Fujifilm SQ10 Square Instax Road Test #2 with 7 models!

Hey out there! This is a followup to my unboxing/ road test with the new Fujifilm SQ10 Square Instax camera. I took it to LA to shoot with 7 models and address a few of your questions from the previous video. Also, we see a side-by-side comparison of an image shot with the Fuji Neo Classic 90 and the SQ10. More practice, more experience, more love for this camera despite its many quirks.

Poolside Statue Fashion

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Model Annie Montgomery, hairstylist Laura Buenrostro and fx artist Brittany Moody, shot August 2014. It was shortly after I’d returned from Greece and Macedonia and wanted to shoot something evoking the ancient statues, though it definitely has a vibe all its own and it’s better for it. Today I think it’s like a fantasy character stalking suburbia.

Trish + Cat

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Shot with model Trish Davis in February, 2015.  This particular shoot I focused mostly on instax and filming a video with the model, but I made sure to squeeze in a few traditional shots with my Fuji X-T1.  The cat climbing to the top of the chair was complete random happenstance that really elevated this photo for me.

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Jigsaw Kelly – How It Got Made

“Jigsaw Kelly” is a recent piece I made that blends two puzzles together based on photos I took with model Kelly Eden, mua Brittany Moody and hair stylist Laura Buenrostro. Two convenient Egyptian hairless cats were prominently featured. I have to admit when I shot this I had no idea if it would work, but the company I made the puzzles with- Shutterfly- had an online preview of the puzzles that showed how the “cut” remained the same on both images.

The assemblage of the individual puzzles took about 4 hours, with the second one being much easier because I could overlay segments. The final gestalt puzzle was more difficult because the many of the cuts weren’t exactly the same- so pieces that looked like they should fit wouldn’t- and also because it required careful removal of individual pieces from the interior of the finished puzzles.

Exhibition Review: Larry Sultan at LACMA

Currently on view at LACMA through March 22nd is a fantastic retrospective of photographer Larry Sultan.  Larry is a recent influence on me, making work that (in his words) is “merged between staged and documentary, and the truth is how we perform”.

Larry Sultan photographing his parents.
Larry Sultan photographing his parents.

The show is broken into 5 sets:

1. images of migrant workers in suburbia

2. personal images of Larry’s parents and also archival images from his family albums

3. work from “In The Valley”, behind-the-scenes of the porn scene.

4. commissioned portrait work of celebrities/ pseudo-celebrities like Paris Hilton

5. Larry’s college work with Mike Mandel utilizing archival images culled from companies like JPL and magazines.

One of the unifying themes in Sultan’s images are the use of mid-20th century pastel color schemes and references, even in work shot in the 2000s.  There’s the documentary storytelling amongst the craft of an artist who doesn’t take life too seriously, but could break your heart with his jokes.  Every subject choice reveals something new to the viewers- you see bored production assistants as porn is being filmed, a migrant worker spending the night outside, trying to sleep on the ground next to an idyllic suburban creek.

Larry Sultan
Larry Sultan

The bonus of the exhibit is the video interview with Larry- a unique artist who is down-to-earth, not pretentious in any sense, but a deep thinker and reader who declared a “study hall” daily at his studio.  During this hour everyone would stop working and read up on some philosophy or news item even if it was from a POV they disagreed with.

Those qualities of humanism, humor and storytelling make for phenomenal photographs and I hope to incorporate these lessons from Larry Sultan in my own 2015 work.

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Shots From The Road: Skin Wars model Taj Mahal + artist Jamie Graden

Another collaboration with bodypainter/ artist Jamie Graden of LA, this time featuring Skin Wars model Taj Mahal.
Another collaboration with bodypainter/ artist Jamie Graden of LA, this time featuring Skin Wars model Taj Mahal.

LA artist Jamie Graden and myself have been slowly accumulating some really good collaborative efforts.  This one with “Skin Wars” model Taj Mahal was photographed in August, but it took a few months for our schedules to clear up enough for Jamie to do the additional illustration, send it to me, and for me to scan it and reassemble the piece using my current tiny scanner.