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Earlier this month I did a really fun shoot. It involved two things I love, Rainbows and Roller Skating. A little background on me. I grew up in Los Angeles,  during the 70’s and 80’s and did my share of roller disco. Up and down the block, in the drive way, on the boardwalk in Venice Beach, you get the picture, if not there’s one right here.

My sister and I had awful skates, and we walked to school in the snow…no we didn’t. We made up dance routine for ridiculous fake commercials. It was the time of Xanadu, Roller Boogie, Rainbows and Muppets. Then there were the clothes. It seemed to be the first wave of designer jeans, ( I think this is the second wave, or maybe the third )? Anyhow, it was all about the colored ones like Dittos, and Jordache, and the fancy denim like  Sassoon Jeans, and the real fancy chemin de fer line. Well that was right around the time I really began paying attention to clothes and what everyone was wearing, needless to say it was an important time in my life for visuals that helped shape my sensibility and awareness of fashion, music and style.  Any how I had the fever for skating…

Cut to last December I saw a show at the Palm Springs Museum of Art, and this Judy Chicago piece really jumped out at me. I started doing research online for roller skating imagery and found these amazing images from the SF Chronicle, from years ago, and I got inspired to create an image of clothing in rainbow colors on models roller skating.

Rainbow PIcket, by Judy Chicago

Rainbow PIcket, by Judy Chicago


Skaters, SF Chronicle

Skaters, SF Chronicle

Went on a trip to the  Moonlight Roller Rink for real inspiration, where I met Marcus, who came to the shoot to skate and teach the models some moves.

Jolene and Marcus, Copyright 2013

Here some of the photographs from the shoot. It was great! I hope you enjoy them. Happy Belated New Year!!! Diana

Many thanks to the following people who helped with the shoot:

Models: Jolene Anderson, Sarah Brewer, Jessica Brittain

Makeup: Geoffrey Rodriguez, Hair: Boyd

Wardrobe: Jennifer Levy

Set Design: Kendall Faeth

On Set Art Direction : Dee DeLara

Gaffer: Gal Harpaz

Retouching Magic: Gloss Post-production

Digital Capture: Dimitri Newman

Sarah does Arabesque, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Sarah does Arabesque, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Rainbow skaters, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013

Rainbow skaters, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2013

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.

I got to eat at Freeman’s, and savor a lobster roll from the Pearl Oyster Bar,  drink coffee every morning at 9th Avenue Espresso.

Pearle Vision Kat campaign 2012

Pearle Vision Kat campaign 2012

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.

Victor from Space Studios in the Chelsea Market

A few memorable style moments on set, from my shoots so far this year ( more to come ) .

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had an eye for fashion and gravitated towards people with a personal style. Style, like color energizes and inspires me.

Here’s some favorite ON SET STYLE!

Tuan rocks a very special silk track suit jacket that I bought at my favorite thrift store.

Julian’s super sexy gold trim sandals

ONE fantastic jacket from “Moods of Norway”

Peggy Bennett and Randy Elia AKA “The easter Bunny”, I love Peggy’s Uniglow for Jill Sander jacket