Friday, 27 June 2008

In the stillness of remembering

My scanner has been on the fritz for the last week, so I sadly can't post any of my newest photos. The hours I would have spent scanning the last few days I've instead spent going through photographer's sites I've bookmarked and photos I've saved. Many things I saved long ago have made much more of an impact on me now. One photographer who's work I noted but hadn't really looked at was Ali Richards, a Briton who does incredibly beautiful work. Her Playgrounds series shows abandoned cars in former places of play- run-down, weed infested playgrounds that exhibit no sign of life. She writes, "Both the rubbish and the cars continue to exist long after they have been forgotten; they become invisible and morph into their new environments. It’s so appealing that nature absorbs these grotesque invaders, these smouldering masses, the environment and intruder almost violating each other in a torrid union, morphing into one another. The transformation complete these objects lie dormant to be rediscovered at a later date, the consequences of earlier actions finally becomes evident."

All Photos Copyright © Ali Richards

Friday, 20 June 2008

The Disciples

As someone who's been a rather obsessive music fan at times in my life, I find James Mollison's The Disciples very interesting. This show, which is currently up at Hasted Hunt, is a collection of his photographs of fans who dress up as their idols at their concerts. 50 Cent, Merle Haggard, Klaxons all attract fans who feel the need to emulate the musician's style. My favourites are probably Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton- I saw many women (and men) dressed up as her when I saw her perform at Radio City last month, and I just adore how every man at Merle's show in Alabama is wearing overalls.

Rod Stewart concert, Earls Court, London, 2005.

Dolly Parton concert, London, 2007.

Marilyn Manson concert, Italy, 2006.

Jimmy Buffet concert, New York, 2006.

P. Diddy concert, Miami, 2006.

Merle Haggard concert, Hunstville, USA, 2006.

When I was around 11 I started going to the annual Adam Ant convention in London. They were held in this crappy pub in Islington, and many of the people dressed up as him- there was Jubilee-era Adam, Kings of the Wild Frontier-era Adam, Viva le Rock, etc. I always thought the costumed fans were a little odd, but now I appreciate their passion. I guess that partially explains why I enjoy these photographs so much- they remind me of my own obsessions and celebrate these fan's passions without judgement.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Days on End

So much has been written about Jamie Livingston's polaroid a day from 1979 till his death in 1997, but I just wanted to put a little post up about these amazing photographs. He started shooting one polaroid each day while he was a student at Bard and continued shooting through marriage and cancer treatment. They are an immaculate glimpse into one man's life- an artist and a normal man with just as mundane a life as anyone else.

This is the article that started all of the excitement about his work.

This image below is from the day I was born.


Copyright © 1983 Jamie Livingston

Friday, 13 June 2008

North Brooklyn Metal

Amorphous Metal, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Being a photographer one has to be open to whatever comes to them, any opportunity to shoot, and any unexpected chance to show their work. A couple weeks ago my boyfriend told me that our local hardware store had their annual art show coming up. All of the art must somehow involve hardware, so while most of the works were large metal pieces and crazy collages I decided to photograph some local metal shops. Metal shops are amazing places- seemingly so messy and unorganized, yet dangerous work is completed effectively and safely in amongst the chaos. I definitely plan to continue shooting this project.

Amorphous Metal, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Works Manufacturing,Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

4th State Metals, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
All photos Copyright © 2008 Laura Helms

If you're in Brooklyn you can go check out the Legendary Crest Hardware Art Show for the next month or so.

Crest True Value Hardware &
Urban Garden Center
558 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Thursday, 12 June 2008

If you go see one show this week...

make it:

Paul Fusco
JUNE 6 - JULY 31, 2008

Danziger Projects,
521 West 26th Street
New York City, New York.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

What Comes Naturally


JUNE 11 - JULY 12

6 - 8PM

Lots of amazing artists are involved so please come and by and see their works.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Crosby Street

Trying to shoot a lot more- making a lot more appointments to shoot different apartments, trying to get closer to completing this book. Last week I shot two apartments- one in Soho, one in the East Village. This is the one in Soho- the tenant is moving out in the next couple weeks after living there for the past few years. He's bought a loft a few blocks away, which sounds like it will be a great space but I've always thought there was something beautiful about this apartment. The light is sublime.

Soho, New York, NY May 26, 2008

Occupation: Actor/ Filmmaker
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Copyright © 2008 Laura Helms