Got the chance to work with Sophie from LA Models a couple weeks ago and we shot a short video. Just now getting around to editing it and getting it some airplay.
Check out Hannah and Natalie camped out at a hotel in Silver Lake. Juxtapoz was kind enough to feature these images on their Erotica blog this week and I’m excited to pass them on. I’ve been sitting on them a while trying to find an appropriate outlet for them and I feel like this is a perfect venue.
These are NSFW, so use discretion. Or not.
I hope everyone’s 2014 is rolling right along. See you soon.
This is the time of year for best intentions, right? Fresh starts, new running shoes, blank journals, and 12 resolutions, 8 of which I’ll achieve.
A month ago I decided not to buy anything for anyone this Christmas, and instead, spend that hard earned money on a new video-specific camera for myself. Here’s the first product from said camera.
This was Kara Kaye’s first time on video and my first time using this camera and I was thrilled with us both.
Enjoy your day off, your low grade hangover, your black eyed peas, and some hair of the dog, should that be necessary.
Architectural photography is not my strong suit, but I have some familiarity with the artform. One of the most important aspects of architecture (or cooking, synchronized swimming, sculpture etc) is an overall intentionality and purpose in the design. I feel like those aspects have been lost in the wave of sub/urban sprawl, a glut of self-storage facilities and forgettable big-box architecture that fulfills only the most basic of structural requirements. I began exploring these ideas photographically not only in and around LA, but in Nashville and Memphis as well. The following series tries to capture the feeling of sub/urban malaise, the oppression of a walled-in life, and the overall melancholy of living in the midst of disposable architecture.
The title Flat World came about after noticing that my cellphone camera flattens space and distance at times, so absurdly, that it takes away any sense of depth at all, creating a flat, one dimensional image. Click any photo to take you to the collection.
I’ve been sloppy about my posts lately. This summer is BANGING, and I would never complain about how great it’s been, but it leaves little time for the fun stuff, like writing long-winded opinion pieces on current events and pop culture. Hopefully we can revisit some of that long-winded ranting soon.
Here’s a few pictures of Caroline from a recent shoot.
Click any photo to see more. See you guys soon!
Got a chance to work with Courtney for a shoot with Denim Refinery about a month ago and we hit it off so well I drug her into the woods and made her try on lots of different outfits. It’s just how I show my affection.
You guys be safe over the 4th. Buuuuuut, if you’re not into that idea, I’m dying to shoot a good Roman Candle war on the beach in Santa Monica. Get in touch.
The Rope/Water/Latex Zine featuring Rivi Madison is on sale this week for only $2.00 per digital copy. You can’t even park for $2, and I guarantee this is more enjoyable. Click the link below to check it out.
So a while ago there was a series of unflattering photos going around the webz of Beyonce from the Superbowl performance. I’m not going to post any because undoubtedly you’ve seen at least one of them and then some iteration again with some meme-type words over the top. Her PR firm then asked everyone to take down the photos because of the unflattering nature of said photos, at which point the entirety of the internet LOL’ed in unison.
Beyonce, not to be defeated, denies all access to photographers on tour except the Beyonce-sanctioned-robot-photo-taker-whose-CF-cards-are-confiscated-after-every-show, thusly preventing the previous debacle. Here are some words from my head.
The Cult Of Celebrity Is Biased Against Women. (Duh.)
Love her or hate her, Beyonce is an accomplished entertainer and pretty much a freaking athlete on stage. Michael Jordan made a crazy face every time he got close to the basketball goal and they took that face and plastered it all over posters and t-shirts and whatever else. The photos border on sexist (maybe totally sexist) but either way, they were a low blow.
You Have To Learn To Laugh At Yourself
The internet forgives. And if it doesn’t, it forgets pretty easily because something else will capture the attention of the hive-mind in the next 20 minutes or so. How NOT to respond is to make a big fucking deal about it by asking the interent to remove pictures of you making funny faces. Having your PR company do it is even worse because it removes the humanity from your situation and not only do you look like you can’t take a joke, you look like an ashole who can’t take a joke, thus painting a HUGE target on your back. The internet hates assholes.
The Price You Pay For Being Royalty
When you’re bros with the president, get to go to Cuba even though it’s illegal, take private jets to Paris with Gwyneth Paltrow and make milllllllllions of dollars every year, you’re going to take some shit. You get to live like a queen but you also have to do all that in front of the all-seeing public eye. It sucks, but you signed up for it.
