Tuesday, December 27, 2011

"Why People Hate Art"

A couple of art school graduates give a talk on contemporary art and education.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stuff left in the finishing room

Hey all. There is a lot of stuff left in the finishing room, the alt labs and computer labs after the semester - matboard, paper, books, prints in the drying racks, chemicals etc. If you want to keep any of this stuff you need come by and put it in your locker, or take it home, before closing on Friday.

The labs will be thoroughly cleaned over the break to get them ready for next semester and any stuff left outside lockers will have to be discarded. The only exceptions are the rolls of paper in the demo lab, and large sheets of foamcore that are too big for the lockers - But make sure your name is on them. Also, if you leave a big mess for us to clean up over the break, then you might start next semester with a fine on your account. So come clean up your stuff!

Checkout is open until 4pm today and until 1pm on Friday the 16th.

Have a great break! Checkout

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nighttime Narratives

Support your classmates and check out some awesome low light projects!
Black Box Theatre --  Open at 4pm,

PS-    Congrats seniors on a wonderful show!

Postcard Collective - Call for Entries

Hey, remember that crazy postcard project I started a couple years ago? Well, we're looking for new participants. If you're not already an active member, now's your chance to get started! You have until midnight MST 12/20.

Brilliant, Excellent, Awesome

Dear Seniors, Congratulations on your Fantastic show last night. I have to say, that it was the most consistently strong work I have seen from a group of seniors ever. It is truly a privilege to teach such a wonderful group who invest so much in their work. Thanks for the semester. Ian

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Senior Critique

Want to know what the Seniors have been up to all semester? Want to know what all the hype about Senior Critique has been about? Want to know what you'll be facing in your final year of the photo program? Then come to the Senior Critique on Monday the 12th from 8:30 am to 4:30pm. Everyone is invited so come for the whole day or stop by for a few minutes to see what all the fuss is about!!!

Senior Reminders:
     Critique is in the Black Box from 8:30am to 5pm tomorrow, Monday the 12th. Please do not be late (this does not hold true for those of you with kids or exams bright and early). Everyone is expected to be at critique all day unless you have scheduled meetings, exams or if you have cleared with the professors that you will have to leave for a designated time. We have gotten the basic's for breakfast and lunch covered but if anyone is interested in bringing drinks or other snacks they would be greatly appreciated. We have to be completely out of the theater by 5pm because of the One Acts.
    Don't forget that we need to have two cd's of our images, the CD's should include your 12 to 15 final images no larger then 10in on the largest side (3000pixels) .... 300ppi.
     Technically we are able to get into Riverside at 11am on Monday, we will let you know how late we can stay when we know. We are also able to get into Riverside starting at 9am on Tuesday.
     We will have an itinerary at the critique and can go over any last minute questions about the show either at lunch or after crit is done.
      I hope this helps and if anyone has any other questions please feel free t contact me, Halli Bischoff, Shelbee Jones, or Elizabeth Wilmerding.
Thanks every one!!!


How to be a Professional Photographer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S3NFW2c7hA&context=C2f127ADOEgsToPDskKpVlUkxD40ETFw1j7zxE7n

A picture of a picture of a picture

See you guys Monday! Hope everything is coming together nicely for everyone.
And a message to all non-seniors, come to our critique! We would love to have you there!
Now for PBR and putting frames together.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Things are a changin

Photos © Ian van Coller. All Rights Reserved Went out photographing this afternoon to document the changes happening to this old grain elevator up on Rouse. The bottom one I made a few years ago on 4x5 film and the top one is digital back on a Toyo AX.

Experimental Photography Workbook, Merry Christmas!

These students (and seven visiting dignitaries!) have images in The Experimental Photography Workbook, 2012. Congratulations! 200+ pages of 10.5pt type experimental bliss. The book went to press as of yesterday. It will be ready in January sometime, right on schedule. Numbers below reference pages, but one page may have more than one image. I think you will be pleased to see yourself in print. Each student with an image in the book will receive a copy. Those of you on campus, come see me mid January to pick it up. Those who are graduated, you’ll have to email me your snail mail address. Unfortunately, I no longer have correct email addresses for a few of the students in the book who gave me permission to use their images in past years. This is why I am posting this list in hopes that somehow they will hear about this and contact me with their snail mail. It is really important to keep in touch with current email once you move on from MSU; I had to remove images from many students whom I could not locate to ask permission. 

