1. Free Art Alert!

    De La Soul has been one of my favorites of anything for a long time, and now I love ‘em even more. Right now and until noon on Saturday, you can download all of their music for free!

    From the Okay Player story:

    “It’s about allowing our fans who have been looking and trying to get a hold of our music to have access to it. Its been too long where our fans haven’t had access to everything. This is our way of showing them how much we love them.”

    To join in the fun of getting one’s art into another’s life, and as a nod to the samples that reportedly make it difficult to sell De La’s music online, I’d like to give a framed 5″x7″ print of my piece Crates (shown above) to the first person who comes to LibertyTown and asks for it. Oh, did you know that I have a studio at LibertyTown Arts Workhop, the biggest and best art center in our dear Fredericksburg, Virginia? Did you also know that my wife and I recently became the proud owners of LibertyTown? More on that later!

     


  2. Crates at Hill Center

    For the next two months or so, Hill Center in Washington, D.C. will be the home for my piece Crates. I’ll even be at the reception on June 25th, and I hope you can join me!

     

  3. You know MaxFunCon is a magical place before you even get there. On the first day we got to:

    • drive up a mountain
    • hug old friends
    • meet new friends
    • relax with amazing cocktails from Aidan Demarest
    • experience John Hodgman's benediction, complete with an all-swag outfit, Ayn Rand dress, ukulele, and Malört
    • enjoy a standup set by the wonderful Maeve Higgins
    • see an improv show like no other from Convoy
    • and make s’mores around a campfire

    These photos are just a glimpse of the fun. Head over to Flickr to see all my photos from Day 1!

     

  4. So many thanks to Jesse and all the great people at Maximum Fun for inviting me back to photograph MaxFunCon 2013, and the MaxFunDinner this past Thursday. There’s no better way to kick off the amazing weekend that is MaxFunCon than to meet up with old friends and make a bunch of new ones. Just look at how much fun these people are having! See the rest of the photos over on Flickr and stay tuned for more!

     

  5. Happy summer everybody! I hope you have some great seasonal fruit wherever you are; we’re lucky here in central Virginia.

    This photo originally appeared in my blog post Blackberries and Peaches, and you can find all of my favorite food photos in my food portfolio.

     

  6. Bon voyage, photo gear. See you at MaxFunCon!

     

  7. You may remember from my photos last year that the Fredericksburg National Cemetery puts together an amazing display of luminaries on the Saturday before Memorial Day. All the details are at the National Park Service if you’re interested in visiting. If you’re in the area, it’s really amazing to see.

    I won’t be able to make it tomorrow, so I thought I’d share this little video that I shot last year. Have a safe weekend everybody.

     


  8. Fruit Salad at LibertyTown

    Fruit Salad Triptych: Sold!

    Fruit Salad Triptych: Sold!

    Here’s my Fruit Salad triptych as hung at LibertyTown on First Friday. I love how the photos work arranged vertically, especially in that space, right outside my friend Beth‘s studio. You might notice the red sticker, indicating that the triptych sold, and while I was there on Friday night! I mention this not just because it’s always thrilling for someone to trade their hard-earned money for my work, but because I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how to present my photos.

    I had these pieces printed on aluminum, with a glossy finish. I like the treatment for this kind of bright, saturated image, but I’m also generally intrigued by the idea of mounting prints instead of the traditional matting and framing. I still love how a photograph can look in a high quality frame with a generous mat, but I feel like mounted photos can be more physically and emotionally approachable. The quick sale of Fruit Salad is anecdotal of course, but I think it’s a vote for mounted photos. Don’t worry, I’m not abandoning frames. I will continue to look at new ways to present my work though, seeing what techniques and materials might work for different images.

    I’d love to know what you think. Do you like the look of the display above? Have you seen any other non-framed presentations of photos? Did you like them? Do you imagine a particular style working better in a gallery than in your home, or the other way around? I’d appreciate any feedback from you; as a comment on here, by email, or on any of the various social networks where you can find me. I even have a survey up on my facebook page!

    Thanks for your help!

    via Fruit Salad at LibertyTown at leckyphotography.com

     


  9. Back to MaxFunCon

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    If you’re new to my work, you may not know that two years ago I got to play a tiny part in one of the best things in the world: MaxFunCon. I met some great people, saw some amazing performances, and even took some decent photos. I couldn’t make it last year, so I was thrilled to be asked again this year when I can (and will!) make it. Watch this space for more photos of your favorite artists and performers, the gorgeous mountains of California, and people having the times of their lives.

    But I’m not just here because I can barely contain my excitement about MaxFunCon. This Friday, April 12th, is the last day of the MaxFunDrive, MaximumFun.org’s yearly reminder that we should all be supporting the important stuff in our lives. And I’d guess that if at least three of the Maximum Fun podcasts aren’t important to you in some way, you probably haven’t given them a chance. I’ve heard heartbreaking stories of these podcasts getting people through incredibly difficult moments in their lives. I’m fortunate enough that the worst they’ve helped me through has been yard work and long drives, but what they do provide for me is engaging, thoughtful, and hilarious entertainment, made by people who clearly love what they’re making. They’ve been doing it for years and it’s getting better all the time.

    Want examples? Here’s the recent Bullseye interview with rapper Big Boi:

    via Soundcloud

    And one with writer George Saunders:

     via Soundcloud

    I don’t think I know anyone who won’t love at least one of those interviews.

    So if you haven’t heard any of the Maximum Fun podcasts, why not start with those interviews right here on this very page, or head to the show and get a whole episode. If you’re already a fan but not a donor, come on. Get off your duff. And if you are a donor, great! Maybe increase your donation to get an awesome new reward (I’ve got my eye on the rocket ship rocks glasses). Or convince your special lady or brother or taxidermist or whatever to pony up for the stuff they care about. I’m part of the roughly $6 per donor challenge grant from existing donors, so this is your chance to take a little money from me!

    And if you’re going to MaxFunCon 2013, see you there!

     


  10. Cherry Blossoms 2013 Preview

    Cherry Blossoms 2013

    There should be more coming soon, but here’s a taste of my 2013 cherry blossom photos!

    via Cherry Blossoms 2013 Preview at leckyphotography.com