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NYC through a Holga.
New York / January 16, 2017

I was wandering around Flickr recently and ended up spending a lot of time clicking through some great little photographs by Paris-based graphic designer, Stephanie *. If you’ve ever used a Holga to shoot anything you know it’s somewhat of a crapshoot until you’ve shot rolls and rolls and you have a good feel for the focus. I took a Holga with me to Sri Lanka and I never really got a good feel for it, so 90% of my shots were horrible but the ones that turned out made it well worth it. The Holga camera, for those that don’t know, is a cheap little plastic camera (buying and developing film will cost you more than the camera itself) whose imperfections are loved by many. Each Holga is a one of a kind in the way it allows light to leak inside and “ruin” the film, some people tape of sections to manipulate the way the light leaks in. Take a gander at the entire NYC HOLGA SET and be sure to look at the other sets as well – great stuff. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephaniekac/sets/72157604938961617/

F5: New York City / Free Tickets!
New York / January 4, 2017

All you New Yorkers this one’s for you! is going down April 16-17 in New York and you do not want to miss it! Speakers include contemporary photographer Charlie White (I would go just to see him), Psyop, Dvein, Jonah Lehrer, Imaginary Forces, BBDO NY, to name a few. The tickets go for $280 each, and I have a pair to give away! I’m tempted to fly out there and use them myself! Did I mention the event has an open bar? If you want the tickets (and live in the area) leave a comment on this post! A winner will be randomly selected Sunday night! Don’t say I didn’t ever do anything nice for you guys – I expect one of you to let me sleep on your apartment floor if I ever get out to NYC! Thanks to Justin of for the tickets!

New York Rapper Secretly Records Entire Album Using Apple Store Computers
New York / December 24, 2016

There are a lot of struggling artist stories but this one might take the cake. After numerous setbacks (broken computer, stolen hard drive), Prince Harvey recorded his entire album using nothing but his own voice and a display computer at an Apple Store in Soho! Even after befriending a couple of the employees, and using some ingenuity to actually save his work at the store (hiding files in the trash to save them from nightly memory wipes), it still took months to finish. The album entitled PHATASS, set to release July 26th, is an acronym for Prince Harvey At The Apple Store: Shoho. Check out the result of Prince Harvey’s four-month labour of pure determination below.     Prince Harvey’s Website

PRESSUR.ES / Interview with filmmaker Derrick Belcham
New York / December 16, 2016

Brooklyn-based Canadian filmmaker Derrick Belcham is exploring the relationship of the sound and choreography with a series of six films releasing this week, the first of which was debuted by The New York Times (). The films act as a sort of appetizer/fundraiser for a larger project he is working on with artist Ruby Kato Attwood, called PRESSUR.ES. They’ll be working with musicians like Tim Fain (Philip Glass soloist), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream), Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Bon Iver), and many others. I’m excited to not only debut the second film in the series “Western Gypsy Rhymes”, but also get to share with you a chat I had with Derrick. Enjoy!     Interview with Derrick Belcham   Jeff Hamada: Can you start by describing what you do for a living, in one Twitter-length sentence? Derrick Belcham: I create the best films I am capable of at any given time in collaboration with an ever-expanding network of artists, companies, and friends. J: How did the idea for PRESSUR.ES come about? D: At the end of 2012, I was asked to curate a night of dance films for Pentacle, a NYC-based dance…

Agenda NYC Day 2
New York / November 20, 2016

It was another busy day at as everyone finished up their murals on the second floor. In the afternoon Luke and Mark jammed together on a beautiful piece for the main level.

Devin Rutz
New York / November 9, 2016

Ink on paper collage, works by New York-based artist Devin Rutz.                        

Amanda Jasnowski (@hokaytokay)
New York / October 29, 2016

“Like Knows Like” is a superb documentary project, founded by photographer Marije Kuiper and filmmaker Bas Berkhout. This latest episode is a profile on photographer Amanda Jasnowski, better known to the Instagram world as @hokaytokay. I often wander around on Instagram looking for new work and this funny thing happens time and time again. I scroll down to some older photos buried deep in this person’s feed, and there’s one photo that catches my eye. So I click to leave a friendly comment, and I find the most positive uplifting encouraging message has already been posted! And it’s from Amanda. It’s been amazing to watch Amanda’s work evolve and her following expand. If you’re a photographer (or anyone) trying to figure out how to survive doing your own thing you could learn a lot from her. Watch the video profile below!