United South End Settlements organization hired me to photograph their center on the South End/Roxbury border so that they could have some images for marketing use.  This was a really cool assignment, because I was able to witness an amazing and influential non-profit organization at work.  Here is the USES mission statement:

To build a strong community by improving the education, health, safety and economic security of low-income individuals and families in Boston’s historic South End/Lower Roxbury and to serve as a national model of successful neighborhood engagement.

A look into this gem of a center that is helping Boston’s underprivileged and motivated!

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I am pleased to announce that I was invited to participate in Fraction Magazine’s 8th Holiday Print Sale!  Bitches Tanning is available in a limited edition of 5 at size 11×14″ for this annual sale only.

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There are over 100 photographs and photo books available from talented emerging and established photographers. This is not only an affordable way to add to your fine art photography collection (or a friend’s), but to also support artists over the holidays!  To check out the entire sale, click here.

 

A couple months ago, I was contacted by Carter Love, photo editor at T Magazine | New York Times Sunday Styles. He asked if I would be interested in an assignment photographing Manhattan-based designer John Derian as he “returned home” to Watertown, where he grew up as the youngest son of a large Armenian/Scottish working-class family. You can guess my response.

The day of the shoot turned out to be a rainy and dreary one, which resulted in quite moody images. As I accompanied John and writer Sadie Stein, I realized the weather was a perfect fit for John’s ambivalent relationship to his past growing up along Mt. Auburn Street. Throughout the day, I learned a lot about John. His mood would change quickly, from humorous and giddy to suddenly sullen and even contemptuous. You could see the memories flooding his consciousness faster than he could digest, as he tried his best to share all these memories with us.

 

Times Slideshow, John Derian’s Old Stomping Grounds

 

To read the magazine article “The Prodigal Son | John Derian Goes Home to Watertown”, click here. Below I have posted my favorite images from the day, and some information about what you are looking at.

First stop was Harvard Square. John worked at the Brattle Street Theater and hung out at various spots in the Square as a teen.

 

Next, we head to Mt. Auburn Cemetery. John also spent time here as a teenager, and reflected on the macabre beauty that shows through in his own design.

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Town Diner in Watertown, where John went to dinner on Friday nights with his siblings as his parents worked.

 

 

Mt. Auburn Star Market – a place every member of his family worked at some point (his dad was the manager of another local Star).

 

Some places along Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown that have resonance for John.

 

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Backyard of his teenage home:

 

Watertown High School:

 

The old Watertown Public Library where John spent a lot of time studying. It is currently up for lease.

 

Watertown Middle School:

I love fashion.  W Magazine with it’s surreal and luscious photographs always inspires me. When I was asked by Cambridge Local First to offer my photographic services for it’s upcoming “Look of Local Fashion Show”, I was pumped!  The shoot was pretty low key – the vixen-y model not a hire but instead, intern for Local First 😉  The very cool and vibrant locations consist of my neighbor’s shop in Huron Village (obviously had to keep it local to stick with the theme… : )):  Half Crown Design, Easy Chairs (Lee’s Antiques), Magic Beans, and the brick wall behind my studio.  The outfits and accessories are all sourced from Cambridge boutiques, artisans and personal thrift shoppers.  I will try to get exact names and links up shortly!

I had so much fun with this and hope to have more opportunities to do more fashion-inspired work in the future.

Here is some information on the runway event:

The Look of Local Fashion Show
May 19, 2015 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
45 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Cambridge Local First is throwing a party!
We want to celebrate the awesome local and independent retailers in Cambridge so, we’re hosting a night of FREE fun, music, food, drinks, and giveaways. Don’t miss the RUNWAY show debuting summer’s fabulous collections. Entry is free for everyone so bring a friend!RSVP HERE

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Just about two weeks ago I returned from an AMAZING trip to one of my favorite places in the country, New Mexico.  This trip was an invite-only roundtable workshop hosted by David Bram of Fraction Magazine and Jennifer Schwartz of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta (she also recently started the Crusade For Art).   The focus of the retreat was not a technical, creative or portfolio building one; instead its intention was to focus on what I find I think I always need most help with – strategy.  Some of the things we worked on included editing and sequencing images, writing powerful artist statements, developing a plan for gaining exposure, tackling social media, and identifying target collectors and galleries.  Sounds serious, and semi-corporate right?  Well these are all things an artist needs to be proactive about and, at least for me, can be a challenge to navigate.  David and Jennifer are quite a dynamic duo, and I now consider them pseudo-parents… or, at least the ones that I can go to for all help on for photo strategy-related items (but maybe some personal issues too!).

So, I want to thank David and Jennifer for being so awesome, as well as a shout out to the other 3 talented photographers who were a part of the group:  Heather Evans Smith, Marina Font and Lisa Blair.  I highly recommend you visit their websites and check out their photographs as they all have beautiful and inspiring bodies of work!  Also, one of the highlights of the trip included a BBQ with guests Katherine Ware, photo curator for the New Mexico Museum of Art and fine art photographer Daniel Coburn (whose work you should also check out) – definitely one of the most fun nights at the Ranch!

Finally, even though this was not a trip focused on creating images, I certainly couldn’t help myself from making some (these are all i-Phone images, still waiting on film to be processed).  New Mexico is a magical place with expansive skies and diverse terrain (and very little service when you are in the remote town of Corona).  Some of these photos were taken at the 18,000 acre Ranney Ranch where we stayed, while others were taken on our awesome trip to White Sands National Monument (you’ll be able to spot those).  Enjoy 🙂

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