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~