Posts Tagged 'Cara Merendino'

Summer: Take One

Over the last few weeks, I have had a lot of luck with the Holga. I have gotten my first two consecutive rolls of 120 film back in which all 12 pictures have been printed, and more or less pretty awesome. In an attempt to summer-ize, some things I have experimented with and/or learned are explained below.

One of my biggest nemeses in Holga photography….

1. BATTERIES: THEY ALMOST ALWAYS SEEM TO FALL OUT

AND DO FUNNY THINGS TO THE FILM BY THE END OF THE ROLL.

Seen here:

Sasquatch Festival

George, WA

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100T-Max

Sydney: First shot with Fisheye Adapter

Sasquatch Festival

George, WA

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100T-Max

Clouds?

Sasquatch Festival

George, WA

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100T-Max

2. DOUBLE EXPOSURES ARE AMAZING

As seen here, in two of my favorite pictures yet….

“Stoop John B”

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Sunrise on the Gorge

George, WA/Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Err… Lamp?

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

3. LIGHT LEAKS ARE UNPREDICTABLE,

BUT WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS.

Clouds over the Gorge. Sunrise? Sunset? I’m not sure.

Somewhere, Washington

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Lorax Manner

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Lorax Manner Take 2

Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Sunrise somewhere.

Somewhere, WA

Shot on Holga120 CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

4. TOO MUCH SUNSHINE WILL BLEACH THE PICTURE OUT

(BUT STILL CREATE INTERESTING RESULTS)

Sam-In-A-Tree.

Silverton, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar


Adam and Eve.

Silverton Reservoir, Silverton, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

5. SOMETIMES, PICTURES COME OUT JUST HOW

THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO.

(Some nice vignetting, too!)

Myself and John Z.

My Backyard, Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Tara in soft focus.

Ferry St., Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 160 Ektar

Voice Dawgs. (L to R) Noah, Scot, Tyler.

13th/Patterson, Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

Go Ducks. (Taken on mine and Deirdre’s first ever “Wednesdate”)

Willamette River, Eugene, OR

Shot on Holga120CFN, Kodak 100 T-Max

“In Transit”, Finally!! Online

This project started as one accidentally gorgeous moment that was caught on a FlipCam along I-5 en route from Salem, OR back to Eugene. After catching that clip, I started collecting footage of my travels along the I-5 Corridor and integrated them together alongside the memories, emotions, and people who have inspired me to create this project.

This is my first short film, ten minutes in length, and has had a tumultuous history. When it was supposed to show as part of a collective presentation of student work on the big screen at the Bijou Cinemas in Eugene, my DVD was burned in the wrong format for screening and couldn’t be shown. Two hours before presenting at the Subversion Gallery (a.k.a. my friend Brenna’s basement), my hard drive crashed and I lost the video in its entirety. It seemed like “In Transit” was never meant for anyone’s eyes but my own, until it was recovered by my computer genius roommate Nathan, just in time to squeak it into Brenna’s projector that evening. In the recovery from the hard drive crash, some of the HD quality of the film was lost, and consequently there are some pixelations and low-fi quirks that were never meant to be that have now become part of the art (hehe, that rhymes!).

Anyways, I suppose I should just let the video speak for itself and mean what it does to the individual viewer. But for me, this project is all about memories and revelations gathered and formed whilst between here and there. Thanks for checking it out!

Twas the Night Before Solstice

A night before the longest day of the year, and consequently the last night of spring, I bring you Spring 2010 in a photographic retrospect (with captions!). Hope you enjoy.

Tearing down the Fringe Festival installation that was put up at the Lord Leebrick Annex in Eugene in conjunction with the first annual Cinema Pacific Film Festival at the University of Oregon. Installation was a work of myself, Stephen Person, and Brenna Cheyney, and featured student winners from the Fringe video remix competition of the Korean film The Housemaid.

Shot on a Canon Rebel, Kodak Portra 35mm 100 VC

Eugene, OR

Experimenting with soft focus filters. I was very pleased with the results.

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak Ektar 100

Eugene, OR

After watching this squirrel get run over by a bicyclist, I thought I could only do it justice by taking a photo of it… with a triple prism lens.

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak Ektar 100

Eugene, OR

Johnny enjoying the daily dose of whiskey and cigarettes on Tara’s front lawn.

Shot on a Canon Rebel, Kodak Portra 35mm 100 VC

Eugene, OR

An unidentified Pig and Stephen’s arch nemesis Officer Stone (who has got his piece out and ready to go) put on a show for us while we enjoyed aforementioned whiskey and cigarettes.

