IGNACIO TORRES

March 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Stellar

pop.see.cul : Can you tell us a bit about your background?

Ignacio Torres : I am a Texas native who recently moved to New York to work as a photographer. The last few years I attended the University of North Texas where I received my BFA in Photography.

pop.see.cul : Did you always want to be a photographer?

Ignacio Torres : As a young kid I was interested in photography but it was nothing I seriously pursued until high school. I was first interested in filmmaking and went into college thinking it was what I wanted to do. After taking my first film related class I realized my interest had shifted to the glossy images I saw in magazines. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a fashion photographer.

pop.see.cul : Where do you usually get your inspiration from?

Ignacio Torres : Lately I go people watching in the city for inspiration. It sounds cliché but I can spot someone and I immediately start visualizing a photo in my head.

pop.see.cul : Can you explain your project called ‘Stellar’?

Ignacio Torres : ‘Stellar’ is a celebration of life and humanity. My interest in science and visual language merged through this specific project. I wanted to communicate our cosmic origins in a straightforward and captivating manner.

pop.see.cul : What is your typical day like?

Ignacio Torres : Most of my days begin with early breakfast and answering emails. It then proceeds to catch up with blogs, news, etc. Most of my day is spent researching, reading, watching movies and organizing my life.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future?

Ignacio Torres : I want to make more work and shoot new short films. I would also like to do some work with Opening Ceremony in the future.

pop.see.cul : How would you describe yourself in general?

Ignacio Torres : Positive, outgoing and comical.

pop.see.cul : Who are you favorite photographers?

Ignacio Torres : I love the work of Hedi Slimane, Robert Longo, and David Armstrong.

pop.see.cul : Do you think it’s difficult to be a successful photographer nowadays?

Ignacio Torres : I think it is extremely difficult. It is saturated with photographers
out there and having to constantly reinvent yourself to stand out is a difficult task.

pop.see.cul : Any advice for young talents like yourself?

Ignacio Torres : Be assertive with anything you do!

pop.see.cul : Famous last words?

Ignacio Torres : Thank you for your time!

Check out his website here 

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REED AND RADER

March 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our next guests on pop.asks.you are the very talented couple Pamela Reed and Matthew Rader, REED+RADER

pop.see.cul : Can you tell us a bit about your background? When did you guys collaborate?

Reed+Rader : We met while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2002. A first generation Windows iPod brought us together and made us friends.  3 months later we were living together with our first cat.  We worked together ever since the beginning but officially became the team Reed + Rader in the winter of 2005.

pop.see.cul :Do you ever disagree with each other while working on a project?Does it get hard?

Reed+Rader :We really don’t disagree much, it’s a bit cliché, but it’s like 1 person with 20 fingers.  We have very similar tastes so it doesn’t take more than a glance or nod of a head on set to point something out to the other and they know exactly what we’re saying.  The only difficult part is separating Pamela + Matthew from Reed + Rader, we’re a couple as well as a creative team, so it never shuts off.  Brainstorm meetings at 4AM aren’t uncommon.

pop.see.cul : Where do you get your inspiration from?

Reed+Rader : Much of our inspiration is technology inspired – by either the latest gadgets, games, or by hours of daily web browsing.  You often see Internet memes and gaming characters pop up in our work.

pop.see.cul : Has there been a particular project you found to be the highlight of your career so far?

Reed+Rader : Being part of the Greenbox Project with Becks was pretty cool and a dream experience for an artist.  It was a global augmented reality project where there were these giant boxes all over the world and they are the markers for the digital content that you see when you hold your smartphone up to them.  Our green box was in Milan and we created a world of clouds, smiley faces, and magic called Super AR_Avatars.  It was cool to be one of the launch artists and to be part of the project.    We were in Berlin in December to also help launch the project there and see our Green box live, it was a fun trip.

pop.see.cul : What is your typical day like?

Reed+Rader :On shoot dates we rise early, shoot, eat pizza for dinner, play with some cats and end up in bed pretty early.
On non shoot dates we rise later, email, edit work, email, play with cats, garden, bake, eat pizza for dinner, play with more cats, end up in bed playing a game or reading.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future?

Reed+Rader : For us the key word is interactivity.  We want the users to no longer have a passive experience, but we want them to participate in the work.  We love the idea of having the viewer become the art director, let them make the choices.Other technologies we are playing with are augmented reality and 3d depth cameras like the Microsoft Kinect.   These are all ideas we have pursuing and pushing in our work.

pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

Reed+Rader : Future tech, characters, playful.

pop.see.cul :Can you name a few people you’d like to work with?

Reed+Rader :We love anyone who thinks out of the box and doesn’t take themselves or work too seriously.

pop.see.cul : What are your favorite films?

