Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Andre



One shot from my shoot with Andre. I really like the sense of vulnerability in this photo.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Courtney Love Gets Evicted, but First Does House Tour

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know I have a serious obsession with Kurt Cobain and anything to do with him including but not limited to (1) the grunge movement (and again) (2) his daughter (3) even his wife, Courtney Love. I even went to his house when I went to Seattle. I guess I should make a blog tag or something to get it all together. Cobainism? Nirvana? I don't care that, sometimes, it's hard for me to relate my love for Cobain to photography.

Anyway, the point is, apparently Courtney Love is being evicted from her $27,000-a-month West Village Townhouse in New York. The funny thing is, as Oyster Magazine pointed out, it's not for throwing a ridiculous party and wrecking the place. On the contrary, Love is being evicted for home decorating - she painted and applied wallpaper to the walls without asking her landlord permission. I guess there is more than one way to break the rules, huh? However, we also have the comfort of knowing that she is apparently also being evicted for owing over 40k in unpaid rent and accidentally setting fire to the bedroom. Oyster Magazine said that it would take 12 weeks and $100,000 to reverse the damage. Ouch.

So what does the wife of grunge frontman Kurt Cobain do? She gives xoJane.com a house tour. It's amusing to me that the lady of grunge has developed a knack for home decoration and a penchant for antiques. Why, I would go as far as saying that the house looks lovely, in like a weird tacky flea market chic kind of way (the only way to decorate, in my books). The occasional Kurt Cobain image doesn't hurt it either. Sigh.

On a note actually related to photography, how awesome would this place be as a shoot location?



















And the before images...




Personally, I kind of love it. She said that one room was a "prayer room," but with all the creepy dolls, sculptures, and candles, I'd say that the whole thing looks like some sort of alter-kitschy-prayer room. If anything, you can say it reflects her personality.



Source: Oyster Magazine

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Years in Review

I'm not sure exactly what came over me, but today I decided to look at my past blog posts and I came to the realization that - well, I've been doing this for a long time! It's crazy to look back and see how far you've come and how much trekking you still have ahead of you. It's daunting and exciting at the same time, no?

I started shooting in July 2007 with my best friend. She had borrowed her sister's 35mm Canon Rebel and had a few rolls of fill. I was working at as an intern at a local newspaper at that time, and when she called me and told me to meet me at her house after work for a "photo adventure," I agreed with zero reluctance. I hadn't really thought of this "photo adventure" concept, but what happened was this: We dressed in duds we had recently found at a thrift store (see thrift store adventure) and went to a grassy hill with the single camera and a few rolls of film. We ran across a busy street onto the hill, passing the clear "no trespassing" sign on our way.

We looked like country folk - her in some riding boots, a crochet dress and a hat, and me in a button up in a blue vest. We passed the camera between each other, each posing as the other one's models. It was fun! And it was amazing how quickly each of us found a new shot for the other. We kept this up for a little while before we started dabbling in street photography, and then coming back to fashion. We arranged our first shoot with actual models right before I left for a year long trip to Egypt. I had got a taste and I loved it...but I had to go.

As for this blog,I started it in February 2008. At this time, I was living in Egypt studying Arabic and working as a news journalist. I knew that I loved photography and with no subjects to photograph, I decided to start this blog to at least have an outlet to talk about it. I had hung images in my room that I found inspiring and took photos of them, and then I posted them on this blog and talked about why I liked them. I finally got a digital camera and started shooting self-portraits since no one else was around...I wanted to shoot people so badly! As soon as I arrived back in the states, I started arranging shoots and working again.

Even with bouts of silence, somehow I managed to keep this blog up for almost four years now. Wow!

That said, It's going to be around for a lot longer. I love photography and fashion, and I know there is always room for improvement, always room to grow, and always more to shoot. It's amazing to see how much work has and hasn't changed in the last couple years. I guess I can say I have a style! I have to say I am glad I decided to back away from the crazy retro edits!

Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Here's to an awesome 2012.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sharlene



I don't know why I never posted this photo of Sharlene with City I took back in August or so. It was just a simple afternoon in the street in front of my house, duds from Urban, Sunglasses stolen from my older brother. It's one of those photos I happened upon after this long and realized I really like it.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekend Instagramage: Nature Time With Sarah Jehan








This weekend was my mother's birthday, and she gets no greater joy than going to parks and generally discovering the sites of California. This time, I made sure to bring my 35mm Holga, but conditions were dark and again my iPhone and Instagram proved to be handy. I think my favorite picture is the second from the top, my brother and my sister-in-law walking ahead. Promise to upload some real photos soonish...

Also, one inspiring song right now. It's been so long since I listened to Johnathan Rice. I totally forgot what a beautiful man he is, both in body and soul. I miss him pre-hipsterdom.