This past Sunday, I went to Los Feliz with my dear friend Katie to have brunch. Brunch is, inarguably, my favorite thing.
We went to Figaro Bistrot and I ate scrambled eggs. But more importantly I had half of Katie’s ham and cheese crepe that had an egg on it. They also had run out of cups so they were serving coffee in cereal bowls. Um… it was real, and I was loving it.
I also ran into my friends Roque and Manuel. Roque means giant rock. Like, massive.
The photographs, taken between 2009 and 2011 and in the small towns around Douai, Nord-Pas de Calais, France, document young girls entered in the Mini-Miss Beauty Contests, who are photographed alongside their mothers.
I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing which was followed by a Q&A. I hate Q&As. Honestly, the same stupid people always ask questions I can’t help but balk at. Or what about when people don’t have questions but rather just want to make a comment? That’s arguably worse.
I was in a perpetual state of mid-eye roll at a lot of the stuff being questioned, but was both intrigued and slightly put off by Oppenheimer’s responses. It felt like an act, and perhaps that’s due to the repetition of what’s being asked but it felt like a performance similar to those in the film (which in some ways made me feel like the aim of the perpetrator’s, that being to be glorified and to glorify, is achieved) but regardless he said moving things that hold particular relevance to my biggest issue with documentary film: the white filmmaker saying “oh let’s go film these downtrodden ‘natives’ and help them from their oppressors” Like that level of condescension is one that makes a lot of documentaries difficult for me to watch. That wasn’t the case with this film, and I appreciated it taking a stark view beyond those who were persecuted in the mid-1960s in Indonesia but rather at those doing the persecuting.
I’m currently working on an ongoing series I’ve entitled ‘Friends Eating Food‘ which I think is pretty self explanatory. I hate when people watch me eat, so perhaps this is me trying to work out that prejudice…
All shot on my Nikon FM10, so far with Kodak Porta 400. You can check out the full series HERE.
As part of a midterm photography project, I’ve been working on a series on roommates. I set the frame and asked the different subjects to look at the camera, but they chose how they were positioned and what they were doing. All were shot on my Nikon FM10 with Kodak Porta 400 film. It’s been pretty interesting to see how people interact with their roommates and as a photographer, how exposed I’ve felt shooting people. Asking them to stare at the camera almost made me feel as if they were looking at me, which was a bizarre feeling I’ve not experienced before.
Below are a few photos, but you can check out the full series HERE.
Photographer Peter Menzel photographed what a week in food looks like to different families around the world:
I love how simply it conveys cultural and economic divides.
I recently purchased a Nikon FM10, a 35mm stills camera, for a project inspired by Thomas Struth’s Family Portraits. I wanted to test out the camera and some film I’d bought and took a quick walk through Echo Park. The Velvia 50 Daylight is known for its saturated images and I haven’t edited any of the photographs below.
I’m currently working on a documentary through USC (a 547) entitled ‘National Forest.’ We got the chance to go to Yosemite this past weekend and I took a few photos with my phone… It was really cold.
In my 537, intermediate cinematography class, our first assignment was to recreate a still image. We’re shooting on a Super 16
ARRI SR II and I chose reversal tri-x black and white film stock and a still from Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Check out the image below and a few stills shot on a 5D at a 50mm lens (I used an 85mm on the camera due to the front projection screen size).
And my recreation…
Mike Brodie, known as the Polaroid Kidd, took snapshots of his travels hopping trains and traveling across the US that started when he was 17. He now has a book out with a collection of these photographs, entitled ‘A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,’ and it’s really reminding me of Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Wendy and Lucy‘ but it’s soOooOO much better because it’s real.
I think we all believe this Kerouac-y period is behind us, but obviously there’s still a choice beyond the mainstream way of living.
Check out a few.