Whenever I've been away from something for even a week (like since my last post here) I always want to reference a Simpsons episode where Milhouse says that Alf is back which he then follows up immediately with "in Pog form". I'm not going to explain who or what Alf, The Simpsons, and pogs are because if you don't know then I think you should explore but I just thought I would share that. So...I'm back (in Pog form). To be honest I would actually love to print out some of my photos on pogs so if anyone knows a good person to help me with that please let me know.
This week was an interesting one. I'm getting ready to leave for two weeks in Florida for my parents' 40th Wedding Anniversary and we are heading to St. Augustine in North Florida. Typically most places I travel to these days there's some model I can photograph but I have to confess that I know no one in St. Augustine, but maybe it's for the best. Either way it seems like I've been cramming in various activities this week, including but not limited to: a downtown shoot with Kylie Lefkowitz, a Glendale shoot with Annie Motel and her adorable 18 year old roommate Sofia Weinberg, a few street art photos, a trip once again back to The Salton Sea with Angelina Christina which included a photoshoot with Jordyn Richards, and yesterday I had a gig that brought me down to Laguna Beach photographing a wedding proposal for a cute couple from Las Vegas. I brought Kung Fu Babe Mel Montesi along to keep me company we wound up having an impromptu friend date that involve dinner at a diner (Mel and I are both huge diner fans) and a movie. We saw 10 Cloverfield Lane and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it and I'm not even a big scary movie fan. I leave on Tuesday and I still have a few shoots and hang outs I'm sneaking in before then so stay tuned.
For today though I wanted to focus on a really interesting set I did with Fabio and Elodie collectively known as Dourone. I first met Fabio and Elodie when they worked with Jason Ostro and The Gabba Gallery on the side of a 7 Eleven in Westlake. They were so nice and invited me to come photograph them in Playa Vista (the same site of the movie I saw last night) as they worked on a piece for DoArt. Fabio and Elodie were in from Elodie's hometown of Paris so soon after these projects completed they left town again. They came back once again several months ago and I asked Elodie if she'd be down to take some photos together. I did not originally intend for these to be photos of the two of them as I rarely do portraits of men or couples but we tried a few and the results were so great that this set really became about the both of them and the results were pretty great. We wandered around Downtown LA amongst the killer architecture. It was great having some time to talk to them. Fabio, who is from Madrid, speaks almost no English and Elodie speaks English, French, and Spanish so it was a unique experience for me and one I will cherish. In that regard it was also my first time directing someone that did not understand what I was saying and yet our common language of art superseded that. So today I present to you my portraits of Dourone.
Click the photo below for all the wonderful and weird photos of Dourone