Tag: photography

Get Well Soon
    Friday, 30 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Mike Shine wrote us and included this brilliant photo.

He wrote, Maybe the funniest, weirdest, darkest thing I've seen in a long time. This guy was on the shoulder of the road on the way to our location near Santa Clarita outside LA. A road kill racoon balloon. Amazing.

At least he is wished well.



    Thursday, 29 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Some of Tod Seelie's post Sandy coverage from a couple weeks ago. Did you happen to view his first post or Bryan Derballa's photo blog?

So sad also about the galleries in Chelsea that had extensive water damage. We asked a friend recently about the situation and commented how lucky that the galleries are insured and will cover their losses when he responded, "they don't have flood insurance. Insurance won't cover a thing." Ugh... Well, we hope they all get back on their feet quickly. Here's a somewhat recent news video story here.



    Friday, 16 November 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Tod Seelie's photos from Hurrican Sandy as he's been heavily enveloped in the aftermath and relief efforts. ~view



Steve Fitch @Robert Koch
    Monday, 12 November 2012 /// Written by Rachel Ralph

Steve Fitch (b.1949) opened his newest show, Western Landmarks and Diesel & Dinosaurs at Robert Koch on Thursday night. The space of the gallery is quite large compared to the rest in the building, which allowed plenty of space for Fitch's large-scale photographs. Immediately, viewers were struck by the color in the large works shown in the front of the gallery, depicting neon signs from desolate roads throughout the US. Instead of cheap advertising, the signs are allowed to shine onto the buildings to which they are attached, creating a glowing presence in an otherwise dark terrain. Each work is named after the specific location which it depicts, allowing the titles to flow seamlessly with the works themselves.

The colorful works in the front of the gallery contrast to the black and white photographs in the back. These photographs are mostly figurative, showing the people who may inhabit the towns hidden by the night in the first pictures. They seem to be from a bygone era of American history including diners and circuses, when people actually had to travel to make connections, and they had to use diesel fuel to do so.

The large space allows for a good overview of Fitch's work. Viewers are allowed to see two different series, which relate to, but are distinct from one another. These works have an essentially American character, and their rural settings are a nice break from the heavily urban-influenced work coming from artists working within the city. I suggest taking a trip to Robert Koch to see the works, and allowing yourself the time to take in the quiet atmosphere of the gallery and the subtle historical quality of the work; you may forget you're in the middle of downtown, if even just for a minute.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph ~ rachel(at)fecalface.com



Hurricane Sandy
    Monday, 05 November 2012 /// Written by Bryab Derballa

We started at the Brooklyn waterfront just hours before the storm was to make landfall. A brave few hopped police barriers to see how powerful the winds would be on a pier in the middle of the East River. But walking across the Williamsburg Bridge in the middle of the storm was really experiencing the power of nature. You could feel the bridge ripple in the wind. We ventured back out the morning after the floods. Manhattanites were leaving in exodus. The bridge was more crowded than I'd ever seen it. At night, it was even more surreal. A city that never sleeps was abruptly put down -- no power below 34th Street.

We rode through canyons of darkness as these monolithic buildings carved out black rectangles against the sky. There were signs of life here and there but mostly just the headlights of cars navigating the dark streets without traffic lights. After four days, the power was restored last night. New York City is slowly returning to normal, but the unfortunate residents along Jersey's shore, Staten Island, Red Hook, and Rockaway have a long way to go. -Bryan Derballa



    Wednesday, 31 October 2012 /// Written by Bryab Derballa

I'm mixing two different sets of photos here--each terrifying in their own right. The first is from a couple years ago, when I found myself in an abandoned church in Brooklyn in the middle of the night with some friends. We found these creepy rooms upstairs and spooked the hell out of ourselves. If I wasn't with friends, it would have been downright horrifying. More recently, I had an assignment to shoot a torture-style haunted house called Blackout. This time I was alone. No friends. Just a naked ballerina, disease-ridden whore, and other menacing characters. Sweet nightmares. -Bryan Derballa



    Friday, 26 October 2012 /// Written by Bryab Derballa

Magician and endurance performer David Blaine decided to stand on a small platform in the middle of seven Tesla coils firing bolts of electricity at him with no food or sleep for 73 hours.

