Love Is Louder

I've written about the very talented singer/songwriter Jay Stolar a few times on here and I am doing so again because he has just released a poignant video with the message that "Love Is Louder." His video debuts a new song that shines a light on depression and other issues that cripple the lives of so many people.

Here's a photo of Jay the I shot at the Mercury Room (dressing room, actually) in May, which may have been the first time he wrote the words on his palm for a performance..

 
 

In the making of this video he has revealed his own struggles with depression and is hoping to reach out to help and enlighten as many people as he possibly can through his music. You can also get the single My Own Way on iTunes.

 
 

Please spread the word by sharing this video on your social media. You might even save a life.

Girls and Jay

I was very intrigued by this trio when I arrived with my NY friend and musician, Jay Stolar to help him shoot some footage for his next music video. I grabbed this shot while we walked by, doing my best to remain inconspicuous. There are no do-over in this kind of situation. I wanted to capture a moment of time that would represent my initial intrigue so I didn't want them posing. I wanted to tell a story with one frame. I think I caught it. 

I'm calling it Girls Renting Rollerskates at Venice Beach.

 
 

I'm adding this bonus shot of Jay Stolar catching tat shop footage because it's his birthday today.

 
 

Jay Stolar Tonight!

One year ago tonight I was at the Rockwood in NYC shooting Jay Stolar. Below are a couple of the photographs I shot.

It just so happens that Jay is playing tonight. This time he is in Los Angeles at The Hotel Café, this evening at 9pm. If you are in LA you should definitely get your butt down there and experience his amazing performance. He loves what he does and leaves it all on the stage. Check. Him. Out.

 
 
 
 

I'm really missing him tonight. Especially because I'm heading to LA on Monday. Can't believe he did this to me. At least he promised me breakfast on Tuesday. But seriously, if you are in LA you have two hours to get there (doors open at 8:30):

The Hotel Café
1623 Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

ROCK ON!

Sign Language - 1

I'm calling this Sign Language - 1 because I am always fascinated by signs and the people who make them and/or carry them around...so there will be a part 2 and 3. There are plenty more in my archives that I have not posted and I'm sure I will continue to shoot more.

The three I chose for today's blog post are about as diverse as I could get, not only for the message itself but for the people who wrote them.

 
One of the most common of signs is probably the Jesus sign. This woman is a stalwart around Times Square. I really like the way her sign is rigged. It's a little strange to me that she has the '666' matching 'Jesus', both in red lettering.

One of the most common of signs is probably the Jesus sign. This woman is a stalwart around Times Square. I really like the way her sign is rigged. It's a little strange to me that she has the '666' matching 'Jesus', both in red lettering.

 
 
I have always been drawn to homeless people since I am always aware that any of us could be a day away from being there. In this instance I was out doing some street shooting with actor and great guy, Israel Broussard. I asked him if he had ever photographed homeless people and told him in doing so it's best to introduce yourself, have a conversation and ask them if they would mind if you took their picture. Oh, and always add something to the cup. In this instance, it was so amazing for me to witness their conversation where they both learned something from each other. And Israel got some great pictures.

I have always been drawn to homeless people since I am always aware that any of us could be a day away from being there. In this instance I was out doing some street shooting with actor and great guy, Israel Broussard. I asked him if he had ever photographed homeless people and told him in doing so it's best to introduce yourself, have a conversation and ask them if they would mind if you took their picture. Oh, and always add something to the cup. In this instance, it was so amazing for me to witness their conversation where they both learned something from each other. And Israel got some great pictures.

 
 
I was backstage with  Jay Stolar  shooting him while he was printing this sign on his hand prior to hitting the stage at the Mercury Lounge. He had recently aligned himself with the  Love Is Louder  movement. Check it out.

I was backstage with Jay Stolar shooting him while he was printing this sign on his hand prior to hitting the stage at the Mercury Lounge. He had recently aligned himself with the Love Is Louder movement. Check it out.

 

Writing this post made me think of this song called Signs. Always great to finish with a song.