I love photographing people in their bedrooms. When making a portrait of someone, I’m usually trying to establish an intimate connection that in turn makes that photo raw, real and a true depiction of some element about that person. It’s hard to capture that in a snapshot, but photographing someone in their bedroom is a shortcut to it. What other room is so intimate and personal?
Courtney Andujar’s Bed Stuy bedroom is a true miracle of strict organization skills and creative curating. The room itself is probably 8 x 15 feet and almost every available space is perfectly utilized. We lived together for three years and I was always baffled her incredible ability to organize. It’s a discipline that I just don’t have.
At the second apartment we shared, she started decorating her door. The first thing I remember was the “No Boys Allowed” feat. Ice Cube poster. Since then, her collection has grown to other things she’s made, riot grrrl knick knacks and all kinds of random cool shit. She described the wall as a diary and says that not many people get to see her room but when they do, they sort of nod and say, “Ohh, I get it.” They get her.
I can’t imagine my life in Brooklyn without this babe, we’ve been through so much together. She introduced me to Eileen Myles (both her literature and in person once Courtney started working at Myles’ publisher) which opened up a whole genre to me. We skipped from Occupy to Free Pussy Riot protests together, we’ve talked for hours about our rage over the institutionalized patriarchy, cat calling and all the rest of the ways we experience violence. All those feelings suck but it’s a lot better when you have friends who get you.
She is probably going to hate me for writing this sappy shit, but who cares! This isn’t the first time I’ve touted her all over the internet. Love ya, pug.
This sexy lady is Roxanna DeBenedetto, fellow Daily Texan alum, living and working right around the corner from me in Clinton Hill. And we are both working on personal projects that showcase feminine power. The world is so small! She came over to show off her pit hair to me. People who’ve known me for a while know that I don’t really shave my legs. I’ll shave for special occasions and more frequently in the summer but its a grooming habit I dropped freshman year of college and then never looked back. For me, it serves no practical purpose and requires so much upkeep. That being said I know lots of ladies (and men!) who prefer themselves shiny smooth. It’s a personal preference and should be just that ~personal~ and not to fit a beauty status quo. I also found that having hairy legs was a helpful way to vet dudes I was dating. You know, I wanted him to like me for me, not for my lack of body hair ;)
More portraits and behind the scenes of The Wild Honey Pie’s shoot with Hamilton Leithauser. Hamilton was such a good sport, waited so patiently for our crew (stranded on a boat, normal day at the office amiright?) to show up and set up. He had his really awesome dad there, who admired all the pics in the back of my camera, but thats what a good dad does when the photos are of your super talented son.
The third photo is an in camera double exposure, a little thing I’m experimenting with now so that I can get better at double exposures on film. And because it’s FUN. Look at this one it while listening to Hamilton’s music.
Shooting behind the scenes at Newport Folk Festival this weekend was such a dream. The Wild Honey Pie crew put on yet another amazing string of shoots where we filmed bands on docks, boats and in two hundred year old tunnels and I shot portraits of the bands. This is Lucius, a Brooklyn band fronted by two stylish, sweet ladies who will knock you out with their power vocals. WOW @ those sequin getups. Wait ‘til you see the video we shot, too! and in the meantime, listen to them here.
My colleague, collaborator, inspiration and friend Giancarlo posed for my Power Project ♥ It’s important to remember that violence and manipulation happens to men too.
Giancarlo did a killer job on makeup and hair for Ali Holder’s “Moon” video, which we are releasing in October (which is actually just around the corner! Slow down, summer), in time for All Hallows Eve. Stay tuned!