|but when we grow it, we photograph it. If my calculations are correct—and there's no reason to assume they are—this Russian mammoth sunflower is from the fourth generation of saved seeds here at our Picfair Village compound.|
A little more than a year ago, I photographed a group exhibition of Italian artists put together by Nero, and the catalog with my photos just arrived in the mail. It was a fun job in a lot of ways: I was surrounded by beautiful people speaking Italian; most of the show took place at the Italian Cultural Institue of Los Angeles, which inhabits a fine building with a splendid interior courtyard; though most of my work involved lighting and photographing traditional installations, I actually did some full-on running in order to capture a performance piece that made its way from the courtyard of the Hammer Museum over to the ICI's building a couple of blocks away, and then back; finally, in addition to the excellent visual art, wonderful Balinese music accompanied the performance pitcured here. Lots of photos to share from the catalog, so please check back later this week. (Top: The cover—with which I had absolutely nothing to do. Below: A spread of a photo I shot of a performance/installation/tableaux by Italian artist Luigi Ontani.)
I love the collaborations of these two, and was fortunate enough to get up in a lift to hang out for a bit with Retna—a gracious host and fellow Fairfax High alum—as he did some painting across the street from LACMA in the late night/early morning hours. I only had my phone when I went up in the vertiginous lift, so this photo is what it is.