Fine Art

Resilience at The Academy Theatre by airi katsuta

Resilience showing at the Academy Theatre I have another showing of Resilience coming up in September 19-22 at The Academy Theatre . You can catch it again for those of you who missed the first showing at Method Art Gallery. This time it is more focused on the stories of the residents, with narratives that go along with the photographs. I will also be giving a talk at the reception on Friday, September 20th, 6-9 pm. The 1000 Cranes for Ishinomaki will also be on display.

As a bonus feature to the show, I will be showcasing the fashion photography I have been doing lately in the lounge area. It will be the first time being shown in a gallery space so I'm very excited.

 

Update! by airi katsuta

Oh gosh, it's already JULY! Am I getting old or is time just flying soooo fast!? Anyways, I feel very bad that I haven't updated this blog in over 2 months, and a lot has happened so I wanted to give you an update.

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I finally had my first SOLO show! WOOHOOOO! In April. Sorry it took so long to tell you all. The show was at Method Art Gallery, located in Old Town Scottsdale on Marshall Way. It was the premier of my project "Resilience". It was a great opening night with my friends and family there, and a bunch of people who strolled in during ArtWalk. I had a great time talking to everyone and conversing about my work. Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

And then right after that, I had my First Friday debut at the Grace Chapel Gallery in Downtown Phoenix. It was an event called "The Night of the Thousand Cranes" by Release The Fear. Release The Fear is a non-profit organization that helps kids in juvenile detention to focus their behavior into fine arts and music. They contacted me to be a part of the event to show my Thousand Cranes display and I said, why not? Everyone was so nice, Robert, Blair, and Bill are such wonderful people and they worked with me to find a perfect spot in the gallery. The building is actually connected to an abandoned church that burnt down in the 80's (I think), and it looked post-apocalyptic. Super awesome! The Night of the Thousand Cranes went well, with the talented Ken Koshio playing his Taiko Drums, Encolor teaching people how to write Kanji Calligraphy, people folding origami, and cosplay people performing. It was a great night filled with music, art, and laughter. I had an amazing experience with talking in front of a crowd and giving a little speech about my installation and the meaning of the Thousand Cranes. And Channel 5 stopped by and interview Robert in front of my cranes! Awesome exposure, right? :)

The cranes will be up in the Release the Fear headquarters, Grace Chapel, 302 W. Monroe, in the downtown Phoenix Arts District, until September.

I've had a few inquiries on my photographs recently so I'm very excited about what's coming next for me. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed and patiently working away until then. Don't stop, get it get it.

 

Next post is going to be about Clutch Jewelry, and the trip we took to Payson!

Thousand Cranes at Arizona Matsuri Festival by airi katsuta

Photo by Cory Baumer I'm disappointed I haven't been able to blog as much as I've wanted to recently, but glad there's so much to blog about!

I got to be a part of Arizona Matsuri Festival on February 23rd and 24th again this year and had a fantastic time. It was a rush meeting thousands of people and getting the opportunity to share with them the story behind 1,000 Cranes as well as the process of creating the one a kind exhibit from scratch. To read more about the process, check out my other blog post

Unlike last year, I got the transportation of 1,000 cranes down to a science! Because the cranes are strung on fishing line individually with as many as ten cranes per strand, putting each strand in a separate bag saved hours of set-up time.

Photo by Cory Baumer

Even though every strand of blue and white cranes was weighted down with a marble to prevent tangles, the Sunday weather had other plans. Gusts of fierce wind kept me on a ladder all day untangling (in a dress no less!). For some reason many were delighted to receive my business card from a few feet higher in altitude. The display was even visited by a local news crew! It was a unique experience giving a video interview with so much sunscreen in my eyes that I didn't know which way was up:)

The best part of the festival this year was all the positive reactions I got to the installation. It became clear to me that 1,000 Cranes has an aesthetic that appeals to so many different people. All I can think of now is: how am I going to top this?

Local artist Airi Katsuta and her thousand cranes

A very kind and talented local photographer and blogger wrote a wonderful blog post about me and the festival. Check it out! Poolephotographyblog.com

Getting Ready for Japan! by airi katsuta

It's been a long time since I uploaded on here, but I'm glad to say that almost everything is good to go for me to go back to Japan. Only 12 more days until I depart for Japan!My WONDERFUL sister, Riho, booked the hotel and the bus in Ishinomaki for a very reasonable price in Ishinomaki. They have internet connection so I will be able to update all of you during my stay there.

