2008, Hong Kong
–What is art of studio?
We are many things…
A physical place for a virtual space,
A window into watching the creative process in action,
A conceptual home to art, photography, ideas, inspiration, and much more.
I am interested in seeing what happens when one creates a space for people to witness the process behind the product, whether it be a photograph, website, blog, or writing. Art of Studio is a place to see, touch, and discuss the things in life that inspire me–which is a constant work-in-progress.
The face of Art of Studio was inspired by artifacts I found throughout my travels around the world–I am an obsessive collector of knick knacks, curios, what have you. Among some special findings was this unique little sign I saw in a printing shop in Hong Kong while I was doing some street photography.
Hong Kong is a fascinating city, a place ripe with adventure. I loved getting lost in the crowded bustling streets squeezed between looming skyscrapers and surrounded by Chongqing boats cruising on the harbor. While shooting on a side street, I came across an old printing factory. Inside, nestled among letterpresses of ancient typefaces with fresh ink in the air, there was a dusty old plastic bag holding a plaque with an image of a camera with a red bar running across it. I was immediately drawn to it and asked to hold it. As I wiped years of dust off of the plastic wrap, I knew I found something special. The store owner said it was made in the late 70s-early 80s, and I happily paid him for this small piece of history.
Upon returning to the States, I stashed the bag in my cultural treasure chest and didn’t think about it for years until just recently, when I was hunting for inspiration for a logo to represent the blog. After re-working the text and some minimal Photoshop-ing, I knew I had a winner.
People seem to be most drawn to things that they aren’t allowed to do. I’ve found that showing a simple icon that suggests you not do something–in this case, taking a photo–people really stop and take notice–especially photographers. Whether it be from the psychological thrill of breaking a rule or rebelling against an image, who knows? Either way, I have found the same persistent “no photograph” sign in different countries, but I rarely see it in the U.S. As a photographer, I love playing with a symbol that suggests I shouldn’t do something that I love doing all the time.
I guess you could say Art of Studio is an experiment. It is a think tank of ideas, creativity, and dialogue driven by imagery but translated through multiple mediums. Come experience the experiment at 1346 Abbot Kinney.