Visual Acoustics (dir. Eric Bricker) is a magnificent documentary about Julius Shulman – the man who pioneered Southern California’s Modernist Architecture with his photographs.
A man of wit and passion for the environment, he worked along side architects such as Frank Gehry (Disney Hall), Albert Frey (Frey House), and Richard Neutra (Kauffman Residence). Most of his photographs were taken in black and white to emphasize the contrasting geometric patterns found in these modern homes. Some say his photographs, carefully taken with the concept of a “one-point perspective”, make these houses seem even more beautiful than they are in real life; that his prints actually sell these buildings in the market.
One of his famous photographs (seen above in the poster) is of the Stahl House – Case Study House #22 designed by Pierre Koenig in 1960. It sits atop the Hollywood Hills (known to be an unbuildable site) overlooking the city of Los Angeles.
den / kitchen
bedroom / pool & deck
(photos by julius shulman)
The Stahl House is a popular set for film and fashion shoots even to this day. It was used in movies such as Galaxy Quest, Playing By Heart, and The Big Lebowski as Jackie Treehorn’s home. It was also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a safehouse!
If you’re interested in photography and architecture – heck, if you’re interested in art in general – I HIGHLY suggest you watch this documentary. Shulman is now a very big inspiration of mine. Sure he’s worked with big names in the architecture world, but in the end, he’s really an ordinary guy who is very passionate about what he does! And with that, I’m going to make it one of my life goals to visit at least one of the houses he has shot.
Julius and his garden
(click thru photos for source)
Ryan Chan is a newly discovered photographer of mine and is now considered one of my favourites. Ryan moved from New York to Tokyo in 2006 and he graduated from the Tokyo Design Gakuin College in 2009. Last year, he published two photo books – “Mad Tokyo” and “YOUTH”, both successfully receiving the JAPAN ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHERS’ ASSOCIATION AWARD 2012 (APA AWARD 2012). He has also been featured in numerous exhibitions and his work appeared in publications such as ViVi magazine and GQ Japan.
I guess what really attracted me to Ryan’s photos is the distinct focus on the subject. You can never go wrong with photographing people, but what I like about the way Ryan photographs them is that the subjects fill up the space. You are up close and personal with these strangers, but you feel as if you’ve known them for a long time. It is a nice overwhelming feeling!
Ryan’s trip to India and his encounter with the locals.
Headshots of Tokyo’s Youth.
Ryan’s portrayal of Japanese “freedom” – the ability for the people to be who they are and to be doing things they enjoy in public. All photos were taken with a Leica M8.
Leslie Kee is a good friend of Ryan’s and is also an accomplished photographer. He even shot Beyonce!
German photographer, Menno Aden, started a unique series called “Room Portraits”. And yes, his series does reflect its title but presents it through a different perspective – a bird’s eye. Attaching a camera on ceilings of a variety of spaces, Aden’s use of “surveillance” abstracts these rooms.
There are a few things I like about this series. We take a look into someone’s personal space as a two-dimensional plane filled with geometric objects. You are able to point out the shape, size, and structure of the room. I enjoy the exaggerated depth found in rooms with high ceilings as well. Most importantly, you are aware of the type of person’s lifestyle in a different light.
Check out more from his series here.
Hi all, it’s Jireh here! So, I decided to try something new for the blog and start a “Monthly Favourites” edition; that way, the blog doesn’t seem to be dead for a really long time. Fall is shortly ending, and with the on and off weather San Diego has been having, I’m pumped for the transition into winter. I’m a little down in the dumps for the remaining days of October, so I thought it’d be a good time to compile some favourite things of mine that I’ve been loving for the past few months! Let’s start with some products…
MAC Taupe in matte. I love brown/nude shades, so this is a great addition to my growing lipstick collection. Also, a tip for putting lipstick on is to apply primer (I use Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance) before applying color!
HEMPZ Original Body Moisturizer – a fragrant lotion that actually soothes skin? Get outta town! This lotion is the holy grail. It is also THC-drug free, paraben and gluten free, AND 100% vegan. Ordered mine through Amazon since my mom told me the shop back home is out of stock for them!
STASH Black Earl Grey Tea – I was never an avid fan of tea, coffee, or soda (very rare to see me drink any of these), but I figured I needed some sort of caffeine in my system so I opted for tea and this is one of the flavours I used to order at Cup & Saucer. Just add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and some milk and I’m good to go.
ALBUM of the MONTH
Now in the span of 1 month, I could be into so many albums and artists, but the one album that I really enjoyed this month is IIOI’s “Proper”. One can still distinguish Evan’s unique style, yet notice some nice progression. Give it a listen for yourself!
MOVIE of the MONTH
October is all about horror films, but the only movie I look forward to watching during this month is Hocus Pocus. (Image from Tumblr)
TV SHOWS of the MONTH
It’s honestly hard to choose only one favourite tv show for this month! Parks and Recreation came back for another great season. FX’s new show American Horror Story is a bit weird…but weird is good! I enjoy the characters Tate and Violet a lot. And last but not least, season 2 of How to Make It in America premiered a few weeks ago and I couldn’t have been any more excited. I’ve been hooked since the first season aired when I was a senior in high school. Bryan Greenberg has never looked so good! (Images from various Tumblrs)
VIDEO of the MONTH
Skateboarder Walker Ryan’s A Day in the Life: Thailand Edition
PERSON of the MONTH
Evan Tetreault. A great photographer and a well-dressed man. Check his stuff out!
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post! xx