I rarely shoot Men. Not by choice, but because I just don't get contacted to work with men that much. So when Shawn contacted me for a portrait session I was thrilled. Shawn is a jazz drummer and I immediately had in mind to use a dark, dramatic style for him. Something classic that he will be able to use years down the road.
His new album with his band Shawn Baltazor Quarted is soon to be released.
This week, the world of photography lost a great talent. Born British, Kate Barry found a way of life in Paris. She was often refered to as Jane Birkin's "eldest daughter". She always seemed to want to stay away from the spotlights turned onto her family most of her life, one of France's most photographed by the media. She remained discreet and unlike her sisters chose to channel her creativity behind the lens. I have a profound admiration for her sensibility, her path and her humility.
She was what most people call a 'late bloomer' finding photography in her early thirties. Rawness and the absence of artifacts was the chore of her work. All she needed was her talent to expel natural emotions out of her subjects. You could often sense melancholia or an aching mind in her photography. People who knew her say that she often found happiness in silence and solitude. She had the career and body of work I only dream of having.
She was a true inspration.
She chose to go alone. She was 46 years old.
May her tender soul rest in peace.
She leaves behind an archive of stunning images that graced countless magazines for almost two decades.
Mes hommages à la photographe Kate Barry qui s'en est allée un sombre jour de Décembre, à Paris. C'était une femme de grande sensibilité, une personalité discrète, qui aimait rester derrière le rideau, dans l'ombre de sa famille. J'ai toujours eu beaucoup d'admiration pour son travail, son oeil atypique, son regard melancholique et son talent de portraitiste.
Elle reste une grande source d'inspiration pour moi.
This year has been without a doubt driven by the desire to sharpen my craft. I think you can never consider yourself as done with the learning process, photography is just so complex and wide open. I had promised myself I would take a class of some sort before the end of the year, just to keep my creative juices flowing and learn from other professionals with different experiences and horizons. I ended up signing up for an advanced studio lighting class at the ICP. Below are some study material produced these past few weeks.
Challenging, exciting, frustrating, daunting and humbling are words that come to my mind when describing the process of the class. And I am not even half way into it yet.
Below: The exercise was to reproduce a famous shot form the movie In the mood for Love by Kar Wai Wong.
In God We Trust is a brooklyn based line of really cool jewelry pieces and clothing. I had the pleasure to shoot their work space last month for Beautiful Savage mag as they were running a feature / interview on the owner and creator Shana Tabor.
What I love about them is the timeless aesthetic of their vintage-inspired retail spaces (three in NYC alone) that transport you somehow in time and make you want to stay for ever and forget about the reality of the city around you. They create everything on premises, a fascinating well-orchestrated growing microcosm of creativity.
In God We Trust est une ligne de vêtements et bijoux qui commence à se faire un beau petit nom ici à new York. Ils ont déjà trois magasins ouverts entre Manhattan et Brooklyn. Une équipe de créatifs et petites mains qui confectionnent de l'idée au produit fini chaque pièce dans les locaux d'un Loft à Broooklyn. J'ai eu le plaisir de le photographier le mois dernier pour le magazine Beautiful Savage.
About a year ago I received a very understated email from a reader in Sweden. A photographer. It was a simple hello with a nice word on my work. I sort of sensed a genuine quality in this person, I couldn't find the trace of a "check out my work" link or anything that was asking for something in return in this email. Just a bare compliment. The best of kinds.
This person was Marcus Nyberg. We have since kept in touch about our respective work, progress, frustrations and visions as photographers and he has become a huge inspiration for me. I love watching his work progress. It makes me want to push myself to achieve what he does. I think his strength is in portraiture, something that I have been obsessing over a bit this year with my own work and that he masters with such effortlessness. I know how difficult it is to get emotion out of a subject. I know. I fail at it most of the time. But he nails it like no other. He must have wonderful directing capabilities. His editing skills are equally impressive to me.
Marcus' imagery is reminiscent of golden age dutch paintings. It was no surprise that we both admitted to each other that one of our biggest influence right now is the work of Julia Hetta. I can see it clearly in his work.
We have never met, but we think we should one day work on a common project. We have yet to find our subject. And I imagine it to be the most compelling collaboration i'll ever venture in. I feel so privileged to have found a friend in this incredible talent.
J'ai découvert le travail de Marcus il y a environ un an. Il m'avait contacté via le blog pour me donner un joli compliment et on a tout de suite lié une amitié mais aussi une curieuse fascination pour le travail de l'un et de l'autre. Je trouve son style absolument splendide, ses portraits d'une grande emotion, il aime mon regard et ma "capacité à capturer le calme de la vie" dit-il si gentillement sur son blog.
A force de correspondances, nous en sommes venu à la conclusion qu'il serait vraiment génial de collaborer sur un sujet, même à distance puisque nous ne nous sommes jamais rencontrés. Marcus vit en Suède. Nous n'avons pas encore trouvé ce sujet, mais je sais déjà que quoiqu'il arrive, ce projet sera fantastique.
Some cute stuff I shot for A.Cheng store this week - Hello Habeens, I want you at my feet!
Wrapping things up for my last week in town. I am getting ready for my well anticipated trip to France, leaving in few days and my mind is restless. For some reason, every time I am about to see my folks again, it feels like I am going on a first date. That's how excited and emotional I get. Butterflies in the stomach and all.
I will take a little break from blogging but will be Instagraming like a pro!
Quelques clichés de ma dernière session photo pour le magasin A.Cheng.
Derniers préparatifs avant mon départ pour Paris, puis Strasbourg, puis re-Paris. Ok, on respire profondément... Je trépide d'impatience, retrouver ma famille est toujours un moment de grande excitation.
Je vous revois tres bientôt ici, ou vous pouvez toujours me suivre sur Instagram.
I am thrilled to be once again part of the of the awesome Design Sponge blog comunity. Today is to present the lovely Park Slope place of Jewelry designer and friend Iwona Ludyga.
In the beginning, we had hoped to shoot her place in the heart of summer (mainly for my blog features "an afternoon with..." ) because of her amazing outdoor space that she transforms into an extra living space by setting up a tent seamlessely leading the living room into the outdoors.
But Design Sponge contacted her about a month ago and we had to seize the opportunity and shoot it right away, in the rather stark light of winter. Luckily, the day of our photo shoot giant snow flakes were swirling outside and gave her place this lovely cosy look.
Her work studio was very tidy that day, much the opposite of how I have seen it before. Her design studio is made of a team of little hands she supervises daily while taking care of business and family. She runs a tight ship!
Iwona is one of the most talented person I know, everything she touches turns into gold so to speak. She can paint (the giant black painting in the living room is hers), draw, cook, design, decorate and pocesses a sick sense of color and style. I adore her.
Congratulations on the D*S feature Iwona! Check out the full Sneak Peek here.
Continuing my portrait series. Here is Eleanor that I shot about two weeks ago. The story was inspired by the work of Julia Hetta. Hands down my favorite contemporary photographer.
I met Eleanor randomly in a city bus last summer. Eight months later I finally got my story together and she kindly agreed to be my model for few hours. That's the great advantage of living in a city like New York and to be well, a female photographer.