KATHERINE SQUIRE: THINGS ARE BEAUTIFUL IF YOU LOVE THEM

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Discosalt came across this flickr photo stream from Austin based photographer Katherine Squire via www.booooooom.com.  Katherine says that her photos are “rushed attempts to capture something inspiring.” In an attempt to live with awareness, photography allows her to capture moments that inspire her as she lives them and share them with the world.  She likes good hugs and the open road and we can’t argue with that. Check out some of our favorite photos in a sneak peak below:


WAD LUND PHOTOGRAPHY

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Wad Lund is the Scandanavian love-child of two photographers, Bjørn Wad and Elisabeth Lund who have teamed up with makeup artist and fashion stylist Mari Nes. Together, the team specializes in music, fashion and advertising photography. Check out some of Discosalt’s favorite images from their portfolio below or check out their website to see all their work.

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PIERRE DAL CORSO PHOTOGRAPHY

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Pierre Dal Corso loves you…or we love him…maybe both. The under-rated fashion photographer has channeled his kavorka to create a portfolio of incredibly striking photos with uncanny use of color that beautifully capture the sex appeal of the female form. We have no idea why his work isn’t more well known…but now you know and can spread the word. Check out some of his portfolio below or scroll through his full portfolio HERE.

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ANDREW KUYKENDALL: SHE’S A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT ROCK N’ ROLL

New work from Andrew Kuykendall worth checking out.  After getting kicked out of art school in LA, Andrew started working professionally and has been at it for a little over two years now. Based out of LA and New York City, his photos have a washed out, vintage american dessert feel,  drawing inspiration from “Egon Schiele, David Lynch, Tom Waits, Eastern Europe, road tips, Sushi, , the California/Nevada desert, Milan Kundera, pugs, hot sauce, Devo Lucien Freud, Henry Miller, vintage clown paintings, Glen Luchford, Scandinavian Black Metal, etc.” Most recently, he has been getting into video projects working with New York stylist, Discosalt friend and secret/not-so-secret Discosalt t-shirt muse Julie Williams.  You can also check out more of Julies really sweet fashion styling at Dripbook. Andrew has completed a photo-shoot for Spanish Moss which is entitled ” She’s a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll” that you can check out at www.spanishmossvintage.com or peep some images from the shoot below:

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or explore some of Andrew’s other shoots:

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Video projects:

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NATIF NATAL:BENEFIT SHOW FOR HAITI


On February 25th, Partners in Health, in collaboration with Svedka Vodka and Discosalt are throwing a benefit show to raise money for Haiti at  Grasslands Gallery in Brooklyn. We are really excited to participate in this event which will feature art on auction from Discosalt Artists  and performances by Annie and the BeeKeepers, Apollo Run, Kenji Urada, Lost Coves and Social Hero.

The cover is $5.00 and suggested donation is $10.oo but the money gets you a Svedka open bar from 8:30-9:30.
Here is a rundown of the band performances:

8:30pm – Lost Coves http://www.myspace.com/lostcoves
9:15 – Kenji Urada http://www.myspace.com/kenjiuradatheband
10pm – Social Hero http://www.myspace.com/socialhero
10:45pm – Apollo Run http://www.myspace.com/apollorun
11:30pm – Annie and the Beekeepers www.myspace.com/annielynch

DJ Miles Michael Morris in between sets and late night Emcee Jay stone

Doors 8pm, 21+
Load-in for bands 6pm

If you cannot attend the show, pease learn more and help us reach our goal by making a contribution at: http://act.pih.org/page/outreach/view/haitiearthquake/brooklyn4haiti Thank you!

It’s for a really great cause so we hope you come out and show love the Brooklyn way. See you all there!

BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE SNOW

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Last November, we shared a photo essay from the  Land Between Here and Mountains, a London based collective of photographers held together by Jess Gough and Hannah Davis whose goal is to capture the in between moments of their journeys rather than their destinations. They recently updated their site with some new wintry mix of images from their travels in the past few months which you can check out above or just click on their blog to see the entire essay…in progress of course.

KILLER VAN, MAN!: JOE STEVENS ONGOING PHOTO PROJECT

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Joe Stevens, a filmmaker and photographer whose work has been featured in the MoMA in New York, Creative Review and the Guardian, has created a curious ongoing project called Vans and the places where they were: A photo documentary which chronicles surviving custom and conversion vans on the west coast from the 70’s and 80’s. Originally started over a decade ago in 1996, the project now includes hundreds of images shot on 120 mm film and “examines the dialogue which exists between a van’s design aesthetic and that of its surrounding environment.”