Reed+Rader : Blade Runner, The Passion of Joan of Arc, Serial Experiments  Lain, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Brazil, Citizen Kane,  Metropolis, Strange Days,  The Holy Mountain, THX 1138, Star Wars, Monty Python, Ghost in the Shell, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wall-E

pop.see.cul : Pamela, can you tell us one word that describes Matthew?

Pamela Reed : Bippy.

pop.see.cul : Matthew, one word to describe Pamela?

Matthew Rader : Kodiak Bear.

To view more visit their website here

OLIVER VAUGHN

March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Oliver Vaughn is a freelance stylist and art director who does fascinating work for a number of magazines, such as Sheer and Huf Magazine. Our paths have crossed and we had the chance to collaborate with him in one of his photoshoots. He was kind enough to answer our questions for pop.asks.you.

pop.see.cul: Can you tell us a bit about your background? How did you get involved with styling?

Oliver: I’ve always loved fashion but I actually didn’t study it or plan a career in it. Bizarrely I studied law at university! I came away with a law degree and then horrified myself with the thought of being chained to a desk during every waking hour for the rest of my life. Luckily I knew some really talented people in the fashion and music industry who gave me some great opportunities. I worked hard, got myself out there and networked. You have to be very dedicated and put the hours in or you don’t get anywhere, when starting out as a stylist it involves doing a lot of work for free so you have to simultaneously put hours in elsewhere to earn money. It’s hard work but if you keep at it eventually it pays off!

pop.see.cul: What are your inspirations? Is there anyone in particular that has inspired your work?

Oliver: I am inspired by the vibrance of London and the people around me. I love looking through the collections of upcoming designers and seeing the creative brilliance that is yet to be discovered by mainstream fashion press, it excites me. I also love looking at the work of photographers like Steven Klein; I love the way he captures fashion in a way that is dark and twisted but still beautiful. For me it is essential  that fashion is portrayed in refreshing and innovative ways, so as much as I love looking through fashion magazines it is important not to take too much inspiration from ideas and concepts that have already been done.

pop.see.cul: How do you pick the people you’re going to work with for a photo-shoot? Or do they pick you?

Oliver: In terms of the creative teams I work with – they are often put together by the magazines that I work for. However with personal projects or those that I lead on the creative direction for, I am very lucky to have some fantastic and extremely talented friends in the industry that I work alongside. It is so important to enjoy what you are doing in fashion – otherwise it will show in your work, and that is so much easier when you have great people around you. I work a lot with an immensely talented makeup artist called Michelle Webb who constantly blows me away with her work – she is a true artist and I think I produce some of my best work when I am creating alongside her. Similarly I love working with a hairstylist called Kim Roy who is inspirational in her skill and technique. It is important to work with new people though and I really enjoy the variety and interaction from different and new teams that you are constantly exposed to in this industry.

pop.see.cul: Can you tell us more about Sheer Magazine?

Oliver: Sheer is a brand new high-end glossy fashion magazine. We launched with the first issue at the end of last summer and received great feedback. We were stocked in 400+ stores across the UK and 40 countries worldwide. We are just a small, young team so there is a big emphasis on promoting new and young talent within the magazine; which I think is incredibly important. It is lovely to be able to feature some of London’s best young creatives alongside some of the more established high-end brands like Burberry. We are currently working on issue 2 and made a conscious decision not to rush it out. It is going to be much bigger and better than issue 1 – so watch this space!

pop.see.cul: What are your top clothing essentials to buy for summer? What’s your favorite new trend for fall so far?

Oliver: For the girls it was clear from the summer collections shown in September that pinks, oranges and print patterns are going to be massive. For boys I always say that it is essential to invest in some decent fitted tailoring. In the summer it is all about a good pair of rolled up shorts in a bold colour. My red shorts are my summer staple (those and RayBans of course). In terms of next fall – obviously lots of black, I went to several shows this fashion week which were basically all black collections. For girls black lace pieces are a must have and for boys a sharp trench coat.

NATHANIEL RUSSELL

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Posters– Nat Baldwin,2010Call and response, SAN FRANCISCO, 2005

pop.see.cul: Firstly, can you please give us a brief description of what you do and what your background in the creative industry is.

Nathaniel Russell: I went to college and studied printmaking. After graduation I moved to California and worked in a couple printmaking studios. I made artwork and tried to show it as much and do as many things as I could. I made a lot of posters for bands, album artwork, and t-shirts. Eventually I started a blog where I post art, photos, and writing semi-regularly. I started making shirts for my friends at mollusk surf shop, more album artwork, and more posters and zines. These days I live in Indiana and make prints and drawings, post stuff on my blog, design shirts and album covers fairly regularly and try to do good work for myself and others.

pop.see.cul:  Has there been a particular project you found to be the highlight of your career so far?

