A while ago I went back up to San Francisco to shoot some new images and meet with friends. I shot a number of series on different topics and locations all around the city, this book is about one of those topics. Chinatown is one of my favorite places to photograph and look at all the tiny details in the streets, storefronts and the way people go about their day. As a filmmaker details are very important to me and I like to visit stimulating places and notice the little things other miss as they rush by on their way to work or hunting for a Starbucks. San Francisco's Chinatown is one of my favorite places to just walk and think to get new ideas for films and other projects. Check it out if you ever go to San Francisco.
Photo by Krista Benson
Ask for it at Hennessy + Ingalls! They'll say, "Never heard of it."
I've been working on these photos for a while. I think they're kinda cool. I usually don't photograph subjects like this, but I was toying with the idea of creating a blog where I take photos and write a little something about them (sort of like a photojournalism National Geographic blog), but ultimately dropped that idea due to the fact that I have a number of other larger projects on my plate right now and I don't really have the free time for another. However I think I will be slowly posting photos from that concept here over time as I develop them.
If you live in Los Angeles and are interested in animation or contemporary illustrative art... this is the place to go. Many great artists and illustrators have passed through Stuart's shop and many of them leave their mark with one of a kind sketchbooks and compilations that you simply can't get anywhere else. Numerous Pixar artist create one of a kind printed compliations and original story work that are inspiring and fun to flip through and are the kind of work that you will never find anywhere else. Some of my favortie things to look though there are the rare and private sketchbooks by Chris Sanders (The creator of Lilo and Stitch) and Mike Mignola (Creator of Hellboy) as well as countless other tomes of conceptual art and design. If you are an artist or work in the industry you should definitely run down to Torrance on a Saturday and check out his shop. Trust me... once you go you'll want to come back every so often to see what he has in stock next!