DUSKY VIBES WITH MAYRA

I recently met up to do a quick shoot with a friend and neighbor of mine, who happens to also be a model. We shot briefly using only the overcast ambient light of dusk and some of our surrounding environment, luckily there just happen to be a 1954 Jaguar 120 drop head parked out front. Here are some of the shots, enjoy.


DIGITAL FOODIE ILLUSTRATIONS

Here are a few illustration ideas I had been kicking around in my notebooks for awhile and I finally decided to bring them to fruition. Check em out...

RECENT PHOTOS WITH VAISHALI AND SCOTT

I have been so doing much design and video work lately that I haven't really picked up the camera just for fun. So I grabbed my 5dmk3 recently and hit up a couple friends to chill and shoot some evening photos. Enjoy....

SOLE SPACE LOGO

My buddy Jeff owns an awesome shoe store and arts space in Downtown Oakland. He asked me to develop a logo and refresh the branding of the business recently. Here is the initial sketch of the logo and the finished version. More of his branding system and collaterals to come soon. 

PRODUCT PHOTOS FOR RAZORECT

RAZORECT is a new product that allows you to resharpen your normal razor multiple times in order to save you more money and provide less waste. I was asked by the creators of this product to shoot the studio and staged photos for their product.

SNAP SHOTS FROM A RECENT CARSHOW

I have always been a sucker for a good car show. Here are a few snaps from a show over a the Acts Gospel Church in East Oakland. I had a great time with the guys from the Self Made Campaign car club and can't wait to head to other car show soon.

JUST A FEW MORE COLLAGES

I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with these lately.

"Remember when we were infinite"

"Remember when we were infinite"

"Give up the funk"

"Give up the funk"

"Neon Vintage; memoirs of a true believer in technicolor wanderlust. 1st Edition"

"Neon Vintage; memoirs of a true believer in technicolor wanderlust. 1st Edition"

FRESH JAMZ LOGO

DJ Odiaka from Oakland recently reached out to me to hand render a logo for him and his partners party Fresh Jamz. Here is the original image, the finished logo and some images of a shirt design and beer koozie that we have created  for Fresh Jamz. More to come soon. 

 

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MORE DIGITAL COLLAGES

Here are a few recent musings in digital form. The top collage uses my own photography and hand lettering. The others are compositions using found imagery.

"UNEARTHED MEMOIRS OF THE INNER TEMPLE"

"UNEARTHED MEMOIRS OF THE INNER TEMPLE"

'LET'S GET LOST TOGETHER IN THE AFTERGLOW OF OUR TWILIGHT"

'LET'S GET LOST TOGETHER IN THE AFTERGLOW OF OUR TWILIGHT"

"TWILIGHT RITUAL AT THE SHORES OF HER NOW AND FOREVER"

"TWILIGHT RITUAL AT THE SHORES OF HER NOW AND FOREVER"

RECENT DIGITAL COLLAGES

Lately I have been revisiting collage experimentation. I was into it along time ago but fell out of the practice. Recently I have been trying to find a way to unify my work in photography, design and lettering. These are some my beginning experiments, I have yet to work in my own lettering and photos but will be doing that soon. For now, I thought it would good to reacquaint myself with the collage process. Here are some of these recent experiments.

"Dusk Labyrinth" A Tribute to Paul Robeson

"Dusk Labyrinth" A Tribute to Paul Robeson

"REDN*5"

"REDN*5"

"Crepuscular Lament"

"Crepuscular Lament"

"Indigo Ofrenda"

"Indigo Ofrenda"



PRODUCT SHOTS FOR AARON DE LA CRUZ

I got a last minute call to help out my buddy Aaron De La Cruz with some photos of his new earring designs for all you ladies out there. The shots are to be published in the upcoming issue of 7x7. I am not sure when they will be available to the public but check up on Aaron's site and I am sure he will be posting something about it in the near future.

THE BAY BRIDGE

Awhile back I got a chance to take a tour of the old bay bridge before they tore it down. Here are some of the photos.

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EAST OAKLAND ON THE 4TH

If you live in or are familiar with the Town, you know that Oakland on July 4th and New Years can be very festive to say the least. Here are a few shots from last night in East Oakland. Wish I would have got some street level shots but my time and resources were limited last night. Oh well there is always next year! 

GOAPELE AT MEZZANINE

Got hired not to long ago to shoot a local legend doing her thing. Here are a few shots from Goapele performing at Mezzanine.

AARON DELA CRUZ FOR GOOGLE.

I was recently hit up by my homey Aaron Dela Cruz to document his process for a piece that he was commissioned by Google to paint for there annual conference and campus. Anytime I can work with Aaron I am down, he has an incredible style, great perspective and is a solid guy. Check out some of the flicks. 

SCHOOLBOY Q & ISAIAH RASHAD AT REGENCY BALLROOM

I am a big fan of Schoolboy Q's but a bigger fan of Isaiah Rashad. If you know about Isaiahs music you understand why. The show was dope, all of the performers had great energy. The show also included Audio Push and Vince Staples. I will post some pics of them sometime soon but for now here is the main event.

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WEST OAKLAND SHOOT W/ HAWKBEATS & MIKKIFLOW

The homey Hawkbeatz hit me to do some shots of him and cuban rapper Mikkiflow. I was trying some new lighting experimentation. Here are a couple shots I was digging.

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This last one is an out take of their homey who I made stand in for a lighting test. I kinda dig it.

This last one is an out take of their homey who I made stand in for a lighting test. I kinda dig it.

THE LEGENDARY STRETCH ARMSTRONG & BOBBITO GARCIA

If you really consider yourself a hip hop head, then you have to know about The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito radio show which ran from 1990 to 1998 it featured demo tapes and in studio freestyles that help break major artists such Nas, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Dmx, Wu Tang Clan, Notorious BIG, Big L (RIP), Fugees, Talib Kweli, Cam'ron. The other aspect of their show that equalled the amazing talent showcase was the incredibly funny and sharp witted dialogue between Bobbito, Stretch, Lord Seer and others. People would actually call the show just to get dissed on the phone. The crazy amazingness of the show literally set the standard for what would be come hip hop college radio and most modern hip hop radio shows to this day. I could go into the myriad accomplishments of these cats but that would turn into a mini book, if you had a tape of their show though that was like having hip hop gold in the mid 90's. If you have never heard any of their show do yourself a big favor and listen to this and this!!!

"Stretch and Bobbito are coming back like fingerwaves"- Fran Boogie 

"Stretch and Bobbito are coming back like fingerwaves"- Fran Boogie 

Stretch getting set up to shock the crowd.

Stretch getting set up to shock the crowd.

KoolBobLove Aka Bobbito aka DJ Cucumber Slice

KoolBobLove Aka Bobbito aka DJ Cucumber Slice

Antics...

Antics...

All business...

All business...

Bobbito is a vinyl only guy still to this day... 

Bobbito is a vinyl only guy still to this day... 

Bobbito going in...

Bobbito going in...

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 A very special thank you to Marky from Massive Selector & Michael of Top Ten Social. Till next time....

 A very special thank you to Marky from Massive Selector & Michael of Top Ten Social. Till next time....