Monday Funday: San Francisco & Santa Cruz

Today’s mellow Monday Funday is actually all about my Sunday Funday yesterday. My friend, Heather, was in town from the east coast so I met up with her in San Francisco. We spent the afternoon people watching at Dolores Park in the Mission, and here’s what I saw.

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Then, I came back to Santa Cruz for an evening walk up West Cliff Dr. only to stumble upon a silent disco party at Lighthouse Point Park called Silent Santa Cruz, where guests listen and dance to music through headphones. Here’s what I saw.

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“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran

 

 

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Fresh Friday Finds: A Restless Transplant

Today’s Fresh Friday Finds on .stART here. is Foster Huntington, the man behind the photo blog A Restless Transplant. Two years ago, Huntington left his NYC corporate design gig, bought a VW van, and set off on new adventures with his camera in tow.

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Huntington has been documenting his travels throughout North America, surfing and camping along the way. He’s been using the #vanlife hashtag, generating thousands of fans, and has an upcoming Kickstarter campaign which will hope to fund a photo book of his favorite campers seen on his over 50,000 miles and counting travels.

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Be inspired and follow A Restless Transplant and Foster Huntington on Facebook and Instagram!

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Hump Day Hot Seat: Sean Was Here

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Photo courtesy of Sean R Sullivan

1. Who Are You?

My name is Sean.  I was born in Boston.  I studied Film & Animation at RIT, Rochester, NY.  I then lived in the North End of Boston for a few years after school before moving to Miami in 2010 where I currently reside working in the advertising industry.

2. What do you do?

I take pictures of people.  I try to candidly document today’s culture, lifestyle and fashion.  I make an effort to travel often to broaden my horizons while slapping “Sean Was Here” stickers everywhere I go.  In terms of paying bills, for the past year and a half I’ve been freelancing for a handful of ad agencies taking projects on an individual basis.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start? 

My first job out of school was as an Interactive Designer/Developer at Arnold Worldwide – a large ad agency in Boston.  While I was there I was exposed to a ton of great talent and saw people doing what they loved to do, whether it was in the office or out on their own free time.  I was able to make a few friends/contacts here that would set me on the path that has led me to the position I am in today.

4. How long have you been at it?

I started my ongoing “Sean Was Here” project in 2009.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?

I used to be really shy and introverted (and still can be).  Only in the last few years have I really started to come out of my shell.  I guess I’ve used the camera as a tool for this.  It get’s me excited to be out and meet/interact with people.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?

In the field of life, I instantly admire anyone who is out there doing what they love to do – really going for it.  It’s too easy to get lost in a life you don’t enjoy and assume you’ll get to do the things you really want to do “someday”.  Life is too short and tomorrow isn’t promised.

7. What other types of art are you in to?

Street art!  Miami really introduced me into this scene. Artist from all over the world come to Miami to paint giant murals in Wynwood.  It’s really inspiring watching them do their thing.  I’ve never met as many talented artists as I have in Miami.

8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?

A side hobby of mine is 3D projection mapping.  I’ve had installations at galleries, bars, and parties around Miami.  If you’re unfamiliar with projection mapping check out this video on my vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/28094289

9. What’s your favorite vice?

Endlessly scrolling through my tumblr feed while listening to chilled out music.

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

Take a break.  Sometimes for a couple hours, sometimes a couple days.  Eventually I’ll come back to it and it will feel fresh again.

11. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook?

I don’t like to cook much.  I’m not a foodie.  In the last couple years I’ve focused on eating to live – basically focusing on foods that exist naturally in nature, keeping it vegetarian most of the time.  As an example, for breakfast, daily, I have egg whites, oatmeal (plain), berries, and OJ.  It gives me a great start to my day.

12. Truth or Dare? Elaborate.

Truth!  I’m pretty happy with myself these days so I’m pretty comfortable with being open about my life.

13. What is your most prized possession?

My health!  I feel like a lot of people take their health for granted and complain about what they don’t have.  If you are lucky enough to be a healthy abled body person you have been given a gift. Don’t wait until you lose it to understand how valuable it is.  Everyday I wake up healthy can be considered a great day.  Anything beyond that is icing on the cake.

Sean is heading out on a Eurotrip 2013 tour soon. Sign up now to receive Sean Was Here postcards of the photos Sean will take on the road. Visit his Postcards in your mailbox project on Kickstarter!

 

Monday Funday: 11th Annual Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden

I hope you had an awesome weekend. I know it’s back to the grind, but don’t forget to stop and smell the orchids…

On one of the first nice Saturdays of spring a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to head up to the Bronx and check out the 11th Annual Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden. After being open since March 2, the show closes today April 22. Here are just some of the hundreds of photos I took of this year’s largest orchid show in the country. I hope you enjoy them and find as much natural beauty and inspiration as I did!

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Hump Day Hot Seat: Ali Smith

Fresh Friday Finds alum Ali Smith is in today’s Hump Day Hot Seat on .stART here. Don’t forget to show your support for her newest project, Momma Loves; How the Mother Half Live, over on Kickstarter! With any level of donation, you could win a “Momma Love” gold necklace like the one Smith is wearing below. Thanks for stopping by today, Ali!

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1. Who Are You? 

I am woman, hear me roar. A.K.A. Ali Smith

2. What do you do? 

I take pictures mainly.

