Barbarian Days

Surf Noir

Surf Noir

I’ve been a fan of La Luz since 2015 after the release of their 2nd album Weirdo Shrine, produced by Ty Segall. I was listening to a lot of surf music & 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 their darker surf tones blended all the elements that drew me to each of the artists above and immediately fell in love. They're top notch musicians and their vocals are easy-going (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 and as usual I brought the wrong gear--a 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. (Without flash, what was I thinking?!?) Photos were severely undexposed. I had to rely on spot metering, hunting for precious spotlights to flare through. But I love the way the mood of the photos turned out, capturing something magical about this band. VIEW PHOTOS + VID →

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




Small Vastness: The Silhouette of Minimalism


Speaking of purging things in dramatic sprees, we recently stripped and decluttered the apartment of frivolous amenities and decor. Or rather, we KonMari-ed the shit out of the place. With whitewashed floors, simple neutrals, and unfinished wood, the newly unadorned space stays true to a naturalist spirit, pointing towards the ease and calm of a beach shack. Every chance I get, I'm running home. It has everything we need — a quiet study, rehearsal space, darkroom, micro kitchen, and bed - all within the vast space of 375 square feet. A surfing life if you will.

BARBARIAN DAYS contains 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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