Wednesday, November 25, 2009

David Ondrik Speaks !

Artist David Ondrik, who was featured in Fraction Issue 9, will be speaking at the Photoeye Salon.
He is one of 3 photographers presenting at photo-eye's December salon on Wednesday, December 2nd (a week from today!). A reception starts at 6:30, and the salon runs from 7pm - 9pm. The other photographers presenting are Julie Dean and Jock McDonald. The gallery is located at 376 Garcia Street, Suite A in Santa Fe. If you need more information, contact Melanie McWhorter at 505.988.5152 x 112 or

Going to PhotoNOLA ?

If you are planning on going to PhotoNOLA in a few weeks, be sure to check out all the excellent photographic events going on.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Fraction Magazine Holiday Print Sale

In the next few days I will start posting photographs for sale by artists that have been featured on Fraction Magazine.

One hundred percent (100%) of the sale goes to the artist. I will provide a contact link and if you want to buy something, you contact them directly.

Contact me if you have any questions or would like something specific.

Happy Holidays !

Friday, November 20, 2009

Center Photographic Competitions

Center, who is based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and produces Review LA and the prestigious Review Santa Fe, has three competitions with open calls for entries.


The first competition is the Project Competition
The 15th annual Project Competition honors committed photographers working on documentary projects and fine-art series. Three jurors reach a consensus on the First Prize and three finalists. Each individual juror also selects a project to receive one of the three Juror's Choice awards. In addition, we award 25 Honorable Mention. More details here.

The second competition is the Project Launch
The 1st Annual Project Launch Award was initiated to help a photographer complete a work-in-progress. Open to all photographic fine-art and documentary projects or series. More details here.

The third competition is the Choice Awards
Center's Choice Awards recognizes outstanding photographs of all processes and subject matter. The Awards are in three categories, Curator's Choice, Director's Choice, and Editor's Choice Awards. The winners receive exhibition, publication and more. More details here.

These competitions are often career makers and now is the time to apply.

Review Santa Fe is certainly one of the most prestigious photographic events of the year. The deadline to apply is January 27, 2010. This is a juried event and now is the time to apply.

Review LA is just 7 weeks away. There are still spaces available as this event is open to all photographers and is not a juried event.

Go to Visit Center for all of the details on the organization and the competitions.

Check them out on Facebook too...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Fraction Magazine Holiday Print Sale

Once again, Fraction featured artists will make some of their work available to the Fraction audience at very special (and reasonable) prices.
On Tuesday November 23, I will start to post the images and the contact information. The entire sale price goes to the artist. Yes, 100%.
So buy some great work this year. Your loved ones, or empty walls, will thank you.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Center and the SlideLuck PotShow

Center is proud to announce that we are partnering with Slideluck Potshow to bring an evening of food and photography to Santa Fe. This event is free and open to the public.

Open to all photography lovers living in New Mexico.

The deadline for submissions is November 28, 2009 at 11:59pm MST. For submission guidelines please visit

If you have any questions please email at or call 505-984-8353.


  • Center and Slideluck Potshow produced, co-sponsored by the New Mexico History Museum
  • Light fare from 6:30-7:30pm; slideshow presentation begins at 7:45pm
  • December 9, 2009; 6:30-9:00pm
  • New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  • Free and open to the public

You are invited to join Center for an evening of photography, food and fellowship. Center has partnered with the nonprofit photography organzation Slideluck Potshow to bring this exciting event to Santa Fe, NM.

Slideluck Potshow is a forum for exposing artists, curators, collectors, and editors to new work while infusing the arts community with a non-commercial vitality and refreshing exchange. "More than anything else, this is a fun, inspiring evening that is meant to remind us of why we create in the first place," states Alys Kenney, Co-producer.

Open to all photography lovers living in New Mexico.

For additional information go to
Or visit the Center Facebook event page here

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thoughts on the Critical Mass 52

Today, the 52 finalists have been announced in the Critical Mass competition. You can see the list, the rules, and the voting techniques here.

I looked at 180 portfolios which had 10 photographs in each. Of these 180 portfolios, I gave 14 of them a WOW score, the highest score possible and 38 of them a YES+ score, which is the second highest score possible. Out of the ones that I gave a WOW and a YES+, a total of fifty two, 19 were included in the Top 52. Not bad.

I must admit that there were quite a few surprises and a few disappointments.

I was very surprised not to see the following in the top 52:
Hollis Bennett
Ian van Coller
Elizabeth Fleming
Natalie Young
Susana Raab

All of the above showed very strong work, and if I were to single out one person, it would be Hollis Bennett whose work was quite amazing and I think a bit under the radar and seriously under priced (buy it now).

I plan on contacting all 14 photographers whom I gave a WOW vote to, so that I can showcase them here on Fraction. I also plan on writing about the lack of personal vision/style. There was a lot of work that looked alike and I'm not the only one who thinks so. But that is for later.

