Essay written by Jake Gallagher
“I’ve got nothing to say.” It’s a sentence that I’m almost positive I’ve
heard Noah Emrich say before, with an added shrug for good measure. At
the very least it’s the sort of sentence I imagine Noah would say, so I
suppose it only makes sense that Noah would choose such a statement for
the title of his first book. That’s not to say that Noah’s choice to be
mute is a negative thing, in fact in the internet age when every teenage
with a broadband connection seems to be shouting out their own
self-importance at every moment, there is something quite refreshing
about Noah’s calculated approach to his craft. With so many
photographers simply dumping out their photos daily into the black hole
that is art on the internet, Noah’s decision to present his work as
something of more value than a reblog, or a quick scroll through a page
is a welcome change. A few months back when Noah began updating his site
more and more infrequently, I knew that he had to be working on
something major. I asked him about a few times, but in his typical
fashion Noah remained a man of few words. From others though, I’d heard
that in what little spare time he had between school and other
assignments, Noah was meticulously selecting images for would ultimately
become this book. For young photographers it’s so easy to become hasty
and lose interest in your work without constant validation from your
peers, but Noah clearly experienced the opposite phenomenon, as
withholding his photos only made his overall work stronger. There’s
seventy images in this book, which is impressive in and of itself, but
what’s more impressive is that Noah likely began this project with a few
thousand images to choose from, and for him to pare that down into one
cohesive publication reflects a critical eye that’s rarely seen from
such a young photographer. I imagine by Noah’s standards I’ve already
said too much, so just go buy the book already, it’ll say far more than
my (or his) words ever could.
Published by Done to Death Projects. Get the book here / $25
FriendsWithYou, Sam & Tury recently brought their bundles of magic, rainbows and happiness from Miami to Los Angeles! One of their first projects in their new hometown was a print collaboration with, PosterChildPrints.
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Having a Malfi’s presence in your home brings you everlasting peace, prosperity and a good dose of happiness.
“I am Malfi” depicts Malfi in his original pose. He is the great ponderer in his stoic grimace- he harnesses great power! In this pose Malfi acts as a protector and a super powerful wizard, who will bring you to your full potential. This Malfi does not play around! It will give your home the energy and power you need for total success… But always know that Malfi will bring you great wealth or death. Good Luck and Be Careful!
“I am Malfi II” depicts our great wizard in the smiling pose, his most comfortable gesture. He reminds us of the power of the smile, a laugh, and outright joyfulness. The smiling Malfi image is quite popular for empowering its home with lightness and a sense of love and understanding. Everything is going to be ok!
Jesse Spears…a great artist, lead singer of the awesome band Crazy Band, part of art collective ZenMafia, avid lover of old cars (specifically Monte Carlo black 1987 SS), has the best sticker collection of anyone I’ve ever met and she’s color blind to everything but Neon.
Poster Child Prints series, The Neighborhood Locals just released Jesse’s first print edition under her alias Jacd Hucares. Using Jesse’s favorite iconography…cars, the print is appropriately titled “Yor Car”.
I recently spent the day with Jesse at her LA studio and this is what I saw.
Five days ago, Mikael Kennedy and Sean Sullivan completed the 6,288 mile, 29 day trip, they call Ramblers Bone. Both NY based photographers and veteran travelers of American highways, Kennedy and Sullivan set loose early April, beginning in Los Angeles, CA. They journeyed deep into the heart of the country, wandering east into the high deserts of New Mexico, north through the Rockies, into the wild lands of Montana, and back west down the California coast.
Many open roads and epic landscapes later, their journey is complete with photographs documenting it all (archived here). Few important details that pictures weren’t answering remain:
Most memorable person met on journey?
MK: Mick, a free mason in Butte, Montana who introduced me to the governor and gave us a tour of the town. I’ve got his business card in my wallet now in case I ever run into trouble out there.
Best thing learned?
MK: “It feels good to say ‘I know the Sierra’ or ‘I know Point Reyes.’ But of course you don’t – what you know better is yourself, and Point Reyes and the Sierra helped” - Jeremy & Renny Russell ‘On the Loose’ (pg. 37)
Smartest thing packed?
MK: My grandfathers buck knife was probably the most used
Best thing eaten?
MK: Cima Beef Jerky
Song most listened to?
MK: Desert Raven by Jonathan Wilson
Location most surprised by?
MK: Hell’s Backbone, Utah
Favorite picture from travels?
MK: The road to Hell’s Backbone
Ramblers Bone Website