"PAPER DOLLS" on a Wall.

Durian-Headed Meat-Armed Man, Paper Doll #4 by RORSHAK

Durian-Headed Meat-Armed Man, Paper Doll #4 by RORSHAK

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.

If it bleeds, it leads.

For months I've kept secret this wonderful photographic adventure with my buddy Kenny Foster.  I was privileged to help him with the images for his monument of a record 'Deep Cuts'.  This week he unveiled the story of how we made the image.  It would be foolish for me to add anything to his tale.  Please read all about it on his page's blog here and learn about all of the top secret black magic involved in bringing his massive concept to life.  Listening to 'Deep Cuts' has made me feel strong emotions, chills, and even caused me to squirt a few tears.  The record is a demonstration of song writing, performing, and production at their superlative nexus.  I believe that it will earn the heart of the heartland as well as anyone with a heart. Perhaps Rolling Stone agrees with me:

For months I've kept secret this wonderful photographic adventure with my buddy Kenny Foster.  I was privileged to help him with the images for his monument of a record 'Deep Cuts'.  This week he unveiled the story of how we made the image.  It would be foolish for me to add anything to his tale.  Please read all about it on his page's blog here and learn about all of the top secret black magic involved in bringing his massive concept to life. 

Listening to 'Deep Cuts' has made me feel strong emotions, chills, and even caused me to squirt a few tears.  The record is a demonstration of song writing, performing, and production at their superlative nexus.  I believe that it will earn the heart of the heartland as well as anyone with a heart.

Perhaps Rolling Stone agrees with me:

Spend a moment with Kenny's website to see more of our images for the record.  Also, if you listen to this record on a road trip with a loved one, you'll find yourselves holding hands in less that an eighth of a tank down the road, and then you'll be searching the cubbie box for tissues, so go prepared.  As I write this I'm listening through the record yet again, and its got me feeling strong feelings again.  Man its a great listen! Thank you for reading, and receiving, this newsletter! Rory aka RORSHAK

Spend a moment with Kenny's website to see more of our images for the record

Also, if you listen to this record on a road trip with a loved one, you'll find yourselves holding hands in less that an eighth of a tank down the road, and then you'll be searching the cubbie box for tissues, so go prepared.  As I write this I'm listening through the record yet again, and its got me feeling strong feelings again.  Man its a great listen!

Thank you for reading, and receiving, this newsletter!

Rory aka RORSHAK

"Barrio Pit-bull Master" by RORSHAK

To make your own Barrio Pit-bull Master you will need: paper doll man paper doll pitbull paper chevrolet cavelier paper boombox paper t.v. rubber gasket netting wood rods aluminum rods screen paper buildings empty paper towel rolls assorted canned vegetables painted black cool image title

To make your own Barrio Pit-bull Master you will need:

paper doll man
paper doll pitbull
paper chevrolet cavelier
paper boombox
paper t.v.
rubber gasket
netting
wood rods
aluminum rods
screen
paper buildings
empty paper towel rolls
assorted canned vegetables painted black
cool image title

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.

Behind the scenes:  mountains of crumpled background fabric, cutout buildings for a city background, vegetable cans spray-painted black for rubbish barrels.

Behind the scenes:  mountains of crumpled background fabric, cutout buildings for a city background, vegetable cans spray-painted black for rubbish barrels.

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

Face to Face with a Moose

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!

Torry Martin face to face with a moose for his book "Of Moose and Men".

Torry Martin face to face with a moose for his book "Of Moose and Men".

Moose, Doug Peterson, Torry Martin

Moose, Doug Peterson, Torry Martin

Hola Hollywood

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.

The Official Heaven Bound DVD cover.

The Official Heaven Bound DVD cover.

Note my green wristband--my first-born son was born the night before the shoot and that band helped me get in and out of the hospital!  

Note my green wristband--my first-born son was born the night before the shoot and that band helped me get in and out of the hospital!

 

Milk, Salt, Glass, Film

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.

Caylin Cervetti snapshot from the Celestial Farmer Princess shoot.  

Caylin Cervetti snapshot from the Celestial Farmer Princess shoot.

 

Chris Lockwood

Chris Lockwood

Chris Lockwood

Chris Lockwood

Neulore

Neulore

Torry Martin

Torry Martin