 Next in the pipeline, Alternative Processes Condensed. I will be revising all next year with a deadline of December, adding a new chapter with further research at George Eastman House funded by a recent grant received for summer study. I hope you will be willing to donate images to the new revision if alt was your class of choice. Merry Christmas everyone!

Allen, Nubia Garcia 156

Allen, Zak 96,119,187

Allsop, Pennie 7,45

Anderson, Lauren 208

Anderson, Libbie 115

Apa, Jeremy 13,65,199

Avery, Collin 17,142

Avila, Angela Pierson 156

Bean, Alan 127,142,145

Becker, Britni 153

Becker, Jace ix,77,95,112,240,241

Bell, Briana 161

Bischoff, Halli 16,79,130,195

Blaney, Brett 25,33

Boland, Clare 44,84,151

Boland, Genna 146

Bredberg, Blaine 13

Breitbach, Amanda 22,70,101

Brien, Whitney 163

Busby, Tyler 197

Caillier, Adam 15

Cary, Augie 40,60

Cavanaugh, Ian 43

Collins, Douglas 129

Cordier, Pierre 129–136,137

Courtney, Gwen 93

Cowart, Kaitlin 11

Crispell, Alicia 9,120,173

Cudmore, Rachel 77

Davidson, Scott 151

Dodge, Gwen xiii,71,195

Donnelly, Claire 31,92

Druse, Amy 74,103,107

Dudley, Kurt 75,85

Dunbar, Megan 55,89,122

Foster, Cam 65,213

Frankman, Patrick 53,119

Gorsuch, Paul 1,93

Ham, Courtney 59

Hansen, Aly 176

Hattersley, Brian viii,96

Hennen, Meghan 119

Herem, Bek 38

Higgins, Matthew 131

Hilton, Parker 215,219

Hofferber, Cale 98,193

Holcomb, Grayce 55,113,203

Jennings, Ryan 21

Jensen, Kyle 23

Jewett, Lauren 162,203

Juarez, Kim 107,118

Kelley, Brandon 130,155,235

Kennelly, Sean 64,109,111

Kirschhoffer, B. J. 37,45

Lee, Mark A. 18,151,157

LeMay, Jessi 27

Lynn-Klimenko, Aidan 40,57,78

MacDonald, Dan 159,188

Mateskon, Maggie 117

Mather, Greg 39

Mauch, Calin 150

McEwen, Ian 63,104

McGaw, Mary Katherine 4

McKenney, Heather 61,202

Miller, Matt 82

Nelson, Brittany 185

Nubson, Colter 144,179

O’Neal, Meghan 203,242

Ortiz, Jeannie 56

Patch, Nicole 163

Perrins, Madison 162,221

Peterson, Simon 243

Piskin, Jason 40,149,200

Rand, Ken 3,20,54,123

Rehbein, Bethany Lindeman 172

Reinsel, Sam 194,198

Risvold, Adam 81

Roberts, Kate Vanderlans 29,240

Romero, Nicole 167,168,169

Roth, Dawn 157

Runolfsson, David 101,181,201

Sarachek, Norman 134

Schlepp, John 216

Schultz, Jakob 12

Scott, Ellen 145,148

Shupe, Kate 6,69,125

Skogg, Erika 72,92

Smith, Michelle 79,237

Spray, Terri 64

Stebbins, Andrew 239,240

Stipp, Jim 87,158,161,203

Sumiura, Akitaka 121,160

Taylor, Warren 116

Thompson, Megan 5,22

Trebella, Amy 9

Truckner, Amy 93

Underwood, David 146

Wang, Sam 35

Webb, Donna vii,10,124,207

Wells-Osborne, Cecilia 7,13

Wilbanks, Johanna Huyser 100

Wing, Bobbi 174

Wohler, Jordyn 73,151,203

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Help me win 30 free rolls of film

I would love you all forever and ever if you'd click on my link and vote for my picture to help me win 30 free rolls of film. My picture is in the finals and I need some help beating out some of the other shots.



Monday, December 5, 2011

Senior Critique

Senior Critique sign up schedule is posted outside checkout.

Would you print 44" wide?

Hey people! The school is looking into what printer to buy and this is a poll to find out how many of you photo people would realistically print 44" wide if we had a printer that could do it? Don't reply just if you think it would be cool - only reply if you would actually definitely positively invest the money into paper that size. Keep in mind that a 44" roll of good paper such as Canson/Moab is going to be at least $250 and up for a 50 foot roll. Who would be in?


