Exhibition at the Dairy Center for the Arts

It’s always fun to be acknowledged for your work, especially by a community of fellow artists. So I finally entered a call for entry on CallForEntry.org for the “Taste of Art exhibit”. They wanted any photo or series of photos relating to food, and I already had just the right portfolio of pictures that would go with the theme.

Revitalizing Old Pieces

The past year I had been working on and, eventually finished, my MarciaMade photo portfolio. I immediately knew, from looking at the criteria, that a bunch of these photos would count, but this isn’t the only reason I decided to use these pictures. From the very start of this portfolio, I knew the theme would be more than just good food, it’s about familial unity, specifically the role my grandmother played in creating an entire family, and the beautiful meals she makes that connects us, through our unique heritage and experiences. I knew that this was a perfect theme to go along with food, because it’s the only thing that connects everyone in the world, from pizza to brioche, we can all relate to grandma’s best dishes, that we cherish throughout our lives.

Apple Crisp #1Chris Portrait Chris & Caden (Creme Brulee)

The Showcase 

They ended up choosing to display my photo “Eggs a la Goldenrod”, the photo I took of the meal I made with my Uncle Cory and Cousin Charlie.  I was glad they chose that one because I think it is visually stimulating with the way the primary colors work together.  The dish, Eggs a la Goldenrod was simple, just a white roux, crumbled egg yolk, and paprika on some toast. The picture was more than just the simple ingredients. It was a meal my grandma would always whip up for my uncle, and that he would make for Charlie when he was a kid. I think what they liked most was the feeling of connectivity food can have on people, and how you can see that in this piece.

Cory (Eggs A La Goldenrod)

Why Connor Cleland Photography?

Photography is one of the most widely growing and adaptive art forms around today. Everyone from major fortune 500 companies to individuals looking to capture the beauty of a particular moment with their loved ones struggle to find the right fit for their particular interest. People search for hours through every photography site they can find, only to come across small hints at what they’re looking for, photographers that focus on a specialty or a theme: wedding, portrait, or landscape, but no words of significant value that relate to you as a person. My stance is not to focus on one theme or idea for a picture, but to capture natural moments or images that reflect a beautiful nature. However, let me elaborate on this with a story about a trip I took . . .

A Quick Trip Photography Story 

So a couple years ago, I took a trip to Boston, and I did this for a couple reasons. One, I found out I had connections to get a free flight and a discount on a hotel so; I decided I wanted to go out and see something new in my life.  Second, I was also thinking about post-undergraduate studies and wanted to check a few schools on that side of the country: Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Rhode Island Institute of Design, to be specific. The idea of travelling and seeing these institutions inspired me to create something new, to display this type of energy that I was feeling, that also encompassed this new experience.

While in Boston, it happens to turn out that I was there during the Boston Pride Event, and the city was extremely busy with people and performance artists. Everything and everyone was in a constant flux of motion, combined with the big city atmosphere, the tall buildings and mixture of old and new architecture, I was inspired to capture this special instance of the city that I saw and experienced with excitement.

Boston Performance Boston Sky Boston Skyline

In Rhode Island, I finally saw something that I planned on visiting for my trip, and even without the spontaneity and rush of thousands of street goers and artists, I was still taken aback by the quiet and simple nature of the Museum of Art. To be honest, I ended up enjoying the structure and setup of the museum itself, more than the artworks displayed.  The style went from went from a minimalistic modern tone, to classic in almost every other room and walkway, which of course inspired a new set of pictures.

RISD Art Museum Front RISD Art Museum

The Takeaway 

I suppose what I’m trying to point out is that photography does not have to focus on one theme or idea to produce a great piece, it’s the culmination of a thousand different factors, capturing a single moment. My photography captures the beauty in even the most mundane of objects or events that happen every day; a chair, a staircase, a building, a crowd of people, are all part of a story, the art form is putting the story into the single picture.

Then I flew home.

Flight Home

Week #20

This week I decided to redesign the cover of my favorite book.  There are some components missing, like a bar code, summary, and even the spine of the book, but these are the basic front and back covers.

Week #19

A couple pieces and extras from an assignment I did over the weekend.

Week #18

Some cell phone photographs for this week.

Week #17

A small series of Other Worlds.

Week #16

A free-form Hockney-style photograph I put together recently.

Week #15

This is a mock-up of a restaurant I think would be awesome for college campuses, everything is one the dollar menu!
It is still a work in progress.

Week #14

This week I made a sculpture out of a kneadable eraser and photographed it.

Week #13

Some of the extras from the shoots I did this week.