Took my Canon Rebel and my 35mm lens out with me for a Saturday adventure with Georger. I’d rather take photos of people, so when we went to the MoMA (my first time!) I turned my camera to the faces around me.
I didn’t think I’d see an entire exhibit dedicated to Yoko Ono and one “performance piece” made me scream in fright. Elsewhere was Jacob Lawrence’s exhibit on The Great Migration, which made me feel bad about not getting through The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, but seeing an first edition of Nella Larsen’s Quicksand was a real treat…
One thing that is true: You can never stop learning. I’m lucky to have access to Adobe Creative Suite and am teaching myself as much as I can for as long as I have this software suite. I’m pretty good with Photoshop and Illustrator and still need to hone my InDesign and Premiere skills, but my latest foray has been with Lightroom and VSCO.
I took this picture of Alissa on Governor’s Island a few week’s back and played with VSCO’s free software download of presets that emulate analog film. The above photo took after Kodak Tri-X.
Through a strange turn of events I now have in my possession a brand new Canon 70D. I’ve never really owned a camera before that could shoot video – aside from the iPhone of course – and so I set out with Sheloa to try my hand at filmmaking.
It’s quite different being the director instead of the writer. I had an idea in my head, and with Dorothy Parker’s “Red Dress” stuffed in my coat’s pockets and channelling Danny Sangra, Sheloa and I took a bus ride to create this little vid.
I also had to dust off my Adobe Premiere skills. Can’t wait to collaborate on the next “test” of the new camera.
Hope you enjoy!
It’s rare to experience a Saturday with such abundance of culture. Last week, Sheloa and I set out to see the Nina Leen exhibit in Chelsea and discovered a nine-floor building with endless galleries. Behind every door we discovered a new artist and behind one door in particular we found in artist in the flesh. Scotto Mycklebust invited us and we watched him paint. I don’t “get” contemporary paintings and when asked what I thought, I put on an awkward smile and imagined my nine-year old cousin producing the same thing. Give my Goya any day but put me in front of something experimental and my mind goes numb.
But of course, iPhone in hand, I couldn’t resist taking pictures of those around me…Sheloa. Thank goodness my friends get this about me now – that I’d rather take photos of people over objects. And so, with the epic natural light streaming into the galleries, I snapped a few photos as we wandered around the artistic spaces.
When it comes to art, I usually stick with the classics like Goya, Degas, and Picasso. Rarely do I entertain modern art – partly because I just don’t understand it – but was surprised by how much Kehinde Wiley’s latest exhibition moved me.
Jess took me to the Brooklyn Museum a few weekends ago and before the big Anna Holmes (Jezebel) and Gevinson (Rookie) talk, we ambled about and found ourselves amongst Kehinde’s towering paintings. I was moved. I still can’t quite put my finger on what moved me so, but perhaps it was the stark reality and acceptance that I was seeing “people like me” or people I recognize from my past in such juxtaposing backgrounds of the classic paintings I am used to enjoying.
My favorite collection of his was in “An Economy of Grace” and within it the particular painting, “Princess Victorie of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.” You see, he models his paintings from existing classics (like the 1839 version by Sir Edwin Landseer) and inserts modern, black protagonists in them. It’s great. And sad at the same time for I never knew that “we/me” could exist in such a way.
His works are on display at the Brooklyn Museum til May and they’re worth checking out.