• UO Pride: Fujifilm Photography Workshop for PRIDE at Space 15 Twenty


    To celebrate PRIDE this month, we’re sharing the stories of young creatives showing their pride and proving that love is love. This weekend, we're coming together in Los Angeles at Space 15 Twenty for a series of amazing events: On June 8, we're hosting a group photo show + silent auction with a live performance by Le1f (!!), with proceeds benefitting GLSEN. GLSEN is the leading education organization focused on creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools.

    On June 10, some of the featured artists from the show will be hosting a Fujifilm photo workshop in the Space, leading a tutorial on how to create beautiful imagery from instant film (learn more here!)

    Leading up to it all, we're sharing more Fujifilm shots from some of the amazing artists involved.


    Brian Cooke
    Tell us about yourself and your background.
    My name is Brian Cook; I’ve been with UO for 4 years and have been working with UOLA for 1 year now.

    What does love mean to you?
    Love is unconditional acceptance.

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show? 
    I focused on photo’ing in Silver Lake, CA because  it happens to be one of the first areas that led to civil rights for LGBT.  I hope people will take away a feeling of appreciation for sacrifices others have made for us to feel comfortable being ourselves. I am fortunate to live in a community that is open an accepting and a lot of it is due to activists thought fought for this. There is still so much work to be done but I am thankful for those who have started it. 


    Dana Washington

    Tell us about yourself and your background. 
    My name is Dana Washington, a Black, woman visual artist and writer from Buena Park, California. 

    What does love mean to you? 
    Love means… Love is supreme. Being able to express love or being able to be loved by someone else, for me, is one of the highest forms of Freedom. 

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show? 
    See the world for what is it through my eyes. No photoshop or manipulative software needed, hah. The Instax Film series reminded me to notice the details, the colors and textures around me, nature, and faces.  


    Iris Ray

    Tell us about yourself and your background.
    Some descriptors for me would be photographer, fangirl, and probably caffeine addict. I’m Georgia born and raised. Sometimes the accent sneaks out. After graduating from The Creative Circus and a year of working in a rental house, I moved from Atlanta to LA last year, which -- by design -- really kicked me into gear to make photography happen for myself. So here I am! Doing my best.

    What does love mean to you?
    I mean, it’s my sustenance. I can’t make it through the day without cuddles from my pup or my partner, a phone call with my mom, exchanging memes with my friends… I feel love in all of those things.

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show?
    Let yourself be surprised! Slowing down isn’t the enemy! Take a long walk! Stay a while!


    James Stanciell

    Tell us about yourself and your background?
    My name is James Stanciell, I'm a portrait photographer living and creating in San Francisco. 

    What does love mean to you?
    I'm unsure at the moment to be honest. I'm still discovering all the different meanings of "love".
    "I guess I'll never learn, I can't begin to know, The Meaning of Love" - Steve Kuhn

    What do you hope for people to take away from your FujiFilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show?
    The life around you can tend to be more pleasant and beautiful if you stop every once and awhile to observe. Documenting in any way, whether it be Photographs or Journaling, it's good to remember the things that make you feel "something", whatever that something is.


    Jill Beth Hannes

    Tell us about yourself and your background.
    I'm a photographer living in Los Angeles. I shoot mostly film. I love to create haunting and dream-like images. 

    What does love mean to you?
    Love is all that matters and when you find it you'll know it is the most beautiful gift you'll ever receive. 

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show?
    I hope people will see the free spirit I tried to capture.


    Rayana Chumthong

    Tell us about yourself and your background.
    I’m a LA based Set Photographer by ways of NYC and MD. I love to document the cinematic process, shoot street photography, portraits and work on my own colorful and whimsical art. My favorite medium is shooting on film. I also have a weird knack for capturing people in their most candid of moments.

    What does love mean to you?
    Love is a really big construct to me but so far I’ve figured out that love is what we’re made of -- it’s universal and exists in all living things.

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show?
    Sad Ice Cream Cone’s adventures is an introspective journey of a melancholy and misfortuned ice cream cone that finds his way to happiness through the little things in life.


    Raul Jimenez

    Tell us about yourself and your background.
    Hello, I’m Raul! I grew up in Los Angeles and I’ve lived in the Harbor Area my entire life. I thrive in creativity and love all things art. Photography is my biggest passion but I’ve always had a paintbrush on canvas or a pencil on paper since I can remember. Something I pride myself in is my consistency and consciousness of who I am. Legitimacy is priceless and I’ll always have time for someone genuine.  

    What does love mean to you?
    Growing up bilingual I was given twice the ability to define my sentiments. If love had a meaning, I would say it means to teach us to be thoughtful. “To love” is to want, and to be “In love” is to need. We all know how to love but we don't all know what it means be in love and that is when people define their emotions with this word rather that what they're actually in. That is why I would define love as difficult but it’s means are to make us happy.

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show?
    I hope that people will learn just how awesome is to be alive and to exist with so many different lives around us. There are so many stories within each of us. Stories that could be told with these awesome mini photos that are like little windows into peoples lives. I hope you guys liked peering into mine.


    Oriana Koren

    Tell us about yourself and your background.
     I grew up in South Florida, both a First generation Haitian-American and African-American with generational roots in the Mississippi delta. Writing and photography helped me to navigate the territory of being queer, black, West Indian. It wasn’t until I moved to Chicago that I had the freedom to creatively explore and dissect all of my identities. These days, I’m still queer, a writer, a photographer, a survivor of childhood abuse. I like to describe myself as an Alpha Female Cyborg; it’s my life’s aspiration to be powerful, genderless, and without limitation.

    What does love mean to you? 
    Love means being supported. For a very long time, I thought love was being self sacrificing to the point of bending myself into shapes that didn’t fit me and accepting the scraps of someone else. Now, I think the best way to show love is to cultivate support, to be a soft place for someone to fall, to encourage their hopes and dreams, to accept them as fully flawed and multi-faceted and worthy. 

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show? 
    I speak in images often so I hope my idea of summer is pretty clear in my images: I am a summer baby, a Cancer who loves to indulge in food, colors, and making portraits of women + femmes. 


    Nicholas Edmond

    Tell us about yourself and your background.
    My name is Nicholas Edmond, I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I'm 20 years old.

    What does love mean to you?
    Love is looking at the same thing for hours and enjoying every second of it whether it's your mans, a mirror, or a slice of pizza... that's love!  

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show?
    Everything and nothing. I want these pictures to just be pictures but I also want them to be words. It's up to you which you pick. 


    Kayla Reefer

    Tell us about yourself and your background.
    
Well... my names Kayla. I'm a Gemini. My birthday just passed (woot, woot!). My favorite color is green. I have a lil' Pug named Prince, who was named after the almighty purple one. I was born in Lancaster, California, and raised mostly in the Caribbean and LA. I moved around a lot until I was about 17. As far as the whole artist thing, I picked up my first camera when I was 19 with dreams of becoming a filmmaker and director. Before diving into that however, I fell in love with photography and I've been hooked ever since. Nowadays, I freelance as a Photographer and Cinematographer/DP.

    What does love mean to you?
    Love to me means respect, honesty, and transparency, whether that be with oneself or with others. 

    What do you hope for people to take away from your Fujifilm Instax Film series for the upcoming Space 15 Twenty group show?
    I hope they take away that there's beauty in even the simplest of moments and that it inspires them to pick up any camera and start taking photos of their own.


    LA! Join us for a PRIDE-filled weekend: Learn more about the event here