I jumped on the project and started shooting the tests in an old maritime warehouse that used to house the Autumn Bowl. Then we moved to a pier in Chelsea to stage the event. It was a lot of work and a lot of electricity, but David survived and so did I. This is what I've got to show for it. -Bryan Derballa



Trav's Corner: Folsom Street Fair 2012 in 12
    Wednesday, 10 October 2012 /// Written by Travis Jensen

Short essay chronicling this year's San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, one of the City's most interesting and eclectic events. Series is a mix of portraiture and candid scenes. All images were snapped with a Ricoh GRD III, a small, pocket-sized compact camera released in 2009 that I recently swooped off eBay for $370 delivered. Though I already owned the film version of this camera (Ricoh GR1s) and love it, this was my first time really shooting with the GRD III. I'm really diggin the "Snap" feature Ricoh offers, where with the push of a button you can preset the focus for various distances: 1m, 1.5m, 2.5m, 5m and Infinity, which is ideal for shooting fast on the street.

Any other Ricoh shooters on here? If not, what cameras are you shooting with on the street: digital, film, mobile?



Travis Jensen Thurs in SF
    Wednesday, 03 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Our long time friend Travis Jensen, who has his own corner on Fecal Face, opens the solo show of his photographs entitled "Our City. Our Life" this Thursday in downtown San Francisco at Galette 88 - 88 Hardie Place (off Kearny St, between Sutter and Bush streets). All proceeds of sales going to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Travis Jensen captures the people of San Francisco on and off the streets getting up close and personal with his subjects. From the bum and the gangster to the socialite and the business man, Travis has a way of capturing a thoughtful humanity in each of them. Click here for a little taste of his work. ~show details



    Thursday, 27 September 2012 /// Written by Bryab Derballa

Again with the backstage and runways. I shot another season of Fashion Week for New York Times T Magazine and was house photographer for J. Crew and Derek Lam. It was another week of trying not to be noticed by anyone, while trying to notice everything. -Bryan Derballa



Kensington Blues
    Thursday, 23 August 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Derek here, old SF/Philly contributer, anyway I came across this photo project this guy is working on in Philly and thought it was pretty moving/ interesting... here is the link.

I do a bag of dope before I leave my house. If I have money at that point, um, I’ll do like, one or two bags of dope. I get ready, I get a shower, I come out, you know, catch a date, and you know, after I catch a date, well, I go get my drugs and then I catch another date, and then another date, you know. So… It’s kind of, it’s kinda rough out here. You gotta watch the cops 24 hours a day, you know what I mean? You gotta watch what car you get into. You know, I just, you know, I don’t like being out here.

Jeffrey Stockbridge (b.1982) is a photographer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



Amy Harrity Photo
    Friday, 10 August 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Amy Harrity is the talented photographer who shot Mike Giant's opening a few weeks back (photos). Not only did she do a fantastic professional job with that, but she also shoots many other subjects in and around the Bay like her recent series of portraits she's working on of people in the middle of moving apartments, This is Real, and Its Happening to Us.



Trav's Corner: Lost in Nevada
    Wednesday, 08 August 2012 /// Written by Travis Jensen

"Lost in Nevada" is the result of a six-day, no agenda, "On the Road" slash "Easy Rider" style adventure across Nevada's vast desert and back. The series speaks to the notions of freedom, hitting the open road, exploring new ground, meeting new people and making decisions on the fly. The Nevada Desert has an almost post-apocalyptic feel to it, with some areas resembling scenes right out of "Mad Max." I find this setting quite soothing and a much welcome change to the densely populated urban environment in which I dwell.

