Alisha Miele shows another bunch of some backstage impressions at VANTAN TOKYO FALL2013 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. The inspiration for the look is natural fresh looking skin with bold brow using MAC. Enjoy.
photos by Alisha Miele
Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2013 at the New York Fashion Week photographed by Alisha Miele. Known for her feminine designs, the designer mixed some grunge elements into the new ready to wear collection. And the models got some really wonderful natural makeup with coral-colored blue highlights for the show.
This is really pretty! “Pretty Big Mouth” is a new playful short video featuring beauty Amy Hood directed by Jonathan Leder. The new york based photographer is more then talented and you will definitely fall in love with all his amazing 35mm and polaroid work. On our personal favourite bookmarks!
“I feel like women are most beautiful when they are comfortable and willing to show a side of themselves that they keep hidden away. There is something special about sharing that moment, when they seem to be telling you a secret about themselves.” tells us ME, a professional photographer living in New York. So we wanted to share his wonderfully addictive work with you guys, and spoke to him about what a good image has to have and how important success is to him. And he told us about MIMP MOBILE WEB APP, a subscription based mobile web app for the site, that they have built all on their own and are being sold independently of the apple and android stores…
Who is behind ME?
ME, that’s me… I’m a professional photographer living in New York, NY. I’ve been shooting for the past 15 years, mostly magazine portraits. A few years back, I started meinmyplace.com because I had a feeling the simple template of real women, in their own homes, in their undies would surely be a hit. Seems to be the case.
What does a good picture have to have in your eyes?
My background is in portrait photography, so for me it is all about making the subject feel comfortable and getting that surprising or genuine expression. Having the women scantily clad is sort of a trick really. What really makes the site and the images work is that you get a sense of each person’s personality…
All the models on your site are so sweet and sexy. When is a woman beautiful in your eyes?
I feel like women are most beautiful when they are comfortable and willing to show a side of themselves that they keep hidden away. There is something special about sharing that moment, when they seem to be telling you a secret about themselves. I’m a bit of a junkie for this and can never seem to get enough.
I scrolled through a lot of positive comments and feedback. How important is success for yourself?
The positive feedback is great. Since I traditionally work for magazines and advertising agencies, meinmyplace.com is the first place where I really had interactions directly with the public viewer. It is like one giant focus group… you really get a sense of what works and what doesn’t.
And do you also receive critical voices sometimes?
Sure, but I feel like a lot of it is just ‘trolling’ frustrated people, especially the negative or hurtful comments. I will say, I do read all the comments and they are useful. I’ve developed a subscription based mobile web app for the site app.meinmyplace.com and it has been tricky to get the word out to my audience without being obnoxious. These critical voices have been very helpful for me to find better ways to market the app and be able to keep the site going. So I will certainly take the good with the bad when it comes to comments.
The thing that has inspired you the most lately – workwise and also in your private life?
Well, taking pictures is the fun part and the easy part. The real work for me right now is trying to develop the MIMP APP and market it effectively to all the MIMPsters out there. It might sound silly, but there is a steep learning curve on this for me, so when I get it right, I feel great…
The most important thing for you in life is?
Keeping things fresh and new. I’ve got a 9 year old daughter, and watching her grow up has taught me a lot about this. I think as adults we don’t realize this, but we are always changing and developing… going through stages just like kids. I think it is important to embrace change and enjoy the moment. Keep MIMPing as I like to say…
Your wishes for the new year?
I’ll never tell.
This summer we have talked with the wonderful and nice girls of Topless Pulp Fiction - and they really have left a lasting impression on us. And now finally winter arrives here in Vienna and the beautiful natural and candid images of the joyful reading girls in New York delight us even more. Very sweet.
Diesen Sommer haben wir ja mit den wunderbaren und netten Mädels von Topless Pulp Fiction gequatscht – und haben bei uns richtig bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen. Und jetzt wo es hier in Wien schon gefühlte Monate keine Sonne mehr gibt, entzücken die hübsch natürlichen und offen herzigen Bilder der lese freudigen Mädchen umso mehr. Auch sie haben die letzten Sonnenstrahlen des Oktobers sichtlich genossen bevor die Winterzeit auch in New York einbricht. Very sweet.
You are surrounded by beauty – what is beauty for you?
