Filed under: Photography | Tags: Katie West, Photog Love, Photographer Katie West, Photography, Photography by Katie West, self portraits, self portraits by Katie West
To sum it up, Katie West is dope. She’s a twenty-something year old photographer and writer from our neighbor to the north, who boasts a bold body of work. Literally. Most of Ms. West’s photographs are self-portraits in which she is semi or fully nude, but even at her most explicit she never comes across as vulgar. I respect her fearlessness to explore and expose herself so intimately and admire her artistic hustle. Truly works of art, her photos have been praised as revolutionary, challenging, and provacative. . As my boy Levar would say “…. you don’t have to take my word for it.”……….
Filed under: Cool ppl, Photography | Tags: Art, Dopeness, francisco and elizabeth catlett moran, Ife, Naima, nia mora, Photography, photography by nia mora
It is no surprise that Nia Mora, the grandaughter of Francisco and Elizabeth Calett Mora , is talented. Artistry runs freely and generously through the whole of her family tree. Her father and mother are accomplished musicians and her sisters include Sweetie front woman Ife and model/actress/singer and identical twin Naima,former winner of America’s Next Top Model. In this series of photographs Nia states that her focus is “….to explore the inner workings of the human imagination, the subconcious, and dreaming states of mind……I had an overwhelming sense in my own life that reality is not what it seems to be and everybody percieves it differently.” Given the fact that she is an identical twin, its not farreaching to assume that her perception of reality is uncommon, her situation is rare. Only one third of twins born in the United States are monozygotic, identical. Having an identical twin could be likened in some ways to an out of body experience. Twins have the unique of observing their physical likeness in ways that most people will never, unless they are having an out of body experience by which they can survey themselves as an impartial observer. With that being said Mora’s perception of reality is tinged with a certain disorientation, a subtle hallmark in the images presented in this set. It is her unique sense of perception and her manipulation of the perception of her audience that is the most striking thing about her work. Each image jarrs the senses with the conflict between the imagination of the artist and limits of the viewer adding a layer of tense excitement to the viewing experience. The narrative becomes loose and pliable like the dreaming state of mind Nia refers to in her mission statement. Each frame registers as provocative and unsettling. There is something not quite not right about her imagery yet there is something within it that compels the viewer to look deeper and make peace with the fact that they could get lost. Double images are an expected component in most of her imagery and there is a strong sense of visual and emotional juxtaposition that lends to the sense of disorientation that confronts the viewer. For example there is an eroticism in the bathtub image that sharply contrasts with the fact that the image is of sisters, or is a digital manipulation of one woman. The image of the woman in blue with her head sticking out of what appears to be a plastic sheet is both morbid and calming as blue is the color of tranquility and is oddly enough the color of flesh that is derived of oxygen. She looks at once like a drowning victim or some etherel creature poking her head out of a portal to another dimension. Just like in our dreams, Mora has presented us with images that blur the edges that seperate fantasy from reality and invites her viewer to define those boundaries for themselves.
Mel D. Cole. All I can say about him is that I think he might be a little insane, and I say that with the utmost respect. Most people who are that brilliant are usually, a little bit insane. Also, if you’ve ever seen a picture of him he looks like he is, more often than not, perpetually high on life and he’s renowned for his images of concerts and parties which he seems to savor like they’re going out of style. His images evoke that kind of sensation for me, the blissful dissorientation of life in all it’s chaotic glory. I asked him nicely if I could use his pictures on this site but he never answered me so I just jacked them gorilla style. He probably doesn’t care one way or the other but if you ever read this Mr. Cole, don’t trip..it’s all love.
Filed under: Photography | Tags: Alexandra Estevez, Photog Love, Photography, Photography by Tone, Portraits
His portraits are intoxicating. The photographer known as Tone captures the essence of his subjects with a purity that reminds me just how powerful a photograph can be. How it truly is worth a thousand, better yet, a million words. I enjoyed his entire portfolio but I have to say his portraits of Alexandra Estevez were some of my favorites. As on observer I find it fascinating how intimately his lense reacts to her image.Whatever the nature of their relationship to one another it is apparent that the artist found the muse. Much in the same way our pupils dialate when look at something aesthetically pleasing, his portraits of her manage to reflect that widening of the senses, that flicker of whatever it is that flickers when something catches our visual interest. That is after all the goal of a good photographer, isn’t it? To convey not only context but emotion as well. There is a romanticism in these images that is as subtle as it is affecting.
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Filed under: Dopeness, Photography | Tags: Dopeness, Photography, photography by Ricky Flores, Ricky Flores
I’m from the south bronx, the south south bronx……
I came across my man Ricky Flores on some online magazine I can’t remember the name of right now. He has a collection entitled The South Bronx during 80’s and 90’s and I was intrigued enough to find his site and check out the rest of his work. I’m a budding photographer myself, I want to take a film and photography class at the local community college real soon. Words and images are everything, our whole lives, the basis of our existence all boils down to words and images. The power of a photograph is………I can’t really think of a word. To preserve a moment in time, an expression, a feeling, a memory…it’s magic.
due to good ol’ copyright laws, I could only post selected images so feast on his work in its entirety here
Filed under: Cool ppl, Photography | Tags: Dopeness, Kat Von D, Photography, tattoos, tattoos by Kat Von D
Kat Von D is one of my personal muses. I have always respected and admired women who are not afraid to express thier femininity in non-traditional ways, women who are not afraid to express themselves aesthetically no matter how “off” society might label thier choices. Not only is she gorgeous but she is a BRILLIANT tattoo artist. If you watch LA Ink you know what’s up. On another note, this season was WACK, too much drama not enough coolness. Hopefully Ms. Von D will bring it back. Here’s some dopeness from her portfolio…….
If you like what you see, check her official site
Filed under: Cool ppl, Photography | Tags: Afflicted Yard Photography, Peter Dean Rickards, Photography, photography by Peter Dean Rickards
Vision in a nutshell. I find something profoundly cool about this man’s photographs. From everyday folk to semi-nude models, he captures the essence of the muse which is life; innately arresting, clever, beautiful, shocking, complex, simplistic and odd. Ever since I stumbled across his site about two years ago, I’ve been a fan. Check it………..