Barbarian Days

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imageMy main guitar is a mexican strat with a beautiful sunburst finish. It's the most comfortable guitar I've ever played. The neck and action are just right and it has a warm, clear tone. I couldn't be happier. I've been working on strengthening my fingers and getting my mind to send better signals to my fingers for better control and isolation.

As with almost every aspect of my life this year, I've completely changed my approach to playing the guitar. After years of studying dance, yoga, zen, art and design, I've learned that the best way to gain strength and balance is to find ease and softness in movement so that it becomes a sort of moving meditation. I can't stress how important it is to release all the posing, rigidity and tension that is so much a part of our lives today, not just while playing the guitar but in every facet of our lives. As with photography, dance, yoga, or any artistic, physical or creative endeavor, what we want is real strength, not a show or a set of poses. This approach forces me to slow down considerably while playing, moving instead towards softness and ease. I get to a point where I feel like there's no need to hurry anymore because anything that is important to me is worth my time. And this little mexican strat is worth every bit of my time by at least a few years. It's important to be patient and take my time with it as much as I am patient with myself.

some scenes from the 4th during our long walk home. the more i think about freedom, the more i’m drawn to the hermitic life of a secluded recluse. celebrating freedom from work today.

Surf Noir

La Luz is easily my favorite band today. I’ve been a fan since 2015 when they released their 2nd album Weirdo Shrine (produced by Ty Segall). At the time I was listening to LOTS of surf music and my usual favorites like Link Wray, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Shannon and the Clams and Irma Thomas. I came across La Luz and found that their darker surf tones blended all the elements that drew me to each of the artists listed above and immediately fell in love. They're top notch musicians and somehow they make everything look easy. Their vocals are easy, none of that belting stuff that I can't stand. Singers who scream and belt through a song like mad are just not my thing. La Luz's california surf-doo-wop-space-noir is exactly the type of music I've been dreaming of writing and listening to for years.

I watched them perform live at Public Arts in the city. As usual I brought the wrong gear with me. These were shot with a rangefinder camera with the smallest rangefinder patch, making it nearly impossible to focus in dim light. I had to zone focus most of the night (yuck). I also brought the wrong film speed, a 200 rated at 100. No flash of course. (What was I thinking?!?) Photos were severely undexposed. I had to rely on quick spot metering as soon as I found a spotlight waiting to flare through. But the photos have an interesting mood and captured something magical about this band. I love the way these turned out anyhow.


They played my favorite song and happy I had the chance to record :)


The Ordinary

35mm film

He had become so caught up in building sentences that he had almost forgotten the barbaric days when thinking was like a splash of colour landing on a page.

— Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

This shot at Montauk inspired so many ideas. I was all over the place visually from Antonioni, Noguchi to simple Betty Crocker illustrations. I get excited playing around with different design elements from unrelated and deconstructed sources.

a surfing life

35mm

moody montauk

having the beach to ourself. montauk off-season. 35mm. self-processed

small vastness

simple neutrals.

home is a minimalist retreat

the lost days

sessions on the guitar, lap steel,
piano, synth, ukelele

till there was you

Lara Dominguez: lap steel
excerpt

guilty

Lara Dominguez: piano
excerpt

toothpaste kisses

Lara Dominguez: electric guitar
Marcelo Dominguez: acoustic guitar

tonight you belong to me

Lara Dominguez: ukelele
Marcelo Dominguez: electric guitar, ebow

new year's eve

Lara Dominguez: vocals
Marcelo Dominguez: acoustic guitar

only you know

Lara Dominguez: piano

stroboscopic. dream machine.

love the ghost

farm to table breakfast. sunfrost farms. woodstock

montauk. 35mm

“I was inventing a language for people to see the everyday things that I also see... and show them something different, simply the other side.”
- F. Woodman


Barbarian Days contains my personal projects in film photography and music. My photos are primarily self-processed using traditional printing techniques in the darkroom, while music has always been a constant source of inspiration. Playing music and working in the darkroom have a wonderful way of slowing things down and allow for a much needed opportunity to spend time in my head, tapping into mysterious surfs of sine waves in a dark and unhurried space. Both music and photography bring me to a place where I feel most connected to the surrounding world and the world of dreams. The stillness turns magic out of ordinary stuff, the things we usually pass by without noticing. I enjoy finding poetry and narrative in moments of everyday life, simple gestures, intimacy and detachment.

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