Gallery Opening: Pump Me Up at the Corcoran

Last Friday was an intense night for party hopping, with lots of things to shoot! I started my night at the Social Media Week Closing Party (I'll release those photos tomorrow), and then bopped over to the extremely sold out opening party of the Corcoran's new exhibition, Pump Me Up. Detailing the straight edge and go-go movement of the 1980's in DC, the show was as colorful, eclectic and awesome as anticipated. 

The style of the attendees was amazing too - I sailed in in the last 20 minutes of the party and was blown away by how well-dressed everyone was. I photographed a few GoKateShoot favorites, who were making my favorite statements of the evening. Above, performance artist Katie Macyshyn was rocking turquoise and red ombre hair that was to die for, and paired with black rhinestone eye makeup was a strong statement. Read on for more!

Graphic tights are softened by a feminine pink skirt

Models Jackie Okoko and Catherine Pitcher pose with Sheldon Scott - so glad that I'm friends with these sartorial three, they always make such statements!  

Aviator cap? Yes please.

Of course, the stunning Shannon Cusello looks incredible in a graphic print dress

Trend spotting: skinny jersey scarves on men

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. 

Hirshhorn Hang Out

In my first day off in a long time, Martin Swift and I went to the Hirshhorn to see the Ai Wei Wei exhibit. Everyone's raving about it, and with good reason - while controversial, the work is incredibly beautiful and artisanal. Here are a few quiet photos of Martin and I dressed casually to bop around the gallery. I'm wearing a vintage mink hat, scarf by local knitwear designer Denada Design, leopard coat from a boutique in Vermont, and Frye booties. The light dusting of snow was perfect! 

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!

Heat Street

It's time for some more sweet street style! I've been out shooting street on assignment for some awesome style publications - most are still under wraps (shh) but THIS set of summer sundresses came out in Refinery 29 last week and I'm really excited to share it with you! I took these other photos while out shooting for that, since I just couldn't resist. You can see why, I'm sure. It's been meltingly hot here in DC (seriously, the tarmac at the runway melted two days ago), so the fact that these Washingtonians manage to look so fresh is a miracle. Hats off, for sure. Enjoy, and happy weekend!

PS - I'm going to TRILLECTRO tomorrow (many thanks to Modi for the all-access hookup!) and will be shooting some awesome festival style and giving away Uber credit and swag. Get your ticket, come find me (tweet me to do that) and show me your rad style. Hope to see you!

There's more!

Dwayne Brice of Hu's Wear is one of DC's most stylish gentlemen, and I took these snaps when I popped into the store to say hey and visit. 

Deena and her wedge sneakers are so incredibly trendy and I love it.

Performance artist Holly Bass getting her sundress spin on

Film Style: Men and Art

You know I love to shoot film, as it is one of those throwback activities that I truly do for love. The lack of control is liberating, and the need to get the shot in one go is empowering. Thus, here are some style film shots to ease you into the weekend; a set of menswear style and a set of the late LATE night set-up of the warehouse art pop-up I collaborated on, the Water Street Project. 

Above is the ever-dapper Grant Harris, menswear aficionado and founder of Image Granted. More snaps below, with even more film photos later this week...enjoy!  

Antonio, of Jack Spade

Eliot Payne and the gentleman of Jack Spade

Georgetown afternoon with Eliot Payne of Accoutre and cocktails at Martin's...old school DC at its finest.

Street artist Billy Mode, hard at work, and other photos from the set-up of the Water Street Project

Billy Mode on Film

During the creation of the Water Street Project, I spent many days in a row at the warehouse documenting the creation of the pieces. I have some rad stop motion videos that I'll be sharing soon, but here is a film film I took of artist Billy Mode in front of his piece. Awesome! I'm loving becoming friends with the DC street artists; I think their work is really inspiring and am looking forward to sharing more of it here.

Happy Sunday...I'm off to Baltimore to shoot Hon Fest for Washingtonian Magazine! You know I've got my beehive hairdo and cat eye glasses on! Shazam!

