You wander onto the grass from the dirt path, the slight dew wets the bottom of your bare feet as you look around and don't see any other human beings. This is a familiar place you are in that you have never seen; the smell of your favorite daytime perfume is overpowered by the fresh wind that pushes your hair back just enough to tickle your ears. Your eyes close as you remember last night the crowd and the disco ball that looked like a Death Star shooting its beams into your eyes; it was a good time but you bring your mind back to the moment of now. You are young, you are beautiful, this only happens once... take a long breath smile and do everything you have ever wanted to do.
Once you get around the first corner after walking up the long flight of concrete stairs you would swear your not in your typical Architectural installation. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is impressive in all its light reflecting goodness. I'm sure several million people have shot this mangled Postmodern Frank Gehry dreamscape, but every trip back you just want to feel like you are among the first to see something new in it. Its a special place in the land of dreams, and its nice to feel special there.
Getting wild and having fun times with dEaringfilm. A myriad of photo shoots and locations over the great Los Angeles area.
♥ Haruna DJ Barbie♥ stopped over at dEaringfilm the other day for a small promo shoot for her DJ events in Canada over Christmas, these are a few of my favorites from the drop by.
The night talks to the light on my images, I enjoy shooting when your most likely to be looking at this site :)
Creativity for me is not a stroke of genius its building upon previous ideas and shoots to get things done better than before while creating conditions for new possibilities in a collaborative manner. The Cosmos on a grand scale seems disorganized and random but once studied its randomness becomes very ordered and follows known scientific findings based on math and physics. The act of creating involves the same set of rules but on a much simpler scale. Everything is really just in a miniature version of something larger conducting business on its own proper scale.
So yes I'm building on my ideas and motifs and with each shoot I get better and explore more ways to present the ideas I have developed. Enjoy Rosa shes an amazing person and model.
No picture is ever you. Its rather the light available hitting off of a animate object, while stopped in time. You are what is much deeper; that's what I try to find out. Models I shoot may pop up in many galleries while I try to figure out who they are; the more I know the better my results. Vision for me and my style is a collaborative effort; it can be one sided when one has a epiphany, but general day to day stuff is always better in a relaxed collaborative environment.
I remember once I woke up for a dream and came away with this embedded in my mind: "The moments before I went insane there was brilliant clarity in my thoughts..."
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival 2010, had to be and maybe I sound like a broken Vinyl Record but it had the most people in one place I have ever seen in Los Angeles. Didn't take as many photos as I wanted to because I was busy enjoying the crowd.
Last night at Vanguard in Hollywood Toshi Vdeejay Loquito (Twitter) spun on stage for over 3 hours in one of the most amazing DJ appearances I have ever been witness too. He rocked the more than packed house as people parties in their Halloween gear. Makes me wonder what will happen tonight :) Please give the gallery a minute or so to load since this is the largest gallery this site has ever had! My load script loads all the images so the viewing is super fast when loaded.
Los Angeles is full of magical little spots that within them have a magic sweet spot of time to visit. With the right combination of chemistry there is not much thinking to do and that's how I like it best to just feel through photos rather than think them through too much; its not for every occasion but were never the same person twice. Fashion designers are awesome people and Trixie has a eye for motion and how it relates to projecting a look. Enjoy these hand crafted images.
HM Sound System put on a terrific event this past sat night in Chinatown at Mountain Bar, featuring a hundred or so of my images along with the super talented Sam Comen. It was great to meet and talk to people about my work while showing off my new stickers and shirts, thank you for all coming and making this event a success and hopefully we can do it again!
I have seen the Sun rise in the land of the rising sun, only because the trains close from around 12am to around 5am forcing you to either hang out or go to a love hotel. Living on the west coast gives one a very easy laid back lifestyle; probably faster paced than the lifestyle of the United States south but clearly not as fast as that in Metropolis like Tokyo and New York.
People come here for the consistent weather and great looking people. Its a great combination, but I must remind those that are natives of the left coast; its nice to get out of your element once a year at least, it wakes you up.
We power on with the never-ending beautiful sunshine; here is Rui to show you a few moments in her life here.
