- ATARAXIA -

Hey guys - pictured here is the first volume to a new print series I'm creating called ATARAXIA, a word meaning tranquility, peace, and stillness. This will be an ongoing project. This first volume, 44 pages long, is focused primarily on the solitude found in American and Mexican scenery, discovering colorful locales, loud only in terms of their vibrancy. 

This is the first day of my contest, where any instagram user can win themselves a limited copy by hashtagging #ATARAXIABOOK on any one of their own photos that expresses the title in their own way. What creates stillness and peace in your reality? On the 31st of this month I will choose my favorite, and that person will be sent a copy! I'm very excited to share this with you all. Thanks for sharing with me too. 

@portablesera


Still Life + Moments - FROM LA to TX

Phil and I just got back from a road trip from Los Angeles through Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. My focus is typically on the lifestyle of a location, creating a place as a biography in a literal way, but I decided this time to try to capture the trip in a less rigid way, noting points of interest through a smaller pinhole. We managed to stop by several noteworthy spots such as Balmorhea, which is the largest spring fed swimming pool in the world, small Texas towns like Alpine, Marfa (can't stay away), and Van Horn, as well as White Sands New Mexico. All I can think about these days is escaping the city and going somewhere a little dustier, with sun and shade and seasons. I'm definitely going through a bit of a phase, and can't tell when or if it'll ever end. More road trippin' already penciled in before the end of the year. Can't wait to explore more of the USA.


California Pottery Launch Party @ DREAM COLLECTIVE

I attended the party for the new line of jewelry at Dream Collective in Silverlake and was stunned at how much the shop had changed since the Kuu Collections party. I honestly couldn't have imagined it being any more beautiful than it already was, but the new plants, arrangements, items, and the freshest line of jewelry proved me otherwise. California Pottery is the name of Kathryn Bentley's new collection, which not only comes in brass but also sterling silver. The opening party was a great success, thanks to the likes of Pharmacie LA (and their beautiful acai cocktails), Lauren Spencer King who featured a new print of hers, Ramsey Conder, who makes gorgeous cast cactus miniatures, as well as the cool people who manage to make Dream Collective such a great shop to visit in the area. 

Ramsey's cacti garden, and Lauren's print on the wall. 

Ramsey's cacti garden, and Lauren's print on the wall. 

Spencer Ayer from Pharmacie LA

Spencer Ayer from Pharmacie LA

Highlights from the California Pottery collection

Highlights from the California Pottery collection

Some of the newest designs of mix-n-match fine ear studs, made with yellow and rose 14k gold and precious stones.

Some of the newest designs of mix-n-match fine ear studs, made with yellow and rose 14k gold and precious stones.

Kathryn between Lauren Spencer King and Ashley Neese

Kathryn between Lauren Spencer King and Ashley Neese

Mar with guests

Mar with guests

Admiring some of Heather Levine's earthenware lamps

Admiring some of Heather Levine's earthenware lamps

Beatrice Valenzuela, owner of self-named shop in Echo Park 

Beatrice Valenzuela, owner of self-named shop in Echo Park