Claire Cottrell and Jordan Sullivan’s art book stand / book club popped up quietly on saturday afternoon in a cedar grove in griffith park and was, honestly, magic. The heat gave way to a California golden hour and the walk back down gave us views and inspiration for days. The stands themselves offered unusual/hard to find art books/zines/posters hand picked by people who love images, who love art.
Also, made me want to make images I can hold in my hand.
Some photos from summer so far. All from my phone. (Who wants to carry a big camera around all the time?). Some of these are on instagram. Most of them have a vsco filter on them. Highights include the re-opening of echo park lake, evening drinks and dinner at Laura’s, Claire and her yellow bike, hang outs, afternoon light hitting palm trees, hands in sun, the sun kept at bay, the beach.
I’m heading to portland this weekend (get in touch if you’re around!). Follow my instagram for the latest.
Also, I’m slowly re-working my portfolio which means endless editing of work that currently isn’t in my portfolio. Here’s a little peek (you have to push play!).
I can’t get enough of Daniel’s renovations.
Claire offers a window into a different kind of traveling.
A creative compound I shot for the NY Times
Music I’m listening to.
The crepe recipe I use (beer!).
Love everything happening at Vacation Days.
Had a little flood in my storage and unearthed some old proof sheets of my gramma’s house. I shot her house quite a bit over about 5 years. Her home was the subject of my senior thesis; a place I spent a lot of time as a child. I turned my camera on it in school and I kept photographing it until she passed away (in the house). I think these are the pictures I took of the garden after she had died and before the house had been sold; as a way of keeping it forever. Made me think of this Susan Sontag quote:
“The truth is always something that is told, not something that is known. If there were no speaking or writing, there would be no truth about anything. There would only be what is.”
Just 6 months ago I was on a road trip with Ben and Makoto of Scout Regalia across the southwest. We shot this amazing project of theirs in Snowmass over new years and then crossed through Moab, Monument Valley, the Painted Desert, Navajo Nation, the Grand Canyon and Route 66 through Joshua Tree and back home to LA.
On that trip I had so many thoughts and dreams for what this new year would look like. So much hope and possibility. So many lists. So much feeling.
It was one of the best road trips I’ve ever been on, maybe only because I love Ben and Makoto so much. But also because of the sense of possibility that any trip will usually bring.
It’s summertime now. I’m looking at the half of the year that has passed. What’s happened? No less than half a dozen road trips. Other trips. So many projects with people I love and admire. So many pots on the stove. So much possibility.
And now I’m in the throes of updating my portfolio to represent more of where I am now. It’s been 3 years since the last time I updated it. And I’m filled with wonder. So much has happened. I’ve made so many friends through this crazy internet world. Learned so much about myself. Made so many photographs. And now it’s time to distill that all down to help point me to what’s next.
Catching up on some recent work (from 3 months ago, yikes!) that I did for Nothing Major’s new journal (they’re the visual arm of Pitchfork). I spent the afternoon with Mike and Dean and Martha and we collaborated on this interview and home shoot with uber stylist Shirley Kurata. The day was sunny, involved champagne and good friends. Thanks Mike and Dean for making it happen!
Read the whole interview and more photos over on Nothing Major.
One of my favorite shoots happened late this winter for the print magazine, Anthology. I got to collaborate with all around food genius Nicole Mournian (Chef at Gjelina Take away, winner of all things pie related and spectacular human being) on a beautiful outdoor entertaining story styled by Justina Blakeny (an equally talented and intimidating designer and color genius). We spent the day together prepping (and documenting) a fresh, beautiful, delicious dinner party in honor of Nicole’s birthday.
In the issue, Nicole shares recipes and stories about some of her favorite easy dishes: a perfect roast chicken, strawberry rhubarb pie, deviled eggs. See a preview of the issue right here or subscribe here. And you might remember I shot a home feature in Anthology’s very first issue.
Some highlights from a walk in the charles river peninsula just outside of boston. I spent a couple days in the area after my trip to new york and did very very little outside of relaxing, watching some garbage tv and taking this spectacular walk. We saw turtles, baby turtles, a nest of eggs, an old rail line, and lots and lots of reflections. I missed bougainvillea, of course, but the east coast made up for it in spades by offering up some beautiful rhodedendrons: