Check out this wonderful set of photos by Mike Brodie. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, so I imagine there is a part of everyone that would love to join these kids and live on their own terms.
Looking at Marcus Hyde’s photos, I can’t help but wonder what led the man who started out shooting rocks and trees for his high school darkroom class into the realm of fashion photography. Despite its association with fashion, much of his work, in my opinion, has enough artistic merit to stand alone as portraiture. A number of his photos are startlingly erotic but far too too edgy for the likes of a Victoria’s Secret catalogue. The feminine form in its most statuesque incarnations reigns supreme.
New photos from our friend and photographer Nick Ghobashi.
Nestled in the back of a city neighborhood, next to a graveyard, this little slab of paradise gets its name from the nearby trail that leads to the beach. It's not really much of a beach, more like a lil sand on the shore of the river where you can have some fun, get chased by snakes and train kids, and swim in the sewage. Anyhow, thanks to some good dudes, the DIY spot is getting better every day, consisting mostly of concrete transitions, nowadays covered some lovely artwork. The following is a basic photo narrative of an afternoon at the beach. Pretty much every local ripper was present, and much fun ensued--minus the part where an 8 year old kid stole my phone.
Do you love RVA? Do you have an Instagram account? If you answered yes to both of these questions (and if you didn't answer yes to the first one, I'm not sure what's going on with you) then we have a contest that's tailor-made for you! Frame Nation and RVA Magazine present the #ALLDAYRVA Instagram Contest. This contest will be running throughout the month of March, and it's a great opportunity for you to show the world why you love Richmond VA.
Apparently Virginia Beach has some things going for it. From what I can tell, the place is ripe with youthful rage and wild-spirited party animals. The whole scene is either obscenely weird or weirdly obscene, and while the boys and girls from the Tidewater are drinking a tripped out Kool-Aid, a talented triangle is capturing it all. Along with Richard Perkins (whom we profiled in Issue #5) and John Sebastian Vitale (who appeared in Issue #7), Josiah Marroquin is the third point in that triangle. Collectively, Perkins, Vitale, and Marroquin form an intensely creative team that is spreading a message of abstract abandon through their films, photos, words, and art. We caught up with the Josiah, the quiet one of the trio, and asked him a few questions.
Last week, we brought you Chad Brown's recap of the wild, crazy, and completely overwhelming experience he had at SXSW 2012. But in truth, that was only half the story.
This photo set from LIFE Magazine shows that skateboarding goes back further than California in the seventies. These kids were having a blast and now they are grandparents. I wonder what they think of the X-Games?
The Cheats Movement got some great pics from WRIR's Party For the Rest Of Us last Friday night!
Taylor Surratt is a model/anti-model hailing from the concrete garden of NFK/Portsmouth, VA. Her style and attitude could blow through you like a fence-wrapped hurricane. Her essence is that of a black metal hipster, and her wit is sharper than her teeth. Taylor’s gutter glam casts spells in her photos, which make you pay attention and makes you want to be right there with her. Taylor Surratt mixes her “anti-model” physique with filth, beauty and crooked septums; she’s almost like a mix between Mallory Knox, Drew Barrymore and Paz De La Huerta. She models the same way she comes off, which is classically trained with streetwise expertise. She is blowing up and she secretly knows it.
This year her photos have been in RVA magazine, RVA's The Good, The Bad, The Ugly photo book, featured on a shirt for Shadowlawn Creepers, and all over the Internet on various blogs and art sites. She is also on the front page of recent VA publication Cannonball City, which you can almost find anywhere in the 757. Taylor may not be Vogue material, but she doesn’t give a fuck. She would burn Vogue down as long as someone got a photo of her doing it. Taylor will walk the walk, burn the runway, and make sure she reapplies her lipstick, all at the same time.
Tony Hall Shoots Rad Shit
“Anthony Hall is the kind of guy who has the audacity to embark on promotional campaigns that claim, quite simply, ‘I shoot rad shit’; yet for some inexplicable reason he attempted to pen a wordy academic statement to accompany his ‘Value’ series and present it as some sort of critical observation of cultural values and commodity-fetishism, which just made him sound like a pretentious douche. It’s bad enough he’s speaking of himself in the third person now… Maybe he just took photos of naked chicks rockin’ baller fashion accessories, okay?” –artist commentary for “Value” series
When I heard that Anthony Hall’s photographic work of “really interesting” nudes was going to be shown in Spur Gallery this past October, my curiosity led me to his website, anthonyhallphoto.com, for a little pre-exhibit research. I was immediately drawn to his well-composed, gritty imagery that combined the beautiful with the uncomfortable. Divine figures clothed in a secret sort of smirk and the raw sexiness of trash culture imagery. This guy knew what he was trying to say, and he had no qualms about blasting the volume of his message within each of his photographs.
