Last spring I got together with Meg and Bryan some fabulous San Diego musicians for a fun little promotional shoot. These two have the most amazing combination of talent and grace and just down right beautiful voices. You absolutely have to go listen to their music. They are also just a really fun pair to watch perform and harmonize and work together like one finely tuned instrument. I had a major hard drive failure last year and thought I had lost these photos forever, but I finally got it fixed and now they are like new to me again. So I’m happy they are getting a proper place on the blog.
Family Records Holiday Extravaganza at the Bowery Ballroom / Dec 2011
The lead singer of Wakey Wakey! joined on stage by the rest of the Family Records gang. This was seriously one of the best shows I’ve seen in a while. I have a few other shots I’ll post later of Pearl and The Beard too.
(the yellow orbs are christmas lights! I was shooting through them from the balcony and I really loved the effect)
The other half of that roll of film was one of my first, of many, solo strolls through Central Park. Until moving here, I had never been. I knew it was a big park, but I had no idea how gigantic and amazing it really was. I’m so happy to be able to live so close to it and find new nooks every time. I can’t wait to get the most recent roll I shot there the week before Christmas. The park was in all its glory filled with skaters and carolers and festive horse and buggy duo’s. This city really is kind of magical around the Holidays.
I finally had a roll of expired film developed that I had started shooting this past summer. These are all from 4th of July at my favorite little street in Southern California where every day is a constant block party. I miss that place and those people like crazy. I’ve decided I’m going to start shooting more film as my day to day medium. I shoot a lot of polaroids and some 120 but I’m going to make 35mm and 50mm my daily numbers. I’m going to take a million more ‘just for me’ pictures this year than ever before. I’m excited about that.
Its been a while..I’m gonna take better care of this blog this year. Promise. Until then Happy Holidays!
Also this one.
Derek Evans, Musician. Sunset Cliffs, July 2011
One of my favorite digital captures from my shoot with Derek a few weeks back. He and his band The Evergreens are playing at The Belly Up tonight. It is so strange for me to think this may be the last time I hear/see him play a real show for a long time. It might be a rough night.
Also, I’ll miss having the beautiful Pacific as a back drop whenever I want it.
©Kate Daigneault // July 2011
NYC please be nice to me…
Every single aspect of my life has been quickly changing, and the biggest changes are yet to come. Hair dye is a small change for most people but I NEVER dye my hair so its kind of a big deal to me. 3.5 weeks until NYC swallows me whole. Crap.
One of my favorites from Eric & Janell’s wedding a few weeks ago! I’ll do a full post sometime this weekend
©Kate Daigneault July 2011
I must have been crazy, but there are many kinds of crazy and some are quite delightful.
Self // Polaroid // Mt. Laguna // © July 2011
Went camping up in Mt Laguna this weekend for my birthday. This was our campsite. Besides the rain and lightening that drove us to sleep in our cars one night, it was perfect. That part was kind of perfect too.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
— Ira Glass (via nefffy)
Oh Man. I would love to have this!
The designers over at Degree just printed up this wicked lithograph.
Salvation Mt. Part II
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We went to Salvation Mt. two weekends ago for a day trip. I am not religious, but I appreciate passion and art. Leonard definitely has both of these things flowing in his blood stream. Climbing around on the Mt was an other worldly experience, it felt more like an exhibit at a Dr. Seuss theme park. To think that this man has dedicated his life to the monument is amazing. I was amazed. The heat scared us away after about an hour, but I need to go back.
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Ahh Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in.
Are you aware the shape I’m in?
My hands they shake, my head it spins.
Ahh Brooklyn, Brooklyn take me in.
Dumbed down and numbed by time and age.
You’re dreams that catch the world, the cage.
The highway sets the travelers stage.
All exits look the same.
Derek Evans//Sunset Cliffs//Polaroid//© July 2011
So I finally feel prepared to make a big announcement. Some of you already know this and others may have figured it out on your own, but I’m here to tell you officially now. In June of 2007 I moved to San Diego from Connecticut. I had just graduated from University packed very few things into a car and without having ever been, drove across the country to settle in sunny San Diego. I’ve had some incredible experiences, met my amazing boyfriend, enjoyed four + years of nearly perfect weather and made a tight group of friends I am honored to call my family. Another thing I have done while being here is carved out a niche for my work. When I moved to San Diego I did a lot of odd ball jobs at first, saving seals probably being the most odd. After putzing around for a while I finally came to the realization that I wanted to be a photographer. Although I went to school for the craft I had never really been sure if I was going to pursue it as a career. Frankly I never really thought it was an option. But once I decided it was, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my time.
So in September I am moving again, to New York City, to pursue photography further. Brooklyn to be exact. I am not sure how long I will be there, and I am not sure how far it will take me. I do know its now or never for this kind of change. I also know New York is pretty much THE place to be as a photographer, and that if I don’t take the chance I will regret it for a lifetime. So again I am selling pretty much everything I own and saying goodbye to a lot of people I love to take a chance on a new city I have spent very little time in. I know that however bittersweet this will be, my heart will be happy being back so close to friends and family. I’m hoping too, that the city will have a very positive impact on my creative spirit, as well as make me even more hungry to push myself to succeed.
New York is a pretty dang expensive place, so along with selling my life and my car I have decided to set up a print shop. It contains some of my favorite images from the last four years. If anyone is at all interested in helping me raise some money for my big move, please have a look around. It is appropriately titled the Coast to Coast print shop. There are a few images in there now, and only in a few size options. I will be adding more in the next few weeks. Also if you’d like something printed in a different size, or have a request for a particular print you don’t see in there, please let me know.
Also, next week is my 26th birthday, and the best present of all would be to actually make some sales so ;) Here goes….
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Thank you all for the continued support I love every single one of you and will be racking up plenty of frequent flier miles to come back often…
Derek at Sunset Cliffs // Polaroid // © July 2011