On April 2, 2016, my project “The Long Road Home” opened as part of the “Broad Strokes” show at the Leica Gallery of Los Angeles. It was the official exhibition of Month of Photography Los Angeles and we had a successful opening reception with tons of people showing up.
I went to see a talk by Matt Stuart with my friend and fellow photographer 2FiveSix. Matt had been on my radar since I studied in London and always wondered about his method of working and if they were staged or not. He was a very funny and nice guy and it was a pleasure listening to him.
After the talk my friend overheard gallery manager and curator Paris Chong talk about the upcoming show which was supposed to be the first ever all-woman exhibition that she was organizing with Cat Jimenez, executive director of the Lucie Foundation. He whipped out his iPad, showed her my work and she loved it! Long story short, two weeks later I was part of the show. The other female photographers in the show were Cira Crowell, Lesa Amoore, Lisa Leone, Tasya van Ree, and Tanya Alexis.
A huge thank you goes out to A & I Fine Art Printing who did such a great quality job and were a pleasure to work with.
Framing was done by Louis Framing which I can not recommend enough! They have the fastest turnaround time with the best price you can find in Los Angeles.
Photos by: Philip Cuenco, Richard Thompson III, and me.
“Blickfang - Deutschlands beste Fotografen”, as it is called in German, is an annual compendium by Norman Beckman Publishing that showcases a selection of the best contemporary photographers from Germany.
Not only is it sold in book shops but sent out to agencies and magazines in Germany. “Blickfang” provides guidance and inspiration for art buyers, art directors, editors and photography enthusiasts.
I am excited to have been chosen to be part of the current yearbook.
My Profile on Blickfang
Blickfang’s Facebook Page
I want to share this very inspiring open letter by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter with you.
“We are not alone. We do not exist alone and we cannot create alone. You cannot hide behind a profession or instrument; you have to be human. Focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion.
Arrogance can develop within artists, either from artists who believe that their status makes them more important, or those whose association with a creative field entitles them to some sort of superiority. Beware of ego; creativity cannot flow when only the ego is served.”
Since I moved to the U.S. from Germany I have felt that there is much more of a “community” of photographers out here that help each other. Maybe I’m wrong and I’ve just been lucky to meet many kind fellow photographers here in L.A….
Everywhere in the world there are people out there in the art world whose ego take over their humanity at some point in their career. They put themselves on a high pedestal and don’t treat the people who work under them with the respect that they deserve for the hard work they do. In photography, team work is everything and I am grateful for those projects where everyone gets along well and we all work together to accomplish our vision and have a great time on set. Those are the times where I feel satisfaction and am happy be able to create something with like-minded people.
As a creative freelancer you are very vulnerable. Acting like a narcicisstic prick to boost your self-esteem might seem like a good idea for a while because you think you’re the boss. But in the end it’s not a fundamental way to go because kindness will prevail over time. We are all one and have to act together as a whole instead of working against each other.
Gentleness and empathy will be what distinguishes you and make you succeed in your endeavors. Always remember that.
READ THE FULL LETTER HERE: http://nesthq.com/wayne-shorter-herbie-hancock-open-letter/