I’m not sure I am surrounded by beauty. I don’t mean that necessarily in aesthetic beauty. But energy. There’s very little energy in NYC right now. I find it odd that art in this one case is not reflecting culture – or better put, reflecting the economy. There is beautiful work out there, but very little of it reflects the culture of the moment. Perhaps there is no such thing, and perhaps this is why much of the work produced reflects nothing but aesthetic beauty, which is also fine.
Your images and videos are just incredible. Where does your love for black/white photography come from?
Thank you. My love for black and white photography comes from French and Italian cinema of the 1950s and 1960s. Specifically, the early films of Jean-Luc Godard, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. My love for black and white actually started before my film education. I found I related more with black and white photographs. They conveyed how I felt. But that is slowly starting to change. I’m shooting much more color now.
One of your recent tweets says: “Went through a very uninspired, drunken phase, but my motivation is now back. The discipline never wavered while in that phase, though. ”So how do you usually pick up your inspiration again?
It wasn’t so much that I was uninspired; I was exhausted and needed a break. I worked all the time during that phase, though, and continued to shoot consistently. Now I’m not sure I need inspiration. I create it based on what I’m shooting. If I shoot something I like, it makes me feel inspired to shoot more. One can’t wait for inspiration. I think one has to create it.
And where in NYC can we mostly find you in your drunken phases? ;)
It depends where people drag me to on a given day. I don’t really care where I go as long as I like the company. I could have fun at an insurance seminar with people I enjoy. But I drink much less now. I’m self-destructive by nature, so I have to keep a certain balance.
It is people and places that inspire you, – any place or person in particular?
There are specific people who inspire me. Jean-Luc Godard. Anna Karina. Jimi Hendrix. Charlie Parker. Jean-Michel Basquiat. Arthur Rimbaud. James Dean. There are also people I’ve shot who inspire me. I’m probably most inspired by them. I’ve learned much from them all. And I’m inspired by places in general, which is why I shoot mostly on location. Setting is important to my work. It reflects where I’m living and breathing at any given time, so I show it in my photos.
You have also lived in London and Paris. What are the things that you have been able to take with you from that experience?
There was something more personal about shooting in Paris. NY is impersonal. It is like a factory system. And that reflects in the spirit of a place. As I said earlier, there’s very little energy in NY right now. And you see that in much of the work that is produced out there. You don’t see much work that reflects how people live in this city. You primarily see people standing in front of walls. There’s no energy to shoot, so people shoot walls. I shoot subjects in front of walls, too, from time to time, because it’s beautiful and it has its place. But that happens when I’m not living.
Is there a difference of working within photography/ film in Europe or the US?
The differences are all in the aesthetics naturally. For example, a photographer from Paris can move to L.A., but he or she will still shoot Paris in L.A. There is much less red tape, as well, in Europe – at least during the time I was shooting there to develop my book. There were more people willing to help in Paris. For example, model agents with whom I was working consistently set up appointments for me with magazines. In NY I’ve never once had that happen. I think photography is more encouraged and supported overseas. You feel you’re part of a universal movement, however small or large. In NY you feel a separation from the collective.
You said that the hardest part about photography is the business side to it. How do you manage this way?
One day at a time. I’m getting better at it with time. I much more enjoy meeting with people now.
In a few years you want to?
Make a film. I will eventually make films. Though not right now. I have little patients for that now. But I have started writing a three-part story – three movies – based on the rise and fall of two people.
What is the most important thing for you in life?
I hate to say it because it sounds so sappy – but I would have to say the most important thing is love. Love has saved me many times from the darkness we all fall into from time to time. A few times all it took was an encounter with someone, who then made me want to break the monotony that misery can bring and look at things with a fresh perspective.
You just have to love Dylan Forsberg! His photographs include everything what we really, really love. They are natural, raw and sexy. So it was only a matter of time until the talented New York-based photographer brings out his own magazine. “Transmission” is the name of the really good piece and you get it free in a few selected “NYC downtown stores”. Oh yes!
Dylan Forsberg kann man nur lieben! Seine Fotografien beinhalten nämlich wirklich alles was wir so richtig lieben. Sie sind natürlich, raw, sexy und wirken so gar nicht inszeniert. Irgendwie war es dann auch nur eine Frage der Zeit bis der talentierte in New York lebende Dylan sein eigenes Magazin herausbringt. “Transmission” heisst das richtig gute Stück und bekommt man gratis in einigen ausgewählten “NYC downtown stores”. Ohja!