The WW Club: The Photos

You asked, so here they are; I'm happy to present a few photos I took at the smash hit WW Club speakeasy style event we threw last week. I restrained myself from sharing most of the burlesque photos in order to keep things family-friendly around here (Hi Dad!), but I know all of you have appropriately vivid imaginations and elephantine memories. ;) You came, you drank, you impressed the hell out of us; well done, Washington! 

I've said it before but I'll say it again; many thanks to...
Style goddess Elise Peterson for being an excellent partner-in-crime
Bow tie and menswear guru Eliot Payne
Peter Chang and Brandon Hill of No Kings Collective

Our star performers...
Burlesque queen Cherrie Sweetbottom
Songstress Alison Carney
DJ Spinser Tracy
Style collective Prepster Punk
Fidgety Feet dance troupe extraordinaire

And our lovely partners in style, for the event and look books...
Jack Spade
Alton Lane
Hugh &Crye
Ginger Root Design
The Good Kin
Streets of Georgetown 
It's Vintage Darling
Dr. K's Vintage

Also, I think you'd like to know that WE DRANK 29 BOTTLES OF WHISKEY. Rock star studs, all of you (ladies included, I know you know how to knock 'em back too)! Looking forward to raising the bar (and a glass) again next time. Cheers!

Corcoran, Student Exhibition

As many of you may know, I am excited to be photographing a long-term project with the Corcoran College of Art + Design, helping them completely re imagine their website and print materials. The students and artists that compose the community of this hallowed institution are themselves completely inspiring; their art, personal style, and ways of addressing the world are diverse and unique. In addition, I have the chance to create evocative imagery around the gallery spaces there as well, meeting, photographing, and being inspired by many greats. GoKateShoot is so much about how people choose to communicate visually, and where better to go to do so then one of the best art galleries and schools in the city. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to engage in an artistic dialogue once more. While I look shooting street style, it is my larger, more creative projects that get me inspired and excited. I come from a studio art background and miss the lively intellectual rigor of critiques, hours spent intensely crouched over a canvas, and the free-wheeling, intuitive, and emotional thought process behind developing a communal body of work. DC has been incredible for this, and I have found artistic souls with whom I am blessed to create work (much of which is yet to be realized, as we continue to plan, but you'll LOVE IT, I promise). My own work has shifted and evolved, and I am looking forward to seeing how those changes meet the challenge of communicating what is incredible about the Corcoran. 

A local jewelry designer pears through the case holding her work, above. I adore the strong, intricate details. 

This young artist is wearing 4 different prints, has half his head shaved, and has a strong visual sense of self. The last statement is the most important. 

Artist Nick Cave spoke to an attentive packed house about his work, the incredible sound suits. 

I love this woman's beautifully thick belted coat. This is just the right kind of bulk. 

GOLD SHOES. !!!!! Enough said.

Mother daughter duo, with matching tights. Trend. 

This artist covered her nails in stickers because she was inspired by the colors. That's reason enough for me!

A jewelry students work speaks to an industrial marriage of organic forms and a modernist mentality. I love it!

GoKateFilm: 30 Americans

Happy Monday! To start the week off, here is a series of photos I took using a disposable film camera as part of a project I did with Thirst DC cofounder Eric Schulze (pictured with the contents of his pockets below). Whenever I get a little too comfortable with my typical working patterns, I like to change styles and reverting back to my old school art background is a great way to keep things fresh. 

On Martin Luther King's birthday, I took the opportunity to revisit the 30 Americans exhibit at the Corcoran, meeting up with some of my stylish friends along the way. Stylist Elise Peterson, performance artist Holly Bass, creative team Kimee Brown, Stephanie Mills, and Michelle German, and several others. all came out to see the exhibit.

I love the lack of control with film; it is an excellent exercise in patience for me, particularly the time between dropping the film off and getting the proofs back. I have experience developing my own film, but here in the city it is much more time efficient to get it done. I love the painterly look of the photos; it is an incredible look at a truly moving exhibit. 

