I’m honored to have been interviewed by PDN Magazine for this month’s issue, available on newsstands nationwide. You can read the full article here, or by clicking on the magazine cover. After the interview and more thorough research into Facebook’s long history of data abuse and rights-grabbing practices that take advantage of artists, I made the decision to join the million-plus Europeans who deactivated their Facebook and Instagram accounts to stand up for human (and artist) rights. I’m still happily posting about my photography and life on more artist-friendly, privacy-conscious social media platforms — please make sure to follow me on Ello, VSCO, and Behance.
More images from my recent shoot with model Austin Carr (Mavrick Models) in Pasadena, earlier this month just before it started raining forever.
I had the chance to take advantage of the unusual gloominess a couple of weeks ago with Austin Carr (Mavrick Models) in Pasadena, CA. Everyone has been complaining about the weather (myself included), but I simultaneously love it. The clouds create perfect outdoor lighting — the whole city is currently a big soft box.
Many photographers feel their client is the subject. My client is a woman in Kansas who reads Vogue. I'm trying to intrigue, stimulate, feed her. My responsibility is to the reader. The severe portrait that is not the greatest joy in the world to the subject may be enormously interesting to the reader.
— Irving Penn
Model: Ariel Thompson | Makeup by Stephanie Lopez
Having spent several weeks alone in the Mojave Desert a little less than a year ago, exploring and wandering and becoming closer to that region of America than any other I’ve visited, I cannot understand the destruction that has taken place in Joshua Tree National Park over the last several weeks of the government shutdown here in the United States.
That anyone would feel comfortable chopping down such rare and iconic trees to clear a path for vehicles where there was no road is unconscionable. The way humans sometimes behave when they believe no one will hold them accountable is beyond my ability to comprehend. For now, I am heartbroken for Joshua Tree — but I plan to return to the desert soon to document the aftermath of the darker realities of human nature, as well as the beautiful resilience of the American desert that has taught me so much about life itself.
Megan Mockensturm in the studio, channeling the 1960s in classic style.
I’m pleased to announce that open edition fine art prints from my series “The Mojave” are now available through Saatchi. They are available framed and unframed, and would make a delightful gift for the holidays or a wonderful addition to your personal photography collection at home or in the office.
A couple of months ago, I was commissioned by Los Angeles model/actor Julian Zambrano to photograph an important transformation — the first cutting of his long, beloved hair in years. We decided to celebrate the moment in an homage to Patrick Demarchelier’s beautiful photographs of Karlie Kloss’s famous haircut.
Los Angeles, 2018.
I've been photographing a lot of living spaces lately -- and absolutely loving it! The last two weeks have taken me to sprawling mansions in Beverly Hills, historic Craftsman gems tucked away in the lush Northeast landscapes of Highland Park, to stunning lofts with views of the city skyline in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
It's always a pleasure working with Avi Ross Group on their stunning home renovation projects. This beautiful historic Craftsman gem, tucked away in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park, is finally finished and up for sale. Every place they sell comes with the beautiful furniture that was hand-chosen for the space. They're not simply selling a house -- they're selling a home. You can check out their beautiful, perfectly designed and hand-renovated properties at their website.
Los Angeles, 2018.
A couple of my favorite images from my shoot last month in Joshua Tree with Zara Alyse.
Melanie Cruz - Hollywood Hills, 2018.
As a commercial photographer in Los Angeles, the reality of a contemporary society dominated by social media and a culture of cool is prevalent in my work and life in the city. "Somewhere Outside of Time" is a new, ongoing personal photo series exploring and documenting the Mojave Desert -- a region that seems to exist outside of time, largely untouched by contemporary society, existing only on its own terms.