Photography Journal

A summary of all the journal entries I’ve written around photography, my inspirations, successes, and failures.

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Don't Take Pictures

Jun 1, 2016(edit)

The image Sleep is featured as Photo of The Day at Don’t Take Pictures!… View More

Diffusion Magazine

May 20, 2016(edit)

Illuminated is featured as the one of the alternate covers of Diffusion Magazine. Buy your copy today! This edition includes images of my work as well as an exclusive interview!… View More

Plan the Experience Of It

May 19, 2016(edit)

This past week, I washed 500+ cyanotype photograms. Probably even more. I was one of the artists in the Art of Science event at the Maryland Science Center, and by my rough estimate, there were over 500 kids from ages 6 to 14 with parents and teachers who went through my event. This was the first… View More

Dream Interpretation

May 13, 2016(edit)

Last night, I dreamed that it was raining in my room. I stumbled to find the switch, and as the overhead light flickered on, I found that I was back in Waterloo, in a basement room that I had rented in a dilapidated house along University Avenue, circa 1992. This house was so run down that when it… View More

All About Photo Feature

Apr 13, 2016(edit)

A Million Suns has been featured in! Thank you to Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, for the opportunity. Click on the image above to read.… View More

Example of Synchronicity

Apr 9, 2016(edit)

This past Saturday, I did an artist talk during my pop-up exhibition at the Baltimore Theatre Project. At the start of my talks, I always pose this question: Should I remain as an accountant or become an artist? Do you go this way or that way?… View More

Personal = Universal

Mar 30, 2016(edit)

I just came back from fotofest, one of the largest photography festivals in North America. Held every other year, it is a month long festival with photography exhibitions across many art venues in Houston. I specifically went there for portfolio reviews, and I met with 21 portfolio reviewers over… View More

Art and Its Relationship to Life

Mar 22, 2016(edit)

If there is one artist that I would love to be when I äóìgrow up,äóù it’s Robert Adams. Born in 1937, he is a photographer well-known for his work during the 1970s on the American West. He was an English teacher before he became a photographer. I identify with him because he started in one… View More

Sex and Cash Theory

Mar 7, 2016(edit)

Here’s another article that has greatly influenced my work and thinking. This one is from Hugh McLeod, elegantly titled the Sex and Cash Theory. I’ve shared this idea since 2012 after reading Hugh McLeod’s book, Ignore Everybody. It has a lot of staying power. I’ve always thought that in order to… View More

Pop Up at Baltimore Theater Project

Mar 1, 2016(edit)

I’m partnering with VTDance for a pop-up exhibition of A Million Sun images in the foyer of the Baltimore Theater Project, in conjunction with dance art performances on April 1-3. Come see the show and we could meet up!… View More

On Specialization in Art

Feb 29, 2016(edit)

For the next couple of blog posts, I will highlight articles and books that have influenced my artistic practice. I’m putting them all in the blog tag called Jonah’s Influences. I read Mark Hobson’s article, Just Do It in 2006–way before I had any idea that photography would become a… View More

What Is Your Practice?

Feb 20, 2016(edit)

I started photographing about 12 years ago, and that was at the same time that discovered 101cookbooks. I wanted to be a food photographer then, and I was in love with this food blog by San Francisco photographer, Heidi Swanson. Along the way, she published a couple of cookbooks (which I own), won… View More

The Importance of the Artist Hand

Feb 12, 2016(edit)

I see so much great art that I’ve started my own personal collection. Here’s a corner of my studio. I have my idea board in front of my computer (empty right now as I just finished my second series, One Day). To the right of that, I have a Keith Carter print, Levitation, a Blue Mitchell print,… View More

Evernote - The Ultimate Artist Journal

Feb 4, 2016(edit)

During my artist talk at Art Intersection, one gallery viewer asked if I use a journal to work out my ideas for A Million Suns. Of all the artist tools that I use, Evernote is one of the most important. I use evernote for practically everything: inspiration, image ideas that I want to work on, any… View More

Part II is a Wrap!

Jan 5, 2016(edit)

The Ultimate Portfolio Review from Jonah Calinawan on Vimeo.… View More

Lenscratch Feature

Jan 2, 2016(edit)

Thank you Aline Smithson for featuring A Million Suns in Lenscratch, the premiere daily journal that explores contemporary photography.… View More

Art Intersection Exhibition

Dec 16, 2015(edit)

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One Day

Oct 15, 2015(edit)

The new work is slowly coming together! I’m getting it ready for the photoNOLA portfolio review in New Orleans December 10-13, 2015. I therefore have about 1.5 months left. As I mentioned in a previous essay, setting a deadline is good: it makes you focus on what really has to be done. And I have a… View More

Book on Alternative Process

Oct 1, 2015(edit)

A number of AMS images are included in a new photography book entitled, Alternative Photographic Processes, Crafting Handmade Images, from Focal Press. The author of this book is a colleague, Brady Wilks. I’m reading through it now looking at all the handmade techniques for making unique images.… View More

Memory, Exhibition Catalogue

Aug 20, 2015(edit)

The Memory show at see+ gallery in Beijing was a success! I wish I could have seen the installation and see the work from the other artists. I received the exhibition catalogue today and it looks amazing.… View More

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