“GET LOST”; Hybrid of the Streets – Ariyahna

What in the hell is “Hybrid of the Streets?” ¬†Good question. ¬†

In short, “Hybrid of the Streets” is a personal project of mine that combines the feel of street photography with the look of an environmental portrait. ¬†Everyday humans with an unorthodox sense of style posing on the street, but with higher production value. ¬†The name derives from my first model, who reposted one of my photos to Instagram and sent it to Twitter: because of the 140 character limit, the name was cut short. ¬†So I took it.

I have always been fascinated by “street” fashion. ¬†My fashion sense has always been unique, and it has definitely evolved with time. ¬†During high school, I would essentially take whatever Gwen Stefani was wearing and translate it into menswear. ¬†As my taste broadened, I began to pull influences from other cultures: Rockabilly, punk, formalwear, even some hip-hop. ¬†My fashion sense has also transformed with each location I’ve¬†moved‚Äď‚Äďmost recently, the West Coast. ¬†My residence in California introduced me to surf wear and taught me that just wearing “shorts and a t-shirt” could be exciting as well.

I worked with Ariyahna years ago and watched¬†her style evolve via Instagram. ¬†I knew she was the perfect model to begin this exploration, and I photographed¬†her on a playground last week in Philadelphia. ¬†Canon 7D; Sigma 10-20mm; Canon Speedlite diffused with a 60″ umbrella.

Follow Ariyahna on Instagram: @highimariyahna.

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BACKTRACKING: Saer’s “Event Horizon”

Since I’ve been M.I.A. for the past few months, I decided to backtrack a bit to show everyone the work I’ve been doing. ¬†Because that’s really what this blog is all about, right? ¬†Photography!

Right after I returned to the East Coast, I shot some promotional photos¬†for my cousin Sean (a.k.a. Saer) in preparation for the release of his debut track “Event Horizon” (Sounds of Elysium). ¬† This is a very exciting time for our family, because I truly believe he is about to blow up. ¬†My shoot with Saer marked the first time I collaborated with an EDM artist, so it was a learning experience for both of us. ¬†I shot on my¬†Canon 7D¬†with the¬†Sigma 10-20mm ∆í/4-5.6 EX DC HSM¬†lit with a¬†Canon 430EXII Speedlite attached to a¬†PocketBox. ¬†We were shooting in a small space, and the equipment worked incredibly well for how compact our location was.

Be sure to check Saer out on Facebook, Twitter, and download “Event Horizon” on iTunes here!

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NoHo or Bust

January turned out to be a little bit sluggish for me in the shooting department. ¬†Lots of business preparation, and then a lot of other things that had nothing to do with photography (check the other blog if you’re super curious). ¬†Anyway, I decided to climb out of my month-long hole of nearly zero creative expression by shooting my friend Kristina outside of one of North Hollywood’s creepiest landmarks‚Äď‚ÄďCircus Liquor. ¬†Circus Liquor (located on Burbank & Vineland) has a huge neon clown sign beckoning the San Fernando Valley to buy some whiskey. ¬†It was famously featured in the 1995 film¬†Clueless,¬†specifically the scene in which Cher is robbed at gunpoint returning from a “Val Party.” ¬†I also shot Kristina in Studio City, behind the old Bookstar (now owned by Barnes & Noble).

The shoot: I’ve really been into the whole street punk look. ¬†Reminiscent of the 1980s; think Debbie Harry of Blondie. ¬†I think Kristina really captures it effortlessly. ¬†All images were shot on the 7D, lit with a 430EX II Speedlite mounted with a soft box connected to an ETTL cord.

P.S. – I would like to take a moment just to appreciate the detail she put into her eyeliner.

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