Laney on the edge

I recently went to NYC where I stayed at the amazing Arlo Hotel and we had a glorious time soaking up all the rain. It is hard in LA when you only see the rain a handful of times a year, especially when it is your favorite weather.

I feel so lucky to photograph one of my favorite new models, Laney DeGrasse, who was as sweet as she is beautiful. My boyfriend held umbrellas as we shot in pink fuzziness looking out over a drizzly New York from the hotel's rooftop.

Since I left Wildfox and started shooting more and more, I realized I need a place to put all these personal photos, so I've started a "magazine" section in my portfolio where I can store them all in a nice way. Enjoy!

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Drew

Drew Barrymore was a huge role model for me growing up, I had her pictures everywhere. My favorite was the one from Rolling Stone (the only Stone I bought besides the Liv Tyler, Britney Spears and Alicia Silverstone covers!) of her tummy in underwear showing her butterfly tattoo. I can't find a large scale version of the image but I put the small scale on in here. I I was 15 and I had that next to my bed, I don't know what it is about Drew, I think she just seems so genuine and lovely. She radiates happiness and respect, a real woman!

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transparent roses photographic series by alexander james

 

Image © 2000 - 2013 Alexander James Distil Ennui Studio™. www.DistilEnnui.com '

You will find all of his work on the Distil Ennui Website.

 

http://www.designboom.com/art/transparent-roses-glass-by-alexander-james/

London-based photographer alexander james has begun releasing images from his 'glass' series - a collection of photographs born from a process
that naturally removes all the pigment from the capillaries in rose petals, developed specially by the artist. james is well known for his underwater imagery,
with this latest series involving a complex technique that over time replaces the flower's coloring with highly purified water,
leaving behind only the skeletal fibre and plant structure visible - all while the plant still lives and grows.
the striking imagery immortalizes the ethereal billowing blooms underwater without the use of post production
the gossamer forms alluding to the richness and fragility of life through the language of nature.

james says of his work:

 

'I create meticulously crafted sculptural scenes immersed in huge dark tanks of water. for the most part I destroy these creations,
leaving behind only the medium format transparencies as documents of these acts. the introduction of water in this way serves its
purpose both symbolically and as the functional device through which I achieve the painterly effect of these works.

 
these images are always presented ‘as-shot’ without the use of post production; either traditional or digital.
it is this dedication to in-camera purity that establishes a predominant focal point for my practice.
I want to cross out the boundaries between sculpture, painting and photography; the more obscured they are, the more you will want to explore.

 
for me the quality of the work and the purity of the process is paramount, distilling elements out with the strong use of deep blacks;
conveying rich layers of meaning in what at first appear deceptively simple images.'