Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday, Burn Magazine!

One year ago today, a new online magazine launched, and with it hopes and dreams hatched and crawled, walked and ran, and surged and soared. was the new school of an older blog called "Road Trips," both of which are headed up by a seemingly tireless David Alan Harvey. A very well-known photographer, DAH is a member of the prestigious Magnum Agency and has also shot about 40 stories for National Geographic.

David's vision is not only magical and intriguing when he's behind the lens, but also inspiring and electrifying as a visionary in field of photography. A teacher and mentor since the age of 22, DAH has been refining the way that photographers see, and helping his students realize what it means to make a photograph and not just take a picture. For those of you who follow my blog, you know that I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with David entitled "The Art of the Photographic Essay." This workshop was a five day marathon of photography, and encompassed learning, meeting, networking, seeing, frustration, and success. It took place right before the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, which kicked off with a show of the students' work. Oh, I also should mention that the workshop was taught in conjunction with another professor of photography, the incomparable James Nachtwey. And if you are a photographer and you don't know the work or mission of James Nachtwey, then study him. Immediately. He uses photography as a tool to effect change in global health, and the photographs are simultaneously the most beautiful and tragic pieces of art to have ever crossed my sight.

Anyway, back to DAH and BuRN. As an evolving online journal, the mission of BuRN was to showcase the work of emerging photographic talent. The work submitted is shown in the form of photo essays and single stills. Having a blog-like set-up, BuRN allows for threads of conversation and discussion to occur about the work posted. In this format, a community was born and quickly spread worldwide. It's an active community of bright, witty, poetic, challenging, stubborn, and interesting visual artists. And at LOOK3, I got the chance to meet several of them whose names, writing styles, and work I've come to know. It's a photographic community that is unique and growing, where new artists' work stands with known artists' work, and the opportunity to be showcased is open to anyone brave enough to submit...and then be chosen, of course.

BuRN moves ever forward with the use of David's Brooklyn loft as a gallery for BuRN artists. The magazine also gives a grant once per year called the Emerging Photographer Grant, and with support from Magnum, the EPF has grown to $15,000 for the winning 2010 recipient. With all of this forward motion and upward initiative, BuRN magazine was also the Lucie Award recipient for Photography Magazine of the Year. All this achievement, and in less than one year. I'm proud to say that I was published on BuRN this year with a still from my self-portrait project.

The BuRN community is a proud and grateful one, so to honor David and the first birthday of this wonderful journal, two of the burnian community decided to showcase an appreciative celebration. Thanks to Haik and Lassal, a secret website was set up to gather photographs from the BuRN community. These images were going into a few different categories, one of which was BuRN moments (documented from workshops, meetings, LOOK3, DAH's loft and house in the OBX) and one was a call for photographs with the word BuRN in them somewhere. The website, along with a link from BuRN, was published today. I submitted photographs in both categories, but what follows is from a photoshoot I set up for my submission to the latter category, a BuRN word within. You can check out all the work at and

Happy Birthday, BuRN! Congratulations, David and the BuRN staff. I can't wait to see what year #2 will yield. I'm so excited to be a part of this community.

My homage to the 1950s proud housewife, who BuRNed some pancakes...


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