I received my film in the mail, which are Kodak Ektar 100, Kodak Portra 160 and 400, Fuji Astia 100 and Fuji Pro 160s. I got the Ektar and Fujis in 120, and Portra in 220. There's so many!! And being a photo nerd, I am soooo excited to use it all :)

My mom has been working on these crochet cats for a while now, and I plan to bring them back to Ishinomaki for the kids I meet. They're cute and snuggly. She plans to make more of them and put eyes on it so they're not faceless.

I also received handmade scarves and clothes as a donation from the Japanese American Citizens League. They've been wanting to send them to the Tsunami affected areas but got denied because of shipping. So I volunteered to bring them to Japan and hand it out to senior communities. For the cold winters in Ishinomaki, I think this gift would be perfect.

I'm working on the last bit of the cranes for the $30 and under backers, and then I'm off to Japan! Thanks for your support and your patience. I promise I'll bring back a bunch of pictures! :)

千羽鶴の製作 by RK

[For English translation of this post, click HERE]

愛里の姉の里穂です。

彼女のプロジェクト 石巻の為に千羽鶴を:津波を乗り越えて を一緒に手伝っています。

このプロジェクトの支援金が73人のサポーターのお陰で$2,831に達成しました!

支援してくれた方々、そしてこのプロジェクトの存在を広めるのを手伝ってくれたみなさんに感謝します。

私は現在日本に住んでいるので、妹が実際に鶴を作っているところをまだ見た事がありませんでした。

先日、千羽鶴に使う紙と鶴を作るのに立ち会ったので、みなさんにもどのように作られるかお見せします!

ステップ1:紙の下準備

紙を作る場所はアリゾナ州立大学の芸術学部の研究室です。

まず始めに青酸カリウムとクエン酸第二鉄アンモニウムという薬品を混ぜ合わせます。

「青酸カリウム」と聞いて、思わず妹に「危なくないの?」と聞いたところ、「気をつけてね」という返事しか返ってきませんでした。

なんとなくジェームズボンドの映画にいるような気分で浮かれてしまった自分。

混ぜ合わせた薬品を3つのサイズに予め切っておいたトレーシングペーパー(透写紙)丁寧に塗っていきます。

このトレーシングペーパーも特別なものらしく、濡れても破れないものを探し出すのに苦労したらしいです。

「試行錯誤の連続だったよ」、と妹は言っていました。

薬品を塗り終えたら、紙をこの引き出しみたいなところに並べて乾かします。(この引き出しの名前は忘れちゃいました。)

重ならないように丁寧に並べて、約10分ほど待ちます。

ステップ2:羽模様

紙が乾くのを待っている間に羽模様を「プリント」する準備にかかります。

フォトフレームのようなものを取り出して、額の中に羽を並べていきます。

羽の上に薬品でコーティングされた紙を並べます。

紙の色はこの時点ではまだ黄色ですが、ご心配なく。

羽と紙をフレームしたものがこれ。

一つのフレームに紙のサイズによって4枚から25枚程入ります。

フレームは結構重くて、自分は一度に二つしか運べませんでした。

でも愛里は何度もやっているらしく四つ一度に持ち上げてました。さすが。

ステップ3:日光露出

ここからがすごいところ!

フレームを外に持ち出し、太陽の光に当たるように並べます。

太陽の光が紙の黄色い色を青に変えるらしいです。

日光に当ててから数分後。紙の色がすでに変わってるのが伺えます。アリゾナの熱い太陽はこれにもってこいですね。

10分後。もう少しで完了。

紙の緑っぽいトーンが消えたらオッケーだそうです。

仕上がった時の青のトーンはこのプロセスでどれくらい日光を浴びたかによって変わるみたいです。

30分後、完了!

羽が重なっていたところは黄色いままなのが見えますか?

この部分は太陽の光に当たっていなかったので紙の色が変わっていないんです。

ステップ4:洗浄、そしてまた薬品

まず紙に着いている薬品をきれいな水で洗い流します。

これで紙の黄色い色が落ちます。

何度も水を変えながら、紙から黄色い色がなくなるまで洗います。

そしてもう一つのトレーに過酸化水素を入れます。

これで紙を酸化させて、綺麗な紺色にします。

羽模様がくっきりと浮き上がってきました!

