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undressed: lorena alvarado

Posted on: Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lorena Alvarado is an artist who portrays the charm of a documentary style photographer but the artistic sensibility that allows it to be more than that. 

I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to the US to go to college in Boston, and I recently crossed the coast to settle in Los Angeles. 

I've always been interested in art. Growing up in a family of engineers, I was considered the "artistic one". But it wasn't until my Dad gave me a Pentax film camera for my birthday that I started shooting around Caracas and discovered a deep passion for photography. I shoot mostly film (I'd say like 80% of my work) but I do some digital too.

In the near future I'm working on a music video with the band "So Many Wizards". I'm hoping to translate my photography aesthetic into moving images.

what happened last night?

Posted on: Saturday, February 21, 2015

bunnies & bombs

Posted on: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

bunnies and bombs, by petite tenue

a spark in the night
the twinkle is quite the sight.
'til it smokes you out.

charm school vintage rabbit fur coat

undressed: marianna rothen

Posted on: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

undressed: marianna rothen

Marianna Rothen is a significant talent. She, at once, conveys emotion and vulnerability with a beautiful narrative and a sense of nostalgia. As a female studying females,  her eye and thought process are precisely what we are looking for.

I'm a photographer originally from Canada, now living in New York. I spent half of my life working and traveling as a model and during this time I also began taking photographs, learning along the way, with the help from other photographers and models. 
It was a great and exciting period, with a lot of freedom to experiment. 
Now I focus solely on photography and my short film projects.
Last year b.frank books published my first monograph: 
Snow and Rose & other tales and in New York I've started exhibiting with Kasher | Potamkin and Steven Kasher Gallery.

undressed: marianna rothen

The past few years I've spent my summers in upstate New York, the western part of the Catskills, photographing women in micro narratives that are the basis of my working technique. 
I'm interested in struggle as a means for empowerment, the expectation of beauty, the influence of the psychological climate and how it's affected by existential anxieties.

undressed: marianna rothen

I'm currently creating a new body of work and have been developing some ideas over these winter months that I will test out when the spring comes. I'm also finishing up a short film series at the moment which took the greater part of last year to create. The films are like vignettes, different chapters based on the same theme.

undressed: marianna rothen

fools gold

Posted on: Sunday, February 8, 2015

collage art, by petite tenue

when light says your name
don't ask questions, just follow
to the other side

vintage top

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nyfw essentials

Posted on: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

paste magazine | 13 New Yorkers on Their Fashion Week Essentials

In case you were wondering what I will be carrying to New York Fashion Week
Jill Di Donato included me, along with 12 other New York creatives, in a style feature for Paste Magazine

Nikon 35mm camera 
iPhone 5c 
Henri Bendel Compact 
Polka Dot Hair Bow

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undressed: edie sunday

Posted on: Sunday, February 1, 2015

undressed: edie sunday, by petite tenue

Edie Sunday is featured this week for her lovely work that evokes an alien invasion of the prettiest variety. 

undressed: edie sunday, by petite tenue

Tell me a little about yourself!
I am a lady artist who has officially been alive for a quarter of a century as of last week. I live in Austin, TX with my boyfriend and three cats. I’ve always made art in multiple mediums, but my primary focus in the past few years has been in traditional (and experimental) analog photography. My work in photography lives very much in the realm of “art” as opposed to “commercial.” It is often abstract and not always easily accessible, although my subjects are almost always the beautiful women in my life. I don’t have any goals of shooting look books or anything like that, and I prefer to work one-on-one, just myself and another artist: my muse for that moment. Ninety percent of the time, the other female I’m working with is a dear friend who happens to be very talented at channeling her creative energy via intimate self-expression in front of my camera. I’m also a PhD student who studies psychology and researches depression and emotion regulation. I’ve been in the program for 2.5 years and I have 2.5 to go, then I imagine my 9-5 will be working in a primary care hospital with people who are suffering both physically and psychologically. Believe it or not, working full time will actually leave me with more time to create than I have now! Other than this, the only important things to know about me are that I love road tripping the southwest, being alone, and things that smell good.

