Florida and Back

When a month passes between updates I never mean for that to happen but man it usually means a lot of shit has been going on and such is the case here.  Fortunately we also have a bunch of new sets to share.

Since last we spoke I shot one of my favorite sets of all time with the one and only Nova.  I took Nova to the South Bay for some fire fun.  Originally we intended to go shoot at one of my favorite abandoned spots, Angels Gate Bunkers, the former WWII military bunker but when we arrived there was no longer an entrance as they had just put up brand new fencing.  More than likely by now the fence already has several holes in it again but on this night we were out of luck.  We spent a good 15 minutes discussing a plan of action as doing a fire shoot really requires particular circumstances, notably in the privacy department.  Unfortunately all of my other regular spots were all at minimum an hour away and we had already driven 40 minutes to get there.

I knew we could also head 5 minutes down to road to the famous Sunken City but I was hesitant because I had only once tried to do a night shoot there and couldn't get in.  I mentioned this possibility and we both figured we'd try it out since it was by far our closest option.  I'm really glad we did because the location coupled with all of our ideas and our look really wound up being the perfect combination and produced one of my favorite sets ever.

   Nova - The Devil You Know

Nova - The Devil You Know

In the following days I got together again with Sovereign Syre for our second shoot and really our first full-fledged adventure.  Sovereign and I stayed kind of local hitting up a killer Risk Rock wall in Atwater Village, The LA River, and finishing with The Old LA Zoo.  It's always nice to travel around to a few select spots and Sovereign and I really reached some killer new levels with our work.  The highlight was probably the goose we ran in to by The LA River.  

   Sovereign Syre - Cherry Cola

Sovereign Syre - Cherry Cola

The next day involved a double shot for me as I was reunited with my OG Muse Angelina Prendergast.  Angeline and I were shooting sets together before I was shooting sets and really even before I was taking my photo career seriously.  Angelina moved to Colorado last year and thi was the first time I'd seen her since so we had a fun little mini shoot at a part of Debs Park near my house that I'd never been to.  Our time was a little limited as Angelina was running around with work she was doing in LA and I had an art show that night but it was a success.

   Angelina Prendergast - Return To Oz

Angelina Prendergast - Return To Oz

Right after the shoot I went over to 1700 Naud in Chinatown for a group art show being put on by PBR Art with curation by my friend Andrew over at Bloody Gums Collective as well as A Shop Called Quest.  The show featured some really rad art including three of my pieces.  As has become custom in these situations I invited out a bunch of my muses and we shot mini sets throughout the night.  The show was packed so it was a little hard but I managed to shoot some more stuff with Angelina as well as Nielah, Liza, Grey Garbo, Kim Herrera Cruz, Stephanie Monty, and future muse Cricket.  Big thanks to my friend Berk for having some great video projection to shoot with as well.  The show was a great success and of course it's always fun to make some snaps with my regular collaborators.

   Babes of Kung Fu Breakfast - May Daze

Babes of Kung Fu Breakfast - May Daze

For my last day in LA before my trip to Florida I made sure to get my ass to see Earthsleep play at The Whiskey-A-Go-Go, a famous LA venue on the equally famous Sunset Strip.  Earthsleep is one of my bands of my friend and frequent muse Cindy Clark aka Girlwolf.  I've been wanting to see Earthsleep ever since Cindy and I first started shooting together and she happens to be in the middle of a two month residency there.  I only intended on stay for Cindy's band as I'd be flying out the next day but I wound up staying for Vigil of War and Royal Distortion as well.  I'm glad I did because everyone was awesome and I got some killer photos.

   If You Stage Dive, You Go Home

If You Stage Dive, You Go Home

The next week would be a really tough one for me as I travelled across the country to South Florida to say goodbye to my Grandma.  In the weeks previous my 89 year old Grandma fell and broke her hip and sternum and her general health was beginning to deteriorate as well as her willingness to do what was necessary to get well.  I made it just in time to see her for one more day in the hospital before she passed.  I also was there long enough to attend the funeral and sit Shiva with my family (a Jewish tradition where the family gathers so mourners can come pay their respects).  Though it was under sad circumstances, it was wonderful to see my family.  I took some photos of my Grandmother that are really beautiful but I'm not ready to share quite yet.

However, coming to Florida I was coincidentally contacted by a camgirl named Dahliaisdopey, a friend of my muse Alondra Excene Shields.  Dahlia had seen the photos I took of Alondra and reached out about shooting together if she ever came out to LA or if I was in Florida at any time.  I just happened to be coming out for this auspicious occasion so we did not just one but two shoots that turned in to three sets while I was there.  Dahlia is super lovely and I always love shooting in new places with new people.  On our first shoot Dahlia picked me up at my parents' place in Wellington so we improvised and explored.  We did pretty well for ourselves with a cute park in Wellington as well as this beautiful wall called The Witches Wall in Palm Beach.  Palm Beach was super interesting and wound up being the central location for most of our day shoot.  For our second shoot we met up at night down a bit further south and made our way to Wynwood, a Florida location that regulars of the website know I have a great deal of history with.  We shot a bunch of stuff at The Old RC Cola Plant and wandered Wynwood a bit.  At one point a cop pulled up next to us and wanted to start inquiring about what camera I was using and what ISO I shoot at.  It was a bit odd.  I tried to be nice but do it's like, do I walk up to him when he's working and start asking what kind of gun he uses and caliber of bullet he prefers?

After hitting up a local diner Dahlia and I made our way to her apartment.  We took so many great shots that I decided to make it a whole separate set.  Dahlia was super fun to shoot with and really a beautiful soul.  We talked about a lot of things and smoked a bunch of weed including some dabs.  Though my Florida trip had some very morose circumstances I was really glad to have someone so wonderful to create with while I was there.  I'm planning to go back to Florida later this summer/early fall so I'm sure we will shoot together again this year.

   Dahliaisdopey - Witches Wall

Dahliaisdopey - Witches Wall

   Dahliaisdopey - Nature Boy

Dahliaisdopey - Nature Boy

   Dahliaisdopey - Back To The Future

Dahliaisdopey - Back To The Future

Getting back to LA I got in two shoots with new models starting with Shereen Hakimelahy.  Shereen is a really rad photographer from Santa Cruz that I connected with in the last few months.  Though she's usually on the other side of the camera, Shereen brought out her inner Goddess for a shoot in my favorite forest spot, Switzer Falls during her trip to LA.  Shereen had mostly been doing the Hollywood thing during her trip so I was happy to show her this other side of our city that I love so dearly.  We had a fun time and hopefully will connect again in the future when I make my next trip out to The Bay.

   Shereen Hakimelahy - Goddess Calling

Shereen Hakimelahy - Goddess Calling