For now, congrats to the 52 finalists.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

photo-eye's First Wednesday Salon is Tonight, November 4th

First Wednesday Photography Salon
Artists presenting: Kelly Eckel, Greg MacGregor, and Ford Robbins

November 4th, 2009, 6:30 meet the artists, 6:45-9 salon
photo-eye Gallery, 376-A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Contact: Melanie McWhorter
505.988.5152 × 112

First Wednesday’s October salon will be held on October 7th, with the opening reception starting at 6:30pm and the salon running from 6:45pm to 9pm. For this month’s Salon, Kelly Eckel will be presenting a variety of work, including work from her series Fragmented. Ford Robbins will be presenting work from and discussing the process of publishing his book Connections: A Visual Journey through the University of New Mexico Press, and Greg MacGregor will be giving a talk entitled Explosions in the Western Landscape— Mine and Theirs, consisting of photographs of explosions.

Still Life - a photo show curated by Jon Feinstein

Still Life

Curated by Jon Feinstein

Exhibiting photographers: Erica Allen, Michael Bühler-Rose, Robyn Cumming, Louis S. Davidson, John Hutchins, Lyndsy Welgos, and Ann Woo

On view: November 5th – December 19th, 2009
Opening reception: Thursday, November 5th from 6–8 pm

The Camera Club of New York
336 West 37th Street, Suite 206
(bet. 8th and 9th Avenues)
New York, New York 10018
212.260.9927 |

Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday 12-6 pm

Still Life examines a tendency in contemporary portraiture to remove the subjectivity of the persons photographed, literally transforming them into objects. The artists depict people as matter rendered through light and color, with emphasis placed on their formal or cultural qualities above all others. The exhibition juxtaposes this contemporary work with studio portraits from the Camera Club Archives, fostering a discussion about the relationship between classical idealized studio portraiture and contemporary critical portraiture.

With their bust portraits, Lyndsy Welgos and Ann Woo turn their subjects into nothing more than swatches of light color and gray tonality, and engage little with their individual identities. While their subjects are nude, the images are less about their personal sexuality or vulnerability and more about their physical surface. Michael Bühler-Rose’s portraits cast western women who were raised in India, as cultural objects. Unlike Woo and Welgos’ stark socially removed explorations of light and form, the women in Bühler-Rose’s pictures contain heavy social and cultural signifiers, as the women are adorned with various elements of eastern and western culture. They display heavily directed gestures and costuming and pay homage to orientalist painting, but we know little about their identity below the surface cues.

Erica Allen’s Untitled Gentlemen uses anonymous faces from found barbershop portraits to explore representations of identity. Appropriated and repositioned, the actual identities of the men remain as lost as they are on the walls of barbershops. The portraits comment on larger issues of gender while avoiding any appearance of personal identity or inner dialogue. Lastly, Robyn Cumming’s work addresses these ideas on the most direct level as she photographs women fused with flowers and other symbols of femininity, literally turning them into objects.

For more information, please contact Jon Feinstein at or The Camera Club of New York directly at 212.260.9927.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

News and Changes

*The News*
Fraction has sometimes been kind of a group effort but it was always a partnership, between myself (david) and Josh Spees. Well, Josh has had a lot of changes this year. He married a wonderful woman who is also a great photographer and then they packed up and moved away from New Mexico to his wife's hometown in Virginia.

Josh was the designer of the Fraction website as well as an editor, like me. He was the behind the scenes guy while I was out doing portfolio reviews and selling Fraction. I think the long hours putting together each issue, all while not getting paid for this, took its toll.

So as stated by Josh on October 7, he has decided to step away from Fraction and work on his photography and art. He is sorely missed.

*The Changes*
Since Fraction is now entirely in my hands, I've decided to make a few changes.

First, I have hired a graphic designer to redesign the Fraction logo and the website. Josh was the flash master/ webmaster and I know nothing about flash. The new site will not be in flash. It will be a simple and clean layout, just as it has now, but it will be in html, so it will be able to be viewed on every device, most importantly, iPhones.

Second, I am planning on going to a monthly format, but without the bi-monthly group show. I am still working out the details but I think this will work a bit better for me. Fraction will still showcase five photographers and each monthly issue will be loosely based on a theme. We will still have guest curators, but it will be less frequent.

Third, Fraction will be actively seeking advertising funds. As we have now, there will be an "advertising page" called the Friends of Fraction. All the advertising will be located on this page as I do not want banner ads or anything else located on the portfolio pages because I do not want anything to take your eye away from the photographers' work. Also, I will be actively seeking sponsors for our monthly email blast. Our list is now over 5000 subscribers and this is a good chance to get your name and website/service/art work out for a very reasonable price. If you are interested in advertising on Fraction and/or the email blast, contact me.

In the meantime, Fraction will be on a sort of break until the new site launches. I want to make sure this is done right. The Fraction blog will still be updated as often as needed but the website won't be. So when will the new site design launch?


Stay tuned and thanks for your support.