Through the viewfinder of the Mamiya C330.
Last year, I had begun a portrait project featuring the diverse and talented people I work with at the studio everyday. They are stylists, photographers, digital techs, art directors, fashion supervisors, artists. There was a long pause on the project - mostly because I had honestly lost the fire I had before but also because we were in the middle of a huge studio move with a lot of our coworkers moving on or deciding to go freelance. But recently, I was inspired to start it up again.
This time around, the project has taken a different look. The studio pulses with new faces. Only few original crew members are left so to see the new portraits begin to happen, it's put things into perspective a bit. The major visual difference to anyone who hasn't seen these changes firsthand, however, is all of the new studio portraits are taken against a black brick wall which contrasts the white brick in the original images. Additionally, all of the new photographs take place in 2015.
Here are the first few of this portion of the series shot through the viewfinder of the Mamiya C330 with an iPhone 5s. The cracks, reflections and light leaks are naturally caused by a broken groundglass. The exposed rolls will be developed over time.
Shot with Kodak Portra 160 & Fuji Provia 100F
My favorite photo subject, Annaka Felix Fourneret. Shot with the Mamiya C330 & Kodak Portra 400. Los Angeles.
This past Sunday, I went to explore the arts district in Downtown Los Angeles that I had been anticipating visiting. From what I'd seen and heard, it was amazing and when I went, I was amazed. Luckily that day, there was a bike-only event so streets were closed off, businesses were thriving and thousands of interesting people roamed around enjoying the sun. Days like this one are what makes me love living in LA.
Images shot with the Mamiya C330 w/ Kodak Portra 400speed.
A few years back, Seattle legend, Steve G told me about a local skate company called Sausage Skateboards that was about to get its feet off the ground and he asked me if I would be down to meet his friends who owned it to start collaborating. I was still in school and it sounded like a dream come true. I'd been eager to be involved in the Seattle skate scene for years and was making strides towards that. I didn't really see it at the time but that conversation was the beginning of it all for me. Steve introduced me to a lot of the influential skaters in the Northwest which in turn introduced me to even more as time went on. The boys over at Sausage included me in their family from day one and I'll always be thankful for that. It's been a hell of a ride and the adventure never seems to end with them. A couple months ago on a visit back to Seattle we met up for a good summer BBQ. Beers, skates, swimming and sausages. Extra big props to Todd, Jesse and Steve for supporting me and being such rad dudes. They are a big reason the Seattle skate scene rules and I'm sure they'll keep it going for years to come.
Shot with the Mamiya C330 / Kodak Portra 400 speed.