そしてもう一度洗浄。

紙が破れないように丁寧に、薬品をちゃんと洗い落とします。

ステップ5:乾燥

紙を一枚ずつ厚紙に貼り付けます。

重要なのが紙がちゃんと濡れていて、シワにならないように貼り付けること。

ここで適当にやってしまうと、乾かしたときに紙がくしゃくしゃになってしまいます。

そして上からもう一枚厚紙を重ねて、ヒートプレスにはさみます。

ヒートプレスはホットサンドメーカーみたいな感じで、結構熱くなります。(最高175℃)

濡れた紙を入れるとジューッと音が鳴って、湯気が出てきます。

10分後にヒートプレスから紙を取り出します。香ばしい匂いがちょっとしました。

紙が焦げないようにヒートプレスに入れる時間も重要です。

紙が出来上がりました!

紙を作っている作業を横で見ていて、思わず妹に「一枚だけ作って後はコピー機で刷ればいいんじゃない?」と言ってしまいました。

すると彼女はこの手間のかかるやり方には意味があると教えてくれました。

一枚一枚の紙を時間をかけて作るのは、紙と鶴に一つ一つ思いを込めているからだと言いました。

紙の青い色は石巻の海を表していて、3月11日に津波で命を失った方達への思いを込めています。

そしてこの青は石巻の空も表しています。みんなの願いや思いが鶴と一緒に空へ届くようにという意味です。

日本の古くからの言い伝えのように、愛里はこの鶴が石巻の復興と人々の回復の手助けになることを祈って作っているのです。

ステップ6:トリミング&鶴を折る

鶴を折り始める前に、紙を正方形に整えます。

薬品や熱で紙が縮んでしまうので、一番最後に調節します。

まず三角に折って、どこを切り落とさなければいけないか決めます。

そして余分な部分を切り落とします。

微調整はハサミで行います。

ここでやっと鶴を折り始めます。

どうやって愛里が折っているかはこのビデオで見れます: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRUdBR2Sl78]

愛里はもう何羽も折っているので1分50秒以下で折れるようになったそうです。

私は鶴を一羽折るのに3分以上もかかりました。もっと練習しなくちゃ

どうでしたか?

私自身、紙と鶴を作るのにこんなに時間がかかると思っていませんでした。

みなさんに送られる鶴たちの一羽一羽にいっぱい想いが込められています!

楽しみに待っていて下さい。

1000 Cranes: How they are made by RK

[日本語訳はこちらです]

Hi, I am Airi's sister Riho:)

I have been helping her out with her project 1000 Cranes for Ishinomaki: After the Tsunami.

I am proud to announce that Airi's project has reached 73 backers with $2,831 funding!

Thank you to those who have contributed, and to those who helped me spread the word about this project!

I currently live in Japan, so I'd never seen my sister make the cranes with my eyes yet.

The other day, I had the chance to help her make the paper and cranes, so I decided to share with everyone the process of making 1000 cranes!

STEP1: Prepping the paper

This is the lab where she makes the paper.

First, she mixes two chemicals together: potassium ferricyanide and ferric ammonium citrate.

I have no idea what they are, but when I saw 'cyanide', I asked my sister if it was dangerous.

The only thing she told me was "be careful." I felt like I was in a James Bond movie.

She coated the chemical mixture on to the tracing paper.

I guess this tracing paper is something special, too.

She said she looked all over for tracing paper that won't rip when it gets wet.

"Lots of trial and error, my friend," said Airi.

After she's done coating them, she lets the paper dry in a drawer. (Sorry, I forgot what it was called.)

She neatly placed each piece of paper and we waited for about 10 minutes for them to dry.

STEP 2: Feathers

While we waited for the paper to dry, we prepared for the 'printing' process.

She took out what looked like a photo frame, and started laying out feathers inside the frame.

Over the feathers, she placed the paper covered in chemicals.

The paper looks light yellow right now, but do not worry, my friends.

Feathers and paper framed together.

One frame fits 4 to 25 pieces of paper, depending on the size.

They are pretty heavy. I could only carry two, but Airi's learned to carry all four at the same time. Superwoman.

STEP 3: Sun Exposure

Now the magical part begins!

She took the frames outside so she could expose the paper to sunlight.

The sun changes the yellowish color to blue.

A few minutes after the sun exposure. Notice how the color has changed already! Arizona sun helps:)

10 minutes later. They are almost ready!

She knows when they are ready when the green tint goes away.

The darkness of the blue color depends on how much sun it was exposed to.

