It’s been a long week and a long time since I did any kind of round up. I don’t know what I ever did before netflix and hulu, but I end most days in bed with my ipad streaming something. I need to do that to wind down and fall asleep. A lot of times it’s a terrible tv show, but sometimes I motivate myself to watch something important or cultural. So I thought for the long weekend I would share some of the less embarrassing films I’ve really enjoyed recently, all ready to stream. It’s like I’m doing the work for you:
L’Amour Fou: a documentary about, more or less, the relationship between Yves St. Laurent and Pierre Berge, the life they built together and the dissolution and auction of the estate when YSL died. It’s slow and incredibly moving with beautiful shots of their homes in Paris and Morocco and their extensive art collection. The narration and the stories about YSL’s career and personal life are captivating. The still above is from the movie, and is admittedly a little nod to my family.
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman: Any fan of architectural photography, los angeles or modernism will get a lot of out this doc. It tracks Julius’ career and his start with Neutra. There are great interviews with him and lts of footage of him actually shooting and explaining why he’s shooting what he’s shooting. I met him once, on his 98th birthday, and I was speechless. He is a hero of mine.
Tiny Furniture: A film by Lena Dunham of Girls fame. She wrote/directed/starred in this and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s thoughtful and awkward and painful and hilarious. She’s not afraid to be ugly, to be vulnerable, or to be strong. I really appreciate it.
Bill Cunningham: Most everyone has seen this by now, but if you’ve been putting it off, it’s great and light and happy with some very poignantly sad moments thrown in for good measure. I definitely teared up.
The Gleaners and I: I first saw this film in an art house theatre in Seattle when I was visiting a friend on bainbridge island right after college (I drove to Seattle from LA and back, one of the best experiences ever). Agnes Varda became my hero. The film is partially autobiographical and partially about the idea of collecting, scavenging as it relates to the food left over at the marché and to the making of artwork. It’s very meta about the creative process and the process of a life well lived. Some of it is kind of weird, but it’s poetic and thoughtful and very very french.
Wet Hot American Summer: I’m not even going to describe this. If you’ve seen it, you understand the genius. If you haven’t seen it, watch it this weekend.
What should I add to my queue?
[image: still frame from L'Amour Fou]
If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen this photo of their equally amazing dog:
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I got to shoot with the lovely Tamara Honey of House of Honey for the May issue of Rue. Spectacular house full of contrast and color and unexpected elements. Fun to play with the grand scale of the space, too. See the whole thing starting on page 68 of Rue.
You can also see one of my favorite spaces of all time that I got to shoot for Rue of wedding planner extradordinaires: Bash, Please.
One of the places I got to shoot for the Big Jambox was the Zoe Bios Creative Studio in Silver Lake. I met founders Caitlin and Minh recently when I shot some of their projects in San Francisco. And when I showed up for our initial meeting at their studio my moth dropped open. The space was sophisticated and fun all at once–painted white floors, overflowing plants, old and modern nestled together perfectly.
It’s not easy to describe exactly what Caitlin and Minh have created as Zoe Bios (Minh Nguyen holds a degree in Chemistry and is the former Managing Director of Natural Curiosities and Caitlin Dinkins has her MFA in Painting and is the former Illustrator and Creative Director for Stila Cosmetics): one foot is in the art world, one in interior design, they’re not quite a design collective… they call it ‘ArtEntouré’– a full circle cross-pollination of the art world with the design world.
“We focus on the visual organization of new forms—chance arrangements and purposeful compositions. We want to inspire unconventional thinking, and creative design solutions while maintaining a mindful attention to beauty and contentment in every object that we offer…we are artists, curators, and collaborators.”
I hinted at it before, but I’ve been working on a big campaign to help launch Jawbone’s latest wireless and all around awesome speaker, The Big Jambox. It was designed by Yves Behar to be the big brother to the ultra portable original jambox. And having spent the week with the big version, I can tell you the sound is amazing and really good for larger spaces and outside (parties! picnics! I’m not being paid to say this!).
I got to work with a great ad agency based out of San Francisco and, together, we created a series of images of the big jambox in some seriously great interiors. It was all very exciting, I had to sign an nda since it hadn’t come out yet and we had to be very hush hush about the product. I’m lucky to have a network of people with great homes that I could call upon at the last minute (like Tracy and Gregory and Simon and Laura and Elsie and Abby and Erin and Jerome–thanks to all of you!).
It was also a great chance for Morgan and I to do more work together–she handled the props and styling of a ton of different interiors and probably made 4 million decisions every day. And though I almost completely wore her and Heather out–we shot 3 locations a day for 4 days in a row–I thought everyone did a fantastic job and couldn’t be happier. You can see all the images for the Big Jambox on pinterest.
Obviously no shoot would be complete without a cameo appearance by Hazel. Check out all the images on pinterest.
Last week I shot a big project that took me all over town shooting as many locations as I could cover in 4 days. I relied on houses I already knew or homes and apartments of friends I had always wanted to see. It meant a week filled with shooting beautiful interiors, catching up with people in real life, realizing what a great circle of people I have in my world and meeting a lot of great dogs.
This is The Scout. She is a charmer.
Having lived in Venice for a good part of my life, this was always my go-to spot for lunch –most often going there with my dad. I’ve been a huge fan of the simple space and the healthy menu (get the rice bowl with chicken! And brunch on the weekends!). Love the wood slat ceiling, the bare bulbs (they did those over ten years ago), the heath bowls, dark furniture and bare walls. I love that it’s minimal without feeling cold, especially with the new kilim pillows they added to the benches.
See the whole post on Axe here.