What I Am Up To (I am psyched to be interviewed in The Heavy Collective today)



    What part of the planet would you like to explore? 
    Top left corner of the continental US. I’ve been as far northwest as Minnesota and as far north as the bottom of Idaho, but missed the rest. Which seems like a wide beautiful space of fracking boomtowns, the forest from Endor and just a chunk of the country I’ve never seen. Also I’d like to make it to Alaska & Hawaii, which seem just otherworldly. I haven’t been out on the road in a bit, but I feel it’s only a matter of time until I get out to at least the top left of the country. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Ha-ha, yeah, funny enough I have been living the adult life I would have most wanted at 16. For the last year plus, I’ve been regularly shooting hardcore (punk) shows and indie (professional) wrestling, so I guess that’s a philosophy. I am still straight edge and vegetarian, but they’re not terribly recent life choices. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? I wish nothing but dignity for all people. But I am going to say Geoff DeCicco, my oldest friend. When we lived together in college, pretended to go out, only to wait in our bathroom for half an hour with his now wife, so he could jump out from behind our fridge in a Chewbacca costume and scare the shit out of me. I feel he has it coming. Name a design flaw in the human body. I kind of wish I could just output prints from pictures I made with my eyes. I am not sure which orifice I would like the prints to come out of, but it would make my life better. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. I immediately went important to me, as opposed to all humanity, and even then I can’t really think of a specific picture. But I spent a lot of time as a kid with my little sisters making slide shows of my mother’s photographs from her life before she had us. Or Justine Demetrick’s fanzine Intermission, particularly issue #3. Both made me want to pick up a camera for the first time. 


    What is it that interests you about photography? 
    I think it’s kind of the general thing that is interesting about all art. I don’t think I am alone in feeling that everything has been done and there is nothing truly surprising or different left to do. Until someone does it, and there is that wonder and amazement that there exists this completely different way of making art that I never even considered. What Was The Last Crime You Witnessed? Oh this year, I saw a guy get chased out of a cellphone store on the Fulton mall in downtown Brooklyn and then get caught and arrested by a bunch of cops. Before that, I saw some pretty bloody rioting in Varanasi, India, around 2000. Oh, and I got mugged twice after that in grad school, the last time at gunpoint, so I guess I witnessed that. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? I guess as a straight edge, vegetarian democrat, I’ll say Ian MacKaye, Ray Cappo, and Jimmy Carter. Also I can highly recommend the Carter Library in Atlanta. Carter is a much-underrated president. Also just saw New York Mayor Bill de Blasio enjoy the Bad Brains from the side of the stage at this year’s Afro Punk Fest, so I am pretty high on him right now. 

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  2. What I Am Up To (I this photograph in the 2014 CCNY Photo Benefit Auction at Affirmation Arts (523 W 37th St) on Thu. Oct. 2nd 6-8PM)

    (via CCNY | The Camera Club of New York)

  3. What I Am Up To (I will have a new artist book out for The 5th Annual CCNY Zine & Self-Published Photo Book Fair curated by Jason John Würm and others opening Fri. Sep. 12th, 6-8pm at FOLEY Gallery (97 Allen St.) with the fair running Sat. Sep. 13th to Sun. Sep 14th 12-6PM)

    (via CCNY Conversations Series | The 5th Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair | Friday, Sept 12 – Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at FOLEY gallery)

  4. What I Like (Matthew Monteith being interviewed on Singuar)

    (via Singular galerija)

  5. What I Bought (Party Doggs by Trevor Powers & Eric Benton and WOOF by Annie Sollinger)

    (via Party Doggs & WOOF / GOAT PEAK)

  6. What I Like (a picture of me enjoying the Cro-Mags at Afro Punk Fest on Impose Magazine by Edwina Hay)

    (via http://www.imposemagazine.com/photos/afropunk-festival-2014-day-2#46)

  7. What I Like (Victoria Sambunaris being interviewed on the Photo-Eye blog)

    (via photo-eye | BLOG: Interview: Victoria Sambunaris - Part I)

  8. What I Like (and very much so, Ian MacKaye talks photography with Glen E. Friedman)

    (Source: vimeo.com)

  9. What I Like (Roberta Smith talking Christopher Williams in the New York Times)

    (via ‘Production Line of Happiness’ Is a ‘Making Of’ Special - NYTimes.com)

