MOPA Staff Blogs

Seeing Red

Have you ever purchased a car and then suddenly saw the model and make of your car everywhere on the road? Those cars were there all along, but suddenly you see them more powerfully than before. There's a fun word to describe the brain's curious filtering ability, to suddenly bring to our attention things or sounds that might resonate strongly with us. It's called "diegogarcity." But more than providing us with an opportunity to examine the popularity of our car choices, we can also put the diegogarcity effect into good use to help apply new knowledge and ideas.

MOPA's Artful Conversation at the San Diego Public Library

I was recently invited by the Central Library in Downtown San Diego to present about our upcoming exhibition 30x: Three Decades. I am a big fan of the San Diego Public Library and the programs they offer. I have worked on partnerships with them in the past, and I am very excited to speak in front of their visitors.

Farewell MOPA!

For one of the first times in recent memory, I'm at a loss for words, so I'll start simply: Today is my last day as the marketing and communications manager at MOPA. Although everyone (ok, almost everyone) says this, it has truly been a pleasure to work with such an amazingly talented and truly dedicated team--the mission you see on the website is what I see lived out at this organization week in and week out. From my experience, this is somewhat unique among organizations and makes MOPA a very special place to work.

Personal Photography

If you ever peruse the photographs that your friends keep on their phones or post onto Facebook, you easily have a direct window into understanding what is important to them. We tend to take photos of the things that we care about: people, places, objects, activities, etc. Personal photography is a practice in memorializing, documenting, and celebrating all at the same time.

Can you make an image on a tin can?

Yes, you can! In September this year, I had the pleasure of meeting with and seeing the work of David Emmit Adams, an emerging photographer who creates compelling tintype images on discarded cans he collects from Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.  Each piece a unique object, the image he chooses for each can is a photograph of the landscape where it was found. His use of this 19th century photographic process is imaginative and captivating.

Camera Comics!

Smash! Boom! Pow! Watch out! The Dubois Library recently acquired two issues of Camera Comics

Arts Integration and English

Until recently, Rwanda operated in two languages: Kinyarwanda and French. But in 2008, the government declared that English would replace French as an official language, a move designed to position the populace to better compete in the global marketplace. Students now have to learn the language in their schools, and--more daunting--teachers have to learn how to teach it.

Holiday Gift Promotions

It's that time of year again! Often times we have trouble finding gifts for the people we love, constantly searching for that perfect fit. Well, whether the person you're shopping for is a photographer or not, the MOPA Store has gifts that everyone will love! This holiday season, we're bundling together a few of our most popular and favorite items with holiday savings!

Cultural Attitudes Toward Photography

Photography is everywhere, but that doesn’t mean that we are always comfortable with it. Imagine a stranger coming up to you on the street and asking to take your photograph. What would you say? I’ve noticed something interesting about the photographs that I’ve taken in Rwanda: few of them include people.

Second time around

Since the beginning of the year, I have been working on curating one of our upcoming exhibitions for Fall 2013, Staking Claim: A California Invitational. The exhibition is the second in a triennial that began at MOPA in 2010 with the exhibition State of Mind: A California Invitational, and focuses on contemporary California photographers. You might be wondering, how do we create an invitational?