I hope you guys had a great weekend. My weekend consisted of a little of this, a little of that. Some work, some fun in the sun, a little drinking on a boat, and it ended with a pint of ice cream, cookies and watching the Warriors in the NBA playoffs—no complaints here.
These days, I’ve been trying to figure out how I want to capture movement when I take photos. I spent a long time fiddling with settings on my camera while trying to capture the movement of the falling petals when I was visiting the cherry blossoms. Did I want the blossoms to create a streak of movement or did I want them to look like they were suspended in air and in time? I’m not sure I really accomplished either, but it definitely flexed my photography muscles (whatever photography muscles I have).
I started doing some research on movement in photography, and the photos above stood out to me. I love how the fabric moves like water, the water feels wispy and the dust off the elephant looks like time stood still for just a moment. Beautiful stuff. Have a fantastic Monday!
*Anyone know the source of the waterfall image?
I spent New Years in Los Angeles, my old stomping grounds. I spent 7 years in Los Angeles prior to moving to New York and I still have a big time soft spot for the City of Angels. My friends and I spent a day in Venice going to Gjelinas for brunch (one of the best restaurants in LA), walking around Abbot Kinney (my favorite street in LA), and going to Venice Beach. Above are a few shots I captured of Venice beach at sunset— the evening was perfection.
The Makers Project, a wonderful project by photographer Jennifer Causey, chronicles the work and process of independent artisans—”makers” such as florists, jewelry designers, chocolatier, distillers, who are truly passionate about their craft and push the boundries in their fields. Causey spent time with each artisan in their studio, took photographs, and interviewed everyone about their work.
I love craft and love when people have perfected their craft through materials and methods, so I find this project particularly compelling. Many of the craftsmen are Brooklyn based and I am familiar with a few of them such as Mast Brothers Chocolate (yummy chocolate, beautiful packaging), Saipua and Amy Merrick (both turn flowers into works of art), Best Made Company (you might know them for their awesome hipster-esque axes and badges), and Sunday Suppers (I’m still waiting to throw down on a ticket to one of these dinners…it shall happen soon). Through this project, I discovered a bunch of other insanely talented artisans I hope to become more familiar with, shop from, and visit.
Causey has a book called “Brooklyn Makers” that features some of the best craftsmen from Brooklyn, but I would love to see this series expand to include makers from San Francisco, Austin, Portland and other cities in the country with strong creative communities. It’s truly inspiring stuff.
All photography by Jen Causey
Studio Fludd is a creative collective based in Venice, Italy that just released some new work. Their focus is heavy on the creative process and the materials they use. They work across different mediums, but I especially love their photography and jewelry (which is all handmade). They have a great sense of color and tone that permeates throughout their work. I own a few of their pins and can vouch that they are beautiful and well made. Take a looksie at their lookbook.
I went to Portugal with two friends a few years ago and I had a mini photo disaster that went something like this:
1. Bought a new lens for my camera that I was stoked to use in Portugal.
2. Realized on the way to the airport that I forgot to pack said lens and my camera battery.
3. Got mad at how absent minded I was.
4. Got sad that I couldn’t take pictures in Portugal.
5. Shamelessly called mom and asked her to get my battery and bring it to SFO before my flight took off. (Distance from home to SFO = 55 miles)
6. She laughed and said no.
7. Repeated steps 3 and 4
8. On a whim, popped into to SFO store and bought a bunch of disposable cameras.
9. Spent most of the flight to Portugal switching back and forth between being terrifed of the turbulence and thinking about how to use the disposable cameras in a creative way.
Somewhere over the Atlantic, ‘Up, Down, In Between’ was born. In Portugal, three times a day, every three or so hours, I took three photos– one directly above me (up), one straight below me (down), and one directly in front of me (in between). After I came home and developed the photos, I arranged them in a triptych, in descending order. I loved using a disposable camera because I couldn’t fuss with any of the shots after I took them- I only had one chance to get it right. It was really fun and I was happy, and sometimes surprised, with the way the photos turned out. Three cheers to being absent minded!
You can take a look at the whole set here.
P.S. Flicker doesn’t exactly lend itself to easy viewing for these super vertical photos. Anyone have any ideas on how to better display them on the web?