3. When/Where/How did you get your start?

I’ve been taking pictures since I can remember. As a youngin’ I played music in bands – mainly punk bands- and toured around the world a lot. I was really excited by how Pennie Smith’s photographs had defined the legacy of The Clash and wanted to do the same for my music scene which was the New York City music scene of the early 90’s. There was a lot going on. At the start, I couldn’t afford a good camera, so the ratio of good to crap photos was often stacked against me. But the feel was there and so was my love for it. So I just did it and did it until people saw that I wasn’t going to stop doing it and they began to pay me.

4. How long have you been at it?

I would say I’ve been making a solid living at photography for about15 years, but photography has been a regular part of my life since I was about 18. In my mid-20’s, I would get paid gigs but had to do a ton of other jobs, like bartend, to make a living. But even when I was bar-tending during the day at a local bar, I was taking pictures of the old men I’d serve, some of whom had been regulars there for 40 years.

5. What is the most important thing we should know about you?

It’s that I’m very, VERY important! And that I’m kidding. Um… maybe that I consider myself really fortunate to do what I love for a living. And that I consistently strive to find a balance between causes I care passionately about and what I do for money. I try to blend the two as much as possible and when I can’t, I strive for balance.

6. Is there anyone else in your field that you particularly admire?

Donna Ferrato exemplifies bravery and vulnerability as a photographer. Her documentation of domestic violence with her classic book, Living with the Enemy, is rivaled by none. In her 50’s, she is unapologetic as she continues to pursue controversial subjects she cares about. I also really like fashion photographer Paolo Roversi whose work is always so beautiful and painterly.

7. What other types of art are you in to?

I love anything tiled. If I could tile an entire house, I would. I love tiles.

Cute, scribbly illustration that is filled with hand hewn thin lined drawings of deer and mushrooms and such. You know, the type they’d half make fun of / half love on “Portlandia”.

I am open and receptive to many medium. It’s not the medium so much as whether or not I respond to it emotionally.

I like the Richard Prince Nurse paintings a lot.

I love Cat Power and PJ Harvey. They’re great artists.

I can tell you what I do NOT respond to. Artists I see as pure arrogant like Mathew Barney. When I look at his art, the first thing I think is “Wow! This guy has a lot of money.” That is not very interesting to me. I like heart and soul.


8. You got any crazy hobbies or unique talents?

Not really, unless you consider collecting fingernail clippings to make a nest out of some day CRAZY!? It’s all about your point of view, I suppose.

I take pictures and I play music and I raise a kid.


9. What’s your favorite vice?

My favorite vice that I do NOT have is dancing on tables (although I’ve done it once). I like women who dance on tables. Not strippers. Exuberant women who dance unabashedly and not for money on tabletops when the mood hits.

My favorite vice that I do have is chocolate. The form or occasion is not important.

10. How do you make it over the creative hump?

I am trying to learn to take a step back and refresh myself- my eyes, my mind… that would be the best way. So far, though, to be honest, I push forward with great stress and concentration until I pop through. I just sort of push and slog and push.

If it’s at a shoot and I can’t figure out how to get the shot, I sort of blur my vision and take in the whole scene and sort of add it up in my mind- this would equal that and look like that and mean this and represent that…. I can only think of a coupe of times in recent history that I really flubbed it and came away stumped. They were always on personal shoots that meant a great deal to me. Maybe I choked.

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1. You eat food? What kind? Like to cook?

Yes. I do eat food. As for cooking, I REALLY like having a husband that is an amazing chef because I think my real strength lies in how well I EAT rather than cook!

My culinary tastes are broad but excludes baby animals.

12. If someone was to write a craigslist missed connection about you, 
what would it say?

Tall redhead with grey roots; I saw u sweating through ur shirt from anxiety at local Whole Foods.

13. What is your most prized possession?

I suppose I can’t call my son a possession, right?  Although he did cost me a lot of money! And I do make him sleep in a display case next to the Hummels.

For more on Ali’s latest project and to donate to her cause, visit her Kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270616936/momma-love-how-the-mother-half-lives-hardcover/posts.

Patrick O’Dell’s “Skateboard High School” at Known Gallery

Altamont Apparel presented “Skateboard High School: Years of Pictures” by Patrick O’Dell at Known Gallery in Los Angeles over the weekend. Robin Fleming for Juxtapoz magazine was there.

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From Robin Fleming:

During his early photo career, shooting skaters in San Francisco and New York City, O’Dell’s shutter kept snapping away between the tricks, in the van rides, and long after the session had ended. Looking at his work today, the candid and carefree images are a collective memory of skateboarding’s recent history.

O’Dell has more than a decade of images, some of which have ended up on his popular blog epiclylaterd.com, which quickly became an online skater look-book when it was launched in 2004. To pull together “Skateboard High School” O’Dell’s sister went through boxes of prints and negatives in their parent’s basement in Ohio and he specified that she should send anything that “looked like skaters” to him in Los Angeles. With those marching orders, his sister even sent pictures of the photographer himself, as a teenager, skating at his local skatepark in Ohio.

Deadbeat Club Press has full color zines of the show available for $10.

Opening Reception: Mike Brodie’s “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity”

For all you west coasters, Mike Brodie‘s opening reception and book signing for “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity” is tonight at M+B in Los Angeles from 6-8pm.

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From M+B:

M+B is proud to present Mike Brodie’s highly anticipated second solo exhibition, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. The exhibition of thirty new color photographs will be Brodie’s first solo exhibition in six years and opens in conjunction with the publication of Brodie’s first monograph bearing the same name, published by Twin Palms. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in New York at Yossi Milo Gallery and run at M+B in Los Angeles from March 16 through May 11, 2013, with an opening reception and book signing on Saturday, March 16 from 6 to 8 pm.