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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

http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=76240

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/

From the media:

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

http://gigaom.com/2013/12/08/so-you-want-to-fly-drones-heres-what-the-law-says/

 

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

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-24/drone-pilot-fine-tests-industry-seen-reaching-89-billion.html

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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

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

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Check out this website http://www.theopeninter.net/ for the most simple and straightforward explanation of Net Neutrality. Then Tweet it or post it to your Facebook account so more people can learn about it too.

http://www.theopeninter.net/

It seems that Sesame St is still up on their tech still this season. They took a little time to poke fun at Apple for their “There’s an App for That” campaign as well as the seeming planned obsolescence in rapid hardware upgrades. Just check out the video and enjoy. I certainly did…

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

So here I am. Degree in hand (well almost it still hasn’t come in the mail yet) and hoping for work. It will come, but jobs for fine art photographers in academics is a bit like waiting for rain in the desert. It will come but who knows when and if it will be enough. So anyone with job tips let me know ;-)

On a different note, thank you to everyone that has voted on my portfolio at www.artistswanted.org/Michael_Leonard I still need more votes to stay competitive for the “Peoples Choice” award, so please keep voting each day (one vote per person each 24 hours). Who knows, all your hard work voting for me may just get me a show in NYC!

Well tomorrow is the day!

Over a year of research and work is finally culminating in one night of art. So everyone that is interested should come to the Visual Studies Workshop from 6pm-9pm for the opening presentation of my thesis show “Catalogue”

Everyone is welcome, it should prove to be a fun night. Hope to see you there.

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