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While discosalt and chicks equally share love for these shaggin’ wagons, they have been dying a slow death in favor of more  fuel-efficient transportation and will surely be erased from the road entirely (tear).  Luckily for all of us, Joe is carefully chronicling these 4-wheel rock and roll dinosaurs that once reigned supreme as the ultimate self-expression vehicle.  For Joe Stevens, “the goal of the project is to one day shoot the last remaining van on the final frame of photographic film in existence. Then the project will be finished” . Check out more of this insanity (to date) HERE.

…and if you are on a van kick now like I am, you should peep some more vintage vandemonium found HERE.  Just mentally insert yourself into these pictures and feel the awesome power of the van.

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FIXIE PHOTO EXHIBITION + THE REVIVAL FILM PREMIERE

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Photographer Brad Serls recently joined Perth’s bike crew to showcase a photographic exhibition that features fixed gear bike messengers. Here are a few snap shots from the exhibit but you can check out more of his work on his facebook page or ProllyIsNotProbably.com

In other fixie news: Back in August, Discosalt featured a film teaser for a new documentary on fixed gear riders called The Revival. You can learn more about the filmmakers and the riders featured in the film on their website but no word on the next screening or whether the film will be available to purchase on DVD.  The film first premiered in Vancouver last November, was later shown here in New York through an event put together by ProllyIsNotProbably.com, and Post Bike Shop in Brooklyn and has been working its way around Europe. If you missed a screening in your hometown, you can check out this video from the screening in New York posted by Skitch clothing:


PETER ROSS PHOTO SERIES: INSIDE WILLIAM BURROUGHS BUNKER

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Gothamist tipped us off to a new photo project from Brooklynite photographer Peter Ross that examines the metaphysical aura of stuff with a series of photographs of  William Burroughs’ possessions. The series contains such iconic images as Burroughs walking sticks, hat and typewriter. All of which, are still sitting in his old apartment in NYC at the partially converted YMCA at 222 Bowery; the apartment which Burroughs affectionately dubbed “The Bunker”.  You can see more of  “The Bunker”,  on Flickr or watch this short film entitled William S. Burroughs “The Bunker” by Rattapallax.

THE LAND BETWEEN HERE AND MOUNTAINS

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The Land Between Here and Mountains is a London based collective of photographers held together by Jess Gough and Hannah Davis. Their photo essay project is about capturing the inbetween moments of their journeys rather than their destinations. Check out some of my favorite images above or click on their blog to see the entire essay.

WHO SHOT ROCK AND ROLL: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY, 1955 TO THE PRESENT

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As part of The Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit this month “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present”, are several photographs from painter and photographer Laura Levine. Not only can you check out a rare live opening reception performance on Oct 29th from Blondie but you can peep into the unique world of your favorite rockers, where Joe Strummer dreams of lobster dinner and Michael Stipe had hair. Some of these photos will be available to order HERE or you can read the stories behind these images HERE.The show opens to the public on October 30, 2009 and runs through January 31, 2010. “Curated by photo historian Gail Buckland, and featuring approximately 175 works by 105 photographers, Who Shot Rock & Roll is the first major museum exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music.”

The Brooklyn Museum
Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052
Telephone: (718) 638-5000
Admission: Suggested Contribution: $10; Students with Valid ID: $6; Adults 62 and over: $6; Members: Free; Children under 12: Free
Hours: Wednesday–Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

CHRISTIAN PATTERSON: “OUT THERE”

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New York City based Photographer Christian Patterson, is now selling four images from his forthcoming second project “Out There” as limited edition prints. The proceeds from these print sales will be used to produce large-scale exhibition prints and book maquettes. Patterson’s first project, “Sound Affects” was  a collection of color photographs exploring Memphis, TN as a visual and musical place. This new project ,”Out There” is a strikingly different project that  is loosely inspired by the true crime story of real life Natural Born Killers Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate, two teenagers who killed ten people in three days as they traveled across Nebraska in 1958.

Check out Christian Patterson’s “OUT THERE” here.

