A New Medium

This summer I treated myself to a new toy—but more importantly a creative facilitator—by picking up a Pentax medium format camera. It is my first film camera, and I have not been this giddy about photography since I sat in Barnes & Noble reading how-to books, awaiting my first digital body to arrive years ago. I am desirous of what should be a fresh challenge for me, and anxious to learn and cultivate new skills—all with the hope that I can create, and be pushed to create, in different and interesting ways.

Below are a few selected scans from my first two rolls. 
And check back often for new exposures here on the blog!

Out In the Badlands

Here are a few photos I took on my tour through the West. Maybe I'll get to a longer narrative later... but basically America is stunning, and maybe surprisingly so because I am under the strongly-held belief that living in Los Angeles is to be locked in a sensory-deprivation chamber. Or to quote one of my favorite bands, Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Los Angeles is

Where a sea of concrete swallows everything... Let the whole damn coast fall in.

Places visited (but not exclusive to): South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Yellowstone National Park, & Grand Teton National Park.

Jay.

New Section, Another Venture, & More to Look Forward to

I have a new section up on the site entitled Still Life, which features a series of photos my best friend Perrin Jones and I created while on a visit to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can find his work here or on Instagram at @perrinelijah. A special thanks to JD White for allowing us to create these images at his studio in the wonderful Central Eastside district of Portland, Oregon.

This was my fourth visit to this part of the country and one that has cemented my everlasting affection for it. Below are a few of my favorite snapshots from the trip. Travel has a funny way of coinciding with major shifts in my life, as this venture was simply one of many recent ones that have helped me move through and beyond a bit of heartbreak or emotional instability. Whether it be timely fatalism or just lucky coincidence, I am grateful for the people I have and places I've gone to in my life.

I have big things planned for me and photography this Autumn and cannot wait to share them with you all. 

Stay tuned, and thank you.

Jay

2016 In Music: Favorites... So Far

We're halfway through the year already, so I'd like to share a quick update on what I've been enjoying musically in 2016 thus far. Nothing crazy with "official" rankings, but hopefully something off this list will catch your eye, so that you can check it out before the year is over! I'll even throw in some personal disappointments, and what I'm anticipating for the rest of the year.

Share it, enjoy it, and happy listening!

Jay


Favorite Tracks

  • I Remember (prod. Flume) – AlunaGeorge
  • I'm In Control (feat. Popcaan) – AlunaGeorge
  • The Magician – Andy Shauf
  • Martha Sways – Andy Shauf
  • Butterflies – Andy Stott
  • Day Ones (feat. Novelist & Leikeli47) – Baauer
  • Temple (feat. M.I.A. & G-DRAGON) – Baauer
  • Solemn Oath – Band of Horses
  • Casual Party – Band of Horses
  • Oversized – Basement
  • Augustine – Blood Orange
  • Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales – Car Seat Headrest
  • Crying In Public – Chairlift
  • Young Rich and Radical – Club cheval
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now – Club cheval
  • GOLDEN CHORDS – DEAKIN
  • Loose Ends – DIIV
  • Feel Like I Do – Disclosure & Al Green
  • Good to Love – FKA twigs
  • Fool – Frankie Cosmos
  • Outside With the Cuties – Frankie Cosmos
  • Two Deliverances – The Hotelier
  • Soft Animal – The Hotelier
  • Nothing to Say – Hurry
  • Over It – Junior Boys
  • GOT IT GOOD (feat. Craig David) – KAYTRANADA
  • Crazy – Lido
  • The Enemy (feat. Sinead Egan) – Mat Zo
  • Soul Food – Mat Zo
  • Forget What You Look Like (feat. Lowell) – Netsky
  • Vertigo Flowers – Nothing
  • Come and See Me (feat. Drake) – PARTYNEXTDOOR
  • Aphasia – Pinegrove
  • New Friends – Pinegrove
  • Be Apart – Porches
  • Car – Porches
  • Work It Out (feat. Penthouse Penthouse) – Promnite
  • GOOD MORNING (feat. The-Dream) – SBTRKT
  • You Can't Make Me Make Up My Mind – The Sun Days
  • Golden Days – Whitney

