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Process Driven is a podcast about creativity and what it means to those who do more than make art. Frank, in-depth conversations with makers from a wide range of disciplines including photography, art, design, music, and literature to discuss not only the what and the how, but also the why.

Process Driven Jeffery Saddoris

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Process Driven is a podcast about creativity and what it means to those who do more than make art. Frank, in-depth conversations with makers from a wide range of disciplines including photography, art, design, music, and literature to discuss not only the what and the how, but also the why.

    Process Driven 34: Chasing an Image [Shane Balkowitsch]

    Process Driven 34: Chasing an Image [Shane Balkowitsch]

    There’s something about wet plate photography that I can’t get out of my head. Maybe it’s the process, maybe it’s the unpredictable nature of it - Sally Mann calls it “the angel of uncertainty.” Or maybe it’s the permanence of the objects themselves. When you look at a plate by Matthew Brady or Timothy O’Sullivan, for a moment you’re no longer part of the present. And I would argue that that sense of timelessness is one of the reasons a handful of modern photographers still choose to embrace the 170-year-old process.

    In 2018 there was a Sally Mann show at the National Gallery called A Thousand Crossings. It is by far my favorite show I’ve ever seen since I've been in DC and, in fact, I went back to see it about a half-dozen times. While I love her entire body of work, it was the wet plate work—both plates and prints—that I found myself gravitating to the most. Far from the pristine edge-to-edge sharpness of modern photos, they exude life, inexorably binding them to the maker.

    A couple weeks ago, I got an email form Shane Balkowitsch, a wet plate photographer from Bismarck, North Dakota who began shooting wet plate after seeing a plate of a motorcycle. Something about it refused to let go and he reached out to the photographer to ask about the image and the process behind it. 45 days later, he made his first wet plate—an image of his brother. That was 2012. Today, more than 3500 plates later, Shane’s work is in collections including the State Historical Society of North Dakota and the National Portrait Gallery. His ongoing project photographing Native Americans and helping to preserve their culture has earned him the name “Shadow Catcher.”



     



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    Connect with Shane: Website | Instagram | Facebook



    Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective - https://amzn.to/31SEIvU*

    Balkowitsch (Documentary)* - https://amzn.to/3gBAOvx*

    State Historical Society of North Dakota - https://www.history.nd.gov/archives/manuscripts/inventory/2014-P-025.html

    Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock: https://www.awakethefilm.org/

    Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings - a href="https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2018/sally-mann-a-thousand-crossings.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Process Driven 33: A Visceral Response [Lisa Pressman]

    Process Driven 33: A Visceral Response [Lisa Pressman]

    



    As much as I love working with acrylics in my paintings, because many of them are literally dozens of layers of pigment, collage, found objects, and thick layers of acrylic medium, it can take weeks to finish a single piece just waiting for layers to dry. A few years ago, I began looking into using encaustic, which offers the ability to create work with a similar aesthetic to my acrylic work in a fraction of the time. In doing the research, I came across the work of Lisa Pressman. Lisa is a fabulous artist from New Jersey who works in both encaustic and oils and has been exhibiting her work for nearly four decades. In addition to making her own work, she inspires others to start their own artistic journey through her workshops and one on one mentoring. Lisa and I have spoken a few times and I’m so grateful that we were finally able to hit the record button.



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    Elizabeth Murray: https://elizabethmurrayart.org

    Ross Bleckner: https://rbleckner.com/

    Susan Rothberg: https://www.artsy.net/artist/susan-rothenberg

    Gregory Amenoff: http://www.gregoryamenoff.com

    Terry Winters: https://www.terrywinters.org

    Philip Guston: https://www.wikiart.org/en/philip-guston

    Joan Mitchell: https://www.wikiart.org/en/joan-mitchell

    Jake Berthot: http://www.bettycuninghamgallery.com/artists/estate-of-jake-berthot-1939-2014

    James Marshall: https://www.moca.org/exhibition/kerry-james-marshall-mastry

    Hans Hofmann: a href="https://www.hanshofmann.

    • 53 min
    Process Driven 32: Always Something New to Learn [Karl Taylor]

    Process Driven 32: Always Something New to Learn [Karl Taylor]

    "Light is almost like some sort of magical quantity that I get to work with — and I'm fascinated by it."

