2015 has been a fucking rollercoaster to say the least. This year I went freelance, launched this website, and took more photographs than the last ten years combined. Perhaps the highlight of this year was the 25 day roadtrip I took with Angelina Christina to Miami and back for Art Basel. I wound up with so much content that I split everything in to nine different galleries which are all available starting today. I'm offering all nine galleries right away but over the next week I'll be taking the time here in my blog to talk about each one.
Being New Year's Eve Day today I wanted to keep things kind of light and fun so I figured we'd start off from the beginning. In mid-November I had just finished documenting Angelina Christina and Kevin Ledo's work on a new mural at 3Roundburst in Culver City for Beautify Earth. I took a few days off from the gang before we would leave for our roadtrip. I returned less than a week later, packed, and ready to set off for my first cross-country trip since coming out to Los Angeles eight years prior, only to return to the same place I had left from, South Florida. We left late Saturday night with the necessity of a round-the-clock roadtrip to make it by Tuesday night. Fortunately having three capable drivers would help us in our journey. Our roadtrip was filled with great music, conversation, and delicious snacks. We rarely stopped for anything but the necessities and a few choice off-ramps but during our excursion we made two timely detours.
The first detour in our journey brought us through New Mexico's Trail of The Mountain Spirit. The drive itself was easily one of the most pleasant I have ever done and afforded me a variety of photographic opportunities. We all longed to hike, but with no real time to truly explore we did our best and found a few quality locations. This side track would put us four hours behind schedule but we all left feeling the Mountain Spirit coursing through us.
Our second detour would see a little more walking around as we would stop in New Orleans. Angelina is a collector of skulls, skeletons, and other such items. We knew during our trip that we would need some sort of canine skull. As Angelina drove through Texas I took to the internet in search of a taxidermy shop. Our luck seemed mixed as I located a shop by the name of Requiem Oddities in New Orleans that seemed perfect but was also listed as closed during the time we would be passing through. I contacted the owners on social media about our query and they responded quickly that they had several coyote skulls and would be more than happy to open the shop for us. It was rather late before we made it to New Orleans but the kind owners were more than helpful and Angelina seemed to make it worth their while with not only the purchase of the coyote skull but several other choice items as well. After our journey to the taxidermy shop we headed to The French Quarter. Angelina insisted she stay with the truck and Kevin and I go enjoy ourselves. Kevin and I decided on some delicious sweet and sour wings before partaking in drinks. I rarely drink but when I do I like it to be for a particular reason and this seemed like the occasion. Perhaps to my detriment, I decided to partake in the local "hurricane", a concoction essentially made up of a several kind of liquor mixed with sugary juices, the kind of drink where one will do you and two is too many. After the hurricane we met up with Angelina who wanted to sample a delicious absinthe. Not a drinker herself she passed the rest of the drink on to me. At this point I was sloshed. We headed to a more local area where once again Kevin and I stumbled around for a while. I wasn't sure how any of my drunken photos would come out but you can see that results are well worth it, though it should be noted that I vomited profusely within hours.
Our trip was long but at the end we had all grown closer, deeming ourselves The New Hope Fellowship, and ready for our adventures in Miami.
Click the photo below for our Roadtrip adventures and scroll further down a second photo link that will take you to all nine galleries documenting the Art Basel 2015 experience