Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Polaroid Salute to 9-11



It's easy to remember how awful something was... I'd rather recall how beautiful the skyline was.

Found these two lovely Polaroids mixed in with my family photos. They were shot by my godfather in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this diptych, please contact me. jena.ardell@gmail.com These images are not listed in my etsy shop.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Young Love: A New Polaroid Series


This is a series about a couple in the 70s and their child-like journey through love. I am proud about this series for a number reasons:

#1 My friend Ian and I really look like we are in the 1970s.
#2 There were only a minimal amount of outtakes, which = wasted film/money.
#3 Neither my camera nor my film crapped out on me.
#4 I knew Ian be perfect for a 1970s series AND he didn't complain at all while we shot photos (both Polaroid and digital) for eight hours and didn't really stop to eat anything.

and what I am MOST proud of...

#5 My mad self-timer skillz. What most people don't realize is: all of the Polaroids you see of me are self-portraits. Like all my self-portrait shoots, Ian and I only had 12 SECONDS to get into character, including the time it took me to jump into place (and sometimes on his back).

You can view the series in its entirety at http://www.jenaardell.com/ I will be adding all of the digital photos/portraits of Ian to my site very soon.

(Special thanks to Natalie, who helped out by telling me whether my head was in frame in the car shots!! xo)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Just ripped an a-hole a new a-hole on flickr

DISCLAIMER: I don't advocate being mean, but sometimes it's just necessary.

I just received a nasty little email from flickr user sunderlandartstudent and feel compelled to share it with you guys just because of its sheer preposterous-ness. Here it is:

Subject: um.. your stuff is not that good for you to be snooty about who borrows what.

i looked on your website and you rip off painters and other photographers left right and centre, in fact most of your work is a rip off of this artist
www.flickr.com/photos/neilkrug/

Anyway im not here to pick an argument, simply to point out how much your work is a theft of others.

AND HERE WAS MY RESPONSE:

First off, who the hell are you?! Did I accidentally comment on one of your flickr uploads?! I can't even believe I'm wasting my time to respond to you, but I love arguing with assholes online and you fit the bill.

Take a look at when Neil Krug started shooting poolside Polaroids and girls in bikinis: 2008. Now take a look at when I started shooting them: 2007. NICE TRY ASSHOLE. I love Krug's work, but I hadn't heard of him until 2009 or 2010. AND the main difference between me and Neil is... I DON'T PHOTOSHOP MY POLAROIDS. Nor are all of my shots of a supermodel, nudes or musicians. Back to your left, right and centre bullshit... I am inspired by David Hockney and Robert Bectle, I'm ASSUMING some of my images reminded you of their work. And guess what, that's intentional. In fact, I even attribute them in my tags or captions.

Anyway, I'm not here to pick an argument, simply to point out how ABSOLUTELY WRONG YOU ARE.

Thanks for taking the time to be envious of my work,
~Jena~

P.S. Might wanna send Neil Krug a similar email now...


For the record, I don't think Neil Krug is copying me or ripping off my work. I just wanted this douchebag to see how asinine his accusation was. I must have denied him or someone else free usage of my photographs in the past?! WHO KNOWS.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

PUBLISHED IN ROLLING STONE!!


An image I shot of Dave Grohl at The Foo Fighters's secret show at the Roxy has been published in the March 2011 edition of Rolling Stone Magazine!! (Page 26). More of my images, a slideshow and a recap from the show (along with a recap of the secret show held at Spaceland) can be found at LAWeekly.com.

I can't even begin to explain how surreal it is to have shot an image I know I would have clipped in high school and hung in my locker, haha. I'm 26 now, but the 16 year-old-me vividly recalls forcing my parents to play "Foo Fighters", "The Colour and the Shape" or "There is Nothing Left to Lose" in the car on the way home from school AND to and from the movies AND to and from our weekly visits to our favorite Chinese restaurant, haha. And of course, I had to skip a lot of the songs because my mother thought Dave Grohl "screams too much" (She loves The Foo Fighters now, by the way), but songs like "My Hero", "February Stars" and "Everlong" were always welcome.