    This might be one of the most process-driven episodes of Process Driven yet. I’ve known Karl Taylor for more than a decade. I was introduced to his work by my friend Patrick in the form of a DVD of Karl‘s Photography Master Class. What struck me straight away was Karl‘s enthusiasm for photography – that and his encyclopedic knowledge of the medium. 12 years after its initial release, Karl has created a brand new remastered version of his original introduction to photography built on a decade of learning and refining what was already an incredible understanding of both the art and science of photography. In this conversation we talk about some of the things he’s learned over the past 10 years, including a deep dive into the biology of how we see and process images.







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    Tim Flach: https://timflach.com/

    CONNECT WITH KARL

    Website: https://karltaylor.com

    Platform: https://karltayloreducation.com

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/karltaylorphotography



     



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Process Driven 31: Everything’s a Little Hustle [Ryan Struck]

    Process Driven 31: Everything’s a Little Hustle [Ryan Struck]

    "The best way to be in the moment behind the camera is to be in the moment in life."

    When I saw the work of photographer Ryan Struck, particularly his surf and lifestyle photography, I knew I wanted to talk to him. From the first photo, it was obvious that Ryan wasn’t just an outsider simply documenting this lifestyle, he was living it and I bet he had an interesting story to tell. Turns out, whether he’s self-funding a documentary about the community surrounding an all-female surf competition, or photographing abandoned televisions on the streets, interesting stories don’t just fuel his photography, they fuel his life.







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    LINKS

    Tofino

    Queen of the Peak

    CONNECT WITH RYAN

    URL: https://ryanstruck.com/

    Instagram: @ryanstruck



     



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Process Driven 30: A Deep Need to be Seen [John Keatley]

    Process Driven 30: A Deep Need to be Seen [John Keatley]

    "So much goes into it and I'm finding even for myself the stuff I'm learning or the stuff that's changing who I am isn't necessarily reflected visually in the final image."

    One of the first photographers I reached out to when I started recording conversations and podcasting was John Keatley. I was introduced to his work by my friend Kevin and what struck me straight away was how seamlessly John’s commercial work fit with his conceptual photographs. Though each body of work is distinct, John’s eye for detail and his love of ambiguity runs through all of it. While we don’t talk often, when we do I find that the conversations stick with me and often they inform the way I think about my own work as well as the work of others. He’s recently entered the world of fine art photography with a project called UNIFORM that centers around his personal exploration of identity and, as he puts it, “a deep need to be seen.” In addition to a series of limited edition prints, UNIFORM is available as a book, John’s first in fact, and that’s where we begin in this episode.







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    CONNECT

    URL: https://www.johnkeatley.com

    Instagram: @johnkeatley

    Twitter: @johnkeatley



    To purchase a copy of the UNIFORM book, visit https://www.johnkeatley.com. For pricing and availability on UNIFORM prints, email studio@johnkeatley.com.



    The Jim Morrison contact sheet that John mentioned was taken by Joel Brodsky and featured in a show called CONTACT at the Fahey/Klein Gallery. See the image at http://www.faheykleingallery.com/exhibitions/contact#5.



     



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Process Driven 29: Olga Karlovac

    Process Driven 29: Olga Karlovac

    "We are all unique in the way we see things — the worst thing is to copy. The best thing is to be who you are."

    As I sat down to write the intro to this episode of Process Driven, I struggled a little trying to come up with words that would convey some of my thoughts and feelings about the work of photographer Olga Karlovac. I then realized that the words had already been written by Koci Hernandez in his beautiful foreword for Olga’s latest book, the disarray.



    "You’re about to embark on upon a fantastic journey. It’s one of boundless time and space and it’s compressed with the pages of the book you now hold. I only wish I could experience again, for the first time, the disarray — visual poetry as a master work.



    Let me assure you, the sign posts on your journey will be stunningly clear and mysteriously opaque, filled with blurry lines, half made worlds and the formless. Olga wouldn’t have it any other way. Don’t be fooled by what you think you see, because dancing within these pages is an unbound energy — an energy that at once can overwhelm the spirit and set eyes ablaze in wonder. You have been warned."



    That’s an excerpt of the foreword from the disarray.







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    URL: https://www.olga-karlovac-photography.com/

    Instagram: @olga.karlovac

    Facebook: @olga.karlovac



     



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    • 53 min

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