Submerge

U.S. Royalty x Submerge


I love shooting rock shows. Maybe it's because I used to manage my friends' band (sexy rock jams HERE) and I get nostalgic, but I love it. And not just front of house in the pit during the first three songs (though that's fun too), but the hang out behind the scenes, ritual and Jameson-laden mundane day to day prep for shows and rehearsals. There's a sense of camaraderie in bands and the people they attract that is hard to find elsewhere in the creative world, and I think it's something worth documenting.   

As part of the incredible programming planned by No Kings Collective in their pop-up gallery Submerge where I showed in late 2012, they brought in the band US Royalty for a raucous basement set that ended up being an intimate industry who's who hangout. They sounded on point and I had fun taking some snaps during the show and at the after-party at DC dive bar extraordinaire, Jimmy Valentine's (no sign on the door, sticky floor, redlight-soaked interior, exceptional atmosphere). The guys have some of the best style in the city, and the crowd was intensely well-dressed as well. Enjoy!






Can't help but love the My Little Pony hair color. WANT. 










Anti-Hibernation Scene


I'll be the first to admit that I've been hibernating. 

With winter seriously set in, a birthday, new apartment, trip to Vermont for the holidays, jetset to Sydney and Melbourne for a couple weeks, and work up the wazoo, December and January have been a whirlwind. That coupled with a serious artistic drain in the aftermath of my recent show at Submerge, a shift in a new direction was much needed. I did take some super sweet Instagram snaps along the way - you can check those out HERE, and I'll be doing a round-up from my travels Down Under.  

But never fear, I'm back for 2013 and ready to continue with more photos and video in the works!  I'm planning some big thematic and visual changes for GoKateShoot in the coming months, and am really excited. In the meantime, I'll continue sharing what I'm shooting, with interesting characters, wild style, and adventures sure to end in calamity! 

Per usual, as I'm sure you know by now. 


These photos are from a series of nights out on the town in late November - a little jaunt to the Warby Parker VIP party, which was insanely trendy and had truly excellent music (and glasses on a bus, whee!) is coupled with the social photos I took at Submerge, where I was showing, and snaps from Shannon Cusellos oh-so-fabulous birthday bash. The usual cast of characters are all fabulous and present, plus photos of Eliot getting hugged by, well, EVERYONE! Edgy and DC street with a little dash of crazy, these night out styles are to die for. Make it to the end - I really, really love that last photo.

Enjoy, and welcome back!























































Submerge 2012 Opening Weekend


This weekend, I showed my work for the first time, at Submerge DC. So many things happened this weekend, I just thought I'd do a SUPER POST and tell the whole story. Enjoy!



Entitled Vitalitat, my show told a complex visual narrative of my dear friends Eva and Kerry, who passed away this past January in a tragic house fire. You can read about what happened and see more of the original images here

It took me two weeks of difficulty sleeping and several very insightful creative friends' input (infinite thanks to Michelle Ferng, Eliot Payne, Martin Swift, and Eric Schulze for being so wonderful) to narrow down 40 images to the 8 that I printed and framed to show; the process was emotionally and artistically draining since the work is so personal. I added the hand-written prose piece on the left for the public opening after struggling to tell the story behind the images to people who went through the work the evening before; I didn't want to run the risk of the context being lost, and loved the idea of putting my own physical mark ont he space itself. 

My work is accompanied by a piece by my artist and dear friend, Brandon Hill. Below is what the final installation looks like. 



I met them on the hill overlooking the river, 
the Hudson. 
They knew to dance in the sun, all 
sinew and limbs. 
They were best friends and we became friends.
IT WAS BLISS. 

In January 2012, 9 months after these photos, 
Eva and Kerry passed away in a tragic house fire. 
They Vitalitat lives on. 


Martin Swift saved the day week, helping me run all over town, keeping me caffeinated, chilled, and helping me install the work the evening before the show. I took this short series of portraits of him one afternoon during a quick coffee meetup, because the light was incredible, and sort of completely adore them in their magical everyday-ness. 



