Lara Dominguez: piano
This picture sums up my feelings stepping into 2019. I actually haven’t spent much time reflecting back, only looking forward. I can only say that 2018 has been an incredible year of changes. I'm still in the beginning stages of those changes so 2019 feels like stepping into the unknown. I don’t know where all of this will lead and that’s ok. I don’t always want to know. Sometimes it’s just nice to wake up and find myself lost. Being lost forces me to slow down, soften, become aware and listen to my own intuition.
I wish you all a Happy New Year. Trust your own journey. May the year 2019 guide you back to your self so that you can move through life from a place that is quiet, at ease, grounded and whole.
i love being at home. i’m a huge hermit and keep a simple home. the quiet inspires me to listen and look at everyday things with affection.
After 9 years of listening to these fellow East Bayers from Oakland, California, I finally saw the Clams live at the Music Hall of Wiliamsburg. It was as dreamy as I imagined it would be. They were recently picked up on Dan Auerbach's label, Easy Eye Sound. Their new album Onion brought out their best sounds. I felt completely star-struck by Shannon Shaw. I was happy to capture the Clams on 35mm. These are unedited.
Met up with friends. I introduced them to the band accompanied by my usual ravings and gushings over Shannon.
Love Strike from their last album Onion captured on video.
Into a Dream from their album Gone by the Dawn by Hardy Art Record, produced by Sonny Smith who is also now on Auerbach's label.
My favorite moment of the night. Shannon Shaw wearing her heart on her sleeve and wiping tears away after singing Don’t Close your Eyes from their latest album Onion. That same vulnerability drew me to their songs 9 years ago. I love Cody's guitar stylings here
2018 has been pretty awesome so far in terms of concerts, seeing La Luz, Radiohead and now Shannon and the Clams live this year.
La Luz is easily one of my favorites 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. Their vocals are chill, none of that belting stuff. Singers who scream and belt through songs like mad are not my cup of tea. La Luz's california surf-doo-wop-space-noir are the stuff of dreams.
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 :)
meeting shana while buying merch made my night. #luzer
“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 personal projects in art, photography and music. My photos are primarily self-processed using traditional printing techniques in the darkroom. Art has 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 quiet and unhurried space. I enjoy finding poetry and narrative in small moments of everyday life, simple gestures, intimacy and detachment. My personal work explores the basic properties of form, color and space to find quiet and unsophisticated simplicity.