Published May 7, 2013
I agreed to meet Paula and Pernilla, the collaborative artist duo known as t.w. five, in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, where they were touching up one of their street murals. They told me in an email that it was maybe not the best neighborhood around. I was a little nervous, given that the idea I had in mind was to tie the two artists up.
“Well, the Tenderloin is the one place where people probably wouldn’t even look twice seeing two people tied up on the street,” Paula laughed. Pernilla continued that the neighborhood might not have the best reputation but that the people they encountered while creating their artworks were always respectful and appreciative of the work they were doing.
They were game to be tied but, ultimately, we ended up in a more private location on the other side of San Francisco. While there, we did cause a bit of a stir; people stopped, and stared, and even took pictures. But, really, the only thing that was really bothersome was the occasional burst of wind that would blow Paula’s hair into her face.
Together, t.w. five create massive installation and street art pieces made of vinyl and I’m thrilled they agreed to be tied up for a photo! Paula is Brazilian by birth; Pernilla is Swedish. They take their opposite cultures and melt them together in a way that is colorful and arresting, massive and gorgeous.
King of San Francisco? Nope, that’s just artist Jeremy Fish (King of North Beach perhaps?), whom I had the pleasure of photographing from atop Telegraph Hill – though it does kind of look like he might be in a television news station or something! You really should click on the image to see it bigger. Anyway, I had a lot of fun photographing this awesome artist – and chatting about our similar backgrounds from upstate New York and the outrageous price of housing in San Francisco and the Bay Area in general. I still can’t quite figure out how creative people can create and live in this city!
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Published March 20, 2013
Very pleased that Modern Postcard wanted to use a promo piece for the Creatives Series I sent out last year, designed by the always fabulous Allison Kline – she makes all my images look stellar in her designs!
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Published December 14, 2012
Tags: jherek bischoff, musician
I first saw Jherek Bischoff when he was one of the opening performers for Amanda Palmer (I should add I was not aware he was also a member of her band and played an important part in the development of her record). This song totally captured me when he was up there playing it on his ukulele – it was amazing! After the show, I went to download some of his music– and the album version of ‘Eyes’ actually has David Byrne singing on the track. But the real standout is this amazing song, ‘Young and Lovely.’ – it really is a lovely track to swoon over. Jherek composed the record entirely on his ukulele and then fleshed it out over the period of a few years – taking his laptop to other instrumentalists’ apartments to record them and then weaving all the pieces together. It really is a pretty irresistible record.
Thanks to Jen and Connor for arm modeling their arms for me and to Pam Mandel, who loaned me some of the ukuleles and also plays with the Seattle ukulele band the Castaways.
Published October 3, 2012
Lou Maxon gave me my first break in Seattle back in the late 90s, hiring me for numerous Seattle Magazine articles and covers (I think I ultimately shot seven covers for them). He is long gone from Seattle Magazine, moving on to lots of other things – including currently being immersed in creating his and his family’s dream house, designed by Tom Kundig. A film is in the works on the creation of the house and you can also keep up to date with it on a series of articles on Dwell magazine’s web site. And, along with juggling all these things, he is the founder and principal of M, a brand storytelling agency. Great guy to work with and I am grateful for his support in the beginning of my career and honored to have him part of the Creatives series!
Published September 4, 2012
The talented and wonderful Portland-based Angie Wang!
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