An early version of a recent piece I completed for Investor's Business Weekly:
Creating conceptual graphics for publications is always a mixed bag...
But here's the final design for a recent issue of Investor's Business Weekly.
Several months ago I had the pleasure of getting to know one of Los Angeles' lesser known (but supremely talented) artists Soren Grau. We spoke about why he makes art, what his process is like, and how he defines success as a creative working for himself. As a deeply passionate individual motivated as much by joy as by despair, Grau's work and outlook on life are inspirational -- for artists and art-lovers alike. You can read my full interview with Grau online at Amadeus Magazine.
As a creative whose views lean far more sharply toward the anti-establishment mindset, I was surprised to receive an offer to create cover art for Investor's Business Weekly. While the voice and viewpoint of the publication are certainly not my own I appreciate work, especially jobs that allows me to do the things I love.
UPDATE: Several months back I photographed the talented and kindhearted singer/songwriter Kathy Black. I'm so pleased to see the album artwork in its final form!
From 01/31/15: The best work, in my mind, is improvisational and spontaneous. While there is plenty of planning, scouting, lighting, makeup, and post work that typically goes into creating quality images, there is special magic that only happens with open-minded and communicative subjects willing to collaborate and get creative. Musician Kathy Black is one such adventurous soul. Spending a day making pictures for her forthcoming record was a true pleasure. Here are a few shots from our time in Echo Park:
What once was a deserted industrial district -- primarily inhabited by textile manufacturers, cold storage companies, artists in need of cheap studio space, and wandering vagrants -- is today the trendy Downtown Los Angeles "Arts District". The shift from lawless artist's playground to corporate developer's wet-dream has taken place in fits and starts over the past twenty plus years. The once eclectic (albeit unsafe) neighborhood has been and continues to be a controversial testing ground for experiments in gentrification.
Just this month the City of Los Angeles broke ground on a three-year, $400 million project to replace the 6th Street Viaduct Bridge -- which happens to connect the aforementioned "Arts District" to the adjacent Boyle Heights neighborhood. Public Works officials say the project is necessary because of defective concrete used during the construction of the bridge in 1932. Due to a high alkali content the concrete erodes and cracks easily -- making it a severe earthquake hazard -- and too expensive to retrofit and maintain.
The steel arches that stretch the central portion of the bridge have been made familiar by films and television shows that span several decades - including Grease, Terminator 2, aaaand let’s not forget Kayne’s “Jesus Walks” music video. The LA film industry will surely mourn the loss of this iconic shooting location. However, east coast trust funders - I mean transplants - taking up residence at the recently finished One Santa Fe Lofts down the street will easily forget it ever existed.
Earlier this week I walked the length of the nearly mile long structure to say my goodbyes and take some pictures. I plan on documenting the bridge replacement project each month until the new design is finished. Check back for updates.
Several months ago I crossed paths with an artist by the name of Teresa Flowers. I knew nearly nothing about her except that she had just moved to Los Angeles from Salt Lake City and I was going to take some photos of her and her work for a magazine article. I had no idea I would be meeting someone whose artwork and attitude would inspire and motivate me to begin actualizing my own creative desires -- never mind becoming involved in hers too. But that is exactly what happened.Read More
Because it bears repeating, every now and again I take photos for an art/music/culture magazine called Amadeus. I happily photograph creatives across Los Angeles while chatting with them about art, duh! So, I figured I would share some shots from my recent visit with the multi-talented and self-taught LA-native Gianni Arone. You'll have to pick up the next copy of Amadeus Mag this summer to get the full scoop on this inspirational young painter. For now, here are some snaps to get you going...
Sometimes I take photos for this kick ass art/music/culture magazine called Amadeus. This happens to be one of my favorite things. I get to meet passionate and interesting artists who talk to me about what they love doing most and I get to take their pictures. Sure doesn't suck...
These are a few images from my time spent with the inspiring LA newcomer (Salt-Lake City transplant) Teresa Flowers. You can read the full interview with Teresa and see more pictures of her work at: http://amadeusmag.com/blog/teresa-flowers-a-multidimensional-approach/
One of my dearest friends, an awesome chick named Alex Khatchadorian (who happens to be one hell of a music and art devotee), asked me to get involved with her latest creative endeavor -- a digital and print publication dedicated to all things art and music in Los Angeles. The proper name for this creative venture is Amadeus Magazine. Find all the juicy goodness online at: www.amadeusmag.com.
False Happiness is a documentary about the life, work and influence of Professor Nicholas Dungey. It is also a film about human values and the modern misunderstanding of happiness as it applies to our personal and political lives.Read More