“Untitled” by Nick Knight [x]
I feel your grief Nick Knight. I recently did a job where only models who were caucasian or looked caucasian enough were chosen and the rest were tossed aside, “we’ll get to them later” were the exact words. As a woman of color that really shocked and angered me. Especially the nature of the photo shoot. I will never understand why ignoring a large portion of the population is wise.
Johann Henry Fuseli’s The Nightmare
When I was 5, i think I was 5, we had this book. It was about all the scary things a 5 year old would be afraid of; hobgoblins, spirits, monsters, ghouls, etc. I remember it had a purple and black wave pattern on the cover and it had this distinct smell. I can remember the smell, I couldn’t tell you what it is, but if I ever encountered that smell again that book will come to mind.
The book had etchings in it. I remember the one story about the incubus (not really a story for a 5 year old, but when you’re 5 all the stuff you know as an adult you don’t know about nor care), and the etching they had for the story was the one up above, The Nightmare by John Henry Fuseli. That image has stuck with me since then. I don’t particularly know what exactly about it was so intriguing to a 5 year old me but it was embedded forever. I do believe it greatly influenced my affinity for baroque era and lighting as well as nightmarish, dark nuance in most of my editorial work. I can safely say this image represents the beginning of something I would only later understand.
( I also have to credit the Caravaggio that was always in our dining room since I could remember)
Cinthya’s painted mask from yesterday’s shoot.
Let’s talk about Hussein Chalayan Fall 2013 collection
Not only are these silhouettes gorge and the prints and colors amazing but they make my engineering affinity go bonkers with mucho amor! This is a priceless collection.
I am a street photographer in New York City. Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows “around the world.” They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said “no.”
Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation.
I don’t want any money. But please REBLOG this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I’ll let you guys know if it happens.
Bad form by a giant corporation. Deserves to be called out.
DKNY, this is distasteful!
When I did Morgan’s senior shots over the holiday break, Lisette, who’s an awesome make-up artist I worked with on the “Winter is Coming” shoot (which was featured on Papercut Mag Christmas Eve, go check it out) mentioned to me she knew someone who was starting their own cosmetics line and needed a photographer. I was like “hell ya!” First off, I love makeup. Secondly, I love supporting local businesses and especially start-ups created by women. Lisette got Melissa (ha!) and I in contact with each other. We met up, she explained her idea for her line, what it’s all about, and I was very interested. It’s not new, but it’s something definitely unique for our area.
Now, we’re currently putting together a introduction shoot. We’re shooting for photos to show off her skills as a make-up artist as well as her product. We’re shooting 8 women with individual themes that fit within the spring and summer seasons.
Keep checking back for updates, sneak peeks, etc. I’m hoping we can put out a BTS video, something that’ll show the full process of this shoot from start to finish. It’s going to be vibrant!