Demigods Helping the Homeless Party

Several weeks ago, I shot a series of documentary photos for the Real Demigods to raise awareness of homelessness in DC. In addition, there was a campaign launch event at Smith Commons, where professional street artist Gregg Deal turned several of my photos into insanely gorgeous, enormous pieces of art live. You can view his stuff (mine is the last one at the bottom of the page) HERE. Here are a few images that I captured during the event.

 This photo of me was snapped by my stylist and friend Elise Peterson.  I really don’t think there is anything more chic than a sensual black cashmere turtleneck. I’m pretty tall (5’9”) to begin with, so those killer platforms give me an even more extreme height advantage.  

Local stylist Quincy Jones came out to chill with us; I always love shooting and chatting with him! 

Quincy and my stylist Elise, who is wearing vintage Versace and fur (per usual).

Local artist Trey Smith introduced me to Allagash; my loves for whiskey and good beer finally unite!

I have gads of photos backlogged that I am excited to share with you, from my trip to NYC and otherwise. I’m inundated with parties this week and will be traveling back to NYC again this coming weekend, so I’m a little slow in churning those out but will do the best I can. Cheers!

Travel Snapshots of the Final Days in Istanbul

On my second to last day in Istanbul, I calmed down about working a little. I rode the ferry from the Asia side of the city to the European side while drinking tea (read: spilling tea) and watching the sun rise as I had most days before. But instead of going to deal with project organizers, models, or vintage clothiers, I lost myself with two other artists in the back streets of the Grand Bazaar. Istanbul has a pulse, a life, and it was important for me to capture that. 

So we shopped. We haggled and bargained our way into 4 kilos of Turkish spices apiece, leaving the young man at the market smiling but scratching his head at how we got such a deal and how we would get it home. We ran our fingers through silks and cashmeres, inspected handmade bowls in hues that mirror the light inside the Hagia Sophia. Spices assaulted our senses. I sat on the steps of the city center mosque with my eyes closed and listened to the rhythm of Istanbul. The light smell of roasted corn on the cob wafted from every direction, and I could feel the hems of ladies long burkas brush the ancient stone steps as they went to pray. In a way, I prayed too, a small and soaring prayer of thanks to the city of Istanbul and its people. 

Photos by Monika Rizovska where noted

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

Monika Rizovska

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Press Preview: 30 Americans

I had the pleasure of attending the press preview for the new exhibit at the Corcoran, 30 Americans. The exhibit, which runs through February 12, features 31 African American artists and their commentaries on racial, sexual, and historical identity. I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with the curator of the show, Sarah Newman, and developed a deep appreciation for the thoughtful process and months of work that go into curating a show like this. In each space, Sarah centered the installation around one master work and coupled it with emerging artists who were influenced by that older generation. I found the work to be incredibly diverse and engaging, and will absolutely be returning to spend more time in the space. 

I'd like to thank the Corcoran for hosting, particularly the lovely PR staff. 

Work below includes that by Nick Cave, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley, Shinique Smith, and others. Video courtesy of the Corcoran.

Nick Cave Soundsuit Performance from Corcoran Gallery of Art on Vimeo.

Submerge: Part I

Last Thursday after shooting the DC Here Now party, I made my way with some of the ReadySetDC crew to hit up the opening of No King Collective's space Submerge for a little late night action. 

Here are the photos, which include some of the the artists, the chef Tom Constantino (who made amazing pulled sandwiches!), the lovely Miss Elise of It's Vintage Darling, and loads of stylish visitors. I bopped around asking people to pose in front of their favorite piece, which was a great way to see the amazing art from a fresh perspective. I went to the party at the space on Saturday as well, so keep an eye out for those pics too!


Spotted: Out at Mighty Aphrodite

So this past weekend, I went to the Mighty Aphrodite performance art fashion installation. Held at the Wonderbox! warehouse, the event was put on by DemiGods, stylist Quincy Jones (whose bowtie and fingerwaves were FABULOUS!), and Khalil Muhsin. It was 105 degrees, but the crowd was looking hot in other ways too. Everyone was dressed to the 9's...I've never failed so horribly at not having my camera. 

Luckily, ReadySetDC covered the event and captured myself and two friends lounging before the event started! Check out their coverage for the details, but here's the photo they snapped of us.