Sneakily shot on a Canon Rebel, Kodak Portra 35mm 100 VC

Eugene, OR

Beautiful Tara.

Shot on a Canon Rebel, Kodak Portra 35mm 100 VC

Eugene, OR

After a long road trip to and from Eastern Washington, we stopped to check out Multnomah falls. Sam was kind enough to let me snap a touristy photo of him.

Shot on that brand of crappy green 35mm disposables that I love so much.

Multnomah Falls, OR

“We’re back in Oregon! Yay!”

Another 35mm Disposable gem.

Multnomah Falls, OR

Fun with filters.

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak Ektar 100

Portland, OR

Noah’s roses with red soft focus filter.

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak Ektar 100

Eugene, OR

I left my camera at Sam’s apartment in Portland, and I found this picture in the bunch. I didn’t take this, and Sam claims he has no recollection of it being taken. Where did that chicken come from? Who is that ghost girl? It’s a mystery.

Shot on Holga 120CFN, Kodak Ektar 100

Portland, OR (or so we think!)

Scot B. drinking his free birthday beer at Eugene City Brewery. His beer was three times the size of mine, and mine was $4.50. Damn. Scot got a killer internship at NPR’s All Things Considered Arts and Information Desk in D.C., and has graduated U of O leaving the Editor-In-Chief position at the Oregon Voice behind to pursue bigger things. Good luck, Scotty!

Snapped via camera phone.

Eugene, OR

Megan and Stephen making beer music… Even though I’m pretty sure Megan’s cup isn’t making much of a noise at all.

Disposable 35mm.

Eugene, OR

Noah D., myself, and Tyler P., Voice Dawgs of the Past, Present, and Future. Noah and I will be Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, respectively. Tyler P. (aka T. Pell, Pell Grant, Alexander Graham Pell) will be holding down the Managing Editor position in style.

Disposable 35mm

The Boys of Silverton: Jesse, Kyle, Sam and Henry. Sam came back into town from Hawaii and Kyle was on leave from the Marines for a week, and both of them turned 21 on June 12th… to quote a friend, “the camera seemed to be as drunk as they were.”

Shot on a Canon Rebel, 35mm Kodak Portra 100 VC

Portland, OR

This is Ned. He got locked out of his house earlier in the afternoon, and consequently got to hang out with us across the street.

Shot on a Canon Rebel, 35mm Kodak Portra 100 VC

Eugene, OR

Who is this girl? I don’t know or care, but that’s a great outfit.

Disposable 35mm

Portland, OR


A beautiful day at the reservoir after a beautiful weekend with my west coast family.

First 3 Photos by Jeff Harris, Picture of feet by yours truly on Jeff’s funky digital.

Silverton, OR

Durga’s chewed up toys and our weathered boombox that came with the house.

Shot on a Canon Rebel, 35mm Kodak Portra 100 VC

Eugene, OR

For as much as he didn’t seem to want his picture taken, every shot I snapped of Chase was gorgeous.

Shot on a Canon Rebel, 35mm Kodak Portra 100 VC

Eugene, OR

Jeffery, smiling with delight as he attempted to explain why my computer was doing what it was doing. I was uninterested in the technical jargon, though. (This is the same Jeff that took the photos of the reservoir.)

Shot on a Canon Rebel, 35mm Kodak Portra 100 VC

Eugene, OR

Cyndi Lauper, Finally On My Turf

Finally, Cyndi Lauper and the gang made it out to see me. Rather, after years of seeing my dad play drums with Cyndi, Cyndi did it big up in Oregon. The show was at Spirit Mountain Casino, and it wasn’t the best of venues. Our palettes were not wet enough to dance properly, as there were strict beverage consumption rules in place that forbid us from bringing drinks inside. It’s been interesting to watch the band play over the years and observe how they grow and change together, experiment with new arrangements and cover old favorites I would never expect. Last summer, it was Joni Mitchell. This time around, it was White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. Whew! So radical.

My dates to the show were my dear friends Stephen, Lyzi, and CJ, and let me tell ya, the crew could not have been better. We danced and shmoozed and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. CJ posted some insight on the show too which you can read by clicking here: “Observations Upon Meeting Cyndi Lauper”

Here’s some low-fi iPhone photos courtesy of my Dad:

From left to right: Sammy Merendino (my dad), Cyndi Lauper, me, Lyzi Diamond, Stephen Person, CJ Ciaramella

The first time me and my dad have ever been together in the state of Oregon. We are so happy, woohoo!

