I'm often confused with long holiday weekends whether it's Sunday that is the holiday or the Monday in which people are off or maybe even Saturday but everyone just said "Fuck it! Let's take Monday off" but I'm pretty sure today is Memorial Day so kudos to that. I'm not a fan of the military or our various interferences in most wars but I fully support a day to remember the fallen. To be honest I don't know very many personally who have served in the military or fought in war but both of my late Grandfather's served in WWII.
Regardless of my feelings towards war or the military I do love any good American holiday because the primary focus always is about barbecues. So many other holidays require putting a special outfit together, a gaga bar scene, present giving obligations, etc, but Memorial Day, Labor Day and the big ol' 4th of July are about kicking back, having some libations, eating some grilled food, and of course the red, white, and blue. I'm a big sucker for the American Flag. I'm not sure why but I've always loved how graphic it is plus the color combination. Just something so iconic and gorgeous about it, so I try to photograph it with my models whenever possible, such as today's set with Carlie Anne.
I met Carlie the same way I did Necro Natalie at the joint birthday part where I shot Lady Krondor's most recent set. Carlie, Natalie, Lady Krondor, and Grey Garbo all went to High School together here in LA. That night Grey mentioned that Carlie really liked my work and wanted to shoot together so we set up a shoot out in one of my favorite places: The Salton Sea. I had been hankering for a roadtrip back out there and it was time. Carlie had never been out there before so I took her to some of the highlights including Salvation Mountain, Slab City, The Tank, Salton City, Bombay Beach, and a few dope graff spots. Carlie and I had some great conversation about sexuality, drug use, and other things. It was an exhausting day and I think we took some killer photos. It's important on a day like today to remember that those that fight are attempting to fight to help us preserve the freedom to go to super weird places like The Salton Sea (and for babes like Carlie to get nude in those places). Happy Memorial Day!
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