Done exposing after 30 minutes!

Notice where the feathers covered the paper is still yellow.

That's because they weren't exposed to light.

Now time to get wet and wild!

STEP 4: Washing and More Chemical

First she washes off the chemicals with clean water.

This will get the yellow out of the paper.

She washes them and changes the water over and over until the paper no longer has the yellow color.

Then in the other tray, she pours hydrogen peroxide to oxidize the paper.

This gives the paper that beautiful navy color.

Now you can really see the pretty feather prints!

Then more washing!

She washes them gently but surely, to make sure all the chemicals are washed off.

STEP 5: Drying

The hot and steamy step begins.

She places each piece of paper neatly on to a cardboard paper.

It's important to make sure they are still moist and all nice and flat, because if you don't then you will get a wrinkly paper.

Then she covers it with another cardboard paper and inserts it into a heat press.

Heat press is like a sandwich toaster. It gets pretty hot.

When she presses it down, you could hear it sizzle.

After 10 minutes, the paper is nice and crispy.

The time is important. You don't want the paper to get burnt.

Done making the paper!

When I asked my sister why she couldn't just make one paper and just photo copy the rest, she told me that she decided to make her this way for a reason.

She said she wanted to put in her time and effort in each piece of paper, because the paper and the crane represent one of her objectives of the project.

The color of the paper represents the ocean of Ishinomaki; She said that this is for the remembrance of what happened on March 11, 2011.

The blue color also represents the sky of Ishinomaki; She wants the prayers to sent to the sky with the help of the cranes.

Like in the Japanese ancient legend, she hopes that these cranes will help Ishinomaki and the people there recover from the traumatic disaster.

STEP 6: Trimming & Folding

Before we start folding, we have to make sure that the paper is a square.

The tracing paper shrinks from the chemicals and heat, so we have to make adjustments.

I fold it into a triangle to see where I need to trim.

Then I cut off the extra edges off.

Sometimes you have to use scissors to make little adjustments.

Then we start folding!

Here's a video of how she folds them: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRUdBR2Sl78]

Airi has been doing this for a while, and she could fold one in less than a minute and 50 seconds! Impressive.

It took me close to three minutes to fold one crane. I need to practice more.

So there you go!

These are the steps of making her cranes.

Honestly, I didn't know that it was such a time consuming process!

But now you know, that each cranes you receive will be full of thoughts and prayers:)

Hope everyone enjoyed this!

3-11-2011 by airi katsuta

Sorry for being MIA for a while. Everything was just crazy that I barely had time to even breathe. I know I should've written about this a while ago, and it may sound like a bunch of mumbling, but here it goes. March 11 has passed, and the one year anniversary of the Earthquake/Tsunami came. I felt strange inside because I didn't know if I should be happy or sad.

Happy: My whole outlook on life changed after I volunteered. I learned so much from that experience that I've been sharing my stories with others. This whole year I dedicated myself to Japan. I learned what it feels like to do something for others, and realize how it feels to be appreciated. I feel more connected to my roots now, and I'm very happy with where I am.

Sad: It took this disaster for me to realize everything. So many lives were lost, so many lives were destroyed. Was I selfish to "use" this experience to explore my identity? The disaster left so much damage that it's not even close to what it used to be and so much cleaning/rebuilding needs to be done.

So March 10 was a strange day with all this confusion in my head. But all that cloudiness went away the next day.

On March 11, there was a Annual Remembrance Event of the Tsunami with a screening of the Academy Award Nominated documentary, "Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom". I was fortunate enough to be asked to display my Thousand Cranes installation and share my photographs as well. I watched the documentary and I couldn't help but cry at first. I saw the destruction that the tsunami caused on screen and I took it personal. The first time I saw it on the news, I was amazed of how powerful Mother Nature was. But it was still someone else's problem. But after volunteering, after meeting the Ishinomaki locals, after moving bag after bag filled with the mud that was once at the bottom of the ocean... After all that, I was involved.

Though I was only there for 2 weeks, I put my all in it. It was hard work, but nothing compared to the people who's been there from the start. They're strong, and I'd be happy if I can be half as strong as them. While I volunteered, as a photographer, I wanted to take as many pictures as I could. But then again, this wasn't a vacation, or sight-seeing. It was to assist with the aid of the relief. I was so focused on doing the tasks I was handed, that I forgot to take pictures first half of the trip. And after seeing the destruction, it was so much to take in that it was hard for me to get anything in the way from my own eyes. It sounds crazy that I'm saying this, but I didn't want the lens to be in the way between me and Ishinomaki. But then, I wanted to bring back something to show my community of what was happening in Japan. I felt that it was my job to share it with the people who are in America. So towards the end, I started shooting.