Favorite Remixes

  1. Touch (Four Tet Remix) – Shura
  2. Reach You (Mitomoro Remix) – Maxo
  3. Waves (Tame Impala Remix) – Miguel
  4. Waves (RAC Remix) – Miguel
  5. Sad Machine (Cosmo's Midnight Remix) – Porter Robinson
  6. Say It (Shlohmo Remix) – Tory Lanez
  7. All the Ways (Branchez Remix) – Wet
  8. Dance (Promnite Remix) – Rome Fortune
  9. Needed Me (Salva Remix) – Rihanna
  10. It's Strange feat. K.Flay (Hex Cougar Remix) – Louis the Child
  11. Lemonade (Boys Noize Edit of the Gesaffelstein Remix) – Boys Noize & Erol Alkan
  12. Kung Fu feat. Pusha T & Future (KRNE Remix) – Baauer
  13. Show Me Love feat. Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal (Skrillex Remix) – Hundred Waters
  14. Automatic feat. AlunaGeorge (Vindata Remix) – ZHU
  15. Two Minds (Nero '92 Minds Remix)

Favorite EPs

  • Lost In Motion – Amtrac
  • Lullaby – Atlas Bound
  • Future Funk – Benga
  • Companion – Braids
  • Last Nerve – Different Sleep
  • Moog for Love – Disclosure
  • Radical Dude! – Getter
  • Fones – MssingNo
  • NO REALITY – Nosaj Thing
  • The Silence Is Deafening – Rezz
  • It Kindly Stopped for Me – Sorority Noise
  • Surface – su na

Favorite Albums

  • Malibu – Anderson .Paak
  • The Party – Andy Shauf
  • Aa – Baauer
  • Why Are You OK – Band of Horses
  • Promise Everything – Basement
  • Mayday – Boys Noize
  • Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest
  • Discipline – Club cheval
  • SLEEP CYCLE – DEAKIN
  • Bottomless Pit – Death Grips
  • Blueberry Vapors – Elijah Blake
  • Next Thing – Frankie Cosmos
  • Leave Me Alone – Hinds
  • Goodness – The Hotelier
  • Standards – Into It. Over It.
  • Hello Clouds – Justin Martin
  • 99.9% – Kaytranada
  • untitled unmastered. – Kendrick Lamar
  • I'll Forget 17 – Lontalius
  • Self Assemble – Mat Zo
  • Tired of Tomorrow – Nothing
  • Cardinal – Pinegrove
  • White Hot Moon – Pity Sex
  • Pure In the Plastic – Polyenso
  • Pool – Porches
  • Bloom – RÜFÜS DU SOL
  • SALES – SALES
  • Love Letter for Fire – Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
  • Konnichiwa – Skepta
  • Album – The Sun Days
  • Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future – Underworld
  • Light Upon the Lake – Whitney
  • Life of Pause – Wild Nothing

Most Disappointing Albums

  • HOPELESSNESS – ANOHNI
  • Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
  • Skin – Flume
  • The Colour In Anything – James Blake
  • The Life of Pablo – Kanye West
  • Holy Ghost – Modern Baseball

Favorite Drum & Bass Tracks

  • Thug – Black Sun Empire & State of Mind
  • Good to Me (feat. Majesty) – Brookes Brothers
  • OutaTime – Cyantific
  • Low – Decimal Bass
  • Work for Nothing – Decimal Bass
  • Drifting (feat. Formik) – Facing Jinx
  • Constellations – Fred V & Grafix
  • Comb Funk – Fred V & Grafix
  • Altitude (feat. Amy J. Pryce) – Fred V & Grafix
  • Rainbow Road – Fred V & Grafix
  • Our Story (feat. Kele) – Fred V & Grafix
  • Remind Me – High Contrast
  • Touch (feat. Tiffani Juno) – Hybrid Minds
  • Perspective (feat. MC Fava) – Keeno
  • Lifeline (feat. Oscar Corney) – Keeno
  • Lifeline – Loadstar
  • Lost In U (feat. McLean) – Logistics
  • Take Me to Another World (feat. Stella Attar) – Logistics
  • The End (feat. Voicians) – Maduk
  • Terminus – Metrik
  • Not Like Me – Ownglow
  • So Excited – Phace
  • Things I Do – Pola & Bryson
  • My Detention (feat. Tayah Ettienne) – Pola & Bryson
  • Messiah Complex – Urbandawn