A few weekend parties, the JPY party at My House club was great; I just wish JPY would not associate with the members of the koreatown reality show; its gonna give them a bad name for sure. I also dropped by my friends party where things go super crazy for the rest of the night :)
The faster we travel the less we age. Science dictates all rules and yet we are led to believe that the faster and more fun life will lead to a quicker end to it all. I for one believe in fast and furious; fun and colorful and leave a pretty hard drive full of pictures.
Enjoy your weekend everyone and make this fall as if your jumping from the stratosphere.
There is always something happening in Los Angeles, you just have to find it. From the 2WJD store show in Santa Monica to a Koreatown movie shooting to the south bay birthday parties and Karaoke.
Walking around Downtown LA at night, one never knows who they will bump into.
Tokyo Style was amazing, more people that I have ever seen at a single club event in LA. To put it in perspective its kinda supposed to be the little brother of Tokyo Night but it surpassed the Tokyo Night number by almost 500 people... which is amazing, it felt soo much bigger than Tokyo Night. I am sure a lot of is has to do with the Tokyo Style Promoters and team. Anyway great night with great people, there are two galleries because of the large number of images. You are currently looking at Part 2 to get to Part 1 click here. The DJ Ami Suzuki and DJ Mayumi photos will get published once they are approved by their teams. Enjoy these large galleries and ill see you at the next party!
Tokyo Style was amazing, more people that I have ever seen at a single club event in LA. To put it in perspective its kinda supposed to be the little brother of Tokyo Night but it surpassed the Tokyo Night number by almost 500 people... which is amazing, it felt soo much bigger than Tokyo Night. I am sure a lot of is has to do with the Tokyo Style Promoters and team. Anyway great night with great people, there are two galleries because of the large number of images. You are currently looking at Part 1 to get to Part 2 click here. The DJ Ami Suzuki and DJ Mayumi photos will get published once they are approved by their teams. Enjoy these large galleries and ill see you at the next party!
Event pix from JFS Summer Nights at Crown Bar, JFS events are always a must attend. Also pix from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena which until January 2011 has the amazing works of Utagawa Hiroshige among many impressive exhibits.
I cannot teach you how to think like I was thinking while looking at my photos, your interpretation is probably much better then my intention. It was a beautiful, long & mild weathered summer here in Los Angeles. Here are some of the photos I liked as I lived my life. The sun is about to set on summer 2010 in a few weeks so lets all get out and enjoy its last few breaths.
typical weekend in Los Angeles, J Restaurant and Lounge with Toshi Vdeejay Loquito and Atomic Mike and other parties!
Celebrating the 60th Gallery on this new dEaringfilm website I invited over a bunch of friends and had a great time, good people good company. I just let the girls be girls. There are 2 promo posters available for this shoot, a drawing and a Seibu Department Store Mash up. Please check them out.
Inject yourself into the world around you, see beyond the normal limitations of the retina; open your eyes and enjoy visions which could normally only exist within the mind.
About this Gallery's Motivation
I set out to try to create something different; while trying to embrace the truly digital world of photography I grew up in. Legions of people embrace the limitations and qualities of analog film and its cameras. I strived to create something truly unique to digital in a way which has not been done. I hope that I give it a like-able quality akin to the love people show for the wild light leaks of Holga and other toy analog cameras. Using a variety of techniques I embraced digital limitations unlike I have seen before, limitations that are could be frowned upon but I hope you can see the beauty within My Wicked World.
About this Gallery's Tech
The camera I used was strait out of the box with no modifications at all, a simple point and shoot digital camera (non DSLR or SLR). There were no in camera Photoshop like settings used either, just auto white balance and sharpening set on high. I created these by using the limitations of our current digital point and shoot cameras. Again, no Photoshop cropping or any edits; strait from the camera! The images were re-saved for web size and copyright info.
The sun is our largest neon light, giving us a healthy diet of pure life. Enjoy it every day, since it has only about 5 billion years left in it and it average sized among its peers. I would think that to Americans NASA is our best hope for the life as we know it to survive after the sun starts to dim and move into the red giant phase which will end our planet. Everything that has ever been created will be completely destroyed and recreated, this is true of everything in our universe and known space.