Since I've been back to Arizona, I wondered what I could do here since I can't physically be there to help Ishinomaki. And the only thing I know how to do well is art. I learned how to cyanotype in my Alternative Processes class with my teacher, Christopher Colville, and he helped me get my ideas together for my cranes. So for his class, I started making cyanotypes with feathers on tracing paper to make the design, and then folded cranes obsessively. Everyday, every night, every moment that I was awake. At the time, I didn't know what it was for, but then eventually, I was deeply invested in it to give this as an offering for the people of Ishinomaki. I couldn't have done it alone, I had my mom, my boyfriend Rex, my friend Ashley to help me fold. My 2 cats, Whiskers and Bailey stayed up late nights with me as I folded. I folded 1000 cyanotyped cranes and made an installation. My wish was for Japan's good luck, good health, and recovery.

For the first time I had the opportunity to show it in my group BFA show, COOL. among my friends. And this exhibition lead me to Matsuri. And that lead me to the screening for the Tsunami & the Cherry Blossom.

I hope that Ishinomaki can feel the positive energy that I'm sending them. It may be little on a global scale, but I'm trying to spread the word out to everyone I know and everyone I can reach. All I want is good for Ishinomaki.

Arizona Matsuri by airi katsuta

First of all, thank you for the Arizona Matsuri for giving me an opportunity to show my artwork in their festival. It was such an amazing experience for me to meet thousands of people and have them enjoy my work. It was very flattering for me to have everyone taking pictures of my cranes and seeing my personal experience in Japan after the earthquake/tsunami through my photographs.I couldn't have done it without all the people in my life, especially the people in Ishinomaki for giving me the inspiration, my parents, friends, teachers, and everyone I have talked to. I hope through my thousand cranes, my wish of good health and recovery will come true for the people who were affected by the disaster.

Thank you again,

Airi.

COOL: success! by airi katsuta

Thank you everyone for coming out to see our show, Cool.

The opening reception was a BIG SUCCESS! Gallery 100 was packed, and even our teacher said he's never seen it so filled up before. The food that we provided (pizza, hummus, baklava, nachos) were gone within the first hour, Danielle's super cool party favors (cone hats, COOL buttons, sequin masks) were a huge hit, and everyone had a great time!

I got great feedback from everyone who saw my 1,000 cranes, as well as my photographs. I met new people, built new connections, and learned what I could do to make it better.

Having this exhibition was a great experience. We, the Cool. people, had great teamwork. Everyone had their own unique style and it made our show enjoyable to everyone.

Thank you everyone for stopping by, and thank you to my team for making this experience SUPER COOL!

:),

airi

COOL. by airi katsuta

COOL. : BFA Photography exhibition

The artists of COOL. tackle a wide range of subject matters with a kindred respect for the language of photography.

The eight photographers have worked alongside each other in varied but complimentary methods for the past several years and now present Cool. as the collective culmination of their undergraduate photography educations.

Come enjoy food, refreshments, party favors, and great art.

Join the fun and support the work of BFA in photography candidates:

Ashley Hom Will Jenkins Valeria Echeverria Airi Katsuta Danielle Mariscal Virginia Martinez Bucky Miller Annie Wechter

ASU Gallery 100 Exhibition: January 23- 27 Opening Reception: January 24 6pm-8pm

Suite 199, Northeast corner of 10th Street and Mill ave. (located just north of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center) Hours: Monday–Thursday: Noon – 5 p.m. Friday: noon – 3 p.m.

Website up!! Exhibition coming up! by airi katsuta

Hello, all! It's a little late but HAPPY NEW YEAR! There's a bunch of great stuff coming up this year and I'm thankful for having everyone in my life.

My new website is up and running. airikatsuta.com Be sure to check that out.

My group BFA exhibition is in less than 2 weeks! It's going to be cool and the show is called Cool. so if you're in Arizona, come by from January 24 to 27. My thousand paper cranes and my prints from Japan are going to be on display. And my group has some super cool stuff so be excited!!!

Life is good!!!!!