Hey, thanks a lot for your time. How are you and what are you up to at the moment?
Closing the 5th issue of lovecat
When will it be out? Around July 12th
How did you start lovecat and what is your ultimate goal?
We started lovecat out of our love for beautiful women who remind of us the days when fashion models looked like women and not men or aliens, our ultimate goal bringing sexy back.
And what about the name- do you love cats? :)
We fucking love cats, the bigger the pussy the better lol
“After reading countless fashion magazines we became bored and felt that someone was missing. This uncensored visual tales are meant to take you back to the supermodel days when beauty and feminity ruled the world.” Is a quote by you. So when is a woman beautiful in your eyes?
We think all women are beautiful and there is nothing more sexy than a confident woman who is aware of herself and can have men eating out of her hand Take Paz, Pam Anderson, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Rita Hayworth etc..
And despite being bored by a lot of stuff out there, is there still some magazine that you really like?
We love V, Pop, Love and Sports Illustrated swim suit edition /French Playboy
How do you chose your artists – what is it that you are looking for exactly?
Someone who understands sexy without being vulgar or to cheap.
You have had 4 issues so far and you already had big names inside- how did those collaborations come about?
We have been truly blessed with some great friends , we couldn´t have done it without our dear photographer friend Ellen von Unwerth who truly made our first issue amazing. It means so much that she did for us – her and paz.
Tell us about your proudest moment in regards to lovecat so far…
Our next issue coming in July
Who or what inspires you? Love inspires us
5 things you cannot live without?
My other half, strawberries , my cell phone, water and love
Your current obsession… Ashley Smith – love her
As a child you wanted to be…
Prince: I wanted to be a radio announcer ,
Jacob: I wanted to be photographer since I was young
We are very pleased to show some of her work on C-Heads and she tells us what a good model is for her, who she would love to photograph and what the best and worst things about London and New York are…
Love your images. They are very strong, natural, expressive and cool. How much of yourself is in your work?
Thanks. A lot, very much. I would like to think that I could be recognised in the images I put out.
Keira Knightley, Lily Cole, Rubert Friend, Creep, etc.. you had them all in front of your lense already. Who else would you love to shoot?
Right now, Azealia Banks.
What is a good model for you?
Someone who likes being photographed. But that doesn’t necessarily make a good subject. Its a small thing, but a good model always knows what to do with their hands.
You are also shooting landscapes and you did a feature shot for the Financial Times about the Iraque and Afghanistan veterans. Do you have a different approach when you are shooting something with a more serious topic like that? Is it more difficult for you than when you are doing an editorial shooting?
No, I don’t have a different approach. When I shoot more ‘serious’ subjects, or photo essays, if you like, then it kind of involves less planning, because I’m not projecting anything on to the subject. It´s more about exploring what is already there.
You are from London, but you spend most of your time in New York. What´s the best and worst thing about both places?
They both suck. I couldn’t live without either.
What inspires you?
Beauty, sadness. Humour.
5 things you cannot live without?
Girls. Mexican food. Frozen Margs. Leather. Denim.
In a couple of years you will be?
I would like to be payed more. And I would like to travel more.
The spirit for your life is?
All images © Emily Hope
Interview by Sigrun Guggenberger
Musician Maya Arulpragasam MIA Maya Takes to the Streets Published May 30 2010 C Ryan McGinley courtesy Team Gallery New York
The exhibition is cocurated by Kathy Ryan, longtime Photo Editor of the Magazine, and Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture Books. The Aperture-produced exhibition is comprised of eleven individual modules, each of which focuses on a notable project or series of projects that have been presented in the pages of the Magazine. A must see when you are around!
Exhibition: 23 March – 30 May 2012 at Foam.
Open daily 10 am – 6 pm, Thurs/Fri 10 am – 9 pm.
Tickets: € 8,50.
