Kate Woodman: Gender Equality and All Things "Woman-World"

When I first met Kate at a restaurant in midtown Manhattan determining whether I would like to represent her, I thought to myself; quiet, un-assuming, deceptively fragile in a very lovable shy exterior.  I couldn't believe the power in the visual content and that it was juxtaposed against this otherwise soft-spoken artist.  After some discussion about her career in Portland (where she hails from) and a discussion about her commitment to showcasing a fantastic version of reality, I was pretty hooked.  I knew the work I saw printed in the book was only half-representative of the woman that stood before me, and I must say that a few months later, I'm happy that my intuition was correct.  In her latest series, "This Is A Woman's World", we get to see this creator bring forth her vision of a better world using sets and props (probably all sourced for under 50$ as is her usual ethos of creativity meets ingenuity/thriftiness model) and characters she cast herself.   She makes a statement to the workforce that women for far too long have been doing the work of men and have endured the unconscious behaviors of sexual harassment, pay inequality and a host of other shadows that, left un-addressed, will surely mean the death of a compassionate, sensible workforce with a vision toward a better future for all.   Kudos to you Kate for your boldness and commitment to support womenfolk everywhere. 

 

Artist Statement 

This Is A Woman’s World is a conceptual photographic essay which focuses on women working in traditionally male dominated fields.  The series aims to both celebrate and empower women by defying the gendered stereotypes of labor.  I believe this message is more powerful than ever in today’s climate where, despite overwhelming displays of solidarity amongst women, challenges in the working world continue to manifest. These challenges include gender pay gap, sexual harassment and abuse within the workplace, exploitation of women of color, the perpetuation of unpaid domestic work solely being female as well as a myriad of other oppressive forces working against women. 

The series also seeks to challenge the societal expectation of what a “working woman” looks like. Though models have always been used for creating idealized realities, by deliberately utilizing stereotypically attractive women, we draw attention to their femininity as well as create a strong juxtaposition against their perceived masculine roles. We thereby challenge the notion that a woman has to be plain to be strong; moreover, we acknowledge and celebrate the beauty of women in these industries—an attribute which is often perceived as detrimental to a woman in a male dominated field.

 

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Air Born - A New Film by Dominique Palombo


I’ve always been drawn to telling stories with human movement. Dancers were always natural fit, since to me they are the very definition of that idea. But when I came across Shawn & Ayo practicing their Freerunning techniques near the Venice beach boardwalk. I knew immediately that I wanted to film them. Like everyone, I was familiar with the style of acrobatic moves of Freerunning but I had never experienced what it was like see it person, really close up. Being inches away completely changes the experience, and because, I was getting better with shooting on a gimbal, I could now follow them just inches away and give the whole thing a more visceral, intense feel. Getting them to synchronize their moves in different arrangements gave me really cool juxtapositions and unpredictable movement composition and made it much more dimensional.  I could showcase the strength and power of the movement, whilst being completely inside the technique.  Finally, editing this together was really fun, and agonizing, since so many combinations looked cool.  After about 80+ different revisions, I finally settled on the combination that really flowed and did it justice.   This is how personal projects are for me, but they are the beat of my heart when I finally complete them. 
 

#Summerfeels: Philip Edsel for CB2

Recently, CB2 asked photographer and writer Philip Edsel to help them usher in the First Day of Summer with his series #captionsbywriters for their Instagram feed. Philip wrote pieces to accompany images he shot in Los Angeles that encapsulated the idea of #summerfeels by documenting not people, but light.

Read the posts below.

 

"The sun rose, a sweet light, and took its time to fill in the nooks left hollow by the night, vibrant and angular across concrete, as hard and soft intersected to signal the break of summer day."

 

"On summer days like these, designs of graphic shapes — the golden mathematics of the sun — write the solstice on the surface of the earth."

"We stood there watching surfers oscillate amongst the waves and bathers line the sand like rays from the sun, unconcerned but grateful for a season of slowness, of basking, of skin tinged with salt. "

"In the evening we swayed along the pier to the summer soundtrack of distant children laughing. And as the ferris wheel churned slowly overhead, I made sure to remember the wind and the wave, the seasons in cycles, and the warmth of your hand clasped gently in mine."

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"The Light shifted and shattered at the shut of day as you and I lay counting the colors multitudinous on our skin like mirrors. And for just a second I was tricked into thinking the world was perfection, a beautiful reflection, a moment of timeless, weightless, stillness."

Curated's Sheri Giblin: New Dynamic Editorial - Jolie Laid

Curated Artist, Sheri Giblin has been back in the studio producing all sorts of new content for your imagination.  Recently, she's been working on how to tell food stories using dynamic animation.   Welcome to the first series - Jolie Laid.   This story, now launching on all social channels,  speaks to the fragility of relationships, sensuality, coming together, coming apart. Please check it out on Instagram @surlyspice or www.sherigiblin.com Creative direction by James Dunlinson food styling by Victoria Granof, prop styling by Robyn Glaser, produced by Joe Lombardo, editorial writing by Abbey Kuster-Prokell. 

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Fitness, Designed and Conceptualized.

Combine Curated Artist Philip Edsel's strong eye for design and knack for dynamic, conceptual imagery with fitness product and the results are stunning. Inspired by the designs of Nike and Beats by Dre, Edsel creates a powerful statement against some stunning backdrops in Austin, Texas. Check out the stills and animations below.

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Curated's Philip Edsel Shoots Live for MTV @ SXSW

Recently, MTV reached out to us to source Influencer Philip Edsel to shoot along-side their directors at SXSW to capture some stunning imagery of some popular music celebrities.  And celebrities there were.  Captured in brief here are Rick Ross, rap mogul and entrepreneur, and artist, Life of A Desiigner.  