Money is due today for the senior show.  Make check payable to MTA Photo Network for $80 or bring cash in an envelope to Photo Checkout 

Flash is dead, btw...

Flash is dead 1

Thought that in case you haven't come across this yet it would be good to know. Adobe conceded to Apple's philosophy regarding HTML5 and using open web standards in the mobile age and have announced the end of flash for mobile devices, which may eventually lead to the end of flash for desktop development as well, or a possible hybrid of some sorts. Either way, flash will not be a game changer in the web development world anymore.

This doesn't mean your website is obsolete, but next time you decide to redo your website, or get a new one, try and find one that uses javascript (frameworks like jquery or mootools). Javascript and HTML5 can do everything flash can and more, so realize your not missing out on anything either. Not to mention the fact that javascript works on every browser for everyone by default.

In case you're curious to know if a website, product, or service is flash, just right click while viewing.

For those who use slideshowpro, you are ok. They already output a JS/HTML5 counterpart of your website (if you purchased it - consider getting newest version of slideshowpro director as well as slideshowpro for flash) for apple mobile devices, however their desktop version is still flash. Now that flash is going to become less popular over the coming years, Slideshowpro may reevaluate their product, so I think either way they will make sure their customers are taken care of.

About Flash and Apple - Written by Steve Jobs, but almost everything in there are just the facts. Not too much bias.

Bottom line, HTML5 CSS(3) and Javascript will reign. Get a website (website template) or portfolio website service that utilizes those open source standards.

I am working on a portfolio service at present with another web developer (won't be done for a while) but when it is I will let you folks know. MSU discount!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Print Exchange?

Hey everyone. I know I'm not the only one who has stacks of prints sitting in boxes, so I was thinking  sometime in the future (be it this semester or the next) we could have some sort of print exchange between students. I'd rather have another person's work hanging up on my walls than my own, and keeping them in storage is the last place any artist would like their work to be. So if anyone is interested, let's try to arrange something!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Quick Update

Halli went and spoke with the Pipe and Drape people and they will be setting up on Monday. I will let you know more of the details when i know them. They will be reevaluating the price but you will not be charged any more then the $80, which is due by 5:10 on Monday, don't forget!! Thanks everyone!!!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

senior spaces

okay everyone you get 8' unless we told you otherwise here are your spaces

Spring 2012 USP proposal deadline - 09 December

Spring 2012 USP proposal deadline - 09 December

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

4x5 film holders for sale

Hi everyone I have eight 4x5 film holders I don't use, I will sell all 8 for $80 or $12 individually no light leaks all in great condition. let me know thanks Tyler 406-249-8252

Senior Papers due Wednesday 11/30

There seems to be some confusion as to when the final senior papers are due. They are due Wednesday, 11/30. You need to turn in two copies, with your rough draft.  Ian should receive the copy of the final paper with the draft he corrected and I should receive your final with the draft I corrected. You can either drop it off at our office door or in Room 148 tonight from 5-7p.

A Shot from Kenya

Sunset shot of two children in Khwisero, Kenya from this summer.

Yashica 124-G with Kodak 160NC.


Monday, November 28, 2011


I hope that everyone's projects are going well!!! We are going to have a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday the 29th, at 7pm in the Studio to go over all of the details of the Show. We will be able to answer all of your questions and take care of the last few details of the event so please be sure to be there!!!
See you tomorrow!!! 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Im MOOOOOOving on.

I am leaving Bozeman within a month, and I need a kind and fair human being to fill my room. 365 for rent and bit more for utilities. I LOVE THE KITCHEN. Amazing roommates, and a refreshing jaunt to campus. libbieandersonathotmaildotcom
I came to you good folks first because a photog would be kindly accepted into this home.
mkay. . .

Stephen Shore, taking a photo with his iPhone.

I believe this gives all of us unconditional permission to use our camera phones to photograph whatever the hell we want, all the time, forever.
(Photo credit: Flickr user "*monika", real name not given)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I was reading the latest copy of Time magazine and came across several interesting photography related articles. However one of the more interesting gadgets that caught my eye was the light field camera by LYTRO. This digital camera supposedly collects all the standard information that digital cameras already collect along with each light rays vector direction. This theoretically allows you to not have to choose a plane of focus during shooting. I'm not sure how it all works, and there still is a fairly narrow focal plane. There is more info on their website, but it is not very detailed unless you read the inventor's dissertation which is too long for me. I'm sure this is something Rufus Cone could make sense out of.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Checkout Not open during break

The darkrooms and checkout are actually NOT open during this Thanksgiving break. However, we ARE open from 12-5pm on Wednesday (23rd) . Sorry for any confusion and inconvenience.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

We are open turkey day!

