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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

From Sunshine to Snow- Home from Photo L.A!

As you all may know, DSFA made a trip out to Los Angeles recently to be a part of Photo L.A. Darryll was to be the feature artist of En Foco Gallery's booth. We used this great opportunity to preview Darryll's latest series, Descending to Heaven, as well as display some of his biggest "hits".  Fortunately for our frozen Chicago hearts, the weather in L.A. was unseasonably warm with temperatures in the high 80's all week long. We stayed near the L.A. Mart, where the fair took place, in the Miyako Hotel in Little Tokyo. We had a lovely stay, and an even greater time during the fair hours. 

The view walking towards booth 714…our booth!

Part of the new Descending to Heaven series.
The first night was a special VIP preview where the city's biggest names in art came to enjoy food, drinks, a live DJ, and of course, an exclusive look at the art. It was a lively and exciting night and I may have been a little more than excited about the fact that Elle Fanning and Moby were present that evening. By the end of the night, we felt overjoyed with the reception that Darryll's work received. It truly set the tone for the rest of the week. 

Enjoying the view.

Friday through Sunday were regular fair hours, open to the public. Each morning Darryll, his sister Lesley, and myself would get there a tad bit early to walk around and get our own look at the multitudes of work tucked within booth after booth. Overall, we were thoroughly impressed with the collective talent of the artists being represented at their individual booths. There were galleries from all over the world and various parts of the U.S. The attendees were also a very diverse bunch. We met all kinds of people from all over the world with different stories to tell. 

Chatting with a man about Darryll's work.
The responses that Darryll's work received seemed to come from an inspired place in people's hearts. Aspiring photographers felt recharged and motivated by his work and long-time art lovers admitted they hadn't seen anything quite like these images before. However, I think the best responses were not the verbal, but the physical ones; jaws dropping, fingers pointing, and faces smiling.  We didn't know what to expect going into this event but left feeling fulfilled and successful. We are so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of this event and hope to be there next year!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Weekly Round Up- 1/9

Here's my first list of links for the new year! Hope everyone is planning ways to make the most of their year.
TIME Magazine chose David Guttenfelder as their Instagram photographer of the year for his ability to capture images of North Korea in a totally new way. Check out his Instagram feed here.

I've been hearing about people using this frigid weather to do fun things like blow bubbles and watch them freeze. This photographer and her son decided to capture this experiment and the result is gorgeous.

Photo by Angela Kelly

Here's an excellent, motivational article about working from home and how to make it work for you.

Check out these incredible dissected photographs by Michael Mapes.

A close up view of the dissections

Here's a list compiling Huffington Post's most breathtaking photos from around the world from 2013. My favorite is #12!

Thinking warm thoughts! Hope you are too.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Next Week- Photo L.A.

Just doing some last minute things before we jet off to L.A. next week! If you'll be in town, be sure to check us out at booth 714. Darryll will have 15 of his pieces, most from his newest series, Descending to Heaven (pictured). We can't wait to get the booth all set up so we can ride out the rest of the fair!