Portraits & Performance of Film

“Film is like a performance. it is permanent you can't alter the moment. Sure you can alter the negative in the dark room, but the negative is this document that can't be altered. Structure it however you’d like, I just enjoy the process and ultimately I want to make art that I like to look at. Nothing can really touch a pristine silver gelatin print in my mind,” Jacqueline Elaine Gomez.

Jacqueline Elaine Gomez is a Los Angeles-based photographer who explores nature and femininity within a body of work that radiates with the light of a well-tailored shot and exploratory exposure.

The Art of Getting Weird

Getting weird is as common to the west coast vernacular as warehouse parties are to underground subculture. Often used within that context, the expression defines the experience of fun for the sake of fun. It’s the je ne se quoi of saying fuck it and allowing what is to be. Within this lies a moment in which inhibition and invisible constraints are bypassed. That’s where the magic happens. In breaking away from normative patterns we are able to vibrate at a frequency conductive to expanding creativity.

Originally using the expression within the context of partying, I realized that what it actually describes is a state of existence similar to that from which we are inspired to create. The Art of Getting Weird is a new series I’m exploring in redefining the act of getting weird through spontaneous and unstructured collaborations. Curious by its cognitive and creative value, I asked friends for their reactions to the term “let’s get weird.” The responses went hand in hand with sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll while containing a liberating element present in cultural shifts. These are not foreign concepts as there’s a reason for their presence within the formative years of creative movements.

Painting by Caroline Geys

Speaking of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll and the je ne se quoi of saying fuck it, I’d like to share my latest spontaneous collab with a new friend named Jawny. I met Jawny a couple months ago walking down Spring Street in Downtown LA. Jawny is a photographer, stylist, and art director who is currently building his creative baby / project Pronounced XEEX. Actually pronounced sex /seks/ it is a lifestyle brand / agency / blog focusing on his particular subcultural aesthetics aka Versace-inspired weird. I invited him over last week for our first hang and here’s a peak of what we came up with.

When you get hurt, make art out of it.

Art comes from an expression of feeling, a documentation of a place in time, and a statement. There’s a sense of release when you’re creating, because you’re working through thoughts and releasing them. In the middle of what was my most painful injury, a tiny finger fracture that radiated pain through my entire arm, I think I found the cure. When you’re hurt, make art out of it. Whether it’s an injury, injustice, or broken heart, turn the camera around and capture it. In the spirit of Nan Goldin and in dedication to my beloved Andy, here is a photograph worth every tear.

Photography by David Tamargo

The Urban Hunter

Speaking of lone rangers wearing cowboy hats in rugged landscapes shot vertically, the Richard Prince exhibition reminded me a lot of my friend David Tamargo’s Urban Hunter. David and I went to school together, and I will forever be a fan of the way this guy can shoot a landscape. Long exposures, Leica 35mm film, color and dark rooms made David the artist he is today. I’m happy to see such a strong correlation between his recent work and that of Prince’s. Not that it surprises me, but it’s always inspiring to see these types of connections. They’ve got their finger on the pulse of something, and I think David’s got a good story to tell.

Urban Hunting is the bigger picture, it focuses on creating and documenting situational fantasy where Tamargo and his characters hunt/interact with man-made animal sculptures found in urban environments. The Urban Hunter focuses on the main character of the story. He’s shot vertically and almost identical in composition as Richard Prince’s Cowboys. There’s an interesting similarity between the two, including an element that inspires fashion. I’m working with David on an editorial series, which we’ll be releasing sometime next year. If friends are a reflection of who we are and how we think, then I couldn’t be more honored to be a friend and a fan. I’ll leave you with his perspective on Urban Hunting and a taste of his work. Pay attention to the composition, lighting, color and saturation in his night shots. There’s a whole lot of magic happening in there.