Hello! Welcome back to my dojo. All are welcome. All are beautiful. As we float through space and time I'm reminded how blessed I am to be alive. Since last we spoke it seems that many things have happened as happening is what things continue to do. A thriple dose of The Spritely One first as we ventured to Ventura searching light and finding The Moon Child.
From there follow our mighty adventures on our conquering of The Salton Sea! Thanks to our good kin at East Jesus we were once again able to do the Lawrence of Arabia this thing with a two day long journey around one of America's lesser discussed National Treasures. As you may or not know depending how new you are around here, I LOVE The Salton Sea. It is one of my many reasons for living that such a place exists. I first started making my way out to the Salton Sea doing a ton of work with Angelina Christina (having her kickass show at Art-Share this month! Good luck Angelina!). Not long after I started shooting with Sprite last year she asked if I had any interest in going out to that area, particularly to East Jesus. The answer was a no brainer and we invited along a mutual friend and muse Laura Wrong. We went out there at the crack of dawn, took the three hour drive busted out photos at some favorite abandoned spots, The Tank, East Jesus, Salvation Mountain (which we were kicked out of quite adamantly. The chemistry of Sprite and Laura is incredible to watch. Unfortunately, I came home and somehow the 500+ photos were lost as I discovered my memory card somehow became corrupted.
The one saving grace was that The Spritely One always uses her phone to photograph some of her favorite photos off the back of the LCD screen for reference. I recently decided to take those photos of photos and edit them as best I could. They are a little rough around the edges and there are no solo photos of Laura since Sprite regretfully didn't know she'd be archiving the only images to exist from this shoot but I think you will enjoy these antiquities none the less.
To complete the Sprite Trifecta, the two of just a few ago retraced our steps back to The Salton Sea (Laura unfortunately couldn't make it). We had originally been trying to plan a photo tour to The Bay but alas the timing wasn't right so we figured a two trip back to the strangest land in America would be worthwhile. We hit up a few of our previous spots including East Jesus where the residents graciously housed us in Walter The Sunken Bus (famously painted by Angelina Christina), as well as a few favorite abandoned buildings, but we also had luck with new spots including some plains, trains, and automobiles (also a boat) that I think you will really fall in love with.
A few days later after returning from The Salton Sea I headed east again to meet up with my friend Astraia Esprit. I always love seeing Astraia, catching up, and taking some photos. We ventured to a Lake, a blue wall, and some other miscellaneous places just east of Los Angeles. It was a quick little afternoon jaunt but I think you can feel a calm serenity with the work.
My next shoot would be my second with Sister Bonez. For those that don't know, Sister Bonez is the real life sister of our own Lisa Caraway. Lisa was the one who first suggested we shoot together and I was so happy with did that we got together again and did it a second time. In fact, after leaving my shoot with Astraia, I was heading home and stopped by the Record Shop where Sister Bonez work and that's when we decided to do our second shoot just days later. We attempted to shoot in Switzer Falls but when we arrived it was freezing cold (especially considering the scant attire of Ms. Bonez). We wound up shooting there for a bit and got some killer photos, but ultimately it was too cold so we made our way downtown. Once in Downtown I suggested that we attempt to shoot at the old Arqade location as I still had the code to get in. It magically worked (for the last time as I have since tried it and it has failed) and we were rewarded with our own private studio/bando where we got some rad as fuck photos.
It would be about a week before I would do my next shoot and this was one was a little different than usual. This time I was playing the role of Cinematographer for my friend Kathryn Lejeune's short film, I'm Sorry, Adam (a scene from the book "East of Eden"). On the set I shot off a handful of still and thought it made for a really nice little set and something a bit different.
That week saw for me an impromptu shoot with my friend Chelsea Lugosi. I hadn't seen Chelsea since our last shoot on the 4th of July. We met up in downtown where Chelsea was staying at a friend's studio late at night. We shot at the studio for a bit before moving to another studio in Chinatown. We had planned to shoot outside but it was too cold for that. The Chinatown studio was rad and we got to play around with a projector on a white backdrop so it was a fun (and late) evening.
After some much needed sleep I finally got to go on a longer excursion back to Switzer Falls with my new muse Kim Herrera Cruz. Kim and I were simply destined to meet. Before Kim and I actually formally met we had been at several of the same events together including a pop up at Arqade Studios where Kim was selling her delicious cold brew coffee. We recently were introduced during the weekend of LA Art Show (still need to finish my photos from that!) at Super Chief Gallery by our mutual friend Andrew. Kim and I really connected so it was great to have the chance to make magic together out in the forest.
Our final new set for today is another new muse of mine by the name of Brianna Christine. Brianna is a beautiful human being that I met on Instagram. We had been following each other's work and made plans to shoot together. It turned out later that Brianna actually knows Lisa Caraway and Sister Bonez so that was cool. Brianna and I planned for a night shoot where we attempted to shoot at Arqade. As previously mentioned though, that was not in the cards. It wound up working out for the best as we got in a really cool building nearby with a DOPE rooftop and lobby I've been wanting to shoot in for a while. We also stopped by JADE Apothecary (by my good friend Ceven Grey who runs Arqade) and shot with some marijuana as well as learned the new that Arqade's new location is set and should be opening by the end of the month in Downtown LA! I saw the next spot this week and it's killer so look forward to new Arqade shenanigans in the future. For now enjoy all of these sets and until next time!