Outside the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street 109 pm C Mary Ellen Mark
Hell yeah! He is the yummy guy that is on
everyone´s lips at the moment. The 25-year old New York based model Bradley Soileau, with the awesome tattoos all over his body has not only seduced Lana del Rey in her videos– we also adore his cool looks, his distinctive face and individual expressivity that are characterizing for his images. Well, and if you manage to get your eyes off him, make sure you read what he has to say about his success, his music plans and what the most important thing in life is…
Hey Bradley, many thanks for your time- how are you and what are you up to at the moment?
Not a problem at all. Well, currently I just woke up, was hanging out with my girl and I’m about to hop in the shower after I finish this interview.
You have done tons of cool photos. Is there any image in particular that conveys a great deal to you?
There are a few. I did a shoot with the photographer Emily Hope for theones2watch.com and a few of those really stand out to me, I also really enjoy the editorial I did for Bullett magazine because it showed the real me, the fun me, the me that loves to be goofy and enjoy life.
We love your tattoos- is there any tattoo that you wouldn´t do again?
I think maybe my knuckles. it says “FUCK PO$I” which is short for fuck positivity, which is a very negative thing to have on you permanently.
So at the moment you are really on everyone´s lips -what do you think constitutes long-term success? Or you don´t care about that anyway?
I am on everyone´s lips and it´s pretty funny. I feel like the key to long-term success is to take this hype/buzz that´s going on around my name and turn it into something solid. Maybe do more of my own music, or a clothing line. Something that all these people will see, but something that will be more permanent.
How was working with Lana del Rey?
Lana del Rey is a really nice person. Working with her was easy. No drama and she´s down to earth so it wasn´t hard to do.
You two look really great together in the videos- is she also your kind of type in real life? :)
No, she’s not my type in real life. I need someone wild like me. She´s great and she´s a friend but you won´t be seeing a relationship between the two of us.
We read that you wanna be a successful DJ/ producer. Is there already something ready that we can listen to?
I have a soundcloud from a few years back, but that´s about it. I dont have a lot of money so it´s hard to record. but check it out. soundcloud.com/defff666
You have been asked so many things already, so what other question should we have asked you and what would be your answer?
Idk, I feel like the questions that should be asked are the questions that have been asked. I don´t want to ever get too personal, and I really don´t want to talk about Lana that much, so when it comes down to it, the questions I´m usually asked are just right.
Have you ever been to Vienna? If you have any plans to come let us know and we get drunk together! :)
I haven’t been and if I make my way, we should get a drink or 5.
Where can we usually meet you on a Saturday evening?
Depends what´s going on. At home smoking some weed with my homies or maybe out in the east village, the lower east side, or the meatpacking district. I just hate weekend cause all the bridge and tunnel kids come out and they usually suck.
5 things you cannot live without?
my girl, love, money, food, music
Is there anything that makes you sad?
shit talkers, people who are 2-faced, and backstabbers
The most important thing in life is?
Thanks Bradley for your time!
Interview and Text by Sigrun & Christine Guggenberger
The images are from October 2011 and are showing the protests at Liberty Plaza on Wall Street. The pictures were exhibited in context of the ”No Comment”-Popart Artshow (23 Wall St, New York, NY, 10005) www.nocommentartshow.com
Photographer: Alexandra Maria Sira www.ams-photodesign.com
Model: Desireé Kaddatz (Rockstar Models)
At the New York Fashion Week Mike Vensel showed his Fall / Winter 2012 Collection “Horus Haw” which got inspired by the ancient Egyptians. The designs are minimalistic and simple but also with strong black/white contrasts. And besides being a fashion designer Mike Vensel is also a great photographer. Like no other he uses clear stylistic shapes in his images – always staging the two contrasts, the model and the landscape. More on his website.
Im Rahmen der New York Fashion Week zeigt Mike Vensel seine Fall / Winter 2012 Collection. Diese stand unter dem Motto “Horus Haw” und wurd von der historischen Zeit der Ägypter inspiriert. Wie immer zeigen sich Mike´s Designs minimalistisch und einfach aber auch mit starken schwarz/weiss Kontrasten. Mike Vensel ist übrigens abseits des Designerlebens auch ein grossartiger Fotograf der wie kein anderer auch bei seinen Bildern zu stilistisch klaren Formen greift und damit immer eine Inszenierung zwischen den beiden Kontrasten erreicht; des Models und der Landschaft. Mehr auf seiner website.
images © 2012 Mike Vensel