Kaws is weird topic when he gets brought up in our studio. On one hand, we admire his creativity and boyish-like imagination and color palette, and frankly, we would be lying if we said we didn’t marvel at his ability to translate his viewpoint at an astronomical scale. There’s maybe a handful of living artists that have a cult-like following like his with an age group across the spectrum. A kid sleeping on his Bape’d out bunkbed can own a Kaws toy, and also an industry mogul fresh off the PJ (private jet) can have the walls of his Givenchy Royal silver chandelier lit foyer adorned with a $500,000 canvas by said artist. Building an audience with that kind of longitude and latitude is a work of art in itself. Then on the other hand, you simply get to an age where cartoons and toys aren’t really what gets your rocks off anymore. Or, at least that’s what happened to me when a girl tossed my XX eyed “stuffed animal” off the bed and told me to grow up. So, maybe my quarrel isn’t with Kaws but more so my relationships? Anyway, if you dig his work or it moves you in any sort of fashion and wish to have a print of his on your wall, you can now bid on some here. And hey, if you don’t have that sort of confetti to throw around but still want to look at art, you can take a stroll through his living situation and all of the cool work he’s personally collected over the years.
In the wake of social-distancing and self-quarantine, galleries have had to strategize on new ways to prevail during the absence of the life line and heartbeat that allows them to survive; social gatherings and foot traffic. There’s an amazing article about the fast transitions these establishments have to, or have already done, in order to fight the tide that will undoubtedly affect nearly all businesses. You can now virtually walk through private viewing rooms to stay current, procure and adore the works that move you.
A quick drive through our local canyon into Malibu today was much needed. Usually there would be an endless sea of people out enjoying the 85 degree weather but as you can imagine, everywhere seemed like a ghost town. Now back to work.
We found this pretty insightful link for photography trends in 2020. It’s always good to shake things up and try to shoot different styles and formats but you should never color inside the lines. Take fragments and pull inspiration from multiple facets and then shape and mold it into your own style.
If you’re like us and have been spoiled by having your film processed at your local photo lab and are now uncertain as to how you’re going to keep up with your analog workflow while being stuck at home, fear not, the Italy based, Ars-imago® has introduced the Lab-Box® (via a very supportive Kickstartercampaign). If you don’t have the space for a darkroom or don’t want to go back to developing tanks in your sink(although it’s still a fun and very inexpensive way of getting it done), than this is a very easy and sufficient way of bringing those negatives to life. We’re excited to take this baby for a spin and give you a full review on the results it produces.
A lot of creatives have been forced to rethink their approach when in comes to producing content which has re-fueled the Facetime photoshoot. This isn’t anything new, in fact, Kim Kardashian brought it into the mainstream mindset in 2015 for her Interview Magazine cover but yesterday Bella Hadid kicked the digital window wide open again. Her Vogue Italia shoot pushed the boundaries as it had multiple people on FT including a stylist for the project. I think this is something we’re going to have to get used to in the days, months and perhaps years to come as things are undeniably changing. Do I like it? I can see how the voyeuristic factor plays a roll and how it can be extremely relatable to the younger viewers because let’s face it, kids would rather FT than hangout and text instead of call. I don’t love the concept and I’m not opposed to it, but I am curious to see how far this will go. Is it going to get to a point where we can remotely access cameras (not like this) from across the world? Will this devalue the need of a “pro photographer” or eliminate the financial compensation for all of those whom are usually on set directing and aiding the project? I suppose only time will tell.
If you’re interested in trying a FTPS, we found some pointers for you here.