*Video – R.I.P. Leee Black Childers

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Legendary photographer Leee Black Childers, known as ¨the most original of punks¨,  passed away this week in Los Angeles. In the early ´70s, Childers was among the first to document the glam rock and emerging punk rock scenes in New York City. Childers published his book Drag Queens, Rent Boys, Pick Pockets, Junkies, Rockstars & Punks with  The Vinyl Factory  in 2012 and recorded an interview with them as well in which Childers recounts some of his experiences and the stories behind his work.

 

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David Lynch´s Factories

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Currently on display at London´s The Photography´s Gallery, David Lynch´s series of black and white photographs of abandoned industrial buildings feature a layered composition that invokes the textures and looming shadows found in Lynch´s cinematic work. In a recent interview with Dazed, Lynch discusses his longtime attraction to the shapes and silhouettes within these industrial spaces see here.

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*Interview: Armando Rodriguez

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Hawaiian born Armando Gabriel Rodriguez´s photography  provides us with what feels like an intimate glimpse into his world. Working with both digital and analog, with analog holding his main interest, Rodriguez´s visual portraits of the people and scenes populating this world express a compelling realism and feature awesome textured compositions. His cameras of choice include a Canon A-1, Minolta SRT 101 and Samsung Maxima Zoom 120 Ti.  Below, Rodriguez talks to us a bit about his photography and his music project, The Gabriel Band (check them out on soundcloud).

 

1. How did you get into photography?

Photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father being the biggest influence was constantly behind the lens from my childhood to my later adolescent years. I started to take an interest during my senior year of high school so I took a photo course to further my knowledge as well as get hands on experience. After shooting for about a years time, and a change in my life´s focus, I decided to sell all of my photo equipment and move on to other things. In 2013 I came to reconnect and rediscover my passion for photography, as I made room to bring my hobbies together. This time it’s here to stay.

2. What is something or someone that inspires your work?

Life. Not living quite the conventional or typical life has been a big inspiration behind what and who I photograph. I think of myself as a very visually inspired being, so to capture the things that move my mind in a positive light is a pretty important aspect to me. No matter how miniscule people, places, and things that can inspire another in their own lives deserve to be captured in time.

3. We really like your series featuring skaters. Can you tell us about your connection to skateboarding and that community?

Much thanks. Skateboarding has also been a lingering activity in my life. I’d like to say since the age of 7. Though I didn’t take full interest in it and the lifestyle till the age of 16 it became a major part of my thought processes, and I built quite a few important friendships in it. Now days I spend more time capturing skateboarding and the scene at home than time on board, but what skateboarding has done for me will last forever. Not to mention skateboarding is the sickest! Its past and what it has come to be is just phenomenal. I definitely hope to capture the skate life in places outside of home someday.

4. Can you tell us a bit about your band The Gabriel Band? How you started up, what instrument(s) do you play, what your influences might be?

The Gabriel Band is composed of myself and good friend Zachariah Bond. It is still in a creation stage, but I have other folks in mind to help make this project a full reality. I’ve been writing riffs for this since summer of 2012, after starting a two man acoustic group with a good friend of mine. My main interest is the electric guitar with a range of rock bands to back that. Being in a purely acoustic band was a nice change that helped me learn the process of song structure and how to piece riffs together over time. The Gabriel Band didn’t come to be in my mind till July of 2013. We were in the midst of working on another band, but that fell through quickly and the only two members left constantly wanting more were Zach and myself. So I decided to start using these riffs I had under wraps as material for us to bring to the studio space. Our vibes just rolled off so naturally that each practice was a big success to us, and from there it became an official thing. We’ve been put on a bit of a break for awhile, but some recording plans are due for this summer in L.A. Culture and theme play the biggest roll in the sounds I write before they hit a session with percussion. I’ve been a big fan of all things foreign and days of old since my younger days which is definitely one thing I strive to portray in the sound. Music is a story, and should ultimately be an experience. To remove a listener from their life, and take them to another place, if only for a moment, is what I wish to influence. Stay tuned for sounds to come.

