I’d be remiss not to mention that things are scary right now, but I find no point in continuing to talk about something that already brings us all a great deal of anxiety. Stay home, wash your hands, text your friends and family that you love them.
I’m coping with my usual suspects: visual art, writing, and music. I wanted to round up my favorite people right now and share who is keeping me company during the quarantine. This list will be a mix of old and new, next door and globally recognized. I’ll do my best to categorize, but you might find your favorite writer in the art section and vice versa. Who knows.
Jessie White (@j.li) – Anyone who has ever seen my website or social media knows that I consider Jessie a goddess of photography. I have a particular love for portrait and fashion photographers, and Jessie is a deft one that’s always trying new things and improving.
Hannah Kline (@hklineart) – Hannah’s work is lively, colorful, and feminine. I wish I had more astute things to say other than “it makes me feel things”. She also runs a blog called The Tall Creative, where she features women in the art world.
Michael Lozano (@_michaellozano) – Michael is the personification of passion for filmmaking and photography. Every picture carries its own narrative. Also, he really loves taking pictures of chairs.
Christine Hahn (@christinehahn) – Christine Hahn has revitalized my interest in funky editorial/commercial photography, recently shooting for Teen Vogue and Haus Labs. Her recent shots of Xin Xie are my current favorites.
Camilla Akrans (@studioakrans) – Camilla Akrans is another favorite photographer of mine in the portrait/fashion/editorial realm. I’m currently obsessed with her Vogue China shoot with Vilma Sjöberg and anything she has ever shot with Birgit Kos.
Mark Morchel – Mark unfortunately doesn’t have a large online presence, but he’s part of an artisan’s guild here in Gainesville. His art is primitive, striking, and honest. Please donate to my “have his entire body of work on my walls” fund.
Patrick Rothfuss – I’m not the biggest fantasy person, as my bookshelf is firmly packed with nonfiction. Patrick Rothfuss’s prose is warm and accessible, lending itself to escapist reads that still touch on important socioeconomic realities. I’m currently reading The Name of the Wind.
Ras’bry – Ras’bry is still in its nascent stages, but the Soundcloud demos are enough to get me excited for what’s next. I’m currently listening to their demo of their song World on Fire.
Sammy Rae – If you haven’t listened to Sammy Rae’s 2018 album The Good Life, you haven’t heard some of my favorite songs for the past half year. Sammy Rae is quite possibly the peak of my vocalist goals. Listen to my favorite song off the album here.
Allison Young – I’ve been following Allison Young for a while, so I was super excited to see that she recently sang a slowed down version of Mr. Blue Sky with Postmodern Jukebox.
Nate Smith – Pocket Change is one of my favorite albums from the last few years, and if you have 30 minutes, give it a listen! It’s a scientifically proven fact that drumset solo albums are the best thing to write to. Check out his full Gaslight Session here.