Erik Hagen

Erik Hagen is an American artist originally from Florida. His work has appeared in numerous group shows and he was a selected participant in Review Santa Fe. Humans pass through the world nearly as fast as the wind. Along their brief journey through the world they interact with one another and the world around them, trying to make sense of their swift transitions. Erik Hagen’s photographs explore these interactions, which are often sorrowful but also strange and funny. He is currently based in Los Angeles where he drives a taxi. Today we feature his series, “Where I’m Calling From”. Wild_Horses 001“Wild Horses, 2007″ Where I’m Calling From These are images as prose, each one telling its own story and together a collection of stories. Together, they tell of once powerful symbols confronted by contemporary reality, of loneliness and desperation thinly veiled, of memories and possessions lost, and of people passing through and contemplating where to go and what is next. Dolphin_McD's 001“Dolphin McD’s, 2007″ Wild_Pets02 001“Duane, 2009″ Picture 001“Waiting, 2007″ 222647_022 001“Stratosphere, 2013″ I am transfixed by these transient moments of displacement and longing, and can only seek to understand them by capturing their semblance before it is gone. In this way, these images become a personal documentary, but cast through the experience of another person or place mirroring my own sense of unrest. Erik_028 002“Off Broadway, 2009″ Picture 001“76, 2013″ Pool_Rod 001“ Pool Rod, 2007″ Wreck 001“Wreck, 2010″ The images I leave behind are theirs as much as mine. I do not draw a line between beauty and tragedy because one can always become the other. erik 001“In The Garage, 2010″ Shea01 001“Shea, 2009″ Erik_017 001“Legs, 2007″ To view more of Erik’s work please his website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Robert Lyons
International Limited Residency MFA Photography Program Hartford Art School
University of Hartford
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Robert Lyons lives in Portland,Oregon. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. He received an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1979. Lyons has received numerous awards for his work including: NEA Survey Grant, Ford Foundation Grants, and a MacDowell Residency. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections including: The Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson–Atkins Museum, and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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