VISIONS OF “THE UNCANNY”

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Some eerie  images from a recent noir inspired photo project titled “The Uncanny” created by Discosalt artist Joe Vele.
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TINYVICES: VANCOUVER PHOTO ESSAY

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Tinyvices.com is an online gallery and image archive founded by Tim Barber in the spring of 2005. His most recent TV blog post which documents a trip to Vancouver really caught my eye for its laid back feel. I shared some of my favorite images below but you should check out his whole trip HERE. If you’ve also got the bug to plan a trip out west, you can also check out Vancouver based discosalt artist Shane O’Brien’s work HERE.
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LIFE ON THE RED PLANET…

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It might look like an awesome sci-fi movie, but its actually just a photo essay from downunda, taken this week right after a dust storm “swept across eastern Australia, shrouding Sydney in a dramatic red glow.”- Mail Foreign Service

Not to be confused with the 50 year storm at Bells Beach but equally as impressive and you can read all about the storm HERE. While the storm seems to have caused some serious health and transportation problems, looks like it hasn’t really stopped people from hitting the beach…or taking these really surreal photos of the red sky. Thanks to Mail Foreign Service for the pics.

LOOKING AT MUSIC: SIDE 2 @ THE MOMA

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Last week, I checked out the Moma exhibit, Looking at Music: Side 2; a first floor exhibit that catalogs NYC’s stripped-down, hard-edged, anti-establishment, experimental art and music scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. The exhibit chronicles a time period in NYC when art and music were cross pollinating, when downtown artists plastered city walls with art, played in bands, squatted abandoned buildings in the east village and turned vacant garages into makeshift super 8 theaters and performance spaces. The punk ethos was alive. That energy seems to have been lost… but you can revisit it all through 120 photographs, music videos, drawings, audio recordings, publications, Super 8 films, and punk-film screenings from September-November at the Moma. This is a really great collection of punk rock memorabilia here but I just wish the exhibit had been a little longer. It was a bit of a tease and the two small rooms were just too small to leave me walking home satisfied. The photography by Dan Graham, Nan Goldin, and Jimmy DeSana and the record covers designed by Kim Gordon did make the trip worth it though. Not to mention my teenage bedroom wall fantasy. Some images i snapped from the exhibit above but check it out for yourself. Check the Looking at Music: Side 2 website for film details and show times.

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JUST BECAUSE IT’S IN YOUR HEAD DOESN’T MEAN IT’S NOT REAL

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Photographer Colin Dodgson, one of the Avantguardians from Surface has a new exhibit “Just because it’s in your head, doesn’t mean its not real” opening Wednesday September 9th 6-9 pm @ 243 Broome Street (Corner of Ludlow)

…IT TAKES US TO A PLACE WHERE WE ACHE TO GO AGAIN

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Sunday nights with AMC’s Mad Men just can’t get here fast enough. I’m completely hooked on the vintage 50’s/early 60’s vibe, deep in the juju. Mad Men aren’t the only ones bringing vintage style back to life though. Rockabilly has always been a massively vibrant and active subculture in both the US and the UK, with love for both recordings by artists from the 1950s as well as vintage style aesthetics. Rockabilly culture is the antithesis to current trends, embracing it’s roots in “old school” societal fringes from the past.There is something undeniably alluring about those curvaceous women pin-ups, flip up dos, slicked back hair and nostalgically simpler times.  You can always take a look back at this old school style, from the present through a new photo exhibit from Leonie Morse,  a photographer based in East London whose work includes portrait and music photography that has previously been commissioned by The Face, X Ray Magazine and Sleazenation. She is currently exhibiting a photo project on the UK rockabilly scene called ROCKERS that includes 25 intimate portraits sometimes evocative and gritty documentary style photographs, taken over the last seven years on the UK rockabilly scene. While the exhibit contains contemporary photos, they can transport you to another time like a time machine. It will take you back and forward… to a place where you ache to go again. Its not called the wheel, it’s called the carousel. Wait…what? Too much Draper for me.  Make the scene 10th Sept – 29th Oct 2009 at Filthy McNasty’s 68 Amwell Street, London . While you are here, cast an eyeball at some of the images on display above and lay on some love for Leonie.

MOPEDS, MO PROBLEMS

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Wrap your legs ’round these velvet rims and strap your hands across my engines…Bryan Derballa from Wired put together a striking photo essay capturing some rowdy images of a growing trend in Brooklyn: Moped Gangs.

The Orphans are Greenpoint’s “fearsome” two-stroke contingent (super easy) riders, and they’re obsessed with abandoned retro pedal-start bikes. While this 12 member low speed gang, certainly stir up an outlawish individualism vibe that we think is pretty sweet, at 30 mph from an engine displacement of 49 cc, don’t expect the Stones to hire these guys for crowd control anytime soon. These gangs are more like a social club, where rivalry with other bike gangs, like Bushwick’s Mission 23, is all in good sported fun.

