About My Work / About Me

Cell Phone Photography: Roaming and Out of Range

I’m not the kind of photographer you see with a big expensive camera and a really long lens. I like small cameras. My camera of choice for the last few years has been my little LG flip phone. It’s like having an oatmeal-canister pinhole camera with a digital back.

I use my LG, digital film grain, and archival paper to create prints reminiscent of 19th-century film processes. Using today’s technology to create yesterday’s images is, I think, relevant to how we think about photography: where it has been, what it is now, and where it is going.

Fundamental to my cell phone work is the element of scale: I want to make beautiful, resonant images on a scale that creates a pleasing cognitive dissonance. I want my viewer to have difficulty comprehending that even though the images are large and sometimes seem not to be from our age, they actually originate on the tiny screen of the now ubiquitous cell phone.

Black and White Film: Limbo and Bridging

While working as a master printer for Paul Taylor and John Goodman several years ago, I printed photogravures, cyanotypes, platinum-palladium prints, gum prints, kalotypes, and wet-plate collodium prints for artists such as Tom Baril, Walker Evans, Louis Gonzalez-Palma, John Dugdale, and Kiki Smith. During this time, I made trips to Manhattan to shoot 1600-speed film at night with a tiny Minox I dubbed “the spy camera.” I then printed the high-speed black & white film as 20 x 24 color C-prints; the results were reminiscent of the historic processes I’d come to know so well.

Super 8: Reception and Is She Still Walking?

The images in Limbo and Bridging often remind me of film stills pulled from a mysterious, noir-ish movie. Their particular cinematic quality led me to shoot in Super-8. After developing the film, I projected it onto different surfaces; I then digitally recorded the projections and manipulated the loops on my computer. By sandwiching layers of media together, the final pieces wed past with present. The still image from Is She Still Walking? is a photo of my mother, taken by my father. Although you can’t really see her, she actually appears several times in the loop of the woman walking.

Please contact me if you are interested in exhibiting or buying my work: vaune@vaune.net


About Me

I was born in Philadelphia. I was six when my father died and my mother maxed out her credit cards and moved me and my brother and sister to Rome, Italy, for a year. When we got back she took a job with a music school, which meant we began spending our summers in Vermont. She passed on when I was fifteen, at which point family friends arranged for me to leave Philly and finish school in Vermont. After high school, I briefly attended the New School in New York, spent a semester with the Tyler School of Art Program in Rome, and then returned to Vermont as a student at Marlboro College. I then moved to Seattle, where I spent the next five years– the longest time I’d spent in one place since before my mother died.

After Seattle I lived in Vermont for a little while, and then I moved to New York to get my graduate degree from NYU and the International Center of Photography. I now work as an imaging specialist for Time, Sports Illustrated,Real Simple, Life Books, and many other publications.

Throughout my life, I have always taken pictures, and I have always felt like I’m on the move. Over time, it seemed that no matter what camera or film or printing process I used, all of my photos had the same transitory, dreamlike quality. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to realize that I have been taking pictures of the spaces between places– between here and there, between life and death, between sleep and waking. I think it is fitting that for the last few years my camera of choice has been a cell phone, a device that is in-between a telephone and a camera.

My photographs and films have been exhibited at H20 Film on Water at Newport Mill, International Center for Photography, the Rosenberg Gallery at Washington Square Park, Flat Street Photography, Hooker-Dunham Gallery, and Drury Art Gallery of Marlboro College. Select pieces are in the Pfizer Collection and the Hyatt Collection. I’m represented by Cynthia Reeves Gallery.

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