Travel. Hard.

I’ve always been a strong believer in the saying, “You don’t own things, things own you.”  I try to stay conscience of this when purchasing anything with one exception, travel.  I can honestly say I’ve never regretted an adventure.  You own your traveling experience and it sticks to your guts for as long as you wish.  Tomorrow I shake hands with the Italians.

I have big plans to absorb all the goodness around me with the token tourist’s camera strapped around my neck (Canon G10.  Best travel camera ever!)  I always like to think of my roommate when I studied abroad in Florence who claimed that all the Italian men that went to her gym worked out in head to toe denim with scarves tied around their necks.  I love that.  Now I must go document it.  See you in 10 days!

I took this in Florence, 2001 with 35mm.

1 movie a day for 365 days.

I know, it’s kind of ambitious.  I sought out this goal about 9 months ago because I wanted to take a more critical look at costume design and also as research for styling.  I have a journal where I write notes on all the films as well as who the costume designer is and what films they’ve worked on.  When I share this goal to people, I get a lot of, “How do you have the time to do that?”  Well, I don’t BUT I have insomnia, which is gives me a lot more time in the day.  On this blog I plan on sharing films that inspire me or that have really left an impression.

This week I watched My Kid Could Paint That and Exit Through the Gift Shop back to back without knowing that they’re based around the same idea.  Both are documentaries about art and are executed very differently from one another but deal with the same issue of art being based around hype.  Banksy, the prolific and awe inspiring street artist made Exit Through the Gift Shop with the intentions of telling his story, but instead focuses on the videographer who had been documenting him for years and is now a hack artist who earns millions making art much like the street artists he used to document.  In My Kid Could Paint That, people start questioning the skills of a precocious 4 year old that sold paintings for thousands of dollars after they saw a 60 Minutes piece where she asked her dad to help her paint.  There was a huge backlash once people felt this 4 year old didn’t make the paintings on her own.  My question to those appalled by both films is, should it matter?  Don’t you just like the art?  Why does there need to be a back story?  What are you paying for anyways?  These films made me think about my own industry and why we all get hired for particular assignments.  In my world, hype=expectations.  You must live up to your hype for each assignment, preferably surpass it.

The kid stays in the picture.

I’ve been working with kids a lot lately, which involves a whole different set of skills than working with adults.  The thing you need to keep in mind while working with kids between the ages of 3 to 8 is that they have a very short attention span.  Things can go from I’m so excited, this totally beats a ball pit, to I’m so upset even ice cream won’t help in 2 seconds flat.  Being able to do a lot of wardrobe changes is out of the question because kids get confused and impatient.  You pretty much have to nail it in the first try, therefore having a strong plan is key.  For this particular shot the color of the wardrobe was most important.  The little girls had to coordinate, but not match and not take away from your attention of the balloons, while the little boy really had to stand out.

Personally, I like to give kids a choice of what they want to wear within the color scheme picked out so they feel they have some control over what is going on.  I don’t want them to look perfect because kids never look perfect.  It’s much more fun if things look a little more spontaneous.  A great kids fashion blog that I look at for inspiration is http://planetawesomekid.com/.

Here are a couple of out takes from a job I did last weekend.  Final images to come!

I love New York.