Hello. I'm James... Singer, marketing guy, style zealot, Apple fanboy, lover of flawlessly-executed ideas, fascinating people, jazz and champagne.

This is a collection of words, images and sounds that inspire, intrigue or amuse me on a somewhat regular basis.

My debut solo project, Grace, will be released in 2015. Visit often for updates. For bookings, e-mail bookjames@jaw3.net.


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    WMS&CO. for Jack Spade Self-Inking Vintage Typography Hand Stamps.

    Flower Man photographed by Ken Hermann.

    Hackett London Fall 2014

    In order for light to shine so brightly, darkness must be present. — Francis Bacon

    Artist Matthew Pillsbury created a series of images highlighting the technology and surreal aspects of one of the world’s most populated cities, Tokyo. For over a decade, Pillsbury made black-and-white images using available light and long exposures. However, for his series, “Tokyo,” Pillsbury turned to color and used much shorter exposures. This technique helped him capture the spirit of Tokyo. “Pillsbury moves freely within the vibrant pockets of buzzing Tokyo allowing him to contend with what for him has been a career long fascination with technology, alienation and who we are becoming armed with our electronic tools,” Benrubi Gallery said in a statement. “Tokyo” is currently on display at Benrubi Gallery in New York City through October 25, 2014.

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    Mark McNairy Fall/Winter 2014.

    Hope is Not Crazy Poster by John Green & Vlogbrothers.

    Manifattura Tabacchi.

    Radii Footwear Fall 2014.

    Over the course of the last 20 years, Dutch conceptual artist and street photographer Hans Eijkelboom documented fashion trends worn by people in New York, Paris, Amsterdam and Shanghai. The images, laid out into grids, are compiled into one comprehensive book, Hans Eijkelboom: People of the Twenty-First Century (Phaidon Press, 2014).

    No other photo book gives you so many fur coats, plaid shirts, pink tank tops and jean suits. Eijkelboom’s process involved scouting busy pedestrian areas, sometimes spending a half hour, or even a few hours waiting, observing passerby and paying careful attention to repeating garments. Using a trigger in his pocket, he snapped the photos from a camera hung around his neck. (via POTD)

    Bronx Boys by Stephen Shames.

    Stephen Shames is an award-winning photojournalist and artist that has worked for numerous clients including Newsweek, People, Esquire, US News, Time, The Ford and Annie E. Casey Foundations, United Jewish Communities and Independent Care System. He’s also the author of eight monographs. His newest book, Bronx Boys [University of Texas Press, 2014], stemmed from a 1977 assignment for Look magazine. He documented boys “coming of age” in the Bronx, which was known as one of the toughest and poorest neighborhoods in the entire United States at the time. In a statement about the book, the publisher says “The Bronx boys lived on streets ravaged by poverty, drugs, violence and gangs. They bonded together and raised themselves in ‘crews,’ adolescent families they created for protection and companionship.” The images are a very real and honest depiction of their lives, highlighting both the good and the bad.

    Bronx Boys includes a 123 duotone photographs made by Shames between 1977 and 2000. The work can also be seen on The Fence at Photoville, and opens at Steven Kasher Gallery on October 6, 2014. (POTD)

    Viva El Spaceman.

    Cinemascopes by Marc Trautmann.

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