Weft+Hide

My girlfriend, Emma Fineman, has created clothing and accessory brand called Weft+Hide.  I spend all my free time with her so I get to watch it all unfold and grow into something larger every single day.  Emma is driven, talented and does not hold back when it comes to her artistic passions.  Many emails have been exchanged, phone calls placed and relationships fostered to bring this dream to life and I can't wait to see what it grows up to be!  Stay tuned for a blog post about her burgeoning studio space in Oakland, CA.

Here are some behind the scenes photos of the lady behind the goods-


Irving Street Projects

On Irving St. between 44th and 45th Avenues in San Francisco's Outer Sunset district is Irving Street Projects (ISP).  Run by Artist Kelly Inouye, ISP is a gallery presenting experimental solo projects by contemporary artists.  My girlfriend, Emma Fineman, heard about the project on Instagram and alerted me to it immediately.  We've been collaborating on some very colorful photo projects in the area and this was right up our alley... avenue? 

Before a day of exploration and shooting, we stopped by the gallery with hopes of meeting the artist in residence, Leah Rosenberg.  As we were about to leave after finding the gallery locked, Leah walked up, paint buckets in hand and welcomed us into the space.

We asked her if we could utilize the space for some quick portraits with fun clothing and makeup.  She let us!  It felt really good to be utilizing a space that was already so creative for some more creative work.  It felt right.  At one point, a young boy came by with his mother to see the color the room was painted that day.  He wore a sweater with buttons that he'd collected from Leah that represented each color the room had been painted (21.)  He even brought fresh baked cookies to show his appreciation.  At that moment, we could really feel what the gallery means to the neighborhood.  It's not pretentious, not stuffy and extremely approachable.  There is no barrier between artist and viewer.  It encourages interaction.

Link to the project website-

http://irvingstreetprojects.org/

Here are some shots from the day-


Set in the Street with Justin Bettman

First, a little background.  I met Justin many years ago on a youth trip in the middle of our high school years.  He moved to New York after attending school in Southern California and began to work for an ad agency.  It's been fascinating to follow his growth as a professional photographer.

A few weeks ago he reached out on Facebook asking for help with the latest installation of his ongoing "Set in the Street" series.  He began the series in New York City with Gozde Eker and the series was picked up by New York Magazine.

While he was home for the holidays, Justin, my girlfriend Emma and I set out to scout a location in the Mission District of San Francisco.  Justin determined that the intersection of 18th St. and Valencia would suit his sidewalk set perfectly.  The sidewalk had to be wide enough to construct the set and leave room for foot traffic, had to have a fence for hanging a backdrop and could not be blocked by parked cars.  

At 5:45am on the morning after Christmas, we arrived at the location as eager to set the scene as kids with presents on Christmas morning.  Justin had gathered the props, found on Craigslist, from all over the Bay Area.  He brough a small couch, a Christmas tree, an end table, a carpet, wrapped presents, curtains and a lamp.  Slowly the help started trickling in.  The models, the makeup artist, and later even Justin's parents showed up.  

At around 7:30am the shoot was in full swing and the following ensued-