Moth Dust - LOOK3 Festival of The Photograph 2016 Images

 

I was honored to attend LOOK3 - Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia this past week.

LOOK3 hosted a curated selection of low-edition photography books, new photography cooperatives (namely, Black Box), an extraordinary number of artist talks and a panel with three of PDN's "30 under 30" photographers to give career advice to the emerging photographer. 

As I was a volunteer, I was able to assist Olivia Bee during her workshop at the EDU sessions. "Creating a Photographic Dream World" was geared towards local high school students, hand picked by their teachers, and was a full day-long event playing with portraiture on instax film outside the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. 

Additional highlights of the festival included meeting Doug Dubois, Jon Golden, Ike Edeani, and many other esteemed editors & colleagues. 

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Moth Dust - Published: New York Times Lens Blog - Facebook Feature

Was just at the New York Times Portfolio Review this weekend! There is much to process. I've been live posting the Review from my instagram.

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So grateful for all the incredible editors & photographers I met this weekend. I received some truly illuminating career advice and work critique.

A special thanks to Jim Estrin for the kind words. 

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Dylan Mars Greenberg & Disck Pictures presents: Amityville: Vanishing Point - Stills Photography by Moth Dust

Dylan Mars Greenberg has produced several surrealist, John Waters-esque horror films on little to no budget, is a Troma Institute for Gifted Youth Inductee, and her last film, Dark Prism, starred Mac Demarco

These images (and more) were published on Fangoria to promote the film. 

All in all, it was a fun set to be on. The entire cast is in their late teens and early twenties; often scenes are ad libbed on the spot. 

Since stills are secondary to the actual filmmaking, a photographer on a movie set must remain as out of the way and quiet as possible. The majority of the film was photographed in St. George, Staten Island, in a communal artist residency space called The Fay

The below movie poster was composited with various stills I shot on set. 

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Moth Dust - In Dreams

Hey there, 
It's been a hectic time at ICP (the International Center of Photography) so far. I'm pretty tired, pretty stressed, pretty frustrated... but finally, I'm seeing improvements in my work.

This project was created in a bout of sleepless frustration. The workshop in question was emotionally demanding, very academically rigorous, and after the first weekend I felt like I had very little good work at all anymore. Needless to say, it was emotionally trying but helped me grow as a photographer in a lot of ways. The goal of this project was to use the frames of my image with intent and purpose and really take accountability for every little thing in the frame, as well as really using depth of field to create meaning, and thinking about time and space. 

I have been really caught up in the boundaries of "Documentary Photography" vs "Fine Art Photography". Where does one end, and the other begin? The line used to be so clear, and now, everything is being turned on it's head. I've been trying so hard to be literal, to communicate so clearly that much of my aesthetic sense seemed to have been forgotten. This project allowed me to forget about the genre of work and just explore a topic I was interested in: the boundary between dreams and reality. 

The masks in these images represent the ego, as literally if you looked into it you would only see yourself. I wanted to create an ethereal character that visited you in your dreams, yet also seemed to be a part of yourself (just as your dream-characters really represent facets of your brain). 

One image is out of focus, but not so out of focus that you cannot determine what is going on around you. To me, this photograph represents the vagueness of dreams, the feeling of having many possibilities but the uncertainty of not knowing what lies beyond your immediate vicinity. I would like to elaborate on this concept in the future. 

This is my project. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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