Thank you for everyone who came out YOUNG, STRONG! I was blown away by the community and the support and the overall love. I have never felt such overwhelming happiness. What an amazing way to send off LoveCityLove…this is only the end of a chapter! See you soon…
1:36 am 1 note
April 15 2014
I am having my first solo photo show, “Young, Strong” tomorrow April 14th at LoveCityLove from 8pm-12am.
I’m actually not familiar off the top of my head what the Raf Simons SS 12 looks like, so I’m not sure what you’re referring to specifically. I love Raf’s clothes, but I’m not necessarily educated enough on him to copy his ideas. What I was pointing out was a blatant copy of an idea I had and executed, there’s no arguing that. I don’t necessarily take offense to someone wanting to execute my own idea for their own project…that is how art progresses and grows (nothing is original), but in my opinion, artists should be able to take ideas, both their own and borrowed, and create cohesive bodies of work that people can distinguish as something from that artist…it’s about having a distinct artistic narrative. If anything, I’m flattered that I was able to inspire someone to do something like I did. Successful art needs to have a unique voice, even if the subject matter or idea isn’t unique. From what I saw from the “copied” photos, I couldn’t see the amount of care and attention to detail…methodical choices of action, that would allow them to stand on their own. If you aren’t the person who took the photos, thanks for challenging me and questioning my art. If you are the person who took the photos, I would encourage you to find your own voice, it will help immensely.
12:55 am 5 notes
April 12 2014
If you’re going to steal, at least be good at it! #youngstrong
Gold Coast Trading Co. x Petite Noir
More images coming soon!
Being in this mindset of wanting to accomplish and do as much as I possibly can every day, I have sleepwalked through the past four years of my life. Having an awesome girlfriend, graduating college, pursuing photography, working dream jobs, and building really amazing things with really amazing people have all been a blur to me. I have been forcing myself to step back from it all to gain a new perspective on things. I went through a really dark period after high-school which allowed me to figure out who I was. But I didn’t fully understand that who we think we are will always change, and once you are able to start the introspective journey of self realization, it is an ongoing process, not something that you do when you’re eighteen and get over with. Because I have purposely overworked myself for the past three years, I have lost touch with the things that make me happy, and ironically they are the things that I surround myself with constantly; my family, my girlfriend, my passions (photography, drawing, painting, playing and making music…art in general). I don’t think I take any of them for granted, but they don’t affect me in the same ways anymore. I never wanted to lose that bliss that we all get in our first few months of a relationship, or the satisfaction of accomplishing something, or just the good company of my family around the dinner table, but I have.
As I was cleaning my room, I found an old photo of my dog Glen, who died three years ago. This prompted me to search for the photos I took of him and my family on the day we put him down, and re-edit them as if I had taken them today. Looking back, I wish I had the strength to come with my dad to the vet that day, but I am also content with my decision not to, because I probably wouldn’t have been able to take any pictures as he was being put down. As much as I would like to take pictures of everything meaningful to me, whether it be a a friend, a pet, a space or a moment, it is also important to sometimes put the camera down and experience things as they happen and see things for what they are. Going forward, I don’t think I will ever be able to completely step away from photography as a passion or a profession, but I hope I will be able to be more conscious of when to put down the camera and experience life as it comes, because life is extremely short and I don’t want the rest of my life to be as blurry as the past four.