Alcatraz

A few months ago, I went to Alcatraz for the first time. This former prison is fascinating, even more so with the guided audio tour by former prisoners and guards giving a look into how life on this island really was. Close enough to see (or at least hear for the prisoners in their cells), which was the hardest; hearing, smelling, and seeing freedom.  If you’re ever in San Francisco, head out there for a night tour, it’s really something else.

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Zio Ziegler

Zio Ziegler is an amazing artist, and I happened to walk past one of his murals today in downtown Oakland.

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Zio Ziegler (born February 18, 1988) is an American artist, known for his intricately patterned paintings and his large-scale murals that can be seen in major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His work reflects the diverse influences of late medieval and quattrocento painting, aboriginal, African and naive art, and the European graffiti movement. Driven by intuition and depicted with a playful use of space and materials, his subject matter reflects the human condition, with reference to allegorical, mythical and artistic lineage. He paints in the belief that his paintings complete themselves by triggering self-discovery in their viewers. You can read more about Zio, and see more of his work at zioziegler.com and artsy.net/artist/zio-zieglerHaabesland_108_AHP2066

Bonus; a picture of me taking pictures. Good for scale right? Courtesy of Alex Fossoey. 

 

Black Lives Matter

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Photo taken by Alexander Haabesland, in Oakland, California. US

The “Black Lives Matter” movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history. Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued. People who are unacquainted with this history are understandably uncomfortable with the language of the movement. But politicians who know better and seek to strip this issue of its racial content and context are acting in bad faith. They are trying to cover up an unpleasant truth and asking the country to collude with them. (from The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter,’ The New York Times)

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Fallen Leaf Lake

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Recently came back from an amazing trip to Lake Tahoe. On the last day we went to Fallen Leaf Lake, which we found out was the place where Kevin Costner brought Whitney Houston for safety in The Bodyguard (OK, that’s not really relevant, just some gay trivia for ya). It’s just spectacular views all over, and I can’t wait to go back. I did some photos in the water (without a protective case mind you, a.k.a. asking for trouble) but the couple photos of Alex and me were taken by our friend MJ Centeno (pictured in the last image).

Snø Designstudio

SNØ  is an industrial design company based in Fredrikstad, one hour from Oslo, Norway. I photographed the talented designers for their rebranding process last year. We used the wonderful locations in the building as well as a studio shoot. Here’s a small selection of what we did:

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Make-up & Hair by Theo Solé Wintermark. Styling by Afaf Ali.

And check out the cool design work of Snø Designstudio by clicking here.

Renfang Hu – Part I

Here’s some photos I did last week with designer Renfang Hu and model Courtney B (2morrow models). The different designs were to be shot in different moods. Wednesday I’ll post the mens design shooting.
Make-up/Hair: Virginia Rizzo and assistant Nicole Krunić.
The first outfit will be a part of the Eco Fashion contest and exhibited at the Hub King’s Cross during London Design Festival.

GONE FISHING!

So, I haven’t been able to blog for a week due to an angry photo library that wouldn’t cooperate with me! After  a lot of attempts to fix this mother f#$&=” I got it right and am back in business. Have some photos stored up so the blog will again be updated daily. Loves. Thought I’d start by showing a couple of pics of me and my roomate Steffen with our “Gone Fishing” sign, meaning a number of wonderful things. Can U guess some of it?

I Will Survive!

Last night me and Steffen had a great night out (like we do), and between bars we found a gorgeous little fountain and went swimming (with clothes I might mention). Then we went to another place (and they actually let us in) were we got some free Tequila. It’s the perfect way to survive the heat in Milan: drinks and fountains!

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