Winter Blues (And Purples)

On my redeye flight to Olso from JFK, I couldn’t sleep. 

For seven hours. And I never have problems sleeping, especially when on planes. 

While I was excited to see my friends in Europe, I was worried that the feelings I was running away from would catch up with me.  

I arrived shortly before noon, with only a handful of hours of daylight to spare. After a quick refresh and debrief on all things Kardashian, we ventured out into the city, stopping only for (really good) food and coffee. We went to the Vigelandsparken, which is a strange, yet beautiful sculpture park. There were many highlights, but the one I’ll focus on is pictured below.

Now, this isn’t some obscure piece that I happened to stumble upon; this piece is one of the main attractions of the park, which I had no idea about before going to the park. 

I had traveled thousands of miles to free myself of this perception that I had been suppressing to only find it embodied in statue form. A little-angry-baby. Incapable of doing anything to change how I felt and frustrated by as much. While I am very much aware that that isn’t actually true to my reality, it didn’t make the feelings I had any less real for me.

 Though my trip to Norway was only 23 hours, visiting with Natta and Gabbi was a figurative and literal breath of fresh air; while flying out of Olso to Milan, I was finally able to catch my breath. 

Connecting with Artists via

Last January, I was introduced to by my friend Alisha Roney, who is in the band Cherubim (fka Feathers + Eyes). Her band was performing at the first showcase (pre-launch) and I wanted to check them out. I was also trying to excite the music photographer I used to be, so I showed up dolo with my camera in tow. 

I left the event completely energized by the people that I had met, but also by the music that I had heard. At that point in my New York existence, I was 4 years in and hadn’t felt the music-community vibe since I left Seattle. It was hella revitalizing. You can read a recap of that night and see my photos from the showcase here.

The app launched this past August – it is a mobile interface that allows for you to connect with creatives all over the world. The idea sounds grandiose but in action, it’s really quite simple. Let’s say you are a singer who is looking for a songwriter or a drummer who is looking to pick up a couple of gigs with a band; you can post something specific on the bulletin board or you can use the app to search for potential opportunities. These opportunities are visible to all users but are also segmented into categories depending on the subject. 

Mid-September, I posted a listing. I was looking to update my site with some new faces and offered sessions to creatives free of charge. After I drummed up enough interest, I booked a photo studio with Peerspace and gave 30 minutes to whoever responded to the listing with their e-mail address. There was no pre-screening process, I wanted to go into this blind to see who I would meet.

Out of the five that confirmed, three came thru for their session. Mike Vivanco, Goods Wrapper, and Melody Sohayegh. Though each person was photographed in the same spaces in the studio, they naturally brought their own vibe. It was a challenge to try and capture the essence of each person who I had met maybe 3 or 5 minutes before, but in the end, I am happy with what I shot. Below are some of my favorites.

Overall the experience was super gratifying; I got to connect with new artists and got some great photos. I would for sure do it again! Perhaps sooner than later. Stay tuned! 

NYFW 2017 Pt. 2

Of course, this post is fashionably-late, but it took me a few days (and hours of sleep) to decompress post-NYFW. Below are some of the images that I took for The Haute Pursuit while she was in town for fashion week. 

 I spent 6 days in the company of Vanessa Hong aka The Haute Pursuit, who is the owner and creator of THPSHOP

She is easily one of the most woke humans I’ve encountered as of late. Of course practices yoga, mediates twice a day, eats super healthy (she put me on game about activated foods and now I know what my ayurvedic dosha is!) and has tons of knowledge regarding what is going on in the world on an environmental tip. 

Six months ago, she closed her store to re-think the materials and physical use of the items she was selling. While her life may seem super glamorous on Instagram, Vanessa spends lots of time thinking about how to make a fashion more sustainable and how she can help protect our earth. If you’re not already, follow her on IG and keep up with her journey.

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