Just got back last night from an incredible 10 day experience in Mexico City… Kind of overwhelming to be honest, I still have thousands of images to go through but I promise to post them soon. Good thing I took today off from work as well so I can start chipping away at the image pile.
I’m several beers and bog rips in, not so patiently anticipating my upcoming trip to Mexico City. My clothes and gear are packed. Now it’s just waiting for Friday morning’s flight. I managed to limit my gear load for the first time ever; I tend to over pack with lenses, multiple bodies etc. This time going strictly compact and low profile using the Sony RX 100 IV as my primary, GoPro 7 Hero Black for video and super wide photos, a Yashica 128 Mat G for medium format shots of architecture and portraits, and a Nikon 35mm point and shoot for random experimental snapshots. I have a loose idea of a potential theme for the body of work but having never been there before, I don’t want to go in with an agenda. I’d rather feel it out and see where the energy takes me and hopefully it aligns with what I thought of. I’ll get into what that is later…
I’ve been reading Daido Moriyama’s ‘How I Take Photographs’ and it’s getting me super hyped. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the process of street photography and an insightful approach to it. I’m itching to shoot but don’t want to handle anything until I’m on foreign soil… I’m looking forward to getting lost in the massive urban sprawl, tasting the foods and absorbing the sights and sounds of a maddeningly hectic city.
Until then, 3 more days of clock watching at work.
One of the things I regret, and I don’t regret very much, is that I didn’t travel more when I was younger. So I’m trying to make up for it now. In the past year I’ve gone to Tokyo and Toronto (twice), both destinations photography related but this next trip- my first solo international street photography adventure. It’s also going to be the first time I seriously meditate on the direction my career and future is going… Fuck working for anyone other than myself. I’ve made many people a whole lot of money on the strength of my direction and design; time to apply that to my own projects and see where that goes.
But really, what else are you going to talk about in line at the liquor store? Childhood trauma seems like the natural choice, since it’s the reason why most of us are in line there to begin with. – Jenny Lawson
Personally I keep the liquor store convo to a minimum as I’m super judgmental in that environment. I definitely am looking at who’s buying what, and depending on the time of day, I draft scenarios in my head based on other’s purchases. Weird? Perhaps. But if you’re buying a pack of Pall Mall, a case of Keystone and some Hot Cheetos there’s a good chance we’ll have zero in common.
Having one of those days - you know the ones where everything seems to come to a screeching halt and you feel like you’re going nowhere? For years I’ve contemplated moving out of Los Angeles but I can’t manage to get anything going opportunity wise to facilitate that. All I want more than anything is to leave here, I almost don’t even care where at this point… Oh well, just gotta keep on plugging away, there’s an exit strategy somewhere.
Life is something that’s happening all over when you’re stuck in the car…
Drive by out the car window shot, this circle pattern and color way would be my idea for Wonder Bread Lite, the other white bread.
Here’s a project Ryan Hensley and I collaborated on in Canada along with our Toronto plug, Miracle Kerr. We need to rock like this again soon.
the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
#producer | @miraclekerr
#director | @ryan__hensley
#starring | @abide.by.chy@ashadipaola @daethepoet@kristianokiring @ledane__@margonotea @sketattle @xomichieko
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#makeup @aihzra @ramiro_valpar
#designers @hilarymacmillan@hayleyelsaesser @clothingseparate
#assist @dawnmcain @yeahclassic@krby9 @gloriatanala
Shoutouts to my boy Ryan Hensley for letting me tag along his shoot this afternoon, always a good time and killer final product.
Once upon a time on East 7th street in what’s now known as the Art’s District of downtown Los Angeles, there was a gem of a "restaurant” named La Reyna. For all my years going there, I don’t recall ever getting the food inside, you ordered from a gas grill outside and when your order was done, you’d then go into the very abandoned looking diner interior and get your grub on. Spent many a late night recovering from twisted adventures with al pastor and asada tacos there. Unfortunately, it’s now an overpriced Hipster taco hellhole. All good things come to an end.
The great thing about street photography is you find yourself in some weird spots, that is, if you’re not shook and willing to risk it all for a shot. This is far from risking it all, but Downtown Los Angeles has some of the wildest grimiest areas I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what exactly goes on here, but I can guess. Especially since the dope boys came out and were scoping us out after I shot this. Nothing a universal “What’s Good?” headnod didn’t take care of.
Want to know why I’m so critical about art? I’ve been blessed to always be surrounded by the best in the game, which ever game they may be in. This game here is Graffiti, and it doesn’t get a whole lot better than this group of legends.
That One Time In Shibuya