I've been wanting to share my studio spot with people for some time. Not in the sense of "hey come in and use my space too." I couldn't handle that. But in the sense of allowing people a behind the scenes look of my work space. I'm no secretive guy and enjoy that some people appreciate the ability to take a look at your work spot. To me, your studio is just as much your art as a print or a photo may be. A reflection of your art. There is certainly nothing special or mind blowing here. And I dig that. Often the similarities between individual/art/studio are undeniable.
A little background. The building is this super old all brick mini mill looking space. Many, many years ago apparently the majority of it was a fruit market. The landlord pulled this sick giant metal scale out of it early on. Its located in Danielson, CT. Which if you are familiar with the local area know that its pretty hood. Which I've come to enjoy. It's real. raw. There's a bar next to the building and sometimes people sleep it off under a tree near the parking lot to our space. It's sweet. My Wife does black/white photography as well as some alternative process prints. We are fortunate to live in the same building as the studio. Across the hall, which rules. The building sat vacant for quite some time and during that time became the local homeless hot spot. Which I don't mind at all. The studio space at one point was a very small apartment unit. When we came in to check it out, it was the property managers storage room. Years of collecting had packed it up pretty tight. As it sits now, its certainly unfinished, and maintains its old building vibe. That's something we wanted to keep in tact. Real. Raw. Ideal for creating. Check back for some photo's. Considering a quick little video tour.
(c) zach merrill prints 2014