Posts tagged photography
DUDES: Photographer Mikael Kennedy Studio Sale

"It's not about equipment, it's not about what type of camera you use, it's only about the vision you have that you are constructing. The first book I self-published I shot with a $30 toy camera, because that's all I could afford. Ignore what everybody else is doing and just go out and take pictures and build your own unique body of work." - Mikael Kennedy

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WEEKENDS: Springtime Saturday

Two weeks ago my neighborhood was a chilly hinterland of rusty trucks, piled-up snow, and ice-slicked roads. This weekend, however, it was beautiful --sixty-two and sunny with a slight breeze and patchy fog. I slept with the windows open, and in the afternoon padded around the creaky floorboards of my top-floor apartment in bare feet and a t-shirt, a summertime Shiner in hand. Saturdays -- the one day of the week that is unquestionably YOURS, unencumbered by the schedules and demands of others. 

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GO: Belle Fourche

Last fall found me in Belle Fourche with Venice-based production company Farm League. Although the other commercials we worked to shoot in both Wisconsin and Minnesota during the month of October placed us in  unexpectedly beautiful small town locales, the western leg of the job was perhaps the most cinematic and spartanly beautiful.

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MUSES : Schoolgirls Captured by Nina Leen

The beautiful stoic poise of these girls belies a wisdom and elegance far beyond their years. The photo doesn't show what bottoms they are wearing, but I like to imagine them all wearing a pegged plaid, wide-cuffed skinny trouser with a pair of Nike Blazers.

Photo taken by Nina Leen for LIFE Magazine, circa 1956.

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GO: Travel Writing from Texas to Tennessee

I like this comparison of photography to pointing, and think the same pointing comparison can be made with the act of writing. A novice writer, a joke photographer — I don’t ever try to evoke anything with a photo I take or a note I write. The process is much more egoless. Something IS and because something IS it is IMPORTANT and therefore, an attempt to document must be made - however silly or juvenile the result. The young photographer or fake writer, a novice to both mediums, should aim merely to act as a conduit. A pointer and sharer of uniquely human stories — be they either visual or written.

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WEEKENDS: the Photography of Roeg Cohen

I discovered the work of Toronto-born photographer Roeg Cohen through the modern rabbit hole that is instagram. That was last month. Looking further into his portfolio of work over this last long weekend (the final dying breath of summer) I find myself waking up from dreams populated by graceful mares, doe-eyed brown-haired girls, dusty desert el camino's, road-weary wanderers, and rural cattle farms. There is an honesty to his portraiture that strips the subject of any pretense. There is no concept to 'get' - just an honest depiction of grace and elegance.

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WEEKENDS: Mikael Kennedy's 'California'

Mikael Kennedy is both a commercial and fine art photographer slash part-time rug collector based out of Brooklyn, New York. Many know Mikael from his earlier collected works and travel blog. Titled 'Passport to Trespass' it's a collection of candid, quick, and artfully composed polaroids documenting life on the road.

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AVEC L'HOMME: Photographer Parker Fitzgerald

'Overgrowth' the newest work from Parker Fitzgerald + Riley Messina looks like what December feels like --    achingly slow, quietly beautiful, creatively contemplative.Collaborating with his friend, the young floral designer behind Erba Floral, the prints are evocative of victorian portraiture and turn-of-the-century shadowbox craft, yet it is the anonymity of their subjects that elevates the work into the realms of the contemporary and the new.

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WEEKENDS: breakfast

We have the same needs. Self-preservation and biological renewal. Surviving by sameness. The life work of a plant is to keep being a plant -- their self-correction to ensure survival is miraculous. (This is why we confuse love with an omelette & why we receive flowers while both sick or dating.) The sap that keeps us humming hard and pressing on. Breakfast.

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