5. Do you create with any other mediums besides photography and music?

I have found myself writing a lot with the beginning of this year. Lyrics, poems and just thoughts from a particular happening. I like the feeling of being able to fully express what is inside of you when you are left with a pen and paper. When you are with yourself, you can share the truest and most pure things the mind has to offer. It’s a pretty freeing outlet that works hand in hand with music and the way I try to capture moments, in my opinion.

6. Is there a particular subject, place or theme that you´d like to capture with your photography?

Nothing very particular. I just aim to document my experiences throughout life in hopes to share them with an interested audience. There is much more to come in time, and I hope to be there with camera in hand, and my lady by my side.

via Armando´s flickr / The Gabriel Band

Amanda Jasnowski is @hokaytokay

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Pamplona born and Ohio raised, Amanda Jasnowski is now based in Brooklyn and documents her days as hokaytokay on Instragram.  As hokatokay, Jasnowski has over 40,000 followers who often praise her ability to capture a striking interplay of light, color and texture. Jasnowski has participated in group shows and shot campaigns and catalogues for numerous brands including Reform School and Native Shoes. Her work is currently featured in Nylon´s March 2014 issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Textured Cities – Rog Walker

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Artistic director and photographer, Rog Walker has been creating a visual documentary that as he describes on his tumblr, is ¨chronicling the unique people, places and things that populate cities across the globe¨.  Based in New York City, Walker´s work often features beautiful and striking street portraits, which capture intimate moments within the  urban landscape.  Bee Walker is a frequent subject of Walker´s photography, and is an awesome photographer as well.  They also happen to be married. Together the Walkers explore and create photo essays of the mostly urban environments they come across.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washed Out Process

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Introducing our new collection Washed Out.  Here´s a video and some photos that provide a glimpse into our hand dying process.  It was awesome to work with the fabric so intimately and watch the color take hold of the canvas.

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Impossible Project´s new blue Cyanograph SX-70: Remembering Derek Jarman

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In commemoration of the English artist and activist Derek Jarman, the Impossible Project has released a limited quantity of a monochromatic, low-contrast, blue film: the Cyanograph SX-70.  Twenty years ago, in February ´94, Jarman, an artist, film director, diarist and gardener, died at the age of 52.  Just before he passed, he released his film, Blue, which is comprised of a single image of blue, and a soundtrack of Jarman and some of his favorite actors speaking about his life and work.  Impossible´s blue Polaroid film is only made in SX-70 format, and once sold will not be produced again.

 

 

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*Interview: Jennifer Bruget

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Rich color and dreamy compositions often feature in Jennifer Bruget´s surreal hyper feminine self-portraits. Based in Belfort, France, Bruget describes herself as a director, photographer, make–up artist, stylist and model, and works with a DSLR. Winner of several national and international awards, Bruget´s photographs have been widely exhibited and published. Here are some samples of Bruget´s work, and an interview in which Bruget talks to us about defining femininity, her influences and the latest project she´s been working on.

 

Portfolio: http://www.jenniferbruget.com/

 

1. When and how did you begin to work with photography as a medium?

Being small, I’ve always loved the world of the image that is cinema, fashion and painting.
But I really discovered the photography when I took photography courses at the University of Paris X, Nanterre, where I followed studies in cinema. I did want to do, the photo. I caught the virus of the photo.
But it was much later that I realized the creative potential that could give the picture. (I had abandoned some time since I had a period where I saw the world with brushes and paint.) And this exercise is useful to me because now I work much paint on my photographs.

2. How did you begin creating self-portraits, and what about them appeals to you as an artist?

I started self-portrait in 2007, simply accidentally turning the camera on my face, I found it interesting and I started this photographic expression. I had no models and had many ideas and seemed easier to start creating with my own face, but at first it was not that easy.  Now, I love creating pictures with emotions and work upstream my photos with plastic elements collages, painting and drawing, this is what attracts me yet .