  10. What I Am Up To (Reviewing Ensign, The Last Stand, Live Fast Die Fast & Silence Equals Death @ The Grand Victory on In Effect Fanzine)

    (via Reviews - InEffectHardcore.com)

  11. What I Like (Quentin Bajec interviewed on PDN)

    (via MoMA’s New Chief Photo Curator Turns to Studio Photography for First Show)

  12. What I Like (Garry Winogrand review on Bmore art)

    (via About Face ‹ bmoreart | Baltimore Contemporary Art)


  13. What I Like (Erik Schubert on The Heavy Collective)



    What part of the planet would you like to explore?
    Everywhere/ anywhere…but specially the jungle and woods. Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Trying not to be to stressed out and worried about shit so I’m not too much of a pain to live with. Who would you most like to…

  14. What I Like (Erik Schubert on Mull It Over)


    JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?

    ERIK SCHUBERT: When I was a kid I really wanted to be a professional athlete. I especially wanted to be a baseball player or racecar driver, ideally both. I suppose that was a pretty common career choice for a young lad back in the ‘80s so my other thought was to be a tribal leader. Besides looking at Sports Illustrated, I was also a fan of National Geographic. Those NG photos of tribes looked pretty great. Nice weather, no need to worry about fashion, or money and my thinking was that once your basic needs are meet, you live pretty stress free.

    JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?

    ES: The “what” is black and white photography. I’ve always seen myself as a color photographer, but recently I’ve brought B+W back into my art practice. The “who” is a pretty long list that shifts every now and then, but a few from the list are Jitka Hanzlova (I particularly love her older work, but the new work is pretty great too), Jochen Lempert, Bertrand Fleuret and Tobjørn Rødland books. I’d say I thought about how Rødland communicates through images, among other things, while working on the project and book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Also, Luis Gispert videos, and the band Beirut, who I can’t stop listing to especially when I’m editing photos.

    JC: What are you up to right now?

    ES: I just released my first artist book, How to Win Friends and Influence People with Lavalette, so I’m enjoying the fruits of my labor so to speak. Besides this, I’m always photographing for the pure joy of it, so I’m working on several different projects at the moment. One of which is a follow up to my recent publication. And besides those photo based projects, I’m working on some textile pieces as well that relate to How to Win Friends and Influence People.

    JC: Have you had mentors along the way?

    ES: Oh yes, I’d say that all the teachers I had in undergrad at Columbia College Chicago and grad school at MassArt made an impression on me, were mentors to me at various levels, and I always learned something from them. In grad school, Frank Gohlke and David Hilliard were great mentors and pretty important to me during that time. Particularly when I was going down this new trajectory with my art practice and at times felt vulnerable about it.

    JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?

    ES: I’m based outside the Denver area. It’s been a great change from living in the city. It’s much closer in proximity to nature, which has been fruitful to my current work, but also much better for my psyche. I don’t feel or hear the constant noise of the art world, but if I’m in need of it, I can always drive up to Denver or hit up the Internet. So maybe a better summation would be that it allows me to feel more balanced.

    JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?

    ES: Well, some general advice that couldn’t hurt any recent grads would be: Invest in your self by saving money. When applying to shows, grants, etc. employ the shotgun method. By this I mean, apply to as much stuff as possible, particularly if there are no entry fees. Really look for the no entry fee opportunities because some of these entry fees are just way too high. Invest in some nice, well-made, simple frames that you can reuse for group shows. And last but not least, have fun. I should really follow this advice to heart as well!

    JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?

    ES: Yes, I think it’s important to have a creative community, but also a community in general. I think we have different levels of community and some become more important than others during different times of our lives. During undergrad and grad school, participating primarily in a creative community was important to learn my practice and medium. Now it seems less important, even though I’m still part of communities. Now I’m learning new, maybe more complex, things from them, particularly about teaching. But this could change down the road.

    JC: If all else fails, what is your plan B?

    ES: There is no plan, I’m making it up as I go along—it’s social practice.


  15. What I Am Up (Work In Progress On In Progress Work a collaborative project I’ve been doing with Jason John Würm & Matthew Schenning will be at Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park Sep. 18-28th)

    (via Work In Progress On In Progress Work | Photoville)