Hey guys we are open thanksgiving break the hours will be (loosely) 12-5 and then normal hours Saturday and Sunday! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Times for Individual Critiques with guest speaker, Jacinda Russell

If you signed up for a critique with Jacinda, please note your time below. Arrive five minutes early so you can set up in the photo studio on one of the folding tables. Bring your senior project, short artist statement, and a short bio. If you have questions, let me know. Each student will have roughly twenty minutes.

FRIDAY, November 18th, 9:10am-11:40am

9:10    Heather McKenney
9:30    Michelle Dallas
9:50    Megan Dunbar
break at 10:10
10:20    Halli Bischoff
10:40    Mark A Lee
11:00    Collin Avery
11:20    Sam Reinsel
11:40    John Schlepp

Monday, November 14, 2011

Free Webinar: What Photo Buyers Want on 11/15

Here's a chance to get the scoop on what magazines are looking for in a photographer. Men's Health Magazine, Senior Photo Editor,  Michelle Stark will discuss what they look for when hiring photographers, from promo materials to email marketing tips.

This is a free webinar that you must register for. It will take place on Tuesday, November 15th from 2:00pm-3:00pm. We all could use some free advice, so sign up.

Meeting for SPE

Hi folks, if you're planning on going to the SPE conference in March 2012, why not look for funding to help get you there? This Thursday November 17, at 5pm in the VCB, there will be a meeting to discuss SPE plans, look for funding, and get a general head count of how many people will be attending the conference. If you can't find us, ask Photo Checkout.

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Dear Photo Students, I am working on a great opportunity with my friend Larry Gawel who teaches photography at Metropolitan Community College in Nebraska. He is putting together a student photo exhibition called 16x16x16. This will be an exchange exhibition between 5 Universities and Colleges. Through a democratic process, MSU students will select 16 prints for the exhibition. These will then be matted 16x16 inches. The set of prints will then travel for exhibition at the 5 Colleges. Work from the other 4-5 schools will be exhibited in the VCB display cases. I am looking for one to three students who can spearhead this great exchange opportunity. Good line or several lines on the Resume. Please let me know if you are interested. Ian

Another gray area between art and photography

These are amazing.

VISITING ARTIST: JACINDA RUSSELL, sign up for individual critiques


Senior Photo Students interesting in having an individual critique with Jacinda Russell on Friday, November 18th, can list their name on a sign up sheet on my door. Names will be randomly drawn for the eight spots available. The deadline to sign up is 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 15th and the final results with times will be listed on my office door Wednesday, November 16th.  

Students interested in contemporary art and/or graduate school are encouraged to sign up. Jacinda is an Assistant Professor of Art at Ball State University in Indiana. Her work is grounded in photography but her interest’s range from sculpture, earthworks, performance, installation and conceptual art. Please visit her website www.jacindarussell,com to see examples of her work.

Individual critiques will be held between 9:30am and 11:30am on Friday, November 18th. Critiques are 15 minutes long and you must be willing to take the time assigned to you, if chosen. Critiques will be held in the photography studio. If you participate, bring a body of work (prints preferred) to the critique, a copy of your bio and artist statement. If you would like to speak to her about graduate school, bring a list of grad schools you are considering. BE PREPARED! If you arrive late, you will not receive a critique. Arrive 10 minutes before your assigned critique. 

For a recent write up about Jacinda's work, visit this article from Afterimage

Lucas Foglia

Photos © Lucas Foglia

Wednesday, November 9, 2011





Engineers Without Borders at Montana State University invites you to Africana 2011, a photo show and film premier featureing live entertainment and refreshments to be held at the Emerson Cultural Center on November 10th. Doors open at 5:30.

Senior Thesis Exhibition

And here ya have it guys and dolls... an event not to be missed!

my first published photo in a magaziene

If you happen to see the latest edition of Skiing magazine laying around take a look on page.57 and you'll see my photo for the Lost Trail Powder Mountain write up!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Senior Mid-Term Grades

Mid-Term Grades for Senior projects are available on D2L.

Senior Papers

Seniors who are not showing in Group 1 tonight can pick up their 1st Draft papers from Vicki.


