Kayla Bauer
It has been a while since I've made any real photographs... The death of Marty, one of the feral cats, was very hard for me. She wasn't the first cat we had lost, but she was the most dear to me. Since her death i have spent the last 7 months being an Ad-Hoc lecturer of photography at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and putting much of my creative energy into a Minecraft server... Due to some major proposed budget cuts to the state's university system by Governor Scott Walker, it is very likely my position will be eliminated next semester. Combine this with the facts that my position doesn't pay enough to cover rent year round and that I have no other source of income, I have been working on a "plan b" building and planning out my own Minecraft server to make some extra cash - if it's successful.
However this past week I lost my computer due to a hardware malfunction and now even my "plan b" looks gone to me... It's times like this where I begin to look desperately for something good in this world and occasionally find inspiration to pick up my camera again....continued...
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  • jasonhougeKayla Bauer
    It has been a while since I've made any real photographs... The death of Marty, one of the feral cats, was very hard for me. She wasn't the first cat we had lost, but she was the most dear to me. Since her death i have spent the last 7 months being an Ad-Hoc lecturer of photography at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and putting much of my creative energy into a Minecraft server... Due to some major proposed budget cuts to the state's university system by Governor Scott Walker, it is very likely my position will be eliminated next semester. Combine this with the facts that my position doesn't pay enough to cover rent year round and that I have no other source of income, I have been working on a "plan b" building and planning out my own Minecraft server to make some extra cash - if it's successful.
    However this past week I lost my computer due to a hardware malfunction and now even my "plan b" looks gone to me... It's times like this where I begin to look desperately for something good in this world and occasionally find inspiration to pick up my camera again....continued...

  • jasonhougeOne of my most dear and common subjects is Kayla. This May we will have been together for 6 years. She, like I, appears to be a creative spirited person who has little else to offer this world but her unique perspective on things in life, which she shares through photography, drawing, and writings. She surrounds herself with a thing that feels harmonious and positive to her, including Lisa Frank items, My Little Ponies, Care Bears, Sun Catchers, little trinkets from a quarter machine and more...
  • jasonhougeOver the years I have grown up a lot as a visual artist and as a human being and I owe a great deal of this growth and maturity to Kayla... I have followed the advice of professors, mentors, and friends to photograph what I know best... This has lead me to make images of some pretty depressing situations: Poverty, homelessness, hungry children... and none of the work I made of these topics felt very good to me. These topics have been covered by far more experienced photographers already. What more could I possibly add such a conversation? When it comes to Kayla as it was also with the cats, it's not what I know about her that I am photographing, but what I don't... I feel I make the best use of my cameras when I use them to explore the world I live in, meet new people and discover new things. It's what I love, not what I know that helps me move along.
  • ladylakeviewSo glad to see you back Jason! Hang on tight to Kayla, your cameras, and what you love. I've found that life leads way beyond "Plan B"--I think I'm on about "Plan W" now... For what it's worth, I truly, truly appreciate your work--especially with the cats. You are an inspiration to me and many others. Hint: look for "Plan B" in some unexpected places...
  • jasonhouge@ladylakeview thank you and I'm glad that my work has been helpful to some... It has only been more recently that I've become more open about complaining... To be very honest and forward - I have been without any form of worthwhile income for almost 8 years now and my tolerance of my lack of "luck", we'll call it, is very thin. I am a photographer. It is what I do and what I feel the most worthwhile doing. However, for what ever reason I have no knowledge of, I have never been employed as such. I have made a couple hundred dollars with it, at best. My plan B? Think about it as when an odometer rolls over in a car - I have worked dozens of jobs from factory, mfg, clerical to office work... You name it and it's likely I've done something in that field... Please take no offense, but keeping a positive outlook is not really in me anymore. I make my work for me because I have to do it. I must do it and I will do what I can even with the little income I have... I don't ask for sympathy... I just ask that if anyone has any good solid leads on some work that won't suck my will to live any more - that they please consider me. Wow what a depressing post
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