Still Jammin’ to Finn Riggins

It is safe to say that the last weekend in February may have been the best weekend of the year thus far. It kept me occupied with two triumphant birthday celebrations (or three, if you count my mom’s, which I could not attend due to the strenuous distance between us), an Oregon Voice party/dance practice, and a fully rockin’ in studio performance by Boy Eats Drum Machine and Finn Riggins, who played a show later that evening at the Muse Lounge with Eugene locals On The Tundra. The show drew a small but zealous crowd, Boy Eats Drum Machine warmed them up with funky and erratic turntablism. By the time Finn Riggins hit the stage, everyone was gettin’ down, unable to resist the groove of the serious Idaho rock and roll. On The Tundra closed the show, and though I’d never heard them before I was thoroughly impressed and wandered away somewhere nice in my head while they were playing.

After the show we began our journey on foot back to the Whiteaker. We were unable to discuss anything but the glorious full moon which not only made me feel a little crazy (or maybe that was the Ninkasi) but fully demanded the attention of anyone who could see it. As we wandered up to my house, Eric, Lisa, Cam, and Jon arrived in the van. From that point on, it was a blurred blast of a good time, which may or may not have included a mouth-trumpet jam-sesh, sprinting to 7-11 moments before last call for beerz, incapacitating laughter, and the warm appreciation of good company.

The next day, Finn Riggins and BEDM departed on their long cross-country tour around the U.S., and it was a little sad to say goodbye. It wasn’t really goodbye, of course, but I must admit that Finn Riggins’ first album A Soldier, A Saint, An Ocean Explorer has been permanently stuck in my headphones since Sunday. (Their new album Vs. Wilderness is just as excellent). Working at KWVA, I am constantly exposed to a wide variety of amazing music, a LOT of crap, some middle-of-the-road indie bands, and some really bad album art. BUT, over the last six months I have seen a good amount of Finn Riggins in the Northwest, and have been constantly impressed and moved by their music, which is filled with shnazzy guitar riffs, upbeat, poppy keyboard parts and solid, interesting percussion arrangements. Their album art is also the opposite of really bad, its actually super neat. Aside from all that, all three bandmates are passionate and kind people, which takes precedent over all things.

So what I’m slowly getting at is, for all those avid Cognitive Coffee readers, if you are in the area when Finn Riggins comes to town, check it OUT! Get your dancin’ shoes on, and say hello afterwards, cause they rock! (They also eat bacon, which is favorable). I’ve attached a video of them playing in studio at KWVA, which is shot from a really up close and personal perspective, so it’s a little awkward. The studio used to be a bathroom, go figure! So anyways, if you like what you hear, and you like my Finn Riggins propaganda, you can check out their tour dates at www.finnriggins.com. Since I gander that more of my East Coast friends will be reading this (this includes you, Dad, you should DEFINITELY check this out), I’ve chosen some notable dates for you to be aware of:

4/15 WASHINGTON DC @ SUNLIGHT FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER – venue tba
4/16 BALTIMORE, MD @ THE GOOD SON — w/ tba
4/18 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ DANGER DANGER GALLERY — w/ Controlled Storms
4/21 BOSTON, MA @ MIDDLE EAST (upstairs) — w/ Backyard Tire Fire + Appomattox
4/28 NEW YORK, NY @ CAKE SHOP — w/ tba
4/29 BROOKLYN, NY @ CAMEO GALLERY — w/ Patrick Bower & The World Without Magic
5/3 CLEVELAND, OH @ PAT’S IN THE FLATS — w/ Talons’ + Safari

“We Are Not Afraid! (RYB)” Video Installation Opens at Laverne Krause Gallery

Hey folks! Today marks the final day of the 13 Conversations video art installation at the Laverne Krause Gallery. Over the last week, I have played with some footage that I took during the production and installation of the piece, which was created alongside Stephen Person, Paul Pederson, and Jack B. Friel. The piece is entitled “We Are Not Afraid! (RYB)” and was one of many installations created by the ART410/510 class at the University of Oregon, here in good ol’ Eugene. The video below is a mini-documentary of our production, particularly the struggles of opening day, and some footage of the piece itself. In later days, I will post a copy of the full main projection for your viewing pleasure.

I must admit that working with these folks and installing this piece has left me with a strong sense of pride and accomplishment, and I am thrilled to have worked with such creative and stimulated minds. I’d also like to send my deepest appreciations to Richard Herskowitz for first lighting my fire for experimental film, and Kartz Ucci for her instruction and dedication to her students.

Hope you like it!


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