undressed: edie sunday, by petite tenue

How did you get into photography?
This is always the long response, so I apologize in advance! I grew up mostly with my grandmother, who always kept a Polaroid camera and an impressive film stash nearby to document my early existence. When I was five or six, I decided to turn the camera on her and she became my first model. I know “grandmother” brings about an image of an older lady in a rocking chair, but my grandmother was in her 40s in the 1990s and she looks absolutely killer in all of the photos I took of her! I also started taking self-portraits, which of course I just called “taking pictures of myself,” around this time. I have some pretty golden selfies circa 1995-1998. I think I mainly wanted the Polaroids for my journals that I kept (and still do), because I think my little brain was just trying to make time slow down, or at least to remember moments of my life because I was painfully aware that everything ends. 
When I was about 14, my dad gifted me his Canon Rebel (35mm) that he had previously used for wildlife photography (he’d gotten into video by this time). So I documented high school that way—my camera was like the wall I put between myself and the world and I liked it that way. I was always with groups of friends, but having a camera in front of your face is a very easy way to hide your severe social anxiety from yourself and everyone else. At some point around this time I acquired a Polaroid Land Camera Model 100, and thankfully Polaroid was still manufacturing pack film then I did have the luxury of learning with the real thing. I got pretty artsy around this time (as opposed to straight forward documentation) and I’ll always wonder what I would have created in the following years if I hadn’t stopped. I think Polaroid discontinued their film the same year that I went to college, and somehow I quit taking photos entirely, I actually quit doing everything creative aside from writing, which was more of a way of processing through my intense emotions during that time.
To make a long story short, I did nothing for four years besides party like an idiot and try to get into graduate school. I was going through a profound depression, and although it lifted from time to time, it was never for long enough for me to realize that I’d abandoned a deeply important part of my soul, the artist part. It wasn’t until I had graduated college and started seeing/falling in love with a painter that I was once again inspired to take photos. I had like a year long learning curve, because I realized I wanted to do more than take photos—I wanted to make art that was intimate, real, and meaningful. For the first time, I wanted to connect with the rest of the world. I learned the ins and outs of traditional analog photography on my own and with the help of a mentor, which was like starting from square one and could definitely get frustrating. After this year of struggle and technical BS that I’m really glad I know now, I started experimenting, and here we are! 

undressed: edie sunday, by petite tenue

What do you have in store for the rest of the year and the near future?
In the nearest future, my boyfriend and I are putting on our first collaborative exhibition at Little Pink Monster Gallery (Canopy Studios) in Austin, TX on February 14. The show is called “idiosyncrasies” and emphasizes our own unique visions and techniques, but also the unconscious way in which we influence one another and are collaborating even when we’re unaware of it.

Right now I believe one or more of my pieces are up at Grace, London as part of the condensed ‘Ritual’ exhibition that World Wide Women put on last month. The exhibition was such a success that a few other galleries wanted to pick it up as well, and I’m incredibly thankful to have been chosen as one of the eight artists for this last pop-up. We’ll see what happens next!

World Wide Women will also be putting on an exhibition (or a few) in Paris, etc. in the spring that will include my work. I believe a book (an anthology of sorts) will come out around this time as well, but don’t quote me on that. I don’t have a functional memory.

(Hopefully) I’ll be part of an artist residency somewhere in Europe this summer that will be turned into an exhibition in 2016, but more details on that later!

OH. I finally saved enough money (and with the help of my family for Christmas) for a very nice 16mm video camera. My goal is to have a full film based on a series of recurring dreams I’ve had completed by the end of the year, and a friend of mine is going to score music to the film once it’s done. We want to show it in a gallery space on a bunch of white walls and trip people out in a really pleasant way. It’s going to be a big, long, collaborative project and I can’t even imagine it being complete but I know that it will be, one day. Shooting 16mm films will teach me an entirely different breed of patience.

undressed: edie sunday, by petite tenue

If you could photograph anyone, who would you choose?
I think I’ve been asked this question before and I just don’t know! I feel like I’ve already had the privilege of photographing some of the most beautiful souls in the world and there’s nothing I really long for in that way. I’d love to do album covers for my favorite bands (ehem, War Paint or Beach House… hi!) Maybe I wish I could photograph my mother & grandmother before I was born, before I can remember them. I don’t know though, like I said, I’m so grateful for the people I’m able to work with on a regular basis that it’s not something I think about. <3

undressed: edie sunday, by petite tenue

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