Zine trade!

Firstly, you should be following @bbbaaawww on Instagram if you aren’t already.  But, if you are unaware, Bruno just published a fantastic zine that I was able to get my hands on last week.


Full color, high quality paper, and a limited run of 100!  If you’ve been following my work then you know I’m a huge fan of zines and printed material.  I was really happy to get my hands on a copy.  

You can see more of Bruno’s work here and order a zine for someone this holiday.



Raven, on Film

I’m on the fence about this Kodak BW C41 stuff.  You have to manually go back and take out any hint of color from the scans and I’m not sold on the ultimate results of the black and whiteness.  I realize these are things only a very picky person would bitch about.  The new developing place I’ve been using doesn’t actually process true black and white film so I’m stuck using this kind of 2nd-cousin of BW film which is mostly ok but just a little off.  Exactly like my 2nd cousin.






Madeline, Pt 1

I met Madeline a few years ago when she responded to an ad I put out for an assistant.  I worked with her a couple times and we stayed in contact over the years.  She’s a phenomenal artist and a really positive energy to have in your life. We took these while she was visiting from Chicago and they were kind of a challenge because Madeline has this really sunny personality and is always smiling, so I kept having to stifle all that noise!

Really love these bordering on underexposed.  You can see Madeline’s work here.



Meditations Downtown

Here’s a few photos downtown from a Fuji disposable that I got back today.  These Fuji bangers are great if there’s about 1 billion lumens of light, but upon burning thru about 100 of these in the last few years, your grain gets a little out of control if you’re in indirect sunlight.  I like grain, but a little goes a long with with this brand of Fuji.

The last one is from a roll of BW Kodak that you can develop in C-41, which I always have mixed feelings about.  If you don’t really work it in post it doesn’t feel like film, more like BW conversions done digitally.  This particular photo was blasted with light in the elevator when I dropped my camera and popped the back open.  Yikes!  






The Predator Project

This is a slight deviation from my normal work, but as a photographer who works in the world of fashion and erotica (and just as a person in general), I feel ill every time allegations come forward in regards to another man behaving ill towards women or people in subordinate positions.  Predator Cologne is meant to be a performance piece that I would love to be funded into a full scale project and limited run of a fragrance.  The commercial I created is meant to be a parody, but I believe the message is clear.  

The commercial is all stock footage, the CC music is from AudioNautix.  I hired a VO artist who went above and beyond what I could pay her and she laid down the vocal track.  This was an interesting project in the way that it came together with really only the idea and the editing, and I was able to source everything else.  Typically I find myself trying to get my hands as dirty as possible so this was a cool departure.

If you feel like donating, the end project would be 100 signed, packaged and numbered bottles of a unique fragrance with the intention of raising cultural awareness around sexual harassment and encouraging accountability in men and those who can help.  A percentage of the raised funds are going to WomenArts to aid in funding and awareness campaigns.

Maybe you can’t donate, but sharing this would be huge, and in many ways can be worth more than money.  So please RT, Facebook, tell friends, and most of all, treat people better. 

The copy for the GoFundMe page:

Predator is a unique scent that captures the lush elegance of an old money men’s club and cigar lounge with specific pheromonal warning notes that tell the rest of us that you’re going to conduct an interview in your bathrobe.

For too long, men in power have enjoyed the privilege of:

Marrying their step-daughter

Jerking off in potted plants in front of reporters

Pussy-grabbing

Interviews in hotel rooms

Sexual Extortion

Presidency

And More!!!

While Predator won’t guarantee men will ever get their comeuppance, it seeks to level the playing field by enticing the user with a bouquet of leather, tobacco and exploitation.  To them, it smells like success and subjugation.  Unbeknownst to them, however, it warns us with the red-flag smells of Wurther’s Candies, the inside of a 1992 Oldsmobile, and your uncle’s lap.  This unique bouquet stimulates the “flight” center of your brain allowing you enough time to compose yourself, refuse a “hotel interview” or stay out of arm’s reach.

We aim to produce a limited run of 100 bottles of Predator Cologne as an art project and statement about male accountability and the culture of money and power that surrounds it.

Disclaimer:

Predator is not a substitute for male accountability, nor is it a solution for rampant sexual abuse that is tolerated in American culture.

Risks and challenges

Trying to think of some risks bigger than your career being in the hands of some lumpy grey mashed-potato man who wants you to see his balls like, SO bad!

Seriously, I’m not sure if there are things men can’t smell that women can, so learning that would be a hurdle, and then, can we synthesized and mass produce it?

Also, men who buy Predator would basically be self-reporting their perve-factor, which is not extremely likely, but as an art project, I think it has legs.

Donate

share this link: https://www.gofundme.com/predator



Alex

This is Alex from Ideal Talent who wanted a couple new shots for his theatrical and commercial portfolio. 


This weekend I got injured by a resin paperweight in a Rage Room in DTLA where the shrapnel from a sledgehammer explosion nailed me in the ankle.  Needless to say, it was RAD!

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