Nathaniel Russell:  I was awarded the art park/atlantic residency in Byron Bay, Australia last year. I went there for a month and made art, made new friends, and hung out. It was pretty amazing and one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.

pop.see.cul: What is your typical day like?

Nathaniel Russell:  I wake up, take the dog for a walk, make coffee, do some e-mails, eat breakfast, work on whatever design, layout, or illustration gig I have at the moment until lunch, take a break and eat lunch with my girlfriend, get back to work, go for a walk again with the dog, maybe play guitar a little, make dinner, maybe work a  little more on a drawing or in the sketchbook, watch a tv show or a movie, read a book, sleep, start all over. Some days I go visit my grandma.

pop.see.cul: What are your plans for the future?

Nathaniel Russell:  I want to travel more and meet new people. I want to make better art and music. I want to get a cabin in the woods.

pop.see.cul: Can people buy your work? (if yes, from where?)

Nathaniel Russell:  Sure. I have a website (nathanielrussell.com) that has a link to a store. I sometimes have art shows where things are for sale. Mollusk in San Francisco sometimes has things laying around of mine.

pop.see.cul: Has there been any moments where you thought of leaving everything behind to pursue another career?

Nathaniel Russell: I used to drive a van for a record label and deliver boxes of records. In retrospect it was kind of nice to have a straightforward task to do and to just do it and not be stressed out about it. Sometimes that sounds attractive again. I would sometimes like to work in a record store again or run a coffee shop.

pop.see.cul: You also write and play music as Birds of America. Isn’t there anything you can’t do?

Nathaniel Russell:  There are so many things I cannot do that it would blow your mind. I really don’t think I can do all that much more than anybody else, it’s just what we choose to work at and pursue. I don’t think I’m any more special than anybody else.

Fliers – BurnCalm downThe opposite of lostRecords-Port O’Brien,Close The Lid (End Of The Road)

Ruthann Friedman “White Dove” (Ether)Matt Baldwin “Paths To Ignition” CD/LP (American Dust)

CalendarDrawings – SingerBlack hole

Gif – Cruising


GRACE HAMILTON

January 22, 2012 § 3 Comments

Here is another POP.ASKS.YOU interview. We’ve come across Grace’s blog a few days ago and were really impressed with her amazing, dreamy drawings.

Florence and the Machine

Coco Chanel

Sketchbook Pages

Carey Mulligan-The Great Gatsby

Jane Campion-Bright Star

pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?

Grace Hamilton : Hi! I’m Grace Hamilton, age 21. I live in Hertfordshire near some beautiful countryside. I spend half of my time as a Barista in a coffee shop and the other half drawing pretty girls with sad faces or making collages with old photographs and love letters.

pop.see.cul : When did you start drawing?

Grace Hamilton : As long as I can remember I’ve loved drawing. When I haven’t created anything in a while I get really uneasy like it’s a physical need or I have to work out something in my head. A few years ago after I left college I was feeling lost, I found the experience of art education restricted me. So I created my blog and shop so I wouldn’t lose my love of art.

pop.see.cul : From the work you’ve done so far which one would you say you like the best? And Why?

Grace Hamilton : I’m really proud of the work I created for Audrey Grace Boutique. The opportunity to illustrate two of the most beautiful women (Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly) was a real turning point for my art. My favourite pieces are the Marie Antoinette collages I made for the Boutique. Everything seemed to come together and relate to the stages that Marie goes through in the film by Sofia Coppola.

pop.see.cul : What are your inspirations?

Grace Hamilton : What I look for in everything I draw is a story. Mostly a love story, good or bad – so I look everywhere to find that feeling I want to achieve. Be it Fairytales, Movies, old Hollywood Icons or visits to Stately homes. I read a lot of novels and collect vintage photographs. Every wall of my room is covered in prints by artists like Waterhouse or fashion photography from different decades.  Most importantly I think music is my biggest inspiration. I listen to Damien Rice, Iron and Wine, Ray LaMontagne, Band of Horses, Counting Crows, Bon Iver and The Decemberists.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?

Grace Hamilton : It’s my dream to one day illustrate books, and to just keep progressing and growing more confident in my work. I’d love to make a career out of something creative; I just haven’t found the right path yet.  Its’ a lot to ask but I would like to create art that lasts or becomes precious to someone because of how it makes them feel, or what it reminds them of in life.

 pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

Grace Hamilton : All of my illustration work is watercolour, ink and pencil. It’s incredibly feminine and I hope has a sense of romance and loss. My work is always about a time gone by and trying to retain that sense of beauty, delicacy and style that we perceive the past has.

pop.see.cul : Can people buy your work? and from where?

Grace Hamilton : I have an etsy shop here that I will be updating very soon.

Click here to visit her blog

CAN HAKKO

September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Taking inspiration from our previous post ‘THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT‘ , we decided to interview motocross rider, Can Hakko.

pop.see.cul : Tell us a little background information about yourself.

