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I’m working on a new piece to discuss privacy rights in our overtly surveilled society.  To this end I’m starting to work with UAV’s.  Interesting little buggers. For about $1k you can easily get a UAV that will allow you to take video and still images of remarkable quality.  Interesting bit is that the FAA doesn’t quite know what to do with UAV pilots.  There is no official elevation restriction unless you are within 3 miles of an airport, and the restrictions on anyone that might have a professional bend to what they are doing is under hot debate.

Here are some interesting links on the subject:


From the FAA:

Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

From the media:

So you want to fly drones? Here’s what the law says


Fined Drone Pilot Tests U.S. Industry Seen Reaching $89 Billion

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I just found out that the Susan B. Anthony Institute posted a review of my current installation of “Blind” on their blog. Click forward to see what they thought…

Michael Leonard’s “Blind” Calls For Action

Well things have a way of wrapping them selves up.

About two years ago I posted a question of “What if?” regarding my idea of making invisible photography.  An odd idea to say the least, but it has come to fruition.

Without giving away too much about the work here are a couple of pictures to show how it has developed.

Blind Presentation

The idea here is that the imagery is of something that we are or have become disconnected from.  The camera on the pedestal is the tool that allows us to reconnect.

If you happen to be in the Rochester area on Friday October the 4th from 6-9p you should come by the Visual Studies Workshop Bookstore Gallery where these three pieces will be on display with work from several other artists.

The show is “I Do?!” sponsored by ImageArt

The City is Asleep and Dreaming
Investigations of public space by Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge and Jason Bernagozzi

Exhibition Date: Friday, October 5th 7-10pm
Beginning Location: Rochester Contemporary Art Center at 137 East Ave., Rochester, NY.

The City is Asleep and Dreaming is a series of site-specific print and electronic media installations designed to help develop a public dialogue about the transitioning identity of the city of Rochester and provoke a re-imagination of what public space is and what it could be. The artworks for the October event are installed for one night only at diverse locations downtown. The location of each work will be revealed through a series of clues that will lead the viewer through a dérive that links each of the works. The first clue will be located at the entrance of the Rochester Contemporary Art Center at 137 East Ave., Rochester, NY.

Artists/instigators: Jason Bernagozzi & Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge
Guest artists: Debora Bernagozzi and Alysia Kaplan
Featuring the work of Visual Studies Workshop MFA candidates:
Megan Charland, Amanda Chestnut, Robert Hoffman, John Lake and Mike McKay.

Derive in Rochester Website

This project is made possible through the support of Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Visual Studies Workshop, University of Rochester and Alfred State College.







Igal Nassima is presenting a workshop at the University of Rochester Sage art canter today and Saturday on physical computing.

OK, thinking caps on.

What would you think of a piece of artwork that literally was invisible until you made an active choice to interact with it. I’m not talking about the lights are off so you can’t see it, I’m saying that you could locate the piece on the wall, but nothing could be defined about it.

I’ve been working on this idea for a little over a year and a half now, so I’ll be able to post some finished images soon. Just post any ideas that you may have on the subject…




Well the hard work on the carbon printing has paid off. A few of my pieces will be on display at the Community Darkroom in the Genesee Center for the Arts at from September 17th till October 31st.

The show title is “Original Stain: New Alternative Imaging”
There will be an opening reception on the 17th, this Friday, from 7pm till – 9pm. Everyone is welcome to come, it is open to the public. In addition to my work there there will be work from several other photographers that work in alternative processes. All quite good at what they do, so well worth attending.

If you can’t make the opening reception the hours at the Community Darkroom are:

Monday: 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
Friday: closed
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

So I’ve been back at the carbon printing for about 2 weeks solid now. Some good results, some bad. Mostly lessons learned.

1) dehumidifiers are both my friend and expensive
2) Mini-fridges are great for chemistry and beer
3) try, try again…

I’ll post some images soon. But anyone that is interested in what should shape up to be a great historic process show sould come to the community darkroom on September the 17th, around 7pm.

Should be a ton of fun

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