You Don’t Want To See How Stuff Is Made
You don’t want to watch them make your food in a commercial kitchen, you don’t want to be at a slaughter house before your steak gets to the restaurant, you don’t want to see how much Photoshop goes into every ad, you don’t want know that most songs on the radio are completely auto-tuned and created from a program that predetermines what songs will most likely resonate with the public. (TRUE STORY.) Beyonce has to make weird faces on the way to making sexy faces. Gotta break eggs to make omelet. Her act is supposed to be realized as a whole, not 1/500th of a second at a time and realistically each and every one of makes dumbass faces all the time doing way less cool things than performing at the Superbowl.
Because when you get to a certain point in your celeb-dom, you lose all fucking sight of what it’s like to be a real person who has real people around them to tell them when they are making really stupid decisions, Beyonce will not allow any photographers on her tour except for her one sanctioned eunuch photographer wearing a shock collar and a leash. So in essence Beyonce created two more incidents involving her photos instead of just riding out the meme-wave and graciously taking a little ribbing. (#2 when she let out the PR attack dogs, and #3 when she banned photographers) Thusly, bringing those photos around to public consciousness to cycle through two more times! Just leave it alone! Quit picking at it, it’ll go away by itself!
Some years ago Halle Berry won a Razzie for Worst Actress in Catwoman. So she got dressed up and took that stage to accept her award like a FUCKING BOSS. Laugh and the world laughs with you. And then loves you even more because you are ridiculously humble and awesome.
Been a pretty exciting and busy year so far. Knocked out a couple new year resolutions, but not nearly enough. I did deactivate my personal Facebook account (it only took me two anxious months) and I am a happier man because of it. More on that some other time.
One of my bigger hurdles was switching my website over to something with a little less Flash and adopting an entirely new format. This has been in the works for around 5 months now, I think as I’ve been slowing building it in the background and ironing the kinks out before going public. Two weeks ago I officially made the switch and am excited to be announcing the new site.
Side scroll kicks ass. No sloppy craptacular Flash loading BS. Tons more work. Tumblr integration. Lot’s of cool stuff on the backend that you guys don’t see but keeps it all running smoothly. (Not to mention, some more additions to the fashion photography, commercial photography and personal work sections.)
A good friend of mine was looking at my site on his phone and told me I was stuck in 2007. You’d think that something like flipping your website upside down wouldn’t be so emotional, but the truth is, I probably put in 12 combined days of straight-up thinking hours before reconfiguring. These things are always harder in your mind.
All the time I read about what a website is supposed to look like and how we can make it easier on art directors or art buyers when (if?) they look at our portfolios. I’ve talked to consultants and SEO experts and portfolio curators and everyone who thinks they know anything about websites (which is apparently anyone who uses a computer, BTW.) But this is the secret: MAKE THE WORK. PUT IT ONLINE. Really.
It’s never going to be perfect or ready or suit every single person. It could load before they hit the RETURN key and it will be too slow for some people. We are never going to be happy with it as artists because we are never happy with anything. Why would this be different?
For now though, I’m stoked that it’s NEW, above all else. See you guys soon.
Today on my way home I heard Talk of the Nation reporting on the new release of the video game BioShock: Infinite and I got so stoked to hear something from nerd culture get so thoroughly discussed on NPR. Prior to the story they kept running teasers about the interactive nature of the game and the plot/story of the game, leaving us with the cliff hanger “But is it art?”
I can’t roll my eyes hard enough. While I appreciate you taking a break from reporting on “real news” and crawling down from your ivory tower to report on something as frivolous and pedestrian as video games, do you think you could approach it with just a tiny bit of respect? Especially if you’re about to interview the creator of the video game.
The first part of the story describes what first person shooters are, punctuated again by the statement “Not exactly what people would call art.” I mean, let’s just discount that someone wrote the storyline, a script, hired actors, developed physics engines that power realistic physical reactions in space, and then a literal TEAM of artists rendered textures, people, weapons, environment and on and on. Let’s just gloss over all that and invent some sort of conversation on whether NPR thinks video games qualify as art.
Let me sum it up for you, Talk of the Nation: VIDEO GAMES DON’T NEED YOUR VALIDATION AND NEITHER DOES ART.
Way to kill this nerd boner, guys.