 

 

3. Where do you look to for inspiration?

Few photographers practicing self-portrait. But I admire example of Kimiko Yoshida and his work on make up, Elina Brotherus and its landscapes, Cindy Sherman, Ellen Kooi,…I enjoy exploring themes of romanticism, fairytales, surrealism, hyper-femininity, the universe and the stars, and the beauty of the nature.

4.  Has your background in cinema influenced your work, and if so, how?

I think the amount of movies I saw during my cinema studies registered in my subconscious.
I was always amazed by the silent movies by the game, expressiveness and emotion of the actors. I like to create stories through my photos as a scenario to carry the spectator into a world elsewhere, wonderful, beautiful.  I also like working on the play of light as a film, here is finally the cinema inspires me a lot.

 

 

5.  Your work has a particular focus on femininity.  How would you define femininity or what does the concept mean for you and for your work?

Femininity is the essence , the beauty, the strangeness that all women have inside them and just waiting to bloom.  For me, the photography allows me to express my vision of the woman getting closer to painting. This is meditation and I am a simple model. Any competition to become a charter full of symbolism tends towards universality. My work expresses women’s fragrances, fleeting memories, a hymn to eternal beauty which are real wishes and desires.

 

6. Can you tell us something about your latest project?

I worked with a team of hairdresser of the Star in the international music festival ” Les Eurockéennes  Belfort”, Christophe Roffi,  and makeup artist, models, stylists to be able to present our work in a hairdressing Awards France. It was a professional and friendly atmosphere which I enjoyed, it is something different compared to my self-portrait work where I worked alone.

 

7. You have exhibited your work in various cities internationally, including Rio, Paris and Hong Kong. Is there a particular place where you´d like to present your work?

My favorite city is New York, but I wonder to exhibit in Berlin, Tokyo, St Petersburg, Moscow.

 

 

8. What bands are you listening to at the moment?

Pharrel Williams, Owlle, Barbara Carlotti, Daft Punk, Christine and the Queens, Michael Jackson, Temples, Depeche Mode, Jack Bugg.

 

9. Do you have a dream project?

To be in an agency international photographer.

 

 

 

 

78 – 87 London Youth by Derek Ridgers

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Released tomorrow, 78-87 London Youth is a collection of seminal photographs by acclaimed photographer and cultural documentarian Derek Ridgers. Taken in London from 1978 to 1987 Derek’s photographs capture our capital city in a time of change and reinvention, and features faces that have gone on to become household names alongside those that have not yet found their place in the pantheon of popular culture.

Derek’s approach is also a refreshing one, the photographer was ambivalent to fame and more interested in capturing genuine personalities rather than people seeking their 15 minutes in the spotlight.

Ahead of its publication tomorrow, we go behind-the-scenes in this exclusive short film in which Derek explains the inspiration behind this generation defining work

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*Video: MARTIN STEPANEK

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Forming part of Blickinfreie´s series entitled Dedicated,  this short features photographer Martin Stepanek describing his transition from working as a well established Director of Photographer to focusing on more personal projects.  The film follows Stepanek as he works with a collection of beautiful analog cameras and reveals his preference for analog technique, which allows for more time to process one´s artistic objectives in the moment of shooting a photograph.

*Interview: Alba García

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Alba García´s photography beautifully captures moments in time that provide an intimate glimpse into her subjects´ inner worlds. At the age of 19, Alba is already a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, and has worked as a fashion photographer. Based in Madrid, Alba works with both analog and digital film, and shoots with a Nikon D7000, a Polaroid and her Samsung Galaxy SII.  In her interview with us, Alba chats a bit about her artistic development and the magic of photography.

Portfolio: http://www.albagarcia.es/

 

1.     How did you get into photography?

I started keeping diaries when I was 9 years old. With the passing of time, writing came up short, and by chance a small compact camera came into my life. At first I only took photos of myself, but shortly after I began to photograph two friends. It was then that I realized what I really loved was photography.  It was a magic time and the best of beginnings. Every week we brainstormed ideas, trying to imitate what we saw in magazines and went out into the city to take photos. They were there for my first venture into photography, and I hope that some day they will also be there for my last.

