Thursday, December 22, 2011

happy holidays

from the bulb family to yours...

unintentional photographic education

after more than two years of waiting for me to duck under fences
and watching me photograph many a squished creature,
its seems that my banker has picked up a few things from this photographer.

he came back from his annual fall hunting trip with some hauntingly beautiful images...
(these aren't for the faint of heart, but they really are quite lovely)

ps- don't forget about the resolution challenge!

images by bob stanier

Thursday, December 8, 2011

a new year's photo challenge: "resolution"

before all of my student followers leave school for the year,
i thought i'd get the next photo challenge up and running
so they have something to do over their winter break!

this challenge is inspired by the impending new year 
and all of the meaning that we associate with such an occasion. 
"resolution" is a word that carries a lot of power
and has significance in the world of photography.

interpret the theme as you wish and 
make beautiful images that illustrate your concepts!

this competition is open to photographers of all levels
using all manner of photographic media...
feel free to use film, digital slrs, alternative processes, camera phones and photo editing software!
have fun exploring your resolution!
(there are two categories to ensure that professors aren't competing with their students)

submission guidelines:
*images should be resized to 8 inches on the longest side at 72 dpi (roughly 900k)
*files should be flattened jpegs
*files should be labeled with your first and last name and numbered (mine would be SarahBaron1.jpg)
*email submissions to with the word "resolution" in the subject line
*in your email, specify either the "Student/Amateur" or "Professional" category

*please limit your submissions to 3 per person

**the deadline for submissions is January 20, 2012!

the submissions will be curated by bulb staff and presented in an online exhibition.
this exhibition will be posted to the blog by January 27th.
the juror will then judge the images and choose two "winners" from each category.
winning photographers will receive a feature on bulb!

the guest juror for this bulb challenge is salma t khalil.
salma khalil is the co-owner of feather creative, a boutique new york-based post production studio
that specializes in photo retouching and exhibition printing. 
in her personal work, ms. khalil is interested in exploring the facets that comprise our identities 
and what forms our definition of home and family.

salma is an immigrant to the united states from alexandria, egypt. 
she has an mfa in photography from pratt institute in brooklyn and 
a ba in journalism from the george washington university in washington, dc. 
she currently lives and works in brooklyn, new york. 

her work can be viewed on her websites and blogs: ... this one is called "resolution", so she is an expert!


a formal expression of opinion or intention made, usuallyafter voting, by a formal organization
a legislature, a club,or other group. Compare concurrent resolutionjoint resolution.
a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to dosomething.
the act of resolving or determining upon an action or courseof action, method, procedure, etc.
the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute;firmness of purpose.
the act or process of resolving or separating into constituentor elementary parts.
the resulting state.
Optics the act, process, or capability of distinguishingbetween two separate but adjacent objects or sources 
of light or between two nearly equal wavelengths. Compare resolving power.
a solution, accommodation, or settling of a problem,controversy, etc.
Music .
the progression of a voice part or of the harmony as awhole from a dissonance to a consonance.
the tone or chord to which a dissonance is resolved.
reduction to a simpler form; conversion.
Medicine/Medical the reduction or disappearance of aswelling or inflammation without suppuration.
the degree of sharpness of a computer-generated image as measured by the number of dots per linear 
inch in a hard-copy printout or the number of pixels across and down on display screen.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

help-portrait | 10 december 2011

hey bulb followers and photo friends!
i think this is a superb idea that deserves our attention.
please check out "help-portrait" and consider organizing an event.
get your class, club, group or friends together and help out some folks in need.
it does not have to be much, but tis the season.
what a great way to use our skills for good!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

proud to present "life & death" winning professional photographer: ms. amy lorino!

bulb is honored to present the work of friend and colleague, amy lorino!
amy is a houston, texas based photographer and photography teacher.  
she is currently teaching at three colleges in the houston area!  
in her very few moments of free time, 
she enjoys many activities of varying dorkiness.  

this selection of work is a very short, untitled series: a study of produce.  
it all began with a mad dash to the grocery store the morning before a wet plate collodion workshop.  
that asparagus was a revelation.  
this small body of work is a simple exploration into subject matter and still life. 
in the past, i have always explored highly personal avenues. 
this is just the beginning of a new relationship with what i photograph.

- amy lorino

amy has recently begun a blog on wordpress where you can view a few more pieces.
if you have trouble contacting her there, please contact me and we will get you connected!

image by amy lorino

image by amy lorino

image by amy lorino

image by amy lorino

image by amy lorino

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

proud to present "life & death" winning photographer: audry shapai

enjoy the works of winning student photographer, audry schapai!
audry is a student at the art institute of charlotte studying to earn a ba in photography. 
she has always understood the importance of capturing a moment. with the passing of her father, 
she realized that we should never take anything for granted because things will always change. 
audry  is currently in the process of deciding what branch of photography she wants to concentrate in.
some of her favorites include photojournalism and fine art, 
but there is also an interest in industrial and portrait photography. 

the work included below is a selection of images that have been 
produced throughout her educational career. 
each image exhibits a different photographic technique or tool including 
digital pinhole, medium format cameras, tilt shift lenses and plastic lens holga cameras. 

to contact audry or view more of her work, visit her page at shutterfly!