Truth be told I am a late bloomer, or rather it may seem like that with everything I become interested in. I start something new and it seems like people years younger than me have years upon years of experience ahead of me. But late bloomers are given a advantage of having a fresh approach after others are stuck in a similar, hard to get rid of approach from when they started.
This gallery is a partial clothing collaboration with Shiho Oribe's brand 2WJD. She designs a nice fresh approach to West LA's Sawetell and Olympic's stratosphere. Stop in and see them or purchase through their online store. I hope to have many more collaborations with her brand.
One of the most difficult things I find myself attempting to accomplish is to live inside a moment. Truly living in a moment means you have relax and live with little thought for the future or past, which is herculean for most people to do. I don't call it letting your guard down I call it opening your mind up. When these conditions are met the moments captured are not as important as the moments remembered.
There is a place where the sidewalk begins, and before my mind ends. Its a place where the photos, ideas and good times flow like a neverending rainbow. Come join me and will never forget our time together, regrets or no regrets you will forever be changed. Thank you for your support and the most precious gift of time.
The Caterpillar has turned into the Monarch and wandered to her home country of Japan give a dream a shot. With the human condition and survival of the fittest we must deal with things as the come and as they go, dreams constantly change and have to be reevaluated and assessed for their likelihood of completion. Failing at a dream can be very tragic, but as one dream fails it leads us into a new path. Once on this new path to a new dream, we might have never imagined that things could happen any differently.
As a child I was not interested in fairy tales before I went to bed, I much preferred being sung to by my mother because it was more calming and natural. One of my favorite songs to hear (and I think my sisters too) was "Cotton Fields Back Home," as any great songwriter knows a good song can tell a great story and take you into the moment with more richness than the words alone. With any art you try to tell a story, sometimes its totally linear and other times its more like Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. This is part one of a two part gallery in which the second part will be released in a few days.
Oh My Darling, when circular sound is hovering over your head moving to the beat the times are good. The stars above our head emit the light of the past which we reflect with smiles and hopes for the future perfect. In that past which has been filled with lessons learned and moments enjoyed, we grow wiser and more open to the adventures of the future. Embracing things once not embraced and realizing that while it seems things won't ever end, our inevitable fate as stardust will come. We will be reincarnated as the light emitting on some other far off world as they dance to their music under our light.
Photos from the "Memorial Sunday Special Event: ♥ ♥ Special Lingerie Fashion Show!!♥ ♥," lots of buddies there and good times and to top it off a few of my friends in the Lingerie show; there all so awesome!
Mike Maceda a.k.a. Atomic Mike rocked the house last night at MyHouse in Hollywood. It was nice to see a DJ that does not need a laptop to rock and enjoys the crowd as much as they enjoy him, hopefully I will have a chance to follow him around more cause he knows how to spell fun!
Enjoy these photos of new LA Barbie Girl "Haruna Deejay Barbie," shes rising in fame and I tried to give a side of her we can all enjoy. She recently shot with YONE so check out his rendition of her on his website. My photos tend to have a story that involves the background and his are tight and sexy.
I know a lot of women love the color pink so I created a pink wall here at dEaringfilm. Pink has its roots recently in women's culture as their color but most women will say they like a man to wear just a bit of a aggressive color like pink in his outfit. Heck you have to admit colors like teal and pink really can make you stand out. Anyway I degress... I wanted to get into a little ditty about the Pink Film industry in Japan that has quite a fan base even though it was for all intents killed out by the AV industry; but I really don't know much about it other than I really love the films I have seen. There is a Pink Film Festival here in LA next month that looks quite interesting called "A Pinksummer Night's Dream: Exploring the World of Pink Eiga." I think ill be attending it.
First off there was a live photo shoot at Siren Studios then the Cali Jammin' "DJ BARBIE + MC H-SLANG * Birthday Bash!" Both had great crowds and especially loved the free food and Wine at the Siren Studios shoot... always a plus. Tokyo Legend YONE was in town for WeSC and was at the Cali Jammin' event @ the awesome J-Lounge.
