Monday, November 29, 2010

Two Way Lens and Jess T. Dugan

Two Way Lens proudly presents Jess T. Dugan.

Another great photographer is now part of my project. Jess T. Dugan is an outstanding artist with a clear and distinctive voice. She is currently based in Cambridge, MA.

Jess works primarily in 4" x 5" black and white film and explores issues of gender and identity. Her work is done with so much love and respect and sensibility to her subjects.

Her photographs have been exhibited widely and are in many private and public collections.

This year she is one of the Critical Mass Finalists.

Please read Jess' interview here

More of her wonderful work can be seen on her website

June, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from The (Trans)Gender Series

Melson, Arlington, Massachusetts, from The (Trans)Gender Series

Nikki, Asheville, North Carolina, from The (Trans)Gender Series

Aster, Peabody, Massachusetts, from The (Trans)Gender Series

Ribbon, Medford, Massachusetts, from The (Trans)Gender Series

Taylor on the Steps, Goldsboro, North Carolina, from the series People, Places, Stories

Dad after work, Little Rock, Arkansas, from the series People, Places, Stories

Rafe, Athol, Massachusetts, from the series People, Places, Stories

Uncle Sam, Little Rock, Arkansas, from the series People, Places, Stories

George and Nicholas, Goldsboro, North Carolina

© copyright all images Jess T. Dugan

Thursday, November 04, 2010

It Gets Better Project

Jason Hanasik just finished his first film. It is Gap Inc's contribution to the very important "It Gets Better Project"

Jason did a very good job with the film. It transports this important issue in a sensitive and beautifully captured way. You can see the eye of the photographer behind the film and what came out is a wonderful and important contribution by a very big company.

Many Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trangender youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. They can't imagine a future for themselves. So let's show them what our lives are like, let's show them what the future may hold in store for them.

Justin Aeberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. All the names of American teenagers who in recent months have taken their own lives after being bullied in school.

For too long, LGBT youth have been forced to struggle through their formative years suffering from bullies in their schools, churches and homes — and with no support system to provide them any help.

Noted writer and media pundit Dan Savage founded the It Gets Better Project in September 2010 as a unique way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT Youth that — it gets better.

The It Gets Better Project is founded in the United States, but this issue is the same all over the world and no matter where you live, whether here in Europe, in Asia, Australia or elsewhere. Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender youth are suffering from bullies in their lives.

It is so important to support young people and respect them and tell and show them that they are great and that it is good how and what they are and that you are proud of them and that they are beautiful and special.

Please support the It Gets Better Project

Support our Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender youth and spread the word.

It is so important!!!!!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Ellen Jantzen

Ellen Jantzen's new book Alternate Realities has just been released by Sunbury Press and is available in bookshops and online, here and here

The book contains three of Ellen's latest series: Reality of Place, Masking Reality and Escaping Reality.

Ellen Jantzen about her work:
I am intrigued with parallel universes, space / time warps and other manifestations of altered, alternative realities. I am intrigued with the exterior / visible aspects of reality and how it manifests the interior, the hidden / unknown realm. In each of my series, I begin by taking a digital photograph of a staged assemblage of a variety of objects, either man-made or of a natural nature; the set-ups are essentially ephemeral "sculptures", I then alter the images using various drawing and photography software programs until I've achieved my particular goal with the piece under development. Each series contains it's own set of criteria.

Her work is beautiful, mysterious, unique and as if it is not from this world. She really creates realities far from our imagination.

Please visit Ellen's website to see more of her wonderful work.

The images below are from the three series who are included in the new book.

Ellen Jantzen, Alternate Realities, published by Sunbury Press

Fragmentary Evidence, from the series Reality of Place

Echo, from the series Reality of Place

Tor, from the series Reality of Place

Foretoken, from the series Masking reality

Mage, from the series Masking Reality

Subsuming Identity, from the series Masking Reality

Migration, from the series Escaping Reality

Ghost Whisper, from the series Escaping Reality

Agitation, from the series Escaping Reality

© copyright all images Ellen Jantzen