HELLO, BEAUTIFUL

Since we’re all on “lock down” I decided to take this time to rebuild by studio and order a lot of equipment that I’ve been meaning to get. It’s actually kind of crazy how much I’ve done over the past week or so. I completely cleaned and rearranged and even started repainting some of the walls to prep for new build outs that will house products and equipment. I have a mountain of packages and boxes piling up but this is one I had to open today. My lovely RZ67 Pro II medium format came and I was like a kid on Christmas. I’ve had this camera before but sold it because it didn’t suit my style of shooting at the time, but now, we’re in this together for the long haul. I honestly can’t believe the condition it’s in. It’s better than last one, but isn’t that always the case when it comes to new love. 


Stay safe out there and surround yourself with kindness and positivity. Take this time to really focus on learning, creating and finally exploring those ideas that you couldn’t get too because life was overwhelmingly busy. Use this as an opportunity to grow and expand and always remember, there’s never a shortage of books to read or photographs to make.


-Danny 


TRIED AND TESTED

I’m like a hat nazi when it comes to trucker hats, especially when you’re going for a vintage look but don’t want the vintage fit because we all know how poorly that foam beer koozie material snuggles our noggin. And where does one find a really good quality mesh trucker without having to pay James Perse or Chrome Hearts prices? I suppose this is why it took me forever to finally release one because I knew the standard that it would have to have in order for it to be something that I truly appreciate and wear all of the time. Let’s face it, you want to get your moneys worth which means it needs to last. I had to personally test it, so I’ve been wearing the same sample since I received it in the beginning of January and let me tell you my honest opinion, I’m sold. I’ve worn it running, I’ve worn it playing tennis, I’ve worn it at shoots, I’ve worn it at meetings, I’ve even worn it to church. The only places I haven’t worn it is in the shower or bed, well, there was that one time but… never mind. My point is, If I had to pick a hat that doesn’t get beat up by the elements easily and doesn’t lose it’s shape after non-stop wear, this would be it. Now I want to know your thoughts on it. A lot of you have ordered them and I really want your honest feedback. Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know either by email or IG.


Available here


-Danny





COLOR PALETTE

I’ve always worn all black and never been into color when it comes to my personal style palette but lately I’ve been introducing a lot of grey tones into my wardrobe which is oddly fitting for the current weather in LA. What do you guys think? Should I post more personal style photos? Let me know via Instagram.



-Danny


Photos by LC © 2020



BOOKING SHOOTS AGAIN

I just started booking shoots again after a super long hiatus. It feels good to already have a full calendar of tests and client work for next month. Never be afraid to reach out, network and find new ways to make people pay attention. There’s no room for ego or being diffident in this business, especially if you’re striving for longevity.


-Danny


EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

I started working on my first painting last week and I must say, it’s a lot harder than I thought. Perhaps this is why I have prolonged traveling down this road for years but it’s insane how merely applying pigments can get your creativity and brain working at full speed on the process of elimination. Your hands need to be trained to work as the vehicle for what your mind is trying to project onto the blank canvas and this can only happen when you become disciplined in the medium. I love the challenge and look forward to making tons of atrocious paintings until my personal perspective finally starts to take shape. This isn’t something that can be rushed and I enjoy working on it intermediately when I take a break from my other creative dialogs. It really allows me to appreciate the experience of finding the viewpoint in which I want to create from. Getting lost in applying individual paints and seeing them merge into something that didn’t exist before really opens your mind and allows fresh ideas to form. It’s truly therapeutic and even the physical exertion that you feel when you use your body in a new range of motion is nothing short of magical.


-Danny       


PROTECT YOUR HEAD

Along my journey of success and failure I have always felt that there was something missing. An underlaying void that I could never fill no matter how deep into the ocean of emotion I went. I was stuck and stagnant and unable to grow so I did what any self-loathing artist would do, I masked all of my trauma and dark thoughts with women, drugs and alcohol and partied like tomorrow was for people who had a purpose and I definitely didn’t have one. I figured if I couldn’t get to the bottom of my problems, I might as well get to the bottom of another bottle. I did this for years until I finally hit my breaking point. I was on the ledge and ready to see if I could fly. I mean, why stick around? Money didn’t fix me, accolades and achievements only put a painful smile on my face and I couldn’t seem to find authentic love no matter how many times I would pretend “this is the one”. From the outside I seemed so put together because over the years I became so good at hiding all of my cracks. Mentally I was shattered and those who I let in in my dark hours would see nothing more than a broken person trying to connect to anything that would give him one more dose of false contentment. Pain, depression, evil thoughts and a feeling like I wasn’t good enough for anything was all that greeted me which is why I would constantly justify my drunken actions and why no matter how many times I would try to get sober, I always failed. Trying to heal your trauma and fix your mental state while still indulging in your vices is nothing more than floating in the sea without a sail. You’ll never get anywhere and even if you do, chances are it wasn’t where you wanted to go. I decided to move away from all of the evils that tempt me, let go of everyone and everything that didn’t serve me for the better and really take actions that would finally allow me to confront my demons. I joined a self-help group, changed my diet and went vegan, started reading and running and most importantly, I stopped letting my pride and ego control me. I’m now proud to say that I’ve been completely sober for seven months and found the inner happiness that I’ve always longed for. From experiencing mental and emotional darkness for most of my life I can tell you first-hand that lifestyle changes and mental endurance can seriously bring a light into your life that you couldn’t find before. You truly find your lighthouse that guides you home and you start to discover what’s really important in life. You start to become grateful for the small things that you once overlooked and you begin to appreciate things that you once neglected. And then, the astonishing thing starts to happen, the universe starts hiding little gifts that you would have never been able to find when you were lost. You get to a place where you realize that happiness begins in your mind and you have the ability to control the state of your mood which then turns into forward motion actions that takes you to destinations that you’ve always wanted to go. 


We have two options, stay in the dark or fight as hard as we can to find the sunshine. I believe in all of you and I wish you could just for a moment understand how important you are and how the world needs your ideas, your art, your writings, your compassion and your creativity. Never stop fighting.


-Danny