Good friend and fellow photographer Brad Evans was my travel companion on this trip. Collectively, we released a photo journal entitled "Nevada Bound," which can be previewed and/or purchased in the Photo Books section of my site. -Travis Jensen



    Friday, 03 August 2012 /// Written by Tod Seelie

A smattering of images from this year, so far (part 2) -Tod Seelie



Trav's Corner: Weekend Beer Buzz
    Monday, 30 July 2012 /// Written by Travis Jensen

So, I bumped into Trippe the week before last at the FFDG and we had a short fireside chat over a pop about me contributing some snaps to the site. Not sure how I was going to kick things off, I decided to showcase a handful of my favorite iPhone street snaps, a mix of candid street scenes, street portraiture and urban landscapes, all shot on the streets of San Francisco, namely around Downtown, the Tenderloin and Mission.

Now I don't consider myself an "iPhoneographer" -- I also shoot film and with a DSLR, but tend to use the phone during the day when the light's harsh. I have kids (yes, plural), so most of my photo adventures take place during nap time and under the influence of a few pops when the sun is directly overhead. These images were all snapped using Hipstamatic's Blackeys Supergrain and John S. lens combo, which performs quite well under harsh shooting conditions. No crops, tilts or other app wizardry applied.

Some of the images in this series appear in my new photo book, "[Insert Title Here] - San Francisco Street Snaps," which is available in the photo books section of my site. Books are handmade with love right here in San Francisco, USA. -Travis Jensen

Thanks for checking me out... be back next week, I hope.

This portrait reminds of something right off the silent screen, but with a Wicca twist. There are so many possible stories in those eyes...so powerful, so direct. The only thing I know about this woman is that she came to SF from Detroit a few years ago and likes hanging in Portsmouth Square. "It's comfortable here," she said.

Scoping the scene, Mission District, San Francisco

A portrait from my "Sidelines of SF Pride 2012" series. This is Chauncey. San Francisco, Downtown



    Tuesday, 24 July 2012 /// Written by Tod Seelie

Photos from the Tall Bike Tour 2012. Greg, Chloe, Nick and I all rode bicycles from Brooklyn, NY to Minneapolis, MN over the month of June. It was a lot of riding, eating, camping, repeat. It was also amazing, a great way to see the country (and parts of Canada). We met amazing people on the trip and climbed some big ass hills. I was trying to do daily Instagram photos, which show another side of the trip. Here are a sampling of photos that I was taking with my real camera during the ride as well. -Tod Seelie



    Friday, 13 July 2012 /// Written by Bryan Derballa

During SXSW last spring, I holed up at the FADER Fort shooting all the performances for the first three days. At some point during the War on Drugs, the shutter in one of my cameras died. I plugged it into the computer and found out that I'd taken 550,000 photos in the three years I've owned it. That's a lot of photos, but I'm happy to have a handful of good ones. -Bryan Derballa



Photo of the Day 2
    Friday, 15 June 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Got this great photo submitted by SF's Dominic Santos today for Photo of the Day. Normally we throw submissions into a folder for later, but this one's too good not to share right away.

Photo by Dominic Santos



    Tuesday, 12 June 2012 /// Written by Van Edwards

Check the photography of Ricardo Passaporte, a 24 conceptual photographer and artist from Lisbon, Portugal.


Bad Dog
    Thursday, 07 June 2012 /// Written by Bryan Derballa

I somehow stumbled into shooting a fashion editorial for Vice called Doggy District. It's basically dogs in compromising environments -- crack alley, strip club, S&M dungeon. Annette Lamothe-Ramos came up with the concept and wrangled the puppies. It was her Italian greyhound Finn Danzig that ended up the cover.

Asher Levine designed the outfits including the puppy fleshlight. Kristof Wickman and Danny Durtsche built the sets. All I did was snap the pictures. All the dogs did was run around like animals. Especially the bartender who kept hopping over the bar to attack the strippers. We had fun and they had fun. I think. -Bryan Derballa



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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details



The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.


Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading


"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.


Work by Meryl Pataky


In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59


Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link


1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.


Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details



NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON


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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.










Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...

Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.

Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.

Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?

Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.

Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.

Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.

FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners

Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.

Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.

NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.

Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding

"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle

Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.

Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.

Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.

The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.

The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.

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