Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

(Possible) Eulogy for my Nikon D50

Posted in art, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on April 20, 2014

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It is a sad day, friends. Today, my trusty Nikon D50, pictured above, may have suffered a fatal symptom- the Black Screen of Death.

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St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, black and white, film, photography by Jason Gray on March 25, 2014

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Currently up at the International Photography Hall of Fame is an exhibition that I curated called, St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis. The exhibition will be on display until April 27, 2014, and the Museum’s hours are as follows:

M-Tu: closed
W-Th: 11a-6p
F-Su: 11a-4p

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Anna Kuperberg’s South Side Exhibition

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, black and white, family, film, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on March 13, 2014

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In case you missed it, here are my installation shots for the Anna Kuperberg’s South Side exhibition at the International Photography Hall of Fame. The show ran from February 7, 2014 to March 7, 2014. If you would still like to see some of Anna’s work in person, a portion of the South Side images are included in my new exhibition at IPHF, entitled, St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis (up through April 27, 2014).

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Acknowledgments

Posted in art, links, photography by Jason Gray on March 12, 2014

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I have been lucky to receive a couple of recent acknowledgments that I would like to share.

The first is from the Missouri Arts Council, who featured this blog in an article titled, Snapshots of the Missouri Arts Blogosphere.

The second is from ALIVE Magazine, which has included my current exhibition, St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis, in its article, 10 Art Exhibits to Visit in St. Louis this Month.

I feel exceptionally honored to be recognized for my efforts by both organizations.

St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis

Posted in art, black and white, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on March 3, 2014

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Jarred Gastreich; St. Louis, 2013

I hope that all of you will make it to my next exhibition at the International Photography Hall of Fame, which I have guest curated for the Museum. The opening is March 7, from 6-9p, and the run is from 3/7 to 4/27.

Press release:

“St. Louis is a city with a rich photographic heritage stretching back almost to the very origin of the medium. Today, the cultural landscape of the city supports a diverse array of photographic artists, including a large network of street photographers who work with the city as either their subject or home base.

‘St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis’ features work from such recognized artists as Yvette Drury Dubinsky and Sam Fentress, while introducing the photographs of many talented newcomers. For an outsider’s perspective, the exhibition will juxtapose a portion of ‘Anna Kuperberg’s South Side’.

On view with the legendary photographs featured in ‘Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography Prints from St. Louis Collections’, the exhibition offers an exciting comparison of current talent to those masters who defined the street.”

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Upcoming Exhibition

Posted in 35mm, art, black and white, film, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on January 31, 2014

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Anna Kuperberg; South Side, St. Louis; image courtesy of Anna Kuperberg, © Anna Kuperberg

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum will feature Street Photography from February 7th to April 27th, 2014. The main show is called, Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography Prints from St. Louis Collections, and will include works from such notable artists as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, André Kertész and many more.

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My Best of 2013

Posted in art, awareness, family, film, perception, Photo Walk, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on December 28, 2013

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It is time for my annual “best of the year” post (in no particular order), and what a great year it was!

While 13 is often a number associated with bad luck, 2013 began with a stroke of excellent luck for me- The Riverfront Times awarded this blog with the designation, “Best Arts Blog, 2013“. A true honor, the award brought many new readers to Hours of Idleness, and helped draw some focus back toward my other online project, Photo Flood Saint Louis (which, in January of last year, appeared about to run out of steam). Today, PFSTL is a thriving community of photographers with a broad membership. Another thing that the RFT Award did was motivate me to begin work on an ongoing, multi-segment article outlining the history of photography in St. Louis. My research on the article led me from sifting through the cavernous archives of the Saint Louis Art Museum to exchanging emails with one of my favorite contemporary artists. I was even able to help attribute a work to Ansel Adams (of Wainwright’s Tomb in Bellefontaine Cemetery, that the artist’s foundation was previously unaware of).

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The Kids Are Alright: Anna Kuperberg and Lewis Hine

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, black and white, family, film, interview, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on November 22, 2013

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Lewis Hine; Newsies at Skeeter’s Branch (They were all smoking), A.M. Monday, May 9, 1910; Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection, LC-DIG-nclc-03489

On Black Tuesday, November 28, 1939, the thick gray smoke billowing from the many coal-burning furnaces around St. Louis literally choked out the sun. Noontime on Black Tuesday was described to have looked like just after sunset. Resulting from this, the city passed stricter legislation requiring infrastructure change and the use of cleaner burning fuels, which had the support of residents, who had foresaw something of their possibly catastrophic future in “the day that the sun didn’t shine”. Sometimes it takes a dramatic gesture to stir change… (more…)

Good Work If You Can Get It

Posted in photography, Uncategorized, wedding by Jason Gray on November 8, 2013

12Above: Image from set of installation photography done for artist, Tom Reed’s new exhibition, Dusk Till Dawn at 2209 Macklind.

It’s been a while since I posted something about the paid work that I do (which is pretty sporadic nowadays), so I decided to do one with my recent assignments that would catch everyone up to speed. It’s an eclectic grouping!

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Television Appearance

Posted in 35mm, art, awareness, interview, Photo Walk, photography, technique by Jason Gray on October 10, 2013

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If you are local, be sure to tune into HEC TV this Thursday (10/17) at 7p! My organization, Photo Flood Saint Louis, is being featured on the program State of the Arts, alongside the new International Photography Hall of Fame. This is my first televised interview, and I am pretty excited about it. I will post a link to view the episode online soon.

Link to episode trailer: State of the Arts

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