ARTFUL HOME – Chris Parker

Welcome to our latest feature – Artful Home. We think our customers are incredibly talented with an amazing eye for beauty. We thought it would be fun to give our readers a look into their homes and lives. We wanted to show their choices in art and how it fits in their home, while we learn more about their lives and work. Check out our first edition of Artful Home with Chris Parker.


It’s hard to say if we like Chris Parker more because of his many talents or because he is a heck of a nice guy. Chris has mastered many of the digital arts – from photography to cinematography to motion film. You can check out his latest work with choreographer Emery LeCrone and New York City Ballet Dancers Megan LeCrone and Russell Janzena and a documentary style video on a Brooklyn-based distillary. Chris is also a member of Arliss Parker, a band that has gained a following for it’s unique folktronica sound.

Chris shows us his pick, Martyn Thompson’s Existance No. 17, and offers us a glimpse into vision and style in his Brooklyn home.



I’ve lived in a small, six unit apt building in brooklyn since 2008. The building is a nice mix of artists with an art gallery/performance space on the ground floor. I try to surround myself with comfortable, simple stuff. If anything I’d have to say my decorating style is minimal, open, and cozy. The art in my apartment follows the same philosophy.



I love the simplicity and the three-dimensionality of the print. Between the richness of texture in the scene and the quality of the print there is a depth to the image that really fascinates me. The print is displayed in my kitchen. It seemed appropriate to have a breakfast table hung above the breakfast table ; )


I work primarily in digital imaging which includes everything from cinematography to tech work on photoshoots. Lately I have been doing more motion picture photography, specifically music videos and documentaries, which I’ve really been enjoying. My recent work includes a documentary about a vodka distillery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn called The Industry City Distillery as well as a dance film for Emery LeCrone, a New York City Ballet choreographer.




Thank you Chris for giving us the tour!



Mark Hartman: Shredded billboards seen as art

What many accomplish in Photoshop or with hours of cutting and pasting, photographer Mark Hartman found in the streets of Panama: A mishmash of colors, shapes, images and letters. When workers shred expired outdoor advertisements, the vinyl remains left behind provide an artist effect.




“At first I thought they were street art,” Hartman said. “I found them beautiful.”  The ongoing project began in 2010. Hartman said he “acts as a curator,” choosing images he would like to showcase in a book someday.



Looking from an anthropological perspective, he noticed themes of information overload, literally “information on top of information.”  The constantly changing billboards were sometimes hard to find, he said. They might be shredded one day and the next covered with a new poster for weeks. And he has only noticed this advertising phenomenon in Panama.




“They’re just doing their job,” he said of the shredders. “They’re unconscious that they’re making something that could be considered art.”


– Elizabeth I. Johnson, CNN

LUSTER launch

The launch night was a great success and marked the official launch of LUSTER! We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came on the night to show support. Also, many thanks go to our wonderful photographers whose work looked stunning on the night. Thanks too to Ilford for providing all the Gold Fibre Silk paper for the show.  Another huge thank you goes out to ROOT(Drive-In) for the space and to all who arranged, curated, hung, painted, printed and glitter tattooed – there are simply not enough words to thank all involved.

LUSTER launch event

Check us out!  Luster’s official gallery launch, hosted by ROOT(Drive-In), showcased works by all of our photographers.  Luster members had exclusive access to our event, meeting and chatting with their favorite photographers.  Want an invite to our next event?  Sign up for our newsletter.

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New Documentary Shows Gregory Crewdson at Work

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. The epic production of these movie-like images is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets and soundstages in the hills towns of Western Massachusetts. In his decade-long project “Beneath the Roses” he uses light, color and character to conjure arresting images, managing a crew of 60 amidst seemingly countless logistical and creative obstacles.
Filmed over a decade, beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus. Childhood fears and ideals, adult anxieties and desires, the influences of pop-culture all combine to form who we are, and for Crewdson, motivate his work.

There is no specific backstory, no before-and-after to Gregory Crewdson’s images, simply the moment that lends itself to mystery and intrigue. Hundreds of movie lights combine with the setting sun in a perfect moment of illumination.

Producer, Director and Cinematographer Ben Shapiro

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