I attended a few events first was a private event where I did not take photos. Then the wildly artistic "Sugar and Spice Art and Fashion Show le premier," where my friends Makaha and Maurice ran the runway. Next was Haruna Deejay Barbie's birthday party at Cabana Club in Hollywood. The night ended with the Human Centipede, at the Nuart Theatre in Santa Monica where Quentin Tarantino was in appearance and Akihiro Kitamura took questions about the movie. Some of those questions can be found on my Vimeo stream.
Life can be short or life can be as long as we imagine it to be. As the years creep up its important to have tried many of the things you set out to do. Hopefully you took the opportunity to do many things that were not in your comfort zone, nothing is given in this life nor do we know what we are truly good at until we give it a spin. Try as much as you are comfortable with once; your body is the greatest tool you will ever own. Regret is something we all have to live with, it teaches us and gives us character.
Go outside,don't even look at this gallery; and live.
Make your moments.
David Choe's "Nothing to Declare" is amazing and running at the new Lazarides gallery in Beverly Hills. Its a free show and much better than anything I have seen at LACMA and their multi million dollar expansions in the past few years. Also pix from JFS's "Sake Slam" that happened in Little Tokyo's Chop Suey, it was a great time for all and look forward to their next event.
Photography and music go hand in hand. I don't get as much into my photo shoots without playing music for the model and I, it makes us all feel better. When I am taking landscape photos they turn out much better when I am listening to Philip Glass or Ludwig. I saw Starlight Express in Iowa in 1989 and enjoyed it, it was the first time I had ever seen a musical and I loved the music with the motion, I feel this is very similar to photography and acquiring images.
Shinichi Osawa is pretty amazing, especially if you hear him live. I particularly like his mix to "Star Guitar" which I can listen to over and over again... his version is Sublime. This photo set is about emotion and feeling what the model is feeling and not as stiff hopefully... less poses and more feeling could be another good name for it. Please buy Shinichi Osawa's "The One+" off of iTunes (or preferred service and format) play it and flip through these photos... that's how I edited them :)
Kissy kiss kiss. Japonica in Redondo Beach hosted the "SaKuRa 2010 Thank You Party" over the weekend. It was a super small venue so I didn't expect much but was completely surprised by how great the people were and how many people showed up. Lots of ladies and men having a great time, kissing, hugging and partying!
My favorite book is a ancient book written over a 1000 years ago about observations in daily life, a lot of my photography is inspired by these observations and my wanting to create observations of my own that are much like them. Sei Shonagon's: "The Pillow Book," is not a typical book, its more like what the experts call a Poetic Diary. Its a must read for anyone who loves people observations and behavior.
These shots were taken in "dEaringfilm Studio" and are raw and emotion based given the white background.
JFS; Japan Film Society threw a event for Aaron Woolfolk to show his Short Films from Film School to give his audience a little more background on his feature film coming this Friday "The Harimaya Bridge" @ Laemmle in Los Angeles. Aaron is a great guy and every dollar spent to see this film will help the cause of cross borders film making. Thank you Royal/T for hosting the event, your place rocks!!
Natural expressions picked up through environments that a person has spent time in are always my favorite to catch. Observers often know a lot about a person's background based on the few default expressions they make. Lily is bleeding with non verbal expression influence from her time in Tokyo. I try to capture the essence of what the person is rather than paste a ideal-set and background into them, but I am guilty as the rest by sometimes injecting my opinion about what I think this person should be.
Tokyo party girls are my favorite people, especially when they are American like Lily. Unknowingly we have quite a few mutual connections in Tokyo, just to show you how small this wonderful little planet is.
Hopped over to pick up MRB @ the Merry Karnowsky Gallery on La Brea where it was the opening night of Camille Rose Garcia's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and the last night of Victor Castillo's "Strange Fruit" which I absolutely loved. Then off to "On the Roxy" where eyeshine's Maurice Salmin was playing.
We all went to support Aya Masuda at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery's "Everything But the Kitsch 'N Sync" show. After that some madness at Gonpachi Beverly Hills where we saw Sea "awase" in persom and it was amazing.
Once upon a time in Las Vegas...
