Loving Out Loud: Powerpig Photography….

What happens when a photographer with a subversive sense of humor, an affinity for pop culture and a love of Legos decides to meld them together?  You get one of my favorite emerging photographers, PowerPig ….

PowerPig Collage

Combining super saturated colors, pop culture references and a healthy dose of irreverence, Powerpig’s photography has a twisted innocence that reminds me of part 1990s Japanese anime and part Damien Hirst.  It’s saccharine sweet with a dark subtext – totally up my alley.

I recently pitched two of his pieces a client …..


PowerPig_Fortified with Vitamin S

The first is called “Outbreak” and I think would be completely appropriate (and rightly hilarious) in the client’s bathroom, while the second picture is “Fortified with Vitamin S” and I can see hung in the client’s kitchen.

While PowerPig’s art isn’t for everyone, it fulfills the three criteria I have for selecting art for a client – (1) it provokes conversation, (2) reminds me of the client’s personality and (3) elicits a smile each time you look at it….

And honestly, I am grinning from ear-to-ear right now……

PowerPig photography and other artwork is available via Society6.com.

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My World in Pictures…Introducing My Living Room

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to work with my friend and professional photographer, Eisaku, on shooting our living room at the condo.  I have gotten repeated requests from friends, family and blog viewers to showcase the room since posting pictures of the feature wall.  After failed attempts to take pictures of the room myself with my camera, I enlisted the help of Eisaku to photograph the space.  Eisaku is truly a renaissance man; graduate of Berkeley, a classical violinist (he plays with the Marin orchestra), photographer/model and a fully licensed practitioner and partner in a thriving Eastern Medicine clinic in Walnut Creek, CA.  And did I mention that some of his work was recently featured on Good Morning America?  Honestly, I was lucky to snag him for half a day to do the shoot, but fortunately for all his talents he possesses, he isn’t a great cook (go figure!) so with the lure of a stellar brunch, baked treats and a fridge full of leftovers to feed him for a week, I was able to book a date.

Not wanting to waste Eisaku’s time, I decided to limit the shoot to three things: (1) head shots of myself (to come shortly), (2) shots of the living room and (3) shooting a holiday tablescape I created so I can start a pseudo-portfolio.  People keep saying that the things I do at the house are good enough for editorial work, so I decided to put it to the test and see what the outcome was.  I still need to do a few tweaks to those pictures, but I will be sharing those also very briefly.

However, without further adieu, here is our living room circa December 2010!

And them for some laughs, I deposited myself into some shots ala those design magazine editorials I dream of styling one day…….

Then I decided to up the drama ever so slightly…..

Don’t you love the “dreamy” far off expression, I am trying to give for the camera above?  I was trying to “smize” for the camera while channeling Rue Magazine and a bit of Elle Decor for good measure….did it work?

So that is my humble living room in the house?  I again want to give a big shout out to Eisaku who I worked like a dog for a better part of 5 hours on the shoots.  I hope he has forgiven me because there are a few more concepts I have in mind that I want to test!  You can see more of Eisaku’s work on Flickr at www.flickr.com/etphotoworks or you can contact him directly at etphotoworks@gmail.com.

I am quite proud of how the room looks and am excited to share the tablescape shots with you!  As usual, I love hearing from you, so drop me a line at lifeoutloudmail@gmail.com or leave a comment.

Thinking Out Loud: In-Laws

My partner has a fantastic relationship with his parents.  They are open with their opinions, respectful of their differences and always in the other’s corner.  From my end, they have incorporated me into their family with a fair amount of grace and openness.  I am grateful for their generosity, support and many times love.  I am lucky in many ways and I am excited to see how our relationship develops.

They arrived today for an extended visit before they start the process of packing up to move to Taiwan for retirement.  It is odd to think that they won’t be just a flight away in New Jersey.  However, I am positive there are new adventures to be had when we visit them in Taiwan in the coming years.

Here are a few pics from our visit to Twin Peaks:

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