Hello Darkness my old friend! Been keeping things as lowkey as I can the last few weeks getting back in to the groove of it all but of course adventures abound. First up we have a mini set with the returning Sofia Weinberg. Sofia accompanied me to see a play here in Los Angeles being produced my old college friend Sean Frasier so we did a little exploring for this fun improv shoot in East Hollywood. Sofia and I were both going through some personal shit so it was nice to find this little wall that reminds us that art heals.
The next day I met up for another shoot with my friendly neighborhood Sovereign Syre. Sov and I made a little trip over to Devil's Gate Dam and ventured down to the actual Devil's Gate itself, which despite several visits here, I had never been to the actually tunnel (which requires a little maneuvering to get to). You'll see a cameo in this shoot of a Winston Churchill mug. This mug was in my Grandparents home for decades and after my Grandma's recent passing it found it's way to me so I wanted to have a little fun and throw it in there. Sov loved it so we got really one of my favorite shots of the set. After grabbing some Vietnamese food to recharge we did some shooting Sov's freshly cleaned apartment and playing around with her new ring light as well as shooting some more for my pineagram series including a few with her puppers. This set really has a nice sense of intimacy to it that I think you'll enjoy.
After a few lowkey local shoots came an epic adventure with a new muse of mine by the name of Brittny Nicole aka Cosmic Daughter. Brittny and I met on social media and really hit it off making plans for a future shoot about a month ago. We had to wait till our schedules lined up but when they finally I met her out in the desert outside of LA and picked her up on the way for an adventure back out to my familiar stomping grounds of The Salton Sea. Brittny and I hit the usual spots including some abandoned buildings, Slab City, East Jesus, Salvation Mountain, and ending with some killer night shots in Bombay Beach. Brittny is this super cool festival girl with great style and a wonderful heart. We knocked out one of my all-time favorite shoots and just had incredible chemistry together. Definitely look for more from us together in the future.
Out of town journeys continued with a new shoot with Sister Bonez on the outer east edge of LA County. The good Sister and I had no real game plan but pulled out some gems hitting up a few key spots. We started our day at a local park ducking away from the hot sun as best we could. From there Sister Bonez showed me this realllllly dope cemetery where once again we were ducking, but this time hiding from security. I really loved this cemetery with a cool bell tower in the middle. Next we made our way to Sister Bonez' place of work: Kaos Records. I once visited Sister Bonez when she was on shift there and fell in love with it. Sister Bonez' boss was super nice and accommodating letting us shoot there. I've always love the aesthetic of a local record shop and this one did not disappoint. We ended our day with a visit to a little war memorial for some patriotic shots in time for the 4th of July.
Finally we wrap things up with my dear dear friend The Spritely One. Sprite came out to LA to visit me and I just happened to get a tip for a new location from my friend and fellow photographer Silas B Eyeso. Silas had been on set near this cool open lot by the LA River that's being turned in to a park as part of the Bowtie Project. I didn't know how cool this location would wind up being but it looked from from what he had shown me, plus it was super close to my house so I figured why not. Well the place wound up really being amazing with these cool installation/sculptures by Beatriz Cortez. Sprite and I had a ton of fun playing with the environment and shot a really fresh new set together. With Sprite's birthday coming up this weekend we have plans for some new shoots together next week including with some special guests, but for now enjoy!