Curious about what he was really all about, I clicked on the “About” hyperlink and found myself staring at a fashion shot: a t-shirt stating “Polite as Fuck” being stretched across the delicate frame of a blonde model. Anthony’s bio was pretty simple: “I Shoot Rad Shit.” “Great. This guy’s a fucking prick,” I thought to myself. “But his work is incredible.” Clicking on the “Contact” link took me to the artist himself sitting in a field, dressed sharply in a black suit, wearing aviator sunglasses, and talking on a cell phone. I smiled. I got it. Nice persona.
After seeing his installation at Spur, “Value,” a bold discussion of materialism using racy nudes as his podium, I was sold. I needed to know who was really behind the camera, and learn a little about how he chooses to focus his lens. When I visited him in his studio at Plant Zero, I wasn’t faced with the “pretentious douche” photographer persona that he described in his artist statement, but instead found a down-to-earth guy who took some time to step from behind his camera and share with me some background on himself as an artist and as an all-around swell guy:
On Saturday, October 29, local photographer extraordinaire Ken Penn extensively documented the 7th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk. His photos don't really need any introduction, so without further ado, here are some highlights:
And, after the jump, check out a rapid-fire sequence of shots documenting the carnage as a zombie mob overtakes a small group of living victims in real time!
Richmond zombies braved the cold weather on Saturday, October 29, and gathered at Byrd Park for the 7th Annual Richmond Zombie Walk. This tradition brings together zombies of all ages to find brains and fight cancer. This was my first Zombie gathering and I was blown away by the level of detail. See all the creepiness below.
She is the lead Pathologists’ Assistant in the Department of Pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She works under the supervision of the pathologist and performs dissection of surgical organs and post mortem examinations (autopsies). Every day, she uses her training to help diagnose and stage cancer, identify infections, and recognize disease processes with surgical organs. While performing autopsies, she aids the pathologist in determining the cause of death. She even has a collection of medical oddities that she is proud to show off to her students and guests. Pathologists’ Assistant is not just a job title for her--it is her life. Anyone could pick up on that from her infectious enthusiasm when she talks of her career.
Who is she? She is Nicole Qualtieri. She is who many jokingly call the real Abby Sciuto, the character portrayed by Pauley Perette on CBS TV series NCIS. Obviously, Nicole is not Goth like Abby, nor does she even occasionally sleep in a coffin. But the similarities that exist between the two are uncanny. Nicole’s youthful pale skin, asphalt-black Betty Page locks, pallid lab coat and kaleidoscope of tattoos make her Abby’s oddly fascinating doppelganger. The two not only have similar physical attributes, their professions are equally similar. Like Abby, Nicole has a passionate fixation on death, and her pursuit of its causes is relentless.
Here's a good idea of what's to come at Brain Drain w/ Jillionaire this Saturday.
Check out the entire set HERE
Maloof Money Cup: Washington DC
September 2-4, 2011
Usually when I think of the Maloof Money Cup, I think of everything that is wrong with skateboarding. Massive money prizes, live broadcasts, invite-only "best pros in the world" lineup--overproduced, corporate-sponsored madness is usually what comes to mind. I went to the Money Cup in NYC and it started to change my mind, but the overcrowded, snot-nosed kid-packed contest with Greg Lutzka winning over my favorite (and arguably much more skilled) skaters kept my opinion in the red. Mind you, the weekend of the Money Cup is packed with skateboarding-related parties, art events and so on. However, in NYC I felt like everyone was at these to see and be seen; the bars were packed with scenesters and pro hoes. DC, my friends, was a whole different story.
The work of local photog Franklin Obregon.
Check out more at franklinobregon.net
Or in the RVA photo book we just put out...
Thomas pulls from his everyday. Whether that's the river spot, VA Beach or late night hangs getting into trouble, the dude's work is honest. You can see a number of his photos in our new photo book HERE.
Swing through Steady Sounds tonight and peep Kate Jennings photographs of the first week (maybe week and a half) of summer. Perfect way to start the holiday weekend!
"Too me...the Contemporary Art Center is a fine tooth comb. I think I'm about to break all it's teeth off."
This collection is by Irina Werning. You can check out the full set HERE.
I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today... A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.
2010 ONGOING PROJECT... by the way, this project made me realize I'm a bit obsessive...
Looking for some cliches now...someone with an old picture:
in LA next to the walk of fame
in NY posing with statue of liberty or times sq
in Paris next to tour eiffel
in Berlin next to the berlin wall
- Irina Werning