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The camaraderie of these gangs is more about bringing old bikes back to life, a task which requires constant tinkering and riding together as a social outlet. And aside from looking pretty sick, these retro bikes are also growing in popularity in part because they don’t require a special motorcycle license or insurance like riding a motorcycle or Vespa. But, just tell that to the cops, who according to riders don’t seem to know what a moped is or what the law is on riding them. Can’t swing a break out there from the Fuzz! Seems the “scene” just can’t seem to get any good press lately either. Wired’s unflattering tongue in cheek article “Rebels Without a Hog” has made the “gangs” an easy target at websites like DieHipster.com….Mo peds, Mo problems.

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You can check out the Orphanage Moped Shop, a moped emporium on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint or peep some more of the photo essay HERE.

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I’M OUT THERE JERRY, AND I’M LOVIN’ EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!

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jocelyn-saldanaPublic nudity is the new empanada. This month, nyc artists and activists alike have been pushing the boundaries on acceptable nudity in public space. Maybe you checked out our blog last week featuring the “striphanger”, the photographer, Zach Hyman who took some steamy 30 second shots on the L train of 19-year-old actress Jocelyn Saldana pole dancing in her skinnies. Or you wandered through National Go topless day in Central Park on Sunday, where throngs of topless women marched side by side with Raelians, a cult “descendant from sexy aliens” to promote free boobage.  Breast day ever! Then yesterday,  Zach was at it again, photoging a completely nude 26 year old model, Kathleen Neill at the MET.  This video was conveniently captured for NBC NewYork here. While Neill clearly had no panties, the stunt had some panties in a bunch. Neill was busty and busted in the Arms and Armour exhibit and arrested for public lewdness,  raising the question, why and when is nude… lewd? How can a topless parade fly one day, and a form of nude art be illegal the next…and in a museum building full of nudity! The debate, like our obsession with nudity, is out there and will most likely continue to create controversy, hopefully dialogue. Free your beasts,free your mind.

TRANSPARENCY: KHRISTIAN MENDOZA

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Transparency is certainly the buzz word of our era and there is always a need for simple transparent design. Through some rather ingenious photos, Khristian Mendoza, a student at Swinburne University in Australia visualizes this simple message…and rather effectively at that.

LOOKING AT MUSIC: SIDE 2

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What: Looking at Music: Side 2

When: June 10- November 30th

Where: MoMA, New York

The Yoshiko and Akio Morita Media Gallery, second floor

Damage: $20.00 (Free w/student ID)

The Moma exhibit Looking at Music: Side 2, catalogs NYC’s stripped-down, hard-edged, anti-establishment, experimental art and music scene of the late ’70s and early ”80s.  Back when art and music were cross pollinating in NYC, when downtown artists plastered city walls with art, played in bands, squatted abandoned buildings in the east village and turned vacant garages into makeshift super 8 theaters and performance spaces.  The punk ethos was alive. That energy seems to have been lost… but you can revisit it all through 120 photographs, music videos, drawings, audio recordings, publications, Super 8 films, ephemera, live events, and punk-film screenings from September-November.

Some Highlights of the exhibition will include: drawings by Patti Smith; photography by Dan Graham, Nan Goldin, and Jimmy DeSana; experimental video by James Nares; issues of influential zines and magazines including Search & Destroy, Interview, and Punk; music videos with songs by Blondie and Suicide; record covers designed by Kim Gordon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Raymond Pettibon; music from Television, The Ramones, and Talking Heads; and live band footage from performances at Max’s Kansas City;  Film screenings (Taxi Driver,   New York Dolls – All Dolled Up,   The Blank Generation, Blank City,   Deadly Art of Survival,   Underground USA,   Downtown 81/ New York Beat Movie,   Men in Orbit,   G Men,    She Had Her Gun All Ready,   Rome 78,   Stranger than Paradise,   Variety,   and Bob Gruen’s 1976 video “New York Death Cult (Live at Max’s Kansas City)”. Check the Looking at Music: Side 2 website for film details and show times.

HEDI SLIMANE: 2009 COACHELLA PHOTO DIARY

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Hedi Slimane, Tunisan/Italian/Brazilian-French Fashion designer and cultural photographer has a new collection of some really compelling black and white portraits taken at Coachella 2009. Slimane whose diverse background includes studying Political Science and Art History also worked on the centenary exhibition of Louis Viton”s “LV” monogramme label in the mid nineties. His most recent photo-diary includes spontaneous shots, stark, intimate portraits and some scattered still life photographs that are worth checking out.