Printing Resources


Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

New Image for Final

This is one of my first images for my Advanced Lighting final.  Let me know what you think!

Love Kurt

Private Collection

I took some 4x5's of the bridal party at my buddy's wedding yesterday as a favor. His dad promptly gave me a tour of his private collection: 4 Mick Rock images, 2 Cartier-Bressons, and 3 Ansel Adams (1 being a one of a kind polaroid!), all original and signed limited editions!!! It was rad, just thought i would share. See yall in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Medium Format Camera For Sale

I'm selling some of my gear which doesn't get used nearly enough.

I'll be listing this camera on ebay in a week or two but I thought I'd let you guys have a chance in case anybody is interested.

It is a beautiful camera with a really sharp lens in excellent condition. They are somewhat hard to come by.

Fuji 6x9 Rangefinder: GSW690III
Film Size 120 or 220
Lens Fujinon SW f/5.6 65mm

The counter on the bottom says 173 (x10) frames. That means it has only had approx. 200 rolls of film shot through it.

It is a great landscape (backpacking) camera with it's wide angle lens and compact format.

Anyone contemplating buying it, I'd be happy to let you try shooting a roll of film.

Drop by my office during office hours or catch me in the lab whenever to look at the camera.

Attached is a photo of a similar camera and an approximate size comparison to 4x5.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Senior Collages

Here are a few of the collages I have been working on for senior this semester. They are constructed using litter I gather around town to make a statement about consumer culture and the lack of effort on the individual's part within a community.

Riverside Country Club Layout

Megan and I visited Riverside to get the layout of the room for the Senior Show. Here it is. Thought this may help anyone with their displaying ideas. We also thought we would keep the middle of the three doors closed to help with the flow of traffic. The food will be set up on the bar room.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Senior Poster

Alright Seniors, for those of you not hooked to FB (congrats Dan, I admire you). We've come up with a plan to work in multiple images into the Poster/Postcard. (I realize it sounds weird if you have not seen what I'm talking about, but it'll work well). I want to give everyone a chance to be in on this, (although you certainly do not have to submit if you don't want to)- if you would like 1 image to be included please e-mail it to me (high-res) @ nettlesphotography@gmail.com by 10pm tonite. If I receive it by tomorrow morning I may still be able to work it in, but it's not guaranteed. I should have a mock-up available to view Monday or Tuesday. I'll keep ya posted. Thanx!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Senior show poster!

Okay guys so no one else has sent me images for the poster, there were several of you who sounded like you wanted to submit something so I'm extending the deadline to tomorrow morning 8 am no more extensions (halli.bischoff@gmail.com) NO MORE IMAGES. Also for those of you who want to check out the contenders and voting go to the Facebook group here .

Sean's Post Reminded Me...

Some of my pictures from the Maya Angelou Lecture.

Senator Barack Obama at MSU Fieldhouse (May 19, 2008)

Found this in an old backup folder I almost deleted.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Need a Ride?

Due to my work schedule, it turns out i'll be doing a late night dash to Spokane with a possible pit stop at my brother's place in Missoula if it is getting too late. I also have a friend in Spokane who has offered floor space to crash on for the weekend for the people in my car. I'll be back Sunday by 4ish. Let me know if you are interested in an adventure to Spokane for SPENW.

Skateboarding With 4x5

These are some recent 4x5 photographs I took while skateboarding with some friends. Im really interested using the 4x5 to photograph skateboarding, something I feel hasn't really been done in the skate magazine industry. To me, it gives the photograph a totally different feel and perspective, compared to the typical fisheye photos used in skate magazines. Super stoked on how these came out.

George Georgiou and Vanessa Winship Talk Tuesday

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mordancage negative

I laughed.

I swear every time I go photograph Max something ridiculous happens.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Took A Picture

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

a hint of fall

Just recently developed some expired film,  this one worked out pretty nicely.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Megan Dunbar

Checkin some shit OUT.

paper paper paper

anyone trying to get rid of any? i'm looking for rolls more than anything. cheap paper over expensive, it's for contact prints.
aidan 6128596709 a.lynnklimenko@gmail.com

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rough book layout for senior book

So far the plan for the book is to compile the most successful 30-40 images from the nightlife series (which form fragmented narratives on their own) into a flowing story which includes completely different characters and locations but flows emotionally.  With the images I want to scatter quotes ,or other applicable texts, in an effort to guide the viewer while complimenting the image.