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Photographer Daniel Weiss has an eye for the elegiac (or straight-up bizarre) detail that makes a picture tell a thousand words. His photographs are witty, pretty and wise. Check out the New Yorkers series and the Street Scenes, both of which are spirited and immaculate. We love ‘em!
Weiss also keeps up a photoblog which actively documents his NYC adventures: a stroll down 9th Avenue, an encounter with a karate-chopping Frenchman named Jean-Pierre who claims a past friendship with Frank Sinatra and enjoys feeding squirrels in the park, buskers in the subway, and more. It’s a huge pleasure to scroll through, like taking an epic walk around the city with a pair of fresh eyes.
Daredevil Thor Drake, the man responsible for some of the craziest mini-bike stunts in Jackass Number Two, is living the dream. What kid doesn’t want to grow up to do crazy tricks, weld together trampolines and bounce down the street? Thanks Lance, for allowing us to vicariously live like Thor– if only for a few minutes.
Ana Benaroya is a woman of many talents. First, there’s the incredible skateboard she designed for Furni Skateboards (above). Look at that thing! It would almost be a crime to commit it to noodle flips and switch 360 booger grinds, or whatever skaters do these days. That board belongs on a wall with some sort of security mechanism to prevent people from stealing it.
Other elements of Benaroya’s prodigious portfolio include sweet posters, a Moleskine diary of her travels in Spain, awesome screenprints, and so much more (feast your eyes on the hand-painted Converse hi-tops!)
Best of all, Benaroya’s hobbies include being a decent human being and accessorizing a wide variety of foods with hot sauce. We love her so.
Pete Halupka is a 20-year-old photographer from Chicago whose wondrous work is marked by a rapturous reverence for motion. Even in the stillest of his still lifes you get the sense of a world in flux, an impermanent moment fearlessly captured with nary a second to spare. Is it any wonder that Halupka excels at his expeditious day job as a bike messenger? Pete was kind enough to fill us in on his favorite pizzas, his photographic philosophy, and his skateboarding goals for the coming decade.
Have you been on any adventures lately?
I haven’t been on many adventures as of late. My friends and I have been with families out of Chicago because of winter break so the adventuring has been low it seems. I went to St. Louis over the weekend and realized how lucky I am to ride my bike in Chicago where the roads are flat! The Mississippi River is intense. I mostly just sat next to it and drank root beer.
Most of our adventures here in Chicago come from out of town friends visiting from all over, all the time. The next time that happens our friend Erin flies from Atlanta with plenty of Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits to come play in the snow here. Then we go to NYC. We have a pretty big group of friends in NYC and I anticipate gettin’ down, eating plenty of slices and pop, and illegally purchasing alcohol at corner deli’s.
I feel like I’m trying to live up to what my photos have made my life to look like but really I just do normal stuff with my friends like play Modern Warfare, buy a lot of $5 Hot N’ Ready’s, and have potluck burrito dinners.
I think we all came from small towns so we are really easily entertained. But we do get outside our living room. It’s true. Maybe this winter is just making me pessimistic.
What are you looking to capture when you’ve got your camera in hand?
I just like taking pictures. I think I take pictures for the same reasons every else does. But I do like knots, morning light, Pilsen alleyways, color, lack of color, powerlines, snow, prairie grass, vast landscapes, tall skyscrapers, several of the same item stacked on top of each other or connected, and old food.
Which photograph that you took in 2009 are you most fond of?
Oh, man. Probably this wilted slice of watermelon hanging in a noose on my back porch. I was super into that idea for a long time and finally photographed it. It just all came together and I even was able to hang it in this really amazing group show for Harold Arts Residency. I also shot this box of Neapolitan ice cream melting that I enjoy. And in April I shot this banana on a windowsill with this picture of my brother’s roommate dressed up as a vampire at a young age propped up next to it. I guess I really like food. But I think I’ll settle on the watermelon.
What’s the best pizza in Chicago?
Oh dude. I watched Anthony Bourdain’s show and I believe he said some place in the suburbs had the best deep dish.
I don’t spend a lot of money on dining out but I have had the chance to have Gino’s and Giordano’s. Both were fantastic and I would say go to the one with the shorter line! Bacci’s pizza is ok but the slices are as large as your upper body. I’m sure a bunch of Chicago locals will read this and be mad that I don’t know more about the pizza scene. Sorry, dudes.
Got any plans for the coming decade?
Finish school, buy a farm, get as many plaid wool jackets as possible, buy more boots, keep my leatherman on my belt at all times, continue making work, start a skateboard co-op for kids who can’t afford boards, learn French after I learn Spanish, get a dog, become less extroverted, learn to fly fish, open up my Boy Scout handbook again, become closer to my family because they’ve been amazing to me, have a rabbit, fall in love permanently and make work with that person, get a brand new road bike from that year custom fitted for myself, make mistakes and learn, learn to play harmonica, get bit by a snake, continue to be a bike messenger here, own a print of that photograph Sally Mann did in Deep South of that scarred tree… and probably meet Sally Mann, photograph a priest, go take communion and slip it into my pocket, take an agricultural science class, downhill mountain bike a lot, skateboard forever, see Spike Jonze nollie heelflip with or without loafers, see the Gonz hippie jump something, bomb a hill with Dennis Buzenitz and follow his line, and last but not least, continue to move forward in life in a positive manner.
Perusing the website of designer Rob Matthews (whose zine, If Drawings Were Photographs, we posted about recently), I came across a boss illustrator named Trevor Burks, Matthews’ dear friend and the inspiration for an amusingly creepy art piece/t-shirt entitled I Miss Trevor Burks. Burks’ cleanly geometrical drawings seem to suggest the story of a generation growing up on a trajectory parallel to the increasingly complex polygons of their video game platforms. He also made an awesome mural depicting a dog licking a cat licking a gnome.
Perhaps the most intriguingly nostalgic series in Burks portfolio is Skate Myths, a set of drawings examining “personal mythologies surrounding growing up skateboarding in a small town.” Burks was kind enough to break down some of the influences behind these pieces for We Love You So:
The illustrations were based off of different environments we would skate as kids, and the characters were constructed with forms and colors from their surroundings with the idea that those were an integral part of our personalities. All of the gestures and interactions between the characters were formed from real situations too.
Every now and then when we skated in public, a small audience would gather; generally one or two younger kids who were horribly fascinated by what we were doing (despite how well we were doing it). In one illustration that character is shown as a kid with a grass and dirt colored head holding a football as he watches an older kid with a cement colored head skate in a parking lot.
Another thing we would do was alter our surroundings to make them more skate-friendly. It was so natural back then to put together some janky set-up to skate on. It might have been the juvenile carelessness of looking at the world of objects exclusively for their form and how we could use it to our advantage, but it was creation at its purest and we loved it. As children, our attempt to rationalize only went so far, we had to fill the rest of our time with our emotional response to the environment.