image by audry schapai

image by audry schapai

image by audry schapai

image by audry schapai

image by audry schapai

Monday, November 28, 2011

proud to present "life & death" winning photographer: christy megenbir

below, you will find the lovely work of christy megenbir.
christy was born and has lived most of her life in charlotte, nc. 
she has experienced many things for being so young and, while attending uncc to become a photographer, 
she has learned that art is a way for her to express herself. 

this year has been very exciting for me. 
i am currently taking the black and white printing class at uncc.  
this year's projects have been incredibly experimental and creative. 
these images were all taken this semester and i feel they are my strongest work so far.  
i love finding unusual and interesting images and creating a narrative with them.  
i also excel at making portraits for people. i have  been focusing more on ethereal and surreal photography. 
an image that evokes emotion is necessary in my work. 
i feel there is a need for the viewer to have a more direct relationship 
with images and impose their own life experiences into each piece.

- christy megenbir

to get in contact with christy or just view more of her work, 
please visit her website

image by christy megenbir

image by christy megenbir

image by christy megenbir

image by christy megenbir

image by christy megenbir

Thursday, November 17, 2011

proud to present "life & death" winning photographer: amelia fletcher

here is the first installment of posts featuring the stand out photographers
from the life & death photo challenge...

amelia fletcher is currently attending uncc, working on a bfa with a concentration in photography.  
her future plans include attending a graduate program where she will learn her mfa. 
fletcher enjoys many different art mediums, but photography is her passion... 
whether it is working with film, digital or an alternative process. 
she is inspired by the natural world, history, stories from the past, human perception and memory.

the works presented here today are from a series called, "these reckless conditions".

this body of imagery explores the fragile relationship between humans and the environment, 
and our senseless efforts to collect and control it. 
i have always been fascinated with the natural world. 
most of my childhood was spent playing in creeks and woods near our home, 
collecting relics of nature untouched and unaltered by human hands. 
have always felt a connection to nature's tangible contents and the land around me. 

symbolically and historically birds are of a particular fascination. 

the more i understand my work, 
the more i draw associations to the similarities between the human species and that of the legendary aves
birds are revered as one of the most intelligent creatures in the world with complex social structures 
resembling that of humans. 
they have been represented in diverse and prominent roles in folklore and religion 
across the world, since the beginnings of human history. 
in myth and culture they have been portrayed as messengers, deities, universal guardians, and prophets of truth. 
birds communicate using song and body language.
the vast majority are monogamous and they are remarkably equipped to remember precise locations during migration. 
although humans have protected, domesticated, and sustained different breeds of birds,
conversely, they have caused population decrease and extinction of countless species.

because of the process used in the creation of these images, 

the tiniest of detail and delicate elements of each specimen are visible, 
transforming the small and frail into a significant symbol of our existence.

- amelia fletcher

if you would like to contact amelia or view more of her work,
check out her website

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

image by amelia fletcher

“No, the point is not only does time fly and do we die, 
but that in these reckless conditions we live at all, and are vouchsafed, 
for the duration of certain inexplicable moments, to know it.” 

-Annie Dillard Pilgram at Tinker Creek

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

uncc offers up its walls for a juried student exhibition

Third Annual Juried Student Photography Exhibition
Sponsored by the Art of Light Photography Club at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Shutter is an open call of all photo-based works to all 
Undergraduate and graduate college students in the Southeast region.  
All content and photographic media is welcome 
(alternative processes, traditional black andwhite, and/or digital methods, etc.). 
No entry fee!

JUROR--Antonio Martinez
Antonio teaches photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 
He attended Creighton University, where he earned a BFA in painting and 
then pursued an MFA in photography atEast Carolina University. 
His Near the Egress video has been shown in over 25 international and national festivals 
and was featured in PDN magazine in 2010 and on 
For more information about Antonio and his work, visit

·      Deadline for Submission: December 10, 2011 (extended from the 7th!)
·      Entries to arrive at the gallery: December 20th-January 6th
·      Opening of Show: January 13th
·      Reception Date: January 18th
·      Juror Lecture: January 18, 7pm at UNC Charlotte
·      Closing of Show: February 7th

·      Submissions will only be accepted by email to
·      Submit jpegs, sized 7 inches on the shortest end at 72 DPI.
·      File should be named by artists first and last name and numbered (ex: AmandaJohnson_1.jpg)
·      Email with jpgs must include the following information:         
                  *Name, Address, Email, Phone Number & University Currently Attending
                  *For each entry provide Title, Size Framed, Materials/Methods Used & Insurance Value
·      Entries that are incomplete, or not up to the standard of the submission will be disqualified.
·      Limit of five entries per person
·      Additional instructions will be sent to artists included in exhibition.
·      Students included in the show will be responsible for matting and framing 
                  the work on a professional level and will be responsible for the cost of shipping to and from UNCC.

·      Provided by donations from Kickstarter.
·      TBA

Aspen Hochhalter, E:
Ann Kluttz, E:
9201 University City Blvd Rowe Arts Building Charlotte, NC 28223

Founded in 1993, the ALPC was designed to promote photography 
at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as the greater Charlotte community. 
The ALPC provides students interested in photography with a social network 
and opportunities to experience workshops, lectures, conferences and photographing excursions. 
For more information about ALPC, upcoming events and photography 
featured in previous Shutter exhibitions, please visit our website: