Morgan Barrie

For my last piece, Conqueror, I shot this beautiful man. He is my aunt’s beloved dog Mogli. He is known in my family for adorable but questionable behavior and for once being owned by Sufjan Stevens’ half-sister. He is also in a silent, years-long feud with my father regarding indoor-bathroom issues. I decided that one photo simply wasn’t enough.

These images are more for myself than anything else. I’m not sure the art world is ready for this beautiful SOB. I can not take credit for the amazing hats. 

Conqueror, 2014
My first finished big piece of the new year! 

Conqueror, 2014

My first finished big piece of the new year! 

Blue Jay from the series Fat Birds by Mike Mitchell 

Blue Jay from the series Fat Birds by Mike Mitchell 

"Harvest," my last image of 2013. 
The first part of the image (the moon) was shot during the autumnal equinox. Did not finish until well after the winter solstice. I’m not trying to measure things using hippie metrics, just saying these suckers are taking longer and longer to finish. 

"Harvest," my last image of 2013. 

The first part of the image (the moon) was shot during the autumnal equinox. Did not finish until well after the winter solstice. I’m not trying to measure things using hippie metrics, just saying these suckers are taking longer and longer to finish. 

An Interview with Award Winner Morgan Barrie

I recently won a Juror’s choice award for Castell Photography’s “Next:New Photographic Visions.” 

Above is the link to an interview I did with them. I was excited to answer questions designed for me and my work, and had a lot of fun answering. 

Two nights ago, I won Best of Show at the Ann Arbor Art Center’s “All Media”exhibition. I still feel excited and completely humbled by it. 

This win is coming at the end of a rather hectic month for me as an artist/exhibitor. One of my larger scale pieces, “Equestrian,” got into two shows that were going to run simultaneously, one being the Ann Arbor show. I only had a few moments to be excited by this before I had to start scrambling to make another version of the piece. The work is so large (5 feet wide), needs to be plexi-mounted, and my dad and I have been building the frames & cleats ourselves, so it was an undertaking. 

While all this was going on, I whipped out my copy of Art & Fear, focusing on the chapters dealing with success, audience, and all the stuff that goes along with exhibiting. Since my work usually takes a long time to make, I always look forward to the part when I can show it to other people. This year I’ve put a lot of energy into getting my work out there and presenting it, and the successes I’ve had have been great, but I still have that feeling of needing to conquer the next mountain or something. I’m not sure if this is healthy artistic drive or not. Either way, I’ve been trying to soak in these good moments, and I really appreciate the people in my life who encourage me to do so. 

Georgia Russell

Georgia Russell

Normally, I’m more than ready for the end of summer, but this year I’m pretty aware of how much I’ll miss evenings like this one. 

Normally, I’m more than ready for the end of summer, but this year I’m pretty aware of how much I’ll miss evenings like this one. 

I’ll probably futz around with this one more, but I started shooting for it in early June and I’m more than ready for some kind of closure

I’ll probably futz around with this one more, but I started shooting for it in early June and I’m more than ready for some kind of closure

Black Pond Woods

Black Pond Woods