I never considered concert photography as a viable career option until it fell into my lap two weeks ago when L.A. Weekly's music editor contacted me and gave me an opportunity to cover the show. I have always taken cameras into venues, but never had a legitimate purpose which merited photo pass access. The irony here is... I couldn't get a photo pass for that Foo Fighters show at the Roxy and had to use my Canon PowerShot to cover the concert. I set everything to manual and convinced the camera it could shoot well. Securing an amazing spot in front of the stage helped too. I was able to capture the entire concert, not just the first three songs a photo pass would permit. I'm covering two concerts this week (Cake at The Troubador and 311 in Anaheim) where I will finally be able to use my 5D. Can't wait!!

I'm looking forward to attending concerts, shooting photos and writing for L.A. Weekly. (BONUS: I'm finally able to put my Journalism and writing degrees to use!!) I hate the word 'Serendipitous' (because it reminds me of that cheesy John Cusak movie), but that's the perfect word to describe how 2011 is shaping for me. :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Robert Townsend Collaboration




I am currently working on a collaboration with favorite contemporary painter, pop realism painter Robert Townsend, who is transforming a macro self portrait I shot of sprinkles on my lips into a 36x36 oil painting for his show at Sue Greenwood Gallery in Laguna Beach, which opens June 2, 2011. You can track the progress of the painting here. You can see more of Robert's work at: www.freecolortv.com

PERSONAL FACTOID: Robert and I met through this very blog, thanks to this post I made about Bill Wood.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I'm such a jerk sometimes... not really... ok, maybe.

Just have to share this convo I am having with an Etsy seller. For the record, I LOVE ETSY!! Up until now, sellers have never disappointed me and, if anything, they impress me with their cutesy packaging and Martha-Stewart-esque wrapping skills. However, THIS shop is another story.

Here is the item in question:


15 February 2011 9:39pm
Hi,

I just received this dress and I appreciate the fast shipping, but I am really disappointed with the dress. I wish I knew it was a homemade dress made from vintage sheets (or a large pillowcase) prior to paying $25 for it. It doesn't even have a zipper. :(

~Jena~


15 February 2011 9:39pm
Hi Jena,

We are more than willing to accept returns under circumstances when we have made an error or gross misrepresentation. The vintage item described and pictured is the item you received so we do not feel is was misrepresented. We are always happy to convo back and forth until you have enough information to make your purchasing decision, including questions about the size, fabric, zipper or not, ect. There are inherent limitations in both posting and purchasing items, especially vintage items, online and we do our best to present items as accurately as possible. We are always here to answer your inquiries.

Thank You,
Vice4Vintage


AND HERE'S WHY I AM A JERK:

17 February 2011 6:48pm
Hmmm, I never thought to ask "Is this dress merely made from vintage bed sheets??" but I will be asking sellers that from now on.

Thank you,
~Jena~

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Years Commitments

"You won't see me writing resolutions, instead I do commitments". ~Melissa Galt, interior designer and social media extraordinaire.

I really like Melissa's approach and attitude toward setting goals in the New Year. I have a strong belief that 2011 will be my biggest year yet, in terms of photography opportunities and collaborations. I feel like all of the stepping stones are in place and I just have to start walking down the path. I've been my own roadblock for too long. As social as I seem, I am a bit of a hermit. This year, I am going to push myself out of my comfort zone and seek opportunities to meet and work with people I have always hoped to work with. For example, I want to shoot photos of Fiona Apple. That is going to be one tricky goal to achieve, but a few of my life goals are already starting to materialize, so hopefully I can add that to my list...

Here's which goals are around the corner:
-to have one of my images be published on the cover of a novel (happening this month)
-to create and sell a photography book (happening in February--if I ever get my act together)
-to collaborate with my favorite contemporary painter, Robert Townsend (happening now)
-to meet Dave Grohl (pending...)
-to meet Steve Martin (happening in February)
-to meet all the members of 311 (happening in March)
Yes, the last three are really life goals of mine, don't laugh. ;)

REMEMBER: "What you create tomorrow is built on what you act on today." (Melissa Galt, again) SO GET GOING!!