Archive for July, 2011

VIDEO: Louis Vuitton "Double Exposure"

July 31, 2011  |  Inspiration, Video
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This is a very brief film about the power of portrait photography. Although I have always been a creative person I only recently took up photography within the last year. As an adolescent I took private piano lessons for eight years and participated in classical piano competitions. I also took four years of fine art instruction in high school and college, where I focused on drawing and painting. Aside from photography my favorite medium is oil painting, which was my first creative love. The luminance and the ability to work with light was something I found very natural with oil paints, and difficult to capture with acrylics (too little light) and watercolor (too much light). The fact that light entirely dominates photography is a large part of why I took to it so quickly. I have always been happiest when I am expressing myself creatively, whether through music, art, or fashion.

I cannot tell you how ironic it is that I am becoming a professional photographer, because as a painter I used to incessantly mock photography as being just “a xerox of reality.” Truly, I used to think it was a creative pursuit for people who weren’t talented enough to paint. It wasn’t until I picked up a camera a year ago and started this blog that I realized how wrong I was, and that photography is a hell of a lot more than pointing a lens at something and clicking a button. I also realized that I can be an arrogant asshole with an obnoxious sense of self righteousness, but that’s besides the point (and something I’m working on). Photography, like painting, takes years to master. And like any creative pursuit, you never stop learning, either.
This short video succinctly communicates the expansive artistic side of photography. Now, with a camera I feel like I am painting with reality instead of dye. I feel much more engaged not only with people, but with the world as a whole. I learned my lesson about judging other creative people, because I’m the happiest I’ve ever been as a photographer. Working outside in the physical world, rather than from completely within myself internally like I did as an abstract painter, has grounded me in a quite profound way.
I’ve still never taken a photography class, but that’s something I hope to change in the fall. If any of you have any suggestions on workshops or photography classes – or tutors – please leave a comment. Word-of-mouth suggestions are always the best.

Melissa, Kamilah and Kendra

Kendra Friends

I caught this stylish trio of friends walking down Michigan Avenue. My street-style eye instantly honed in on them out front of Crate & Barrel, where they were practically drowning in a sea of tourists.

Click below for detail shots and the backstory:

Each one of these girls had that little dash of personality that makes a typical outfit extraordinary. Melissa’s multi-colored puff of hair reminded me of Chicago streetstyle legend Rhea. Kamilah’s hair was inspired by the singer Rihanna, and I loved her multi-colored toenails. Kendra is rocking the super popular trend of sleeveless denim vests embellished with pins, a trend that was also spotted on Rachel and Ralphy’L.

Kendra Vest 1

What I found interesting is that all three are wearing light colored denim tops. Sleeveless denim vests in particular are gaining popularity fast, especially when adorned with buttons and patches. They’re all also wearing band-aids as accessories, which is something I haven’t seen in years. What goes around comes around, right?

Kendra Friends wrists

The multi-layered stacking of bracelets is another super popular trend this summer, and one that was the subject of it’s own entire post, TRENDS: Piles of Bracelets.

Side note: I am in a very fortunate position to have the freedom to photograph both high fashion and popular fashion. I love the authenticity of these three Chicago teenagers who truly put care and thought into making themselves look different from the masses. After all, isn’t that what personal fashion is all about?



Tan lines aside, I really thought Camille put together a cute outfit. It was swelteringly hot outside and I thought she did a great job balancing the way she revealed her skin. Wearing high waisted pants with essentially a “boob tube” is brilliant because obviously a boob tube and shorts would be too much. Fashion is all about navigating that fine line, right?

At the same time, is there anything more indicative of being in the throes of summer than a nice bathing suit tan?