 

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2. Where do you look to for inspiration?

I´m inspired by life itself, everything that surrounds me. The books I read inspire me, the movies that stayed with me.  I´m inspired by the things I feel, above all pain and love. I´m inspired by everyone that crosses my path. Sometimes when I´m walking down the street, I imagine what the lives are like of the people passing by. I would like to go out one day with a camera and photograph portraits of all of those people.

 

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3. Is there a subject, place or theme that you would like to capture with your photography?

I think that I´m obsessed with people and souls. I´m obsessed by what´s inside and everything that has to do with the human being. I would love to grab a backpack, a camera and travel.  Go anywhere by train or by car without a set destination, just focusing on what was left behind and photographing everything.

 

4.  We really like your Polaroid series. Can you tell us about how you decided to use Polaroids and what the experience was like?

I love Polaroids. The first time I came into contact with them was at a circus when I was little. I think that since that moment they´ve attracted my attention and this year when I had the opportunity to get one, I didn´t hesitate. I think that the magic of photography is in the moments that are captured. It´s incredible to see how the photo draws itself right in front of you.  Although, to be honest I have very little patience, and I always get antsy when it takes too long (laughs).

 

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5. In several of your series, you use black and white film.  In your opinion, what impact does the black and white aesthetic have on an image? What influences your decision to use black and white or color for certain subjects?

I think that black and white film is magic.  It´s capable of passing through boundaries and getting inside. A black and white photo will never go out of style, as its greatest quality is timelessness. Ninety percent of my work is in black and white because actually I think that my life is a story written in black and white.  It´s the contrasts, lights and shadows that define me, and what defines my life, and it´s within this magic and timelessness that I tend to situate my artistic work.

 

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6.   Is there a particular artist who has inspired you?

At this precise moment no names are coming into my head, but there are many people that inspire me. I´m inspired by the people closest to me who make art, who paint, make music or write.  I´m also inspired by many people, who like me, put up their work online at everyone´s disposal.  I think that´s wonderful, and something that we often don´t put value on.

 

7. Do you have any morning rituals?

(Laughs) it´s weird but since I began living with my flatmate, we have a slightly odd ritual. Our rooms are right next to each other and when we wake up, we bang on the wall and yell: WITCH!!!!!

 

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La fotografía de Alba García logra capturar momentos bellos en el tiempo y que nos permite captar un destello de los mundos interiores de sus sujetos. A la edad de 19, Alba ya contribuye regularmente a revistas y periódicos y ha trabajado como fotógrafo de fashion.  Basado en Madrid, Alba trabaja con técnica análoga y digital, y ocupa un Nikon D7000, Polaroid y su Samsung Galaxy SII.  En su entrevista con nosotros, Alba nos habla un poco sobre su desarrollo artístico y la magia de la fotografía.

Portafolio: http://www.albagarcia.es/

 

1.     ¿Cómo llegaste a la fotografía?

Empecé escribiendo diarios a los 9 años. Con el paso del tiempo, escribir se me quedaba pequeño y dio la casualidad de que llego a mi vida una pequeña cámara compacta. Al principio solo me hacia fotos a mi misma pero poco después empecé a fotografiar a dos amigas. Fue entonces cuando me di cuenta de que lo que realmente amaba era la fotografía. Fue una  etapa mágica y el mejor de los comienzos. Cada semana buscábamos ideas, intentábamos imitar lo que veíamos en las revistas y salíamos por la ciudad a hacer fotos. Ellas fueron mi comienzo y espero que algún día sean también mi final.

 

2.     ¿Dónde buscas inspiración?

