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Finally! The music video is out. And it is incredible! Check it out below!
The house has an attached studio and is located in Krumbach in Lower Austria. The entire house is built from local materials. I love the unfinished exterior and the gorgeous , smooth, minimal interior. The house was constructed from 60 trees retrieved from the owners own land. Bricks were constructed from clay dug up near the construction area and air dried on site. The bricks are used for the floor under the wood slats. The entire house is kept warm by the centrally located wood burning oven. Put this on the list of dream homes.
I know this isn't a new video or song, but I just feel like my blog wouldn't be complete without this. By far my favorite Kanye West song and featuring the wonderful hook by Bon Iver. The imagery in this video is so powerful, I love it. Watch it about 100 times!
How did you discover your sound?
Improvising has always been the most exciting way to get at something new and internal. Music allows you to be in a state of mind where you're just letting go. I think everyone is that way, even a soccer player, for instance. The best soccer player can be seen as a combination of pure passion and method. The passion part of it is letting go, even though you know all the rules. You're in the heat of the moment. The feeling of freedom that comes from letting go and allowing your mind and body to speak is very important for creating anything. I guess I'm obsessed with that freedom. The real beauty in music is finding something sacred deep inside, but I feel like the older I grow the more distractions there are.
Seriously love me some Ai Wei Wei installations. Here is a recent(ish) one titled "Bang". 886 3 legged stools suspended at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale.
The inspiration for this piece comes from the common practice of Chinese families to have one of these hand made wooden stools in their household. Most families had at least one of these and they were passed down generation to generation. But now, due to the influx in population and the huge economic boom in China, many families have swapped out for plastic and metal alternatives for style/convenience. I like to think of this piece as an odd to times past. Over here in the Western world we are not as aware of the changes taking place in China and just how quickly it is happening. If you have some free time take a look at some websites and news reports dedicated to this topic. It is pretty interesting, in my opinion.
Here we are again with another review/giveaway! I wanted to give a quick review of this 3'x6' banner I received from Buildasign.com . They also happen to This review will probably be pretty short because, well, it is a banner! Check out the photo below to see what I am talking about, followed by a review, and an opportunity to win your own banner or a myriad of other items from Buildasign.com
First off, their website is great! It was extremely easy to create and order my banner. I had some slight hesitation going in, since I am not a graphic designer by any means, nor have I ever created a banner. But it was really easy! I created the graphics I needed in Photoshop and imported them into Buildasign.com's banner maker and went from there. I also had a look at their sign maker and found it just as easy to navigate.
The shipping was incredibly fast. (Could have something to do with the close proximation to Houston. They are in Austin.) and the packaging was adequate for the product. I wasn't really sure how I felt about the whole thing until I unrolled it on my floor and it sank in. This thing is awesome! I never even knew I wanted one of these until I had it! The material quality is great and I have a good feeling it will last a very long time. The print itself was nice as well. Both the blacks and whites were very true to what I sent them. I was expecting the blacks to not be as rich as the design but they ended up looking very nice.
So now lets talk about this giveaway! Open only to North American residents. I have partnered with Buildasign.com to give one lucky person their choice of:
-An 8"x10" Canvas Photo Prints From Printcopia
-25 Bumper Magnets
-50 Bumper Stickers
- A 3' x 6' Vinyl Banners
- 2 Single-Sided Plastic 18" x 24" Signs
- 250 Business Cards
All you have to do is fill out the entry form below. The winner will be notified by email in the first week of August. So sign up and good luck!
From their website:
There is a woman and a man, who have a complicated relationship. Confused, they stand on a stage, surrounded by clothes. Feelings and thoughts are expressed through the movement of their bodies – and the movement of the clothes, which have a life of their own.
Lähtö / Départ is the latest production of visual theatre & circus company WHS. Directed by magician and visual artist Kalle Nio, the performance brings to the stage a couple that has drifted apart from each other and is now floating in the middle of dreamlike imagery and illusions. Inspired by the work of 19th century magicians’ stage illusions, the performance creates a mysterious atmosphere where absurd humor and tragedy alternate. The piece will provide a unique theatre experience in which circus, magic, dance, clothing design and visual arts merge.
