Archives: Personal work

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LA Artist Randall Herrington

You wont find Randall Herrington on social media or his artworks in a gallery, which is rather unusual for an artist of his skill and caliber. While Randall is creating his own art in a variety of medias and is successfully selling it directly to collectors, he also fabricates bronze sculptures for some big name artists. The process is so labor intensive and complex, that even after he went over it with me step by step in detail from the beginning to the end, I was left somewhat confused.

Jenna Horton

Jenna Horton is a theater actress and a comedian from Philadelphia whom I recently met in LA. She hid most of the time behind her vintage glasses and quirky outfits, but once the glasses came off and a hat was worn for the photo she immediately transformed into a Hollywood starlet.
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San Francisco parkour artist Raul Piscoya

On a recent trip to San Francisco I met with Raul Piscoya – a talented traceur, local SF Parkour leader and a member of Tribe Collective http://www.tribalmovement.com/. Raul took me on an awesome SF walking tour to some of his favorite parkour spots.

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LA Artist David Buckingham

David Buckingham is an LA based artist http://www.buckinghamstudio.com/ who works with recycled metal parts of old cars which he finds on scrap yards. His work is witty, playful and provocative. He often expropriates pop cultural icons and film quotes to create bright three dimensional wall art and sculptures. While visiting his garage style studio in the city of Vernon, I was able to witness a mind-bending process of working with scrap metal. It’s an extremely physical (and I suspect very hazardous) process that involves cutting metal with a torch and then welding different pieces together to create the artwork. One of his largest sculptures which can be seen on one of the photos was created without any preliminary drawings or blue prints.

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Swiss Parkour Artist Joel Eggiman in LA

Recently Joel Eggiman, an awesome PK artist from Switzerland has been passing through Los Angeles. I saw his post on Facebook and although we’ve never met before, he immediately replied. The next day we were exploring Downtown LA Arts District and LA River, arguably the most photogenic of all places in the city.

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Alissa Vox Raw

This is a very recent shoot of a wonderful musician Alissa Vox Raw for my personal Artist’s Studios project. I’ve met Alissa at a concert and was seduced by her penetrating voice and her sense of style. I immediately knew that I’d like to get to know her better and shoot her in her studio. Every object in Alissa’s one bedroom flat is an extension of her unique taste and original personality. Every vintage dress in her closet beggs to be worn and photographed! Check out and enjoy Alissa’s music here https://soundcloud.com/alissavoxraw

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The Russian Moment

Last summer I was invited to Russia to participate in a-once-in-a-lifetime documentary project commissioned by RIA News, the largest news agency in Russia. 20 photographers from G20 countries were offered to photograph their subject of choice anywhere in Russia. After a quick deliberation I decided to shoot Parkour and Street sports athletes. I traveled to Moscow, Tula, Kaluga to meet with several Parkour collectives. The project resulted in an exhibition during G20 Summit in St. Petersburg and a book, which finally I received in the mail recently. Check out this project on my website Street Sports Russia

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Personal portrait project – Kerry Shaw

I wanted to photograph Kerry for a while. She’s one of these amazing “got it all” girls. A former dancer, practicing visual artist as well as photographer, very smart and driven, sweet, easy going and beautiful. She currently shares a sunlit studio in Liberty Village in Toronto with several other artists. It is very challenging to photograph a fellow photographer. Kerry made the experience also fun and rewarding, especially when she showed off a few of her acrobatic stunts at the end of the shoot.
Thank you Kerry!

Check out Kerry’s website at www.kerryshaw.com

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Personal portrait project – Lolly Luck

Lolly is 18, big blue eyed, and full of life. She wanted to be photographed in her bedroom, on a Saturday morning, just out of bed doing what she loves to do most – reading. Lolly also keeps a journal and hopes to become a writer some day.

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Personal portrait project – Bridgette Jean

I am continuing to shoot a personal portrait project. It’s not really meant to be a single body of work in relation to the previous environmental portraits shot in artists’ studios in Toronto, St. Petersburg and Moscow (you can see them on my website, in the Personal Work section), although they are all shot with a 6”×6” old Bronica in a similar style. I have had a keen interest for private spaces and the personal objects of people ever since I worked as a set decorator and props buyer for film and advertising in Toronto during 1998-2001. If you know someone you think I should photograph because of their wild and unique personality, lifestyle and living/working space, please shoot me an e-mail with an introduction to: anyachibis@gmail.com

This is Bridgette Jean – a teacher for special needs children. She is happily and newly-married (in Las Vegas of course!) and living in her new Toronto home which she has meticulously decorated herself. Bridgette adored such icons as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn  since she was a child and a strong love for the 40’s and 50’s is what gave her the push into the world of pinup. And, oh boy, is she serious about it! “What turns me on the most about pinup modeling is the art of tease. A classy pinup model always knows when to show just enough of themselves and keep the boys wanting more!”

Bridgette let me into her boudoir full of breathtaking accessories and glamour posters of Hollywood divas from different eras. Bridgette’s beautiful collection of exotic shoes and sexy lingerie made me want try the pin-up role for myself. In case you’re wondering, she does not mix her professional teacher’s image with her passion for the iconic pin-up girl lifestyle.

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3,412 Miles West of Oxford

A week in New York proved to be very fruitful. More than 25 fifteen minutes portfolio reviews with art buyers and photo editors at NYC Fotoworks felt like speed dating – too much time with some and disappointingly not enough with others. Thanks to Josh and Matt for organizing this event! I really recommend checking out their website for more portfolio reviews to come next year www.nycfotoworks.com

The best part of visiting NY was collaborating again with Di Mattison on yet another gentleman fashion project which will also be featured on her blog: burningfromtheinside.tumblr.com What can be better then spending a sunny and mild fall afternoon in the park with a dear friend reading poetry, kicking a ball and engaging into intellectual conversations? Perhaps only having another friend with a professional photo camera to document these pleasant moments.

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The Modern Dandy

For me fashion is on the streets, not in the magazines. I like to shoot real people with their OWN clothes on. They don’t have to be wearing latest Fall collection to stand out. They just have to have their own unique style. Di Mattison, the conceptualist and stylist behind this project shares my feelings. She pulled together a group of friends, went though their closets and came up with the concept of The Modern Dandy as she envisions it. She frequently shares her ideas and thoughts on fashion on her blog http://burningfromtheinside.tumblr.com/ I thank her and her NY friends Riya, Leo, Nitzan and Ben, as well as our make up artist Anetta Klemens for sharing Di’s and my vision on street fashion and for making it a super fun shoot

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Saturday Surf in New York

On the recent trip to New York I got a chance to hang out with my son’s aunt Diana, who’s currently doing a PhD in philosophy, does private fashion consulting and teaches surf lessons (how cool is she!!!). I spent the morning shooting her and her friends (she styled the shoot) at Saturday Surf Cafe, afternoon surfing the Rockaway beach and later shooting again on a Williamsburg rooftop at sunset. What a perfect day! The shoot we did is coming here soon…