Tale of a Thousand Cranes by airi katsuta

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. Cranes are considered a mystical or holy creatures in Japan and they are said to live for a thousand years. I wanted to fold these cranes for the people who were affected by the Tsunami, especially the wonderful people that I met in Ishinomaki while volunteering. I spent hours cyanotyping the cranes, which is a non-silver process that uses Ammonium iron citrate and Potassium ferricyanide which when combined and exposed in the sun, it turns blue. I printed feathers on them to give it more of a Japanese feel and that in hope that these birds will fly away with new owners.

I made a total of 384 cranes, all printed and folded in total of 2 weeks. I was aiming for a thousand, but when I asked my mom about Senba-zuru (translation: a thousand cranes), it means "a lot" in Japanese. It took me about 5 minutes per crane at first but as I kept folding and folding, I got better and I was at 2 minutes and 15 seconds per crane. I had help from my mother, my boyfriend and couple of my friends. I have great people in my life.

I wanted people to remember the tragedy that happened in Japan on 3/11/11, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. I want people to keep Japan in their prayers. By giving away the birds, I hope to raise awareness and create conversation between people in the community, whether it be in their homes or businesses, through art.

I used tracing paper and this is what the paper looks like after exposing. I'm hanging it to dry after washing and rinsing the chemicals out.

After having them hanging on campus for a week, I put out a sign that said "Feel Free to Take One" and successfully, all my cranes had a new owner by the next day. It made me happy that my creation made people smile. Hopefully they decorated their rooms with it.

I am going to expand on this project and hopefully have an installation next semester for the senior exhibition.

If you currently posses one of my cranes, please share it with others, post it on Facebook, tweet it, blog it. #athousandcranes. or tag me, Airi Katsuta.

Thanks!

Nick by airi katsuta

He's been my boss at Barro's for 3 years. I'm not gonna lie, he used to scare the living crap out of me (I guess he still does). He has a really good poker face so it's hard to tell if he's serious or not. Whenever I ask him for his permission for a break at work, he always tells me no and being the gullible person that I am, I always believe him (EVERYTIME). But then he gives me a big smile and tells me he's kidding. I used to think he was just this scary person, but over the few years I've known him, I realized he's a nice guy. He is very understanding when it comes to school and gives me the schedule I can handle throughout the school year. And deals with me when I take 6 weeks off every year when I go to Japan. Trust me, no other job will let me do that and let me have the same schedule back. He was my first subject for the view camera and I was just nervous handling the camera. It was funny how he knew more about setting it up than I did. In the picture above, you can kiiinda see a smile in there :)

View Camera by airi katsuta

So for those who don't know what a view camera is, there ya go. Why yes, I am photographing a strangely real looking chimp that my boyfriend gave me.

You look under a cloth to see the image. It's pretty cool when you get it focused, everything is flipped and it looks crisp.

Thanks Dad for helping me today.

 

Check out the view camera pictures. Tony, Dad, Nick.

Dad by airi katsuta

Everyone knows my dad is hilarious.So since I needed more models to test out the view camera, I asked my dad. He came home from work on his lunch break to do a little photoshoot. I could tell he was excited to spend time with me since we haven't really seen each other since school started. We have totally opposite schedules. Anyways, so he came home, put a button up shirt and a tie on, and put some funky glasses on and played the conga drums. It was fun to take his pictures.

I under exposed and had my focus on the couch rather than him so I need to reshoot sometime soon. But I'm pretty happy with the picture above. Its interesting.

Tony by airi katsuta

This is my first time using a View Camera. I was pretty nervous even setting the camera up because it was wobbly and fragile. The fact that I did all that in this 110 degree heat of Arizona didn't make it any easier. I developed these pictures today and scanned them. The negatives were a little scratched and I got dust on them so I spent probably around 3 hours staring at a computer screen retouching these two negatives. Oh film photography and Photoshop, how I missed you so.  

This is Tony. I've known him ever since I started working at Barro's, so for about 2 or 3 years now. He's very chill and funny, and he walks with a swag that I like to impersonate from time to time. When I got the assignment of portraits for class, I knew I wanted to use Tony as a model because he has a good face, especially his eyes. I hope to photograph him again.

Tony also does music, goes by the name of Ronin.

Check out his page. Click here!

Grandma pt. 2 by airi katsuta

I guess there's some complications to her organs after the surgery so she can't eat at the moment and she's just getting iv fluids for a couple days. She's going to be here for another couple days and the hospital isn't sure of letting her go yet. I really hope she gets well soon.