Favorite Drum & Bass Remixes

  1. Pray (Bop Remix) – The Erised
  2. Lies (Nymfo Remix) – Trifonic
  3. Rinse & Repeat feat. Kah-lo (Rockwell Remix) – Riton
  4. Feel this Way (Fred V & Grafix Remix) – Philip George & Dragonette
  5. Falling Out of Consciousness feat. Georgia Yates & Bev Lee Harling (Keeno Remix) – Etherwood
  6. Feeling Stronger feat. Charlotte Colley (Priority One & NCT Remix) – Muzzy
  7. The Enemy feat. Sinead Egan (Fred V & Grafix Remix) – Mat Zo
  8. Until the World Ends (Mind Vortex Remix) – Black Sun Empire & State of Mind
  9. Heal Me (SpectraSoul Remix) – Arctic Lake
  10. Dreadnaught feat. SP:MC (Phace Remix) – Icicle

Favorite Drum & Bass EPs

  • Arkestra – Alix Perez & Ivy Lab
  • City Soul – Hugh Hardie
  • Golden Age – Lenzman
  • Things I Do – Pola & Bryson

Favorite Drum & Bass Albums

  • Forever – Annix
  • Oxygen – Fred V & Grafix
  • Futurist – Keeno
  • Electric Sun – Logistics
  • Never Give Up – Maduk
  • 3 – Netsky
  • Here's to Them – Rawtekk

Favorite Compilations

  • Future Sound of America (Hospital Records)
  • Future Sound of Brazil (Hospital Records)
  • Homieland, Vol. 2
  • Hospital Mixtape: S.P.Y.
  • Hospitality 2016
  • Liquicity Presents: Escapism 3
  • OWSLA Worldwide Broadcast
  • Randoms – Four Tet
  • Star Wars Headspace
  • Ten Years of Med School

Most Anticipated!

  • My Woman – Angel Olsen
  • Wildflower – The Avalanches
  • TBA – Balance & Composure
  • 32 Levels – Clams Casino
  • Boys Don't Cry – Frank Ocean
  • Strange System – Krakota
  • Sunlit Youth – Local Natives
  • Nothing's Real – Shura
  • Unleash the Wolves – TC
  • Better Perspective – Technimatic
  • Stage Four – Touché Amoré

Below is a list of Albums that have been released already, that I haven't yet but plan to check out at some point this year!

  • Beastmode – Audio
  • A Mineral Love – Bibio
  • 1 x 1 – Calyx & Teebee
  • Camp Cove – Camp Cove
  • case/lang/viers – case/lang/viers
  • As If Apart – Chris Cohen
  • Faraway Reach – Classixx
  • Biocellulose – Current Value
  • Dispositions – Emperor
  • Clever Disguise – Gordi
  • Fool – Jameszoo
  • Oh No – Jessy Lanza
  • Made In the Manor – Kano
  • Karate – L 33
  • Rojus – Leon Vynehall
  • Strangers – Marissa Nadler
  • Put the Kid On the Sleepy Horse – Mock Orange
  • III – Moderat
  • Skip a Sinking Stone – Mutual Benefit
  • Along the Shadow – Saosin
  • The Sound of Drum & Bass 2016 (Viper Recordings)

In-Studio Mischief

Last week my best friend came down from Portland, Oregon, so we hit up the Huntington Beach Photo Studio (a shared space with Prince Productions, whom I work for) for some in-studio mischief. It just so happens my mate is an aspiring photographer as well, so ideas and a workflow came relatively natural (despite a two-hour lighting delay). We messed around with Portraiture and Still-Life, came out with a few cool things—some not so cool—but above all-else had a great time shooting together. I look forward to future collaborations with him, and in the meantime you can check out his work here.

Here's a few things we captured that day.

A Venture to Israel

I recently returned from a visit to Israel as part of a Taglit Birthright: Mayanot group. The experience was of such personal reward, and my tenderness for it grows with each passing day. I intend to soon write a sort of accompanying monologue, but I find words would only diminish my thoughts. As Stephen King once put it: words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. That said, I hope in this case these photos will be worth more than a thousand words. This is a small collection of some of my favorite photographs taken on my journey. All shots taken with my Canon 6D, 35mm f/2. 

New Website!

Welcome everyone to the new and improved JASONSEANWEISS.COM!

New photos and blog entries will come more regularly, along with updates and improvements to the site. Looking forward to what's in store this year and I hope you are too!

Cheers,

Jay