- Happy New Year, 2. Bling, 3. Morning at the Rivington LES , 4. Vivienne pink hair, 5. Sunrise NYC, 6. Night LES, 7. Party
Since meeting at our daughter’s preschool 4 years ago, we have collaborated on several projects including the documentation of The Wheel, a gorgeous piece of choreography by friend Kitty McNamee.
Shooting this collection, was fantastic and inspiring, as I’ve been able to watch the evolution of Lara as a designer, and so loved documenting the studio and the collection as it’s all come together over the course of the last year.
All of the clothing in Sister of Arp, is hand made by Lara in her studio in Los Angeles, and originally began as Lara made costumes for dancers in The Wheel, and then for her friend Flea to perform in on tour.
1) Tarmac at LAX, 2 ) Natchez Crape Myrtle – on Figueroa, 3 ) Blue water color palette, 4 ) Full moon over Chelsea, 5 ) Intelligentsia Silver Lake, 6 ) Dawn on California Blvd., 6 ) Lady in Blue.
1) party costume, 2) fringe, 3) parking lot, 4) cup of gold flower at Jenny’s, 5) Balthazar Bakery, 7) New York, 8 ) Rockefeller Center 9 ) Sara at home, 10) party balloons
A very quick visit to New York last week to see clients and agencies, magazines and friends, coincided with the anticipated NEMO a storm with a silly name. My first night in town, I stayed across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and made this photograph through the window. It made me think of all the fantastic images I’ve been seeing on Instagram, by Photo Editor Kathy Ryan from the T Magazine. She’s an incredible photographer with her iphone, and gives such a beautiful little window into her world at the New York Times. If you don’t already follow her, then start. ( @KATHYRYAN1 ) So anyway, it was cold. For me of course, anything under 60 feels chilly. Still the city was beautiful and busy as always, I shlepped my portfolio and ipad around for a few days and met some lovely new people and saw some not so new…equally lovely. I got to catch up with an old friend and collaborator from many years ago, Brittain Stone. We had lunch, and I got to hear about all his various non and for profit projects ( Brittain works on lots of cool non-profit projects as a photo coordinator ), not the least of which is theagentlist.com, a website featuring virtually every photography agency out there which he has built with partner Rob Haggart of the popular blog aphotoeditor .
BRAVO to them, it’s a pretty damn concise listing which will no doubt save mucho time for many photo editors and art buyers everywhere, now for all of us without an agent, this list is well, not so helpful, but I’m patient. Maybe we can have our own parade or site or something?
Ok the best part of this visit, besides seeing the most glamorous older woman in a fur hat and matching coat at the Plaza food court ( only place to get stumptown uptown ), was eating at The Fat Radish. Oh, this place is beyond! Do yourself a favor and just go.
Anyway New York, I’ll be back soon.
1. Antique bed in American Wing – Metropolitan Museum, 2. Little fingers and homegrown pomegranate, 3. Red Convertible – Palm Springs, 4. Succulent Flowers, 5. Naomi and Frankie’s Feet , 6. Summer Fruit
Here are a few images from a campaign I shot for Pearle Vision in May of this year with Arnold Worldwide in New York. The shoot was fun, and so was my trip! I always do my best to squeeze as much into my New York trips as possible.
And then there was Victor.,,,, Victor runs the equipment room at Space Studios where we shot. Before I met Victor in the flesh I could not have imagined that he would be wearing white every day and these lovely beads. All I knew was that for a week leading up to our shoot, he referred to me as “dear” in every email regarding my equipment order for the job, and this was a first. Hilarious!!
Victor has a great style, he is wearing white for an entire year to cleans his spirit, which is a Santeria practice. He reminded me of the evocative photographs Phyllis Galembo did in her book “Divine Inspiration”
Take a look at Phyllis Galembo’s work if you aren’t already familiar with it. She has been documenting the rituals and religious culture in Nigeria, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti for the past 20 + years, as well as the homegrown custom of Halloween in the United States.
Their show titled “The Butterfly Dance” is currently up at the Anton Kern Gallery in New York.
Lara made these incredible costumes, in addition to head pieces and and the three of them acted out their performance in this mesmerizing video
I fancy myself a creative person, a photographer, a director, an artist? I’m not so sure. This is a interesting question and challenge for me as a commercial photographer and image maker. Still this is why I love working on projects with people like Lara, My Barbarian and her husband Matt. I am enamored by their creative spirit and raw guts. They make work that comes out of their heads, from their hands and their experiences and put it out into the world. Over and over again. Original art inspires me to be brave and go deep into my unconscious when making new work.
Here’s some information on the show and their collaboration and the show.
The Butterfly’s Evil Spell is a collaboration among the three members of LA based collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade) and sculptor Lara Schnitger. Playing between the dramatic spaces of fantasy and realism, the piece uses a fragmentary Symbolist theater text from 1920 by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, entitled El Maleficio de La Mariposa, as a starting point. The artists responded with a performance video and installation that re-stages scenes from the play in elaborate sculptural costumes. The group also generated original material drawn from the circumstances in their own interconnected lives, shot on location in their shared LA studio, extending a relationship between imagination and social reality.
El Maleficio de La Mariposa, with a cast of talking insects, tells the story of a mother beetle whose son is “going to be a poet” against her wishes. The son, in another scene, abandons his girlfriend Sylvia because he is “in love with the butterflies,” a wistful declaration that carries notes of both poetry and prohibited sexual desire, linking the two. The artists perform these scenes in the video, wearing masks and costumes that become sculptures in the installation. In complementary scenes, the artists act out episodes that reflect their own lives: Gordon, who is pregnant, talks to Schnitger, who has a five year old, about her anxieties; Gaines and Segade, a gay married couple, re-negotiate the complexities of their long-term relationship. The Butterfly’s Evil Spell draws parallels between feminist and queer political identities while locating the space for making these connections in the ludic realm of play. Emphasizing the theatrical conditions of this play-space, the video begins with a sung adaptation of Golden Age Spanish playwright Calderon de La Barca’s famous Life is A Dream soliloquy, and ends with the dance of the butterflies, in which the four artists become a chorus line of fabric-clad dancers whose wings are decorated with slogans from the women’s and gay right’s movements of the 70s (when most of the members of the group were born), finally leading them to strip off their costumes and reconnect with the imminence of their bodies.