2000 people came to the soft opening of the show, since it was the DCWEEK Closing Party, and boy, was it one hell of a party! Friend and exceptional DJ Jerome Baker III (the "DJ's DJ" someone said) was on the decks, and the space was packed to the nines with techies, creatives, scenesters, and Washingtonians looking for good art and a good time. 

I was exhausted after installing my show, creating a short film for the Ford Artist Grant that was screened at the party (no worries, I'm releasing this week!), and putting together another short film that I'll put out soon. Two fims and a show, all put together in 4 days? Phew! Despite all that, I had a great time at the party!







A hand-made journal, for writers or artists who need to roll a cigarette while they get their creative on...brilliant little thing. 

The organizers and other artists showing and attending Submerge are among my close friends here in DC, and after the public leaves, everyone just kicks back to relax. These are my favorite moments to photograph; everyone has incredible personal style (I met many of them by photographing them), but it's effortless, and the clothes never wear them. This kind of style isn't playing dress-up, or putting on a costume. It's narrative.

Benevolent Media founder Erika and Peter Chang of No Kings Collective share a rare moment of quiet.

It was a pleasure running into DC fashion icon Anchyi Wei both Friday and Saturday and chatting about how we met - I took her photo, of course! 



Shoe swoon.





Fellow photog and general creative Jill-of-all-trades Tré came out!


Josef Palermo celebrates Rah-Jah Kelly's birthday with him!

Add Micah Greenberg to the mix and things always get colorful...and infinitely stylish!



Best. Birthday. Picture. Ever.


And then occasionally, I'll end up in front of the camera, like the old days, with some of my favorites. Silliness with Eliot Payne, Tré, and actress Catalina Lavalle, ahoy! 

I'm wearing handmade leather earrings from Butler + Claypool, a necklace from my travels in Istanbul, a Zara top, lace shorts and lace stockings. 





TransFusion Stills


Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing and making several short films with the talented and stylish Deena Odelle Hyatt. Here are some stills of her looks; you can see the rest by attending the DCWEEK Closing Party (tickets HERE), where my short film TransFusion will be debuted (as part of the Ford Artist Grant I received), and Submerge DC, where I will share our collaborative video installation and am one of the featured artists for my still photography work as well. Be sure to register for the Submerge opening on the website above; it's free to get in, but you do have to register. 

Happy Monday, all! 





And what am I wearing for all of this artistic galavanting? Why, layered vintage graphic prints, of course! A little bit tribal and a little bit down home, I can't get enough of layering these pieces as the days get cooler and I have a grower desire for coziness. 

Ziggy Stardust and BIG NEWS




I love Halloween, and always have. What?! It is now socially acceptable for me to wear this insane hat/facial glitter/period-era Civil War ball gown?! I'm in. 

Being the rock and roll-loving girl that I am, this year I opted for a fem take on David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, complete with face makeup, slick-back, and silver bodysuit. A little much? Of course, that's how you know my love is reeeeeal! You can find my full look (complete with dragstar Vogueing) in this set of pictures HERE, but these are two multiple exposure self portraits I created to document the look. Enjoy!

NEWS!!
I'm showing my work twice in the next two weeks or so! 
I was selected by Ford (yes, the car company) and DC Week creators iStrategyLabs to receive their Ford Artist Grant and create an installation for the upcoming DC Week Closing Party. That will be November 7th, here in DC, and you can find details and tickets to the party at the DC Week website.

I'm also going to be one of the featured artists showing as part of No Kings Collective's Submerge 2012 art festival, the highly-anticipated return of their smash success pop-up gallery. I'll be showing a robust collection of large-scale prints of some of my most personal work. Aside from being some of my closest friends here in Washington, Peter Chang and Brandon Hill of No Kings got rave reviews in the Washington Post about how they're changing the model for the art industry in DC with Submerge and other pop-up events they build out an curate with international artists. After working on several events together, I'm more than a little proud of them, and would love to have you come out for the show. It opens November 10-18th, and you can get all the details HERE.