, I’ll use it to buy film.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:59 pm  

Monday, February 11, 2008

I am so tired right now. You have no idea how tired I am right now.
I was up all last night working on submissions and Fashion Haus work, and then today I had the most inane bureaucratic runaround trying to register for classes.
Since they changed the photography curriculum and I’m a transfer, I just get fucked every time I try to take a class. It’s ridiculous. And I have to keep at it tomorrow.
I just have to shove exemption and prerequisite waver forms in people’s faces, run across the city to get another signature, go back, repeat. All because someone can’t just press a button in the computer, without signed paper in triplicate.

This weekend I had to make 60 prints and 50 sheets. Today I matted a print, dealt with my business card reprints, printed and packaged submissions for three publications, went to two classes, dealt with most of the registering nonsense, met with the graphic designer for Fashion Haus, went to pick up the print, of course the matting wasn’t done… tomorrow I have to finish half the stuff that was supposed to get done today. It seems like I somehow manage to be on time for everything, but no matter what, I’ll never be able to plan for everyone else being a few hours behind, or simply bogged down in some paperwork ruled mess. I’m really not sure if we’ve figured this whole functioning society thing out, guys.

Oh, speaking of that fashion haus stuff, here’s something I accidentally shat out when I screwed up with the magic wand tool, while I was trying to create a rough draft for a design so I could show someone online. Someone will complain that it is too big, and I really won’t care, because I’m just so tired. Deal. It’s the internet. Scroll down.

Kitschy shlock. Oops.

I’m going to crawl somewhere and dream about making grumpy Beckett inspired art.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 12:11 pm  

Sunday, February 10, 2008


posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 4:22 pm  

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Here are some picture from the park, before I shot that Fashion Haus picnic promo shot.

I suppose I’m getting a lot done, but I’m extremely lonely. Being productive is lonely. I suppose that’s the curse of the workaholic, right?
I don’t feel like I’m addicted to working, but it seems like I’ve always got a huge amount of things I need to do.
My good friends have always been ones who I could hang out with while working. I’m trying to slow production of new work to make room for
finishing old work, but I don’t really have that luxury. I’ve got to shoot more for my classes and for Fashion Haus (which I just shot two rolls for today),
but I need to get the older work together for one of my other classes.
I’ve got 70 gigs of scans now that I’ve got to get in some kind of order.

The idea of producing seems to be ok, if you have some kind of end, a point where you can sit back and look at what you’ve done and appreciate it.
As it is, I feel like I’m not finished because I don’t have anything concrete, not often. This quarter I’m supposed to end up with two commercially bound books at the end,
but I know I’m just going to feel those are rough drafts.

I’m supposed to be finding a side job so I can have a steady income and not be homeless this summer, but I’m not sure how I’m going to do that when my every free minute is
sucked up by the work I’m already doing. On the bright side, I’ve had a couple jobs and print sales, and Fashion Haus pays for all my film and developing for their work.
Hopefully I can finish up the bulk of it by the end of this quarter.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:45 pm  

Friday, February 8, 2008

I know I didn’t post these dorm meeting snapshots.

The bad thing about scheduling shoots for friday morning is that they come right after thursday nights. SCAD kids know what I’m talking about.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:35 am  

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Why am I so tired all the time? I don’t get it. I’m not unhappy, underfed, unmotivated, etc. I’m just tired.
Ah well.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:59 am  

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Birthday was pretty great. Simple, but good. The day was beautiful and I pretended that it was just because it was my birthday. I biked around in a t-shirt, running errands.
Scanned a fair amount of negatives, nowhere near my goal of course, but mainly because I was treated to a great lunch at Sweat Leaf (highly recommended) and then some pals came over, baked a cake, and my roommate ordered pizza. Pretty good.

Sometimes I feel like I have to stop taking photographs, because I don’t want to live my own life vicariously through myself!

Here is a quote from a story a classmate of mine photocopied for me because it reminded her of a discussion we’d had:

Italo Calvino – Adventures Of A Photographer – 1955

“… Because once you’ve begun,” he would preach, “there is no reason why you should stop. The line between the reality that is photographed because it seems so beautiful to us and the reality that seems beautiful because it has been photographed is very narrow. If you take a picture of Pierluca because he’s building a sand castle, there is no reason not to take his picture while he’s crying because the sand castle has collapsed, and then while the nurse consoles him by helping him find a sea shell in the sand. The minute you start saying something, ‘Ah, how beautiful! We must photograph it!’ you are already close to the view of the person who thinks that everything that is not photographed is lost, as if it had never existed, and that therefore, in order really to live, you must photograph as much as you can, and to photograph as much as you can you must either live in the most photographable way possible, or else consider photographable every moment of your life. The first course leads to stupidity; the second to madness.”

Sometimes I do feel that I’m surely going mad.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 5:29 pm  

Monday, February 4, 2008

I’m in Israel in my head. It’s my birthday today, by the way. I’m 22.
People keep asking if I have any plans, but I haven’t really made any.
I mean, it’s tuesday. I’m meeting a client, scanning negatives, and hopefully having a good lunch.
Last year I went to the hospital. Oops.

Oh, regarding the credit card fraud, in the interests of trying to figure out what’s going on I started a facebook group.
At least three people have mentioned themselves or someone they know as another victim. Maybe one of our banks will figure the damn thing out.
They would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for us meddling kids.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 7:44 pm  

Monday, February 4, 2008

This whole fraud fiasco is just in time, I’m starting to run out of room from scanning negatives and am badly in need of another drive, and I’ve still got -300 in my damn account. They said saturday, then monday, and now tuesday. Lets hope that’s fucking true. Even so, I’ll only be able to use paypal because I don’t have a new card yet. Blahhhh.

Anyway, I’ve awkwardly (and temporarily) rearranged some files and will spend all day tomorrow scanning, which will be a good use of the day, I think.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 11:37 am  

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Beth visited! Best friends!

I’m thinking about how I want to price my work. Or, more appropriately, not price my work. I don’t want to sell prints. But I do know that when people appreciate something that you create, they want to support you. I want to support other people, all the time. So I think I’ll sell my rent. Something like that. For example, instead of selling a large print for 500 dollars, I will let someone pay my rent that month, which is about the same. Then I will give them a print. Or some other work that they’ve showed interest in. That’s how I think about it anyway, when someone gives me money. Maybe it’s just pedantic, but it feels important to me.

The future of the creative world has been shown by people like the guys at Penny-Arcade or Radiohead, people supporting artists they appreciate in order to keep them creating, even though they’re already getting the creations for free (I’m posting my work up on the internet, for example.)

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 6:50 am  

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