Can Hakko : I was born and raised in Istanbul. I go to an international community school named IICS. It’s my last year of high school and at the moment I’m just trying to keep my grades up . I’m pretty excited to go to college in Los Angeles very soon. I love chilling with my friends, girls haha, riding motocross with my best friend..basically just having a good time. I hate people who are close minded. Oh..and I hate any sort of heavy metal devil worshiper type of people.

pop.see.cul : Could you tell us how you got involved in racing motocross?

Can Hakko : I started riding when I was five in Bolu, a town in Turkey. I did it behind my dad’s back. As he rides aswell, he knows how dangerous it could be at times. But I think that when he found it out, he was secretly happy and proud.

pop.see.cul: When did you start racing motocross & how did you do in your first race?

Can Hakko: My first race was when I was 14 and it was horrible! I can’t really remember everything but I know that-this is pretty embarassing– I threw up right before it and I finished pretty bad!

pop.see.cul : What do you do when you are not shredding up the MX track?

Can Hakko: I usually train 3-4 times a week and go out with my friends. I try not to party too hard when the racing season starts, it would be a disaster to race with a hangover!

pop.see.cul :Who is your MX hero ?

Can Hakko: If we were having this conversation a year ago I would have said James Stewart Jr. But now, it’s probably Justin Barcia.

pop.see.cul: 3 words that describe motocross?

Can Hakko : That’s a hard one. Well first of all adrenaline pops into my mind. I really don’t know when I’m going to crash, I don’t know if I’m going to crash that day, well hopefully not- but the feeling of it is just amazing. Second is..um, the ‘unknown’ because you never know what’s waiting for you in the next turn-what’s going to happen in the next 10 minutes, what you’re going to see, what your going to experience. The third one is… I think it’s being grateful that I can actually live this experience, just riding my heart out. I guess not a lot of people can experience this feeling.

pop.see.cul :Who is your favourite singer at the moment?

Can Hakko : Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Kanye West..yeah you get the idea…Oh! Tyler the creator..I love Tyler,the creator, I don’t know why..I think it’s the fact that he acts as if he was an asshole and doesn’t give a f*ck about his actions. He’s basically trying to piss people off and he does it in such a funny and clever way! Plus, he didn’t sell out to main stream, he still doesn’t really care about the shit people rap about these day. Nowadays, all you hear from people at the radio is how they have so much money, champagnes, gucci blablabla and Tyler is the last person to talk or brag about these kind of stuff.

pop.see.cul: Wow, you do really love him. Thanks Can!

Can Hakko : Thank me? Thank you!

Tyler,The Creator-Yonkers

KEI KOBAYASHI

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

pop.see.cul : Can you briefly describe yourself?

Hello, This is Kei Kobayashi. I am originally from Japan. I came to London to study abroad in 2006, and graduated from Central Saint Martins, BA Graphic Design course in 2010. After university, I started working as cutting assistant in Rob Ryan‘s studio.

pop.see.cul : Can you talk a little bit about your final major project at Central St Martins. What was your aim?

My final major project was a tribute to my childhood memories. The concept was ‘Nostalgia’. I created a toy, a paper puppet set, which was inspired by three books from my childhood. ‘The Three Bears’ by Tolstoy, ‘Birthday’ by Hans Fischer and ‘Caroline en Europe’, which my mum bought on their honeymoon in New Caledonia. When my mum went there, she found that book accidently. When she was a child, this book was also her favourite. When I was 3 years old, she gave it to me. The books prompted me to come over to Europe.

I was trying to make people touch the artwork using their five human senses. It is not always true that a person’s childhood toys go on to become their nostalgic treasures; but this was the case for a number of people I talked to, and it was the case for me. Some nostalgic treasures always stay with me in my daily life. Treasures take different forms for every person, however the toy, for me  is capable of fulfilling many of the requirements of a treasure. And I hope that my paper puppet will be a treasure for someone in the future.

pop.see.cul : What is the first thing you remember about your childhood? Your best or worst memories perhaps.

When I was a child, my favourite moment was when my mum told me stories every night before I went to bed. I still remember the colours of each scene and phrase. My worst memory is the day when my cat passed away.

pop.see.cul : What inspires you the most?

Not only art and design but also a trips in Europe. For example, the view from an airplane or a beautiful sunset at the seaside.

pop.see.cul : What are your plans for the future? What is your dream?

I would like to be a designer who can create quality artwork that people want to keep for their whole lives, allowing it to become a treasure.

pop.see.cul : How would you describe your style in general?

I have always described my work as ‘hand made graphic design’. It’s really difficult to explain it, because I have not only did graphic design but also fashion and product design. But all of my work was handmade. Therefore, I love to use the term ‘hand made style’

Some of Kei’s sketchbook pages :

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