The joke goes, if the weather app says there is a 30% chance of rain then it will rain for 30% of the day. I imagine our Pittsburgh summer weather is similar to the Northwest like Seattle or Portland.
The cool thing about this style post is the artist made tote and artist designed sunglasses. The tote was made for me by my dear friend, Pittsburgh photographer Jeffrey Krsul, who specializes in 19th century photography techniques. He dyed the canvas using cyanotype photography chemistry. The tote in this post is a little different than his usual prints. His usual patterns are the insides of security envelopes which are blown up, using the negative image to create unique and familiar patterns. You can actually see the blues developing in the sun after the dye has been placed onto the bag or paper.
As for the sun glasses, those were a treat I discovered when I was living in LA. Freeway Eyewear is designed by artist Alex Israel. I bought them on Abbot Kinney (if you're ever visiting Los Angeles, I highly recommend taking a gander) at an art opening celebrating a mural he did a couple years ago. I still can’t believe I haven’t lost or broke them! *Knock on wood* More recently Alex Israel did a collaboration with artist Barbara Kruger for a company named ForYourArt. Barbara Kruger is a well known contemporary conceptual/pop artist. I love the pieces she did in 2012 when she covered LA buses and billboards in different quotes. I wish Pittsburgh did something like this. I vote they use Jeffrey’s fabulous patterns.
I’m still not quite comfortable with the camera… I probably never will be 100% at ease in front of a lens but it is getting easier. There were a lot of giggles this last round.
If you're interested in more of Jeffrey's work, please email me at email@example.com.