Check out this short film for recently revived brand Kenzo. Loving the Aesthetic of the video and the clothing is spectacular! Expect great things from the Kenzo camp in the future. Directed by Partel Oliva.
My girlfriend has a big dog. Not your run of the mill 120 pound German Shepard or something. No, I'm talking big, Like, they don't get much bigger than this. So I thought to myself, what would happen if I tried to use him in a photoshoot? Well, first off, the results were fantastic in my opinion. Corbin was an incredible model and also was able to bring along a personal wardrobe that many menswear stylists would be jealous of. So today, I wanted to share with you some of the photos we created, as well as some helpful tips on working with animals in your own work.
Jackson is a Great Dane. If he was an article of clothing, you would only find him in the Big and Tall store. XXXXXL! Coming in at around 170 pounds and standing almost as tall as my chest. And the best part is, he is still a puppy! In my opinion, a large animal works the best for photo shoots. They are easier to fit into your compositions and your subject does not have to bend down or pose awkwardly to interact with the animal.
This is Corbin. He is a male model currently residing in Los Angeles and focusing on his acting career. He made a trip down here to Houston to visit family and we decided that a photo shoot was in order while he was here. The great part about working with actors is they really understand direction well, and can emote exactly how you envision. Fun fact: Corbin appears as an extra in the new Star Trek: Into Darkness movie!
To prepare for the photo shoot, we worked with Jackson on his basic commands (sit, stay, etc.) and we just so happened to be going through a training course to work on his obedience. So we picked up a few tips along the way from them. I also suggest, if you are wanting to use your animal for any sort of Photography, get them used to the lights and various studio sights, sounds and smells before hand. We had some issues with him responding to commands due to this. But then again he is still a puppy and will only get more comfortable with time. I also stopped at a local furniture store to pick up a chair to use for the shoot. I had a specific shot list in mind before hand so I knew exactly what I was needing as far as a prop went.
Another big thing to keep in mind is patience. I had Corbin get into a pose I was happy with, get the lighting where I wanted it, and then we brought in Jackson. I asked Corbin to hold the pose and then basically shot away until Jackson was in a satisfactory pose as well. This may take 2 shots or 20, it really depends on the attitude of the animal and how comfortable they are. If you are finding that they are just not cooperating like you want, take a 15 minute break. Animals get tired mentally quickly, so it is best to work in short bursts with breaks in between to allow them to rest. The results will be much more to your liking. We would shoot the animal shots and then let him rest while we shot the upper body photos and some solo full body shots and then would bring him in and try again. We did this for each clothing change and it worked well for us.
So in conclusion I leave with you the following tips.
1): Work with the animal weeks before hand if possible to get them used to what you are hoping to accomplish with them. If you are hiring animal talent from an agency this will probably not be an issue. But if you are sourcing the animal from the public it helps to know how the animal behaves and reacts to various commands.
2): Don't forget to tell the rest of the team and talent that you will be working with an animal. You don't know who is allergic or uncomfortable about the idea and it is best to get it all straightened out beforehand.
3): Patience is the key, for everyone on set. You really have to work around the animals schedule and temperament and allow plenty of treat breaks.
4): Allow the animal to wander around and check out the set and studio. Get them comfortable with the lights and sounds of the studio. Try to remove any unwanted distractions if possible. Ask the rest of the team to be sitting still and stay relatively quiet while the animal is on set so they can focus their attention on the handler.
5): Have fun! Working with an animal can be extremely rewarding and I think this may have been my favorite shoot to date for that very reason.
I recently had the opportunity to work with the wonderful Fadairo from Wilhelmina Brown. I went into the studio fashion shoot knowing the effect and feel I wanted to use but still wasn't quiet sure about the lighting.
I knew I wanted a dark and gloomy sort of feel to the whole thing. It would compliment the mystery that the smoke effect created and would fit well with the wardrobe we planned on using.
As a photographer, I see a lot of photos every day. Whether it is from the various friends and groups on Facebook or websites like 500px. The one thing that I notice the most is the plague that is over lighting. Every video tutorial and workshop you go to seems to be about lighting. Well, it is an important part of photography, if not the most important. But it gets overdone way too much for this very reason. Always having lighting theory drilled into our heads puts us in this weird mode where we feel we have to use every single light at our disposal to create a photograph. And it ends up killing the contrast and mood and making the image very flat.
