Photog Love: 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.”……….

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Photog Love: Mel D. Cole
January 4, 2010, 1:54 am
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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’s all love.

Photog love: Tone
December 3, 2009, 4:24 pm
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 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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