A brief trip to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
Beauty has and will always be subjective. Constructed from general misconceptions and the desire to be accepted into the popular whole, beauty is becoming the antithesis of nature’s intentions, a mutation of it’s roots. In Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, women bleach their skin and wrap themselves head to toe under a 40 C sun in an attempt to preserve porcelain skin. Ironically, in order to preserve this beauty, it must be hidden from sight.
Saigon’s Covergirl is exploration in the striking absurdity of Vietnamese beauty. The six piece series depicts a hyperbolic near future where environmental and social pressures force the quintessential Vietnamese beauty to completely cover up. Styled after fashion editorial shoots, the Beauty dons traditionally inspired clothing while wearing a painted gas mask, effectively becoming her synthetic face.
Huge thanks to Keisha Strikker, Naomi Roestel, and Duylam Nguyen-Ngo.
Sand, sun, and grain along the Black Sea. Shot with Minox 35 GL and Ilford 400
Photographs taken in October 2014 directly following the San Francisco Giants' eighth World Series Championship.
Sunday, June 7th, 2015. D'Angelo & the Vanguard perform at The Fox Theater in Oakland, California. For Rob Goszkowski.
Black and white 35mm pictures of the thirtieth annual BDSM and leather subculture Folsom Street Fair.