I love taking pictures of you. Come over we will hang out and ill take some dandy looking images of you, and we will have a good time. There is a lot of love in these images, these are my friends. I hope to see you too in my galleries someday but for the time being enjoy these moments in my life presented in multiple formats and a lot of feeling.
Pix from the Contemporary Japanese Cinema Film Festival at USC, Little Tokyo After-party and Koreatown After-After party. Featuring such great Japanese directors as Ryuhei Kitamura, Shunji Iwai, Shinji Aoyama. I really loved Shunji Iwai's Love Letter... a personal favorite.
Pretty Pink Princess sits on the hill with many options, the trick is to choose the one where she gets the most flowers in the end. Not everyone has these options or these hills but I am sure she will choose wisely or regret. This universe is the only thing she can know and there is only one chance to live it well as far as we know.
Who knows it may all be a joke, lets laugh as hard as we can.
Tokyo Night 2010 was a blast especially because the great Tomoyuki Tanaka (pictured above with me) a.k.a FPM (Fantastic Plastic Machine), was there to spin to give a the crowd a feel for the real Tokyo style. I saw him twice last month in Tokyo and he was on his game reading the crowd and making us all happy. Club Taotou was a great venue even though I heard a few bad things about it it was great for the huge crowd it attracted.
Beethoven has his 9th, I am not ready to call this that but I did enjoy making these.
Some people really like to capture images with groups of photo buddies, while I do love the crowd and the party when I am out taking those types of image there are times it is good to separate from others influence and take photos that say the most about yourself. That being said these images are about the relationship between people in Tokyo but not necessarily people images. I choose to take photos that can paint a picture of the relationship they have with one another in a city that is flooding with people that they have to create a almost Solitude state while dealing with one another in public.
I really love to put my feet to the ground in Tokyo and walk forever with no certain destination. I can walk in almost Solitude without worry of being bothered and go about my business of making images in the giant Metropolis. This is something that is hard to do in other cities I have visited and live in, especially when photographing people on the street. So you could imagine that taking photos that say something about inner city Solitude is best done by putting yourself in the same state when going about capturing them. Cheers (not a pun), and Enjoy!
No, I'm not wearing the 3-D glasses because of Avatar... heheh. They give a new meaning to the term Beer Goggles when at a party. Enjoy the pix.
Some random shooting around Tokyo hanging out with friends including Yasumasa Yonehara at his Creeps Gallery which is where he conducts quite a few of his shoots and the famous couch that is in so many of his photos. Including a few random observations of cute and neat stuff around Tokyo.
Some pretty great events in Tokyo are thrown by Tokyo Dandy at pretty much my favorite small little club called the Trump Room; other places are bigger but every time I go to the Trump Room I really like the crowd. I also hung out a lot at my other favorite places like lebaron de paris and Velours.
Today is your life.
You're in Great Places!
You're here and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the person who'll decide what to do.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight to Japan.
It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.
THE PLACES YOU ARE!
Notoriously and generally the Long Beach does not like photography, more specifically the security for the Oil refineries and ports in Long Beach do not want it due to some movie plot George Bush enabling policies. Department of Homeland Security has no law in place about taking photos from publically viewable places so I often enjoy taking photos of the refineries in Torrance and Long Beach. You might notice that in a few of these photos I managed to avoid any altercations with security and capture the Oil refineries in the background.
The world's Endless Desire for Black Gold as a magical potion of movement will have to end at some point and be redirected to a more green power based energy source. The point that this will happen is rapidly approaching and can be slowed down as we practice better more efficient energy use and demand products we use do the same. The best of times are over for the oil industry and they need to be more publically friendly and realize it like Frank Pentangeli said in Godfather, "Those were the great old days, you know... And we was like the Roman Empire... The Corleone family was like the Roman Empire..."
Oil is a magical wonderful potion and we should treat it so and taper down our use of it. We have had a good run Texas Tea, don't be a sore winner.
DJ Hilow and "Top Stage Fashion Show & After Party @ Gonpachi" rocked Beverly Hills with a great event and prelude to the coming event in February "Tokyo Night 2010 @ Claub Tatou." Hope to see you all there!!