Curated's Bill Diodato Launches New Website

 

BILL DIODATO’S EXPRESSIVE AND INDIVIDUAL SENSE OF BEAUTY AND STYLE HAS EVOLVED INTO THE PERFECT MEDIUM. REFUSING TO BE PIGEONHOLED, BILL CONTINUES TO EXPLORE THE FINE LINE BETWEEN ART AND COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY. HIS IMAGES ARE NOT JUST THE RESULT OF TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT, BUT OF A REFINED AESTHETIC THAT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF HIS SUBJECT. THE WORK IS A CULTIVATED RESPONSE TO POPULAR CULTURE AND DRAWS ON AN ECLECTIC MIX OF INFLUENCES. THE RESULTING IMAGES STAND OUT AS BEAUTIFUL, COMPELLING AND ORIGINAL.

 

CLIENTS: AVON, CLINIQUE, BURTS’ BEES, CLARKS, CLAIROL, JOHN FRIEDA, JERGENS, BIORE, GUINOT, MADERMA, NIKE NBC, HEWLETT PACKARD, PRADA, MARLBORO, STUART WEITZMAN, VICTORIA’S SECRET, NEIMAN MARCUS, SAKS 5th AVENUE, LORD & TAYLOR, BLOOMINGDALES, DELTA AIRLINES, COLE HAAN, JUAN VALDES, VAIL COLORADO, BURTS’ BEES, SCHICK, REEBOK, ALLURE, MARIE CLAIRE, GLAMOUR, NYLON, INTERVIEW MAGAZINE, NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, TRAVEL & LEISURE MAGAZINE AWARDS: GRAPHIS PLATINUM AWARDS 100 BEST IN PHOTOGRAPHY ANNAULS, COMMUNICATION ARTS, AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS, SOCIETY OF PUBLICATION DESIGNERS, INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, CANNES INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL, ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD, INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS.

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Philip Edsel captures portraits during the chaos of New York Fashion week.

This month Philip Edsel was chosen by Tumblr to be one of their creators during New York Fashion Week Men's. They gave him an all-access pass and the freedom to create, so while most of the other photographers were trying to capture the insanity and action of the runway, Philip was looking for quieter, more personal portrait moments amidst the chaos. 

It was truly a photographers dream. With dozens of models, designers, and even their celebrity friends milling around backstage, he was able to steal them for a quick second to grab a portrait, usually ducking behind a rack of clothes for some privacy, or up against a window for some beautiful natural light. Here are a few of the images from his experience.

Herieth Paul, the new face of Maybelline.

Herieth Paul, the new face of Maybelline.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye

Model Madisin Rian before walking the runway.

Model Madisin Rian before walking the runway.

Steve Aoki

Steve Aoki

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Dominique Palombo - 2017 Directors Reel Announced

Curated Artist, Dominique Palombo recently released his 2017 director's reel for viewing. Palombo is recognized for his powerfully crafted and carefully edited work with dancers and choreographers both in his still and live-action work. He has worked in the broadcast space on commercials for Tudor Watches, Louis Vuitton, Elie Tahari, Rachel Roy and Sleep Number Beds, showcasing his viewpoint on how authentic character movement and music, when combined harmoniously, will evoke a call-to-action.  

Andrei Duman: Solo Exhibition Opening - G2 Gallery - Venice, CA

Andrei Duman's solo exhibition Aerials to Animals, featuring some of his most compelling aerial photography and animal life from around the world opens March 21 - May 20, 2017 supporting Audubon California and Eastern Sierra Audubon Society in support of Owens Lake. 

The G2 Gallery, founded in 2008, is an award-winning nature and wildlife photography gallery that facilitates change by bringing attention to environmental issues through the persuasive power of photographic art. Supporting art and the environment by showcasing the world’s most celebrated nature and wildlife photographers, and donating the proceeds to environmental charities is G2's mission.

G2 presents an illuminating range of exhibits along with informative lecture presentations, film screenings and special events, held in partnership with local conservation and educational organizations. The gift shop features fun, eco-friendly items in its trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard location.

Owens Lake is a mostly dry lake in the Owens Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, California. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Lone Pine, California. Unlike most dry lakes in the Basin and Range Province that have been dry for thousands of years, Owens held significant water until 1913, when much of the Owens River was diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct, causing Owens Lake to desiccate by 1926.[2] Today, some of the flow of the river has been restored, and the lake now contains some water.  

Proceeds from the show are donated to the preservation of this national treasure.  To RSVP to the show and to donate to a good cause: 

 RSVP | RSVP@theg2gallery.com 

 

 

A Look at Influencer Philip Edsel's Groundbreaking Instagram Novel

In 2013, I combined my love for photography and writing into a project aimed at creating a community of writers on Instagram, called #captionsbywriters. I wrote a series of short prose entries inspired by the images I would post.

Then in 2014, in honor of National Novel Writing Month (November), I decided to be a little more ambitious and write the first ever Instagram novel. It was a photographic novel consisting of 30 original images and chapters, written and post each day. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but luckily, it ended up being a project I'm super proud of, and one that gained a lot of attention. To read the novel, entitled #TheValleyOfAshes, you can either search the hashtag or the hashtag #myinstagramnovel, or just follow me @edsel and scroll down to my first title post which you can see below.

Here are a few of the posts! (And here is Instagram's feature on me.)

We're live!

Curated Artists has officially launched. And we couldn't be more excited!