Me inspira la vida misma, cada cosa que me rodea. Me inspiran los libros que leo, las películas que se me quedan dentro. Me inspiran las cosas que siento, sobre todo el dolor y el amor. Me inspira toda la gente que me cruzo. A veces cuando voy por la calle, imagino cómo serán las vidas de todas las personas que pasan por mi lado. Me gustaría salir un día a la calle con una cámara y retratar a cada una de esas personas.

 

3.     ¿Hay un sujeto, lugar o tema con el que sueñas en capturar con tu fotografía?

Creo que me obsesionan las personas y el alma. Me obsesiona lo de dentro y todo lo que tiene que ver con el  ser humano.  Me encantaría coger una mochila, una cámara y viajar. Ir a cualquier parte en tren o en coche sin rumbo fijo, solo fijándome en lo que dejo atrás y fotografiando cada rincón.

 

4.     Nos gustó mucho tu serie con Polaroids. ¿Puedes contarnos como llegaste a ocupar Polaroids y sobre la experiencia de trabajar con ellos?

Las polaroids me encantan. La primera vez que tuve contacto con una fue en un circo cuando era pequeña. Creo que desde aquel momento llamaron mi atención y este año cuando tuve la oportunidad de hacerme con una, no lo dude. Creo que la magia de la fotografía esta en los momentos. Es increíble ver como la foto se va dibujando frente a ti. Aunque para ser sincera, tengo muy poca paciencia y siempre me desespero cuando tarda demasiado  (risas)

 

5.     En algunas de tus series, ocupas rollo blanco y negro. En tu opinión, ¿cómo impacta la estética de blanco y negro a una imagen? ¿Qué influye en tu decisión de ocupar blanco y negro o color para ciertos temas?

Creo que el blanco y negro tiene magia. Es capaz de traspasar fronteras y llegar dentro. Una foto en blanco y negro jamás podrá pasar de moda porque su mayor cualidad es la atemporalidad.  El 90% de mi trabajo es en blanco y negro porque creo que mi vida en realidad es una historia escrita en blanco y negro. Son los contrastes, las luces y sombras lo que me definen y lo que definen mi vida y es en esa magia y atemporalidad en la que suelo situar mi obra artística.

 

6.     ¿Hay un artista en particular que te haya inspirado?

Ahora mismo no se me viene ningún nombre en concreto a la cabeza pero hay muchas personas que me inspiran. Me inspiran desde las personas más cercanas a mí que se dedican al arte, que pintan, que hacen música o escriben. Me inspira también mucha gente que como yo, cuelga su trabajo en internet y lo pone a disposición de todo el mundo. Creo que es algo maravilloso y que muchas veces no sabemos valorar.

 

7. ¿Tienes algún ritual mañanero?

(Risas) es extraño pero desde que vivo con mi compañera de piso, tenemos un ritual un tanto particular. Nuestras habitaciones están pegadas la una a la otra y al despertar, solemos picarnos en la pared mientras nos gritamos: BRUJA!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Polaroid a Day

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From 1987 to 1997, Jamie Livingston took a Polaroid picture a day, in turn creating an incredible visual diary that captured a wide array of moments from family gatherings to his own wedding.  The series offers glimpses into Livingston´s life as a photographer, film-maker and circus performer, and ends tragically with his untimely death, documenting his illness and last day.  The collection was pieced together and published by Livingston´s friends, and can be seen here.  Occasionally, there is a photo missing sequentially, as not all the photos survived.  The time capsule aesthetic of the Polaroids, and the fact that Livingston could only choose one subject matter a day, add to the intimate nature of this moving series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Interview: Olivia Larrain

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Soft color and texture are intricately woven throughout the work of Olivia Larrain, a 29 year old photographer, fashion and textile designer based in Santiago, Chile. We were drawn to the singular style of Olivia´s images, which invoke a wonderful palpability. Olivia´s tools of choice are a Nikon FM, a Yashica and a Minolta, and she prefers to work with analog film.  We are excited to be able to share Olivia´s photography with you as well as an interview in which Olivia tells us a bit about her life and approach to photography.

1.How did you get into photography?