So as I started to set up my lighting, I spoke with Fadairo about what she was hoping to accomplish with these photographs and how she felt about mood and overall dark images. Finding out that she was on board with the whole idea, I pulled out my trusty beauty dish and 1 light.
Placing the single light on a stand behind and camera left of Fadairo, I was able to ensure that the lighting would be very subtle and provide just the right amount of light I was looking for while maintaining the drama and mystery in the photographs. By placing the light behind my subject and feathered towards me, I was also able to control my lens flare creatively to enhance the shot further.
So my recommendation next time you go into a shoot. Put away the 6 lights and start with one. Get it right and add another if you really need it, but don't be surprised if that single light will work just fine for you!
I've been waiting to post this, due to publication. But they are finally released! The images made it into Giuseppina Magazine Issue 14!
As most of you have probably noticed, I partnered up with Easy Canvas Prints recently for all of my canvas print needs as well as offering a free 8x10 canvas to one of my readers. (Congrats Chris Duke!) They also provided me with a couple of canvas' for myself to review here on the blog!
I ordered from them a 16x20 and a 12x12 canvas and recieved them within a week. (Your experience may vary on shipping times. Their headquarters is only a few hours from my studio.) The packaging was a little light and I would like to see a bit more padding but there was not any damage to either of them. I could see some issues with this, depending on the mail carrier's care. They did have a large orange fragile sticker on them, so at least it was marked for gentle care.
They offer both a 1.5" and a .75" wrap option. I went with the .75" option which personally, I think works better for smaller canvas'. You can also choose to use the image in the wrap or select a solid color for it. I chose a solid color due to my cropping and positioning of the images. When building your canvas on their website, they have a color picker to choose the color for the wrap. I just chose something somewhat close to the background of the image.
As you can see in the above picture, the frame of the canvas is pretty substantial. They are very solid canvas' and I have no doubt in my mind that they will last a very long time with proper care. I like the inclusion of the print date and the size on the back of the canvas. The number on the left hand side is actually the order number as well, which may come in handy if you ever have any questions down the road.
The finish on the canvas is quiet glossy. Something to be aware of when deciding on where to hang your finished work. Reflections can be an issue depending on the print and the room where it is located. They also have lots of texture to them. Which should really be expected when ordering a canvas in my opinion. I personally like the look of the texture but as you can see above, if you are wanting your print to be viewed at close distances and to really show off tiny details you may be better off ordering a regular paper print. But a canvas can be great as a large piece on the wall to really accent the room and put off a particular mood.
They also include a hanger built into the canvas which is a great little addition. There is nothing worse than ordering a canvas and receiving it not ready to be hung. The quality of the hanger seems pretty solid and it is tightly secured to the canvas. I have no worries that it will give out and fall off the wall. The grooves in the hanger are also very deep to make sure once it is strait it stays that way.
All in all, I find the products that Easy Canvas Prints provides are of great quality and will continue to partner with them and provide all of my canvas' for clients through them. I have used other companies in the past, both local and the large mainstream print providers but none of them are as easy to work with. Easy Canvas Prints always provides excellent customer service to myself and my clients. So if you are looking for a new canvas solution for your business or just want some great prints to put up over your couch go ahead and check them out!
(Disclaimer: The canvas' pictured were provided free of charge for review on this blog. But all statements in this post are my own personal observations and are not biased in any way due to my relationship with Easy Canvas Prints.)
Some of my favorite things all wrapped up in one big pile of awesome. Daft Punk, amazing clothing, and beautiful black and white fashion photography. Daft Punk has been collaborating with Saint Laurent (formally Yves Saint Laurent) since late 2012 on various projects, including the soundtrack for their runway shows. Pictured here wearing specially made stage wear designed for them.
The Saint Laurent "Music Project" is a collaboration between the fashion house and various musicians photographed in permanent pieces from their collections.
Came across this GIF the other day and just had to share it. Fashion Illustration has always interested me. Unfortunately I cannot draw at all! All the clothes you know and love started out as a simple sketch on a piece of paper.
Check out this landscape painting from Gregory Euclide. Combining sculpture and painting into one large installation, Greg collected materials for the sculpture portion while walking around New York. I love creative mixed media like this!