Visit RORSHAK's "Paper Dolls" show December 1 from 6-8 and witness a ceremonial hatching of 2 durian fruits. The exhibit runs til December 8 and is located at the Leu Center for the Arts, Belmont University, Nashville, Tn, 37212. Both the exhibit and parking are free.Read More
Thank you Megan Kelley for your time and words in this Nashville Arts Magazine article about the ‘Paper Dolls’!
Belmont University has invited RORSHAK to exhibit a collection of his Paper Dolls from October 23 thru December 8, 2017, at Gallery 121 in the university's art studies building. Look for an article about the show in November's Nashville Arts Magazine.
Alas, read my project statement:
"Paper Dolls" are photographic narratives built from paper, common household items, stuff from the grocery store, and packaged by recording well-crafted light through a lens. The rules are:
-the story must be told in one frame
-the story must be fun, thoughtful, grandiose, absurd, or otherwise stimulating according to the photographer
-two dimensional things can substitute for 3 dimensional things that are too big or expensive or difficult to obtain
-three dimensional things are welcome, but preferably disguised as bigger things
The work exists as a reaction to financial limitations and mocks them. The work mocks creative timidity. It is the work of an attention-seeking youngest sibling who refuses to abandon the realm of make-believe. It celebrates a love affair with Ray Harryhausen films, Terminator 1, and Rush album covers. It is computer-aided imagery that protests computer-generated imagery by restraining itself. "Leave paper edges on the paper dolls!" "Leave Easter eggs out for the viewers and allow them to see behind the curtain." The illusions herein are pledged to not be so fortified as to resist disclosure. Look elsewhere for refined graphic sausage--these are the Paper Dolls!
If it bleeds, it leads.
RORSHAK in L'Oeil de la Photographie!
He had two pit-bulls on a chain, wearing frumpy clothes and a scowl. I crossed to the other side of the street as he already owned this side. In my gentrified neighborhood of manicured lawns and hipster pretense, he represented a completely alternative persona: tough, intimidating, fierce. He belonged in a portrait, on a billboard, or perhaps in his own movie. In fear, I failed to act and the opportunity was lost. I entered a few weeks of creative fog. "God," I imagined, "if you let me see him again, I will be bold and introduce myself.”
Weeks later, while unloading the car, I saw him pass by. Again, I was seized with fear of the man and his pit-bulls, telling myself that he did not wish to be bothered. It was a strange a re-occurrence. I shied away from the immediate opportunity to walk after him and began to wrestle with my former determination. Perhaps God was giving me my chance and I was breaking the deal. Coward! I dropped the things I carried and left the car’s hatch open. There he was around the corner and up the hill, alarmed at my pace and directness.
“Sir! You’ve got the toughest mug in this town and I’m a photographer. Would you let me make your picture?"
He answered affirmatively. His voice was soft and his demeanor was disarmingly kind. His face lifted, and he seemed to appreciate the request. His name was Gary. We set a time to shoot the following day.
The final image is above. With great dignity, Gary and his dog 'Puck' stand out against a polluted urban landscape. Not sure of her behavior in the studio, he decided to leave the other dog, 'Lady', at home. I think that Puck did perfectly fine covering for her, however.
A special thanks belongs to Adam Agin of the rock band Neulore, who produced the opportunity for me to make the image of the car which we photographed in the outskirts of a junkyard in Shelbyville, Tn. You can see how the car has been used in their promotions here.
Below is a ‘behind the scenes’ picture of the set after removing the paper versions of Gary, Puck, and the car.
Here are some other images of Gary from our time together:
Finally, no RORSHAK adventure is complete without a little share and tell video:
Thank you SO much for spending time with my blog! I wish you the very best. -Rory
Welcome to a quick tour of the behind the scenes pictures of the Celestial Farmer Princess photo shoot. Earth Day is Friday, April 22, 2016. I asked Caylin Cervetti, who stars as the Celestial Farmer Princess, if she had a good idea for how to unveil this epic photograph and she brilliantly suggested releasing it on Earth Day. Perhaps there is no greater way to illustrate mankind's role on the planet than this single frame story of a girl caring for the plants and animals of her own small plantet. This image was a beast to create, and here are the cell phone snaps to give you a peak at how the sausage was made! Please note that Caylin appears in a Prophetik dress (www.prophetik.com). When I was looking for just the right dress for a princess who knows how to get her hands dirty and still look great doing it, the folks at Prophetik had just what I needed.
You may recognize some familiar leafy greens in the set. Indeed, the princess has a bountiful supply of good things to nourish her. When the lighting is all set, and the camera position dialed in, the illusion is really fun. I hope you dig it! A special thanks belongs to Caylin Cervetti for starring as the princess, and Tony Richardson, who helped me make a version of the final that is capable of printing as large as a house.
There I was, with my head hung on a wall in the middle of the summer heat of Nashville, when this photographer and his red-bearded model stepped up right in my grill and started taking pictures. Good grief!
Heaven Bound is out, and here is the cover. We shot in an absolutely incredible house with hidden passages, a giant wooden native American statue, that just so happened to be styled for Christmas year-round. Since the main characters end up all tied up as captured criminals, it seemed appropriate to summarize the scenario with the cover image. The adorable dog was a super-star and held that big old rope on cue and was a simply a delight to work with.
It had been a long time since I'd worn an apron and shook chemicals looking to make art. I'm back, and the results are very unpredictable. Sprinkled throughout this brand new RORSHAK site are some images that are a delightful combination of photography, chemical processing, and milk, salt, glass, and film. Meander through a few of this websites galleries and you may be able discover them.