Ever since I was little, I´ve liked photography and observed my parents who were great photographers. Upon returning to Chile after living for a time in Barcelona, I reconnected to photography like never before, taking up analog photography again, which is what I like the most. Since then, I´ve never stopped.

2. Where do you look to for inspiration?

Films, books, travels, the people around me, what I see on the street that catches my attention in some way, a smell, a song, etc.

3. What do you seek to achieve with your photography?

Attain and feel a connection between oneself and others, and evoke emotions, that´s all.

4. Is there a subject, place or theme that you would like to capture with your photography?

I would love to travel and photograph in India, I find it to be a very special place, I´ve always been drawn to it.

5. On your website, you have various series grouped by color. Can you tell us a bit about that process?

Sometimes it´s difficult for me to separate my photos into set series, and so instead I chose to separate them by color, it  makes more sense to me and I prefer that the person looking at them puts together their own story about the images and makes the connection through the color.

6. What song have you been listening to a lot recently?

Rodriguez – I Wonder  <3

7. Do you have any morning rituals?

Taking out my little dog Brisa early to go pee and having a good cup of coffee with milk before heading out to my studio.

Check out her portfolio: www.olivialarrain.com  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sholivia

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La compleja composición de colores suaves y texturas es una de las características principales de la obra de Olivia Larrain, fotógrafa y diseñadora de vestuario y textiles de 29 años basada en Santiago, Chile. Fuimos atraídos por el estilo singular de las imágenes de Olivia, las cuales evocan una palpabilidad asombrosa.  Las herramientas preferidas de Olivia son una Nikon FM, Yashica y Minolta, y prefiere trabajar con técnica análoga.  Estamos felices de poder compartir la fotografía de Olivia con ustedes y además una entrevista en la cual Olivia nos cuenta un poco sobre su vida y acercamiento a la fotografía.

 

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1. ¿Cómo llegaste a la fotografía?

Desde pequeña siempre me gustó la fotografía y veía a mis padres que eran súper fotógrafos.

Luego de mi regreso de vivir un tiempo en Barcelona volví más que nunca conectada con la fotografía

retomando la foto análoga que es lo que más me gusta. Desde ahí no la he vuelto a dejar más.
2. ¿Dónde buscas inspiración?

En películas, libros, viajes, de la gente que me rodea, de algo que veo en la calle y me llama la atención de alguna forma,

un olor, una canción, etc..

3. ¿Qué pretendes lograr con tu fotografía?

Lograr y sentir una conexión con uno mismo y con otros y evocar emociones sin más.

4. Hay un sujeto, lugar o tema con el que sueñas en capturar con tu fotografía?

Me encantaría viajar y fotografiar la India, lo encuentro un lugar muy especial, siempre me he sentido atraída.

5. En tu pagina, tienes varias serias agrupado por color. Puedes contarnos un poco sobre ese proceso?

A veces me es difícil separar mis fotos en series cerradas y elegí en vez separarlas por colores, me hace más sentido y prefiero que la persona que las veas arme su propia historia sobre las imágenes y hacer la conexión a través del color.

 

6. Cuál es una canción que tienes muy pegado en esa momento?

Rodriguez – I Wonder  <3

7. Tienes algún ritual mañanero?

Sacar temprano a hacer pipí a Brisa mi perrita y tomar un buen café con leche antes de salir a mi estudio.

 

 

 

 

 

*video: Patti Smith´s Advice to the Young & Young at Heart

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The American singer, poet and photographer Patti Smith (b. 1946) is a living punk rock legend. In this video she gives advice to the young:

“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it”, Patti Smith says.

Interview by Christian Lund, the Louisiana Literature festival August 24, 2012, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

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*Video: Portrait of a Sound Design Artist

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A man standing alone in a shed hitting a bath with a mallet could be seen as mad, but in the world of sound design, it’s the norm. Ali Lacey is an eccentric sound design artist, and this short portrait allows us a closer look into the world of sound design.

Directed, Shot and Edited by Josh Bennett - stormandshelter.com