Welcome back for another episode of "Kung Fu Breakfast". When last we left our hero, Jay Kantor was caught in a love triangle with a saucy Minotaur and a bowl of steel cut oats. How ever will he find his way out of this mess?
Episode: "The End of Subversion"
I realized recently that true subversion might be over. Yes, we still have laws about things like public nudity that are pretty serious and our political leaders are fucked, but honestly what is shocking these days? I've witnessed a few artists recently trying to make subversive art but really they are catering to an audience for that that generally agrees with them. It doesn't mean they have to stop doing it as I'm always a big proponent of do what you want but I just feel like the days of art being shocking or provocative has largely been lost with the over-saturation of art. That being said, I have five brand new sets of amazing ladies doing whatever they fuck they want while generally not wearing very much. Actually this is a really fun grouping of sets because it's all new sets from returning Muses and really five of my favorite women on the planet.
Up first is a long overdue new set with my friend Elizabeth Ann Poinsette. Liz and I met years ago before I was shooting my sets through our mutual friend and KFB Muse Angelina Prendergast on the night of the West Hollywood Halloween Parade. We hit it off instantly and even shot a video project together of her silk work. We had a great time shooting a few sets together in 2015 but it was when I really just starting to figure things out with my work so I was stoked to reconnect with her for first set in close to three years. The two of us headed to one of my favorite regular spots: Angels Gate Bunkers in San Pedro.
The last time I tried to visit the Bunkers they had put up new fencing which led to a shoot down the road at Sunken City. I figured that local graff writers and urbex explorers must have created some new entrances since then and after some exploration of the perimeter I was not disappointed. This really was the perfect location with Liz as she is an aerialist, gymnast, dancer, etc. and loves to climb and move all over things. We had a wonderful time shooting and catching up and I think you will see a lot of love in this photos.
The very following day would see a new set with another three-party name lady: Kim Herrera Cruz. Kim has made a few appearances in some event and art show sets here and there but this was our second official shoot. I first took Kim to Switzer Falls so I knew this time I would like to put her in a more decayed, abandoned environment. We originally discussed an early morning shoot in Sunken City but that changed with a mutual decision to the afternoon. Normally I don't like to go the same spot two days in a row but I was so excited to be back in Angels Gate that I made the trek once again down to the South Bay with Kim.
Just like with Liz the day before, Kim and I had a great time. We got there a little late in the afternoon but with plenty of time to work. We got in some very kinky looks thanks in part to Kim's company Daddy Bear Leather Love who provided some dope chokers and harnesses. We also ran in to a couple of graff kids that insisted we shoot with of their pieces while simultaneously bouncing around an aluminum bat. This was not my first rodeo, and though I was not frightened, I was happy to oblige (though the kids took up far too much of our time with this). Later Kim would tell me that while I was showing the kids the photo I had taken, she had her hand on her mace ready to shoot in their faces should the need arise. Fortunately they left and we were able to shoot just past sundown and get in really one of my favorite sets. Love shooting with Kim, stoked to show off these photos, can't wait to shoot with her again.
Five days later I would pick up again with some shooting reuniting with one of my all-time most inspiring muses: Laura Wrong. I really can never say enough good things about Laura as an artist and human being so I was really excited to shoot with her again. Laura wanted to get in some hiking so we chose to explore Trail Canyon Falls. Neither of us had been there before so we weren't quite sure what we were in for.
The location was really beautiful and included a lot of elevation gain on the way there. Our total hike was about four miles roadtrip so we were pretty beat by the end. The serenity of the location and our own discussions on the state of our lives and world really added a bit of a morose feel to the set but no complaints as I love to express myself and explore all feelings. Between the art making and physical activity I think our moods really changed by the end as well. Art really is such a wonderful therapy so I hope that's something you can take away from this beautiful set with my wonderful friend Laura Wrong.
A few days later I hooked up for some photos in my regular spot of Switzer Falls with my friend Miss Chaos aka Jessica Till. I had a lovely day with Jess including her sharing with me that she was finally comfortable living freely so many aspects of her life. I've known Jess for years going back to our time together in fetish scene. I first met Jess when she was the protege of Isabella Sinclair. I worked in the little fetish boutique of The Stockroom formerly on Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake. Jess and I met in the scene but really became friends outside of not only bonding over our love kink but also street art, the occult, abandoned places, graffiti, music, club culture, and marijuana. For a long time Jess understandably felt like she needed to hide certain aspects of her life as many of us do because of pressures from society. But she explained to me on this trip that she felt that time was over and was much more comfortable living out loud. I hope she doesn't mind me saying all this but I am super happy about it and proud of her. We had a really beautiful day in the forest with some fun outfits including a dope Kill Bill inspired look.
Finally I am really happy to share with my first official shoot set with Stephanie Monty. Of course this is the 11th set Stephanie has appeared in since we met back in September but every set Stephanie has appeared in has been a backdrop to something else we were doing whether it was attending an event or just hanging out (one time on mushrooms). When I first met Stephanie while she live painting at Arqade I asked her if I could photograph her and she said she was super awkward but let me take a pic of her anyway. Since then she has gone through this amazing transformation fully embracing her inner muse. I should say that this really wasn't a stretch because Stephanie has spent year working as a figuring drawing/painting model so being a subject isn't necessarily new, but of course modeling is another beast entirely. I felt like Stephanie really killed it in our Galactic Babes set but again this was the backdrop of art show hopping (but really this was a full set thanks in part to the help of Balloonski and our new friend at the time Nielah). Stephanie recently suggested that she would like to further explore her modeling side so I suggested we have this first official shoot with full outfits, locations, etc.
We decided on a late night shoot and I have to say that we had a really crazy night. I was torn between shooting in more well lit areas that could possibly have random people around or heading in to the middle of nowhere. Due to our moods and outfits I went with middle of nowhere though my gut was saying well lit areas. We travelled to the Nike Missile site in The Valley. I had never been there before at night and it was quite fun but we would discover super windy. We played with a few lights I brought and some long exposures but the wind conditions were making things quite difficult.
We got in some some fun shots but tragedy struck when the wind knocked my camera off the tripod landing on my lens. The lens was fucked and I spent about an hour in the dark trying to fix it with Stephanie in lingerie over me shining the light. I was convinced the shoot was over (at least for this location as it was the only lens in my bag that was any good for low light settings) but as I put the lens back together I was able to get it to a place where it's still semi-broken but in the right settings I need it to be to take the photos I like to take (for now). We decided due to this good fortunate and our own late night tendencies to soldier on and finish our shoot, but back in civilization.
On our way back we found a fun little spot to start our second look and then eventually to Santa Monica and Venice. Though we had to deal with being in public we were now in the real witching hour and the Westside was desolate as could be. I'm glad we continued shooting because this really wound up being a killer set and one of my favorites. It also would have made me sad if our first official shoot together had been a complete disaster. This is a really lovely set including some photos where I really feel we were able to explore some political subjects that both of us are interested in. Thank you again for checking out my work and I hope you love all of these sets as much as I loved making them. Until next time, enjoy!