Got a Girl Crush On: Adren Wray’s photos of creatives project, Boots & Pine
"I am inspired by those who use dress as a vehicle for creative expression and for serious fun. Boots & Pine started with my love of people watching and of style, and is growing into something bigger and better than I could’ve imagined. I’ve loved getting to meet and befriend so many wonderful people, and I hope to continue growing this project into the future."
Peep her gorgeous portraits over on Boots & Pine (and check out the rest of her photography, too!)
Got a Girl Crush On: The Photography of Jackie Lee Young
I had the pleasure of showing my work this past weekend in New Orleans along side the talented Jackie Lee Young as a part of the Elemental Collaborations project (curated by the equally talented Aubrey Edwards). The series Jackie created for this project is too gorgeous not to share:
“I wanted to move forward with creating a mythological being as my subject. I chose a friend who is making a slow change from female to male, and I wanted to keep all skin/gender in the dark, therefore asking him to create a costume. What we made was what we called the Black Water Suit. A muscle suit of sorts that doesn’t reflect of deflect a gender. I wanted to also use water that was unusual, not common in nature, black water! Mythological water! Water that can only be made with spray paint and reflection.”
Check out more of her beautiful images over on her site and stay tuned for more quarterly pairings at Elemental.
Got a Girl Crush On: Eva Stenram’s “Drape” series
Stenram’s most current series, Drape, uses vintage pin-up photographs as its source material. The women in these photographs are posed in interior domestic sets in front of curtains or drapes, offering a glimpse into intimate space. In Stenram’s versions of these images, the curtains are extended to partially obscure the women. The background envelopes the focal point and the foreground slips into the background. The curtain vacillates between striptease-drape and blind or shutter, reinforcing its role as a barrier between public and private. The resulting image makes no attempt to look ‘real’; rather, it submits to a cut-and-paste collage aesthetic whose ultimate referent is the act of photography itself.
Got a Girl Crush on photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero project "Wait Watchers" depicting herself receiving strange looks in public
“I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces. I seek out spaces that are visually interesting and geographically diverse. I try to place myself in compositions that contain feminine icons or advertisements. Otherwise, I position myself and the camera in a pool of people…and wait.
The images capture the gazer in a microsecond moment where they, for unknowable reasons, have a look on their face that questions my presence. Whether they are questioning my position in front of the lens or questioning my body size, the gazer appears to be visually troubled that I am in front of them.”
Got a Girl Crush On: Cait Oppermann & Yael Malka's photo projects
“My girlfriend and I went on a 2+ month long backpacking trip across Morocco, Turkey and several European countries. We are both artists and are making a book of photographs from the photos we collected on our trip. We created a few series throughout the trip and one of them is called “twenty one beds”, in which we took self portraits in every bed, couch or floor we slept on throughout the trip.” - Yaek Malka
They’ll also be launching their book Sea Blues at Molasses Books in Brooklyn tonight Friday, May 17th!
Got a Girl Crush On: Eyes as Big as Plates series by Karoline Hjorth & Riitta Ikonen
Originally from the deep eastern forests of Finland, Riitta is a fresh New Yorker/Londoner and a keen collaborator, working mainly with photographers and costumes for communicative purposes.
Check out more of Riitta’s inspiring work here
Got a Girl Crush On: This Dynamic Duo.
(via THE LOCALS)
Got a Girl Crush On: Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper is an American photojournalist born in the 1940s in Baltimore, Maryland. She worked as a staff photographer for the New York Post during the 1970s and she is most importantly known for documenting the New York graffiti hip-hop scene in the 1970s and ’80s. Her most known work began while working at the New York Post. On a return home from work she began taking photos of children in her New York city neighborhood. As the story goes, One day she met a young kid who helped expose her to some of the graffiti around the neighborhood. He then helped to explain to Martha that Graffiti is an art form and that each artist was actually writing his/her nickname and then proceeded to tell her about a local “Graffiti King” and asked if she would like to meet him. pretty much after meeting DONDI the “graffiti king” everything else fell into motion, fast forward years later and Martha Cooper has become one the Graffiti cultures most important and respected Icons and Photographers
PHOTO CREDIT: MARTHA COOPER, HYPEBEAST