As we look to 2010, I think more than any other year I can remember, we look towards this year with hope. We look for the return of a safe economy and better schools for our children, the return of funding for the arts and health care for the needy. I for one am filled with hope. I hope for many things. Many of them like an old funky Hasselblad 500c or a spankin new 5DMKII. Many of my "hopes" are the same as yours. I hope that furloughs are taken out of schools so my mom who has been a teacher for 25 years can quit the catering job she had to take on weekends this year to cover the mortgage and can go back to being a full time teacher. I hope that kids go back to schools that support arts, physical education, and individual learning. What would all of the artists of today's world, visual or other have done with no access to art in their youth?
Its late and silent and I am editing images for a client. I keep debating on images without the models face in them because I like them... wondering if the client will too... I keep coming back to this one. It reminds me so much of a page out of " Where The Wild Things Are" that I decided to draw a crown on her and added Maurice Sendak's famous line from the book. Thanks Maurice for a little fun in the middle of a long edit, and thank you Spike Jonze for bringing this childhood favorite back. Now back to reality.. don't think the messy crown drawing is gonna sell this sweater!
On a recent trip to San Francisco I brought only analog cameras and decided to play with a bunch of different film. Using my Canon AE1 I snapped several shots of the city as I wandered about. Upon returning home I still had a couple of rolls of film and decided to bring the AE1 along when I shot the last of the polaroid film with Genevieve. I had what I thought to be a brand new roll of film that I put in the camera just before leaving the city. As above proves, the new roll was one that I had not completely rewound and I reshot the entire roll in a filed of flowers. Lucky for me, the AE1 does not have an automatic rewind nor does it have an LCD where you can see the photos that you have already made. Having known that this roll was already "used" I may never have had the thought to expose it again in a field of flowers. That said, these are some of my favorite photos taken this year. What would we do without the mistakes?
No, this is not a post about designer clothes for dogs. I refuse to buy designer clothes for my dog, but I am not opposed to buying them for myself. Over the past couple of years I have acquired quite a collection. Living in Paris and New York will do that to a girl. Looking for a way to help out animals in need, without turning my home into a dog shelter, I have decided to part with my collected designer clothing and accessories for the sake of paws across America. Twenty to twenty five percent of the final sale price of each item ( each item is different) will benefit the Humane Society of America. Each Week through the Month of December I will list a few new items for sale. This week I have started with a few my favorite designers, Marc Jacobs, Mayle and Nanette Lepore. Please see below for photos and links to ebay items!
For most people the Holidays mean snow covered mountain tops, chilly weather and cuddling under big blankets in front of the fire. Growing up in Hawaii winter had an entirely different meaning. Winter means huge surf, stormy days on the beach, nights around the bon fire, the Christmas tree outside, and lots of rainbows. Although I've lived in several places with snowy winters; I've never had a white christmas and I don't think I'd have it any other way.
Thanks to Lori, Tanya, Dehx (make up artist extraordinare) Maria our LOVELY model, Tommy and the rest of the team working on the new MATIX ads and look book, we had a blast shooting and riding around in the big red bus all over Long Beach. Eventually ending up at the bar HBO uses to shoot their "True Blood" series in was kinda creepy since I had just finished watching the second season on DVR the night before we shot...but, heebie geebies aside, it ended up being a really cool location. Here are a few polaroids of our adventures! And that white leather jacket, yeah its really that cute, really.
...Jess, getting in there for the final touches..
This is something you dont see often, come to think of it, I have never seen this. As we flew north to San Francisco, out my window a United Airlines jet cruised along with us for about an hour. Although the pilot assured that the plane was a good 1,000 feel above us, our friendly neighbor seemed rather close (If I can get a shot with my iphone, come on..).
For those of you that know me, you know that this is Maxamillion, my black lab. He is quite a bit bigger now (75 lbs and counting!) but still has those puppy eyes that absolutely KILL me! He sits under my desk and sleeps on my toes when I am working on photos or posting new blog entries. He is the best little guy out there. I hope that we all feel this way about our pets.
The Lucie Awards took place on the other side of the country tonight but thanks to the blog world and A Photo Editor, I got to see the results tonight and I have to say, good choices peeps! A Photo Editor has the full list winners on his blog, but here are the ones I'll look at over and over. Thank you photo world for introducing me to the work of Rachel Papo , the recipient of the International Photographer of the Year, Deeper Perspective Award.
In the most recent edition of the KZO Cinematic Journal, I noticed an entry by Glitterati Magazine who did an amazing piece by Joel K, a great friend and the founder of KZO including photos we shot for the fall/winter '09 collection. click HERE to read the entire article about how Joel comes up with his ideas, where he gets inspiration for each collection and how it all comes together!
As I was sitting waiting for a model to finish getting her make up done in a very cool basement converted to studio, I noticed the studio owner, also the make up artist on the job, had all sorts of fun "props" left over from jobs or brought back from her travels. Her studio was a treasure chest. She moved her light to get a better view of the model and the shadow behind the orchids caught my eye. I fired twice and then everyone was ready to go. Loading the photos this one popped out at me and I have been looking at it ever since. My favorite part is the shadow of the peacock feathers on the right side of the frame, you know they are there... but you don't have to see "them."