As some of you may know my father, John F. Peters Sr, is an oil painter whose life work has been my greatest influence. I grew up watching him make complex paintings about nature with a little brush.. and although growing up within the artist lifestyle was not always easy, I would not have wanted it any other way.
Please take a look at his amazing work and fun website. It’s all about preserving nature and culture - remaining close to that spirit which I think we need more of now than ever.
Although my dad currently doesn’t paint, he was a painter, and his work is what got me interested in visual arts. I can relate.
"People, For Now is a series of abstract portraits that explores our relationship with personal technology. With consideration to the idea that that direct human connections and spontaneous life moments are often subverted by a limited and structured set of algorithms, code and devices, the works start as digital photographs made in the tradition of street photography downtown Chicago. The final images are the result of an attempt to destroy, with partial lack of control, the technological structure that holds the image together by randomly manipulating the code that makes up the image file, and also through the use of digital collage that incorporates only elements found in the original file.”
More here: http://www.peterghoffman.com/index.php/project/broken-photographs/
Some of my new work - thanks for noticing SMBH.
The PDN 30 list is really awesome this year, but I want to give a special shoutout to my buddy Bryan Derballa for a couple of reasons. First is because he is one of my favorite photographers and favorite people. In fact, he would still be one of my favorite photographers even if he wasn’t an amazing dude and would be one of my favorite people even if he wasn’t an amazing photographer. The fact that he is both is truly awesome. He has been so good to me over the years, through sending work my way, talking through ideas with me, letting me crash at his place and just through being an encouraging voice as I was struggling to find my vision. And he has done the same for a lot of other photographers.
Secondly, read his interview here. What he says about Matt Craig was the experience for so many of us. If it wasn’t for Matt and other editors like him taking chances on us none of us would be able to do the work that we do.
And 2 - cuz Congrats to Bryan who has also helped me get work in Chicago and let me crash his couch in Brooklyn and has been hustling hard since whenever I started. Really good to see his work get recognized more. Bryan is a true friend to photography and the people who make it.
Really stoked to be included in this year’s PDN 30 New and Emerging Emerging Photographers to Watch! Thanks to all of the editors, art buyers, photographer, friends and strangers who have been supporters and champions of my work these last few years. I am really honored and humbled by everyone’s support. You all rule!
And check out the rest of the amazing people on list here.
I am going to reblog 2 things from Ben. One cuz - congrats to Ben for all the hard work he’s put in over the past few years. We were also happy to have his huge prints as part of the ADP Exhibition “Making it Home” this year.