• Tumblr Tuesday: Daria Kobayashi Ritch

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    This week, we're taking a look at the work of Daria Kobayashi Ritch, a talented young photographer who's shot multiple blog features for us (check out her work here and here), and she's not even out of college yet! We sat down with the LA-based photographer to find out more about her background in photography, what subjects she's most drawn to, and the stories behind some of her favorite photographs over the years.

    Tell us a little bit about yourself!
    My name is Daria, I’m 23 years old, and a portrait and fashion photographer born and raised in Los Angeles. Coincidentally, My first job out of high school was working as a sales associate for Urban Outfitters for 4 years!

    How did you get started in photography?
    Being an artist was never a question for me; I have my parents to thank for that. Both my parents are designers and encouraged creativity all my life. I’ve had a passion for taking photos for as long as I can remember. I have distinct memories of dressing up and going around town with my girlfriends when we were about 13 years old to take photos of each other for our MySpace profile pictures. Seems silly but that was probably when photography become more about creating rather than just documenting my life. The last two years of high school I began taking photography more seriously as a career choice and I did an independent study in photography. After high school I went to UCLA for fine art and then transferred into Art Center College of Design to study photography. 

    What subjects are you most drawn to?
    Unconsciously I find myself most drawn to women around my age or younger. I am really attracted to subjects with an outward personality. It is hard to explain what it is I look for, but I am extremely picky about who I put in front of my camera. I think it’s pretty obvious what types of girls I look for when you look at my portfolio (or so people tell me). I know instantly when I meet someone if I want to photograph her. I often notice the girls I want to photograph are the ones I find “naturally cool” without trying; girls I want to be friends with; girls I admire. I usually love the photos the most when I shoot someone I connect with.

    Favorite gear?
    Contax T2!

    What feeling do you most try to convey with your photos?
    Although my photography is mostly categorized under fashion, I want my work to convey a sense of honesty and authenticity. I am most interested in capturing real life. The most important aspect of my photographs is the people who are in them. I like seeing someone’s personality and I want my images to convey a sense of rawness; I want to document who my subject is rather than overly directing and posing them into someone they aren’t. I hope with my photography, I can show my viewer an honest point of view; a look at the way I see these girls.

    Does your photography style translate to your fashion at all? What is your personal clothing style like?
    My photography style does translate to my fashion. I really love fashion and most of my money goes to buying clothes. I think my personal wardrobe is a toned down version of the way I like my models styled. The models are usually dressed how I want to dress in real life. My personal clothing style is kind of an eclectic mix of '90s, vintage-meets-boho. Lately I’ve been wearing a lot of crop tops, boyfriend jeans, high-waisted cut-off shorts, and high top sneakers.

    Can you tell us a few of your favorite Tumblrs to follow?
    This Is Junk Mag
    Girls on Film Zine
    Oyster Mag

    What's one thing you're looking forward to this year?

    Graduating college in December! I’ll be graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in photography. 

    Favorite food: shabu-shabu
    Favorite drink: green tea lattes 
from Urth Caffe
    One band you could listen to forever:
 The Strokes
    One place you want to go ASAP: This is a hard question! There are so many places I want to travel to. I think I have to say Germany because I am Japanese, Italian, and German and Germany is the only place I haven’t gotten to visit!
    Favorite song: Lately I’ve been listening to “Age of Consent” by New Order on repeat.
    Most-worn item of clothing: Levi’s cut-off shorts / my choker necklaces
    Personal hero: 

my parents

    Can you tell us the stories behind five of your favorite photos?

    This was the first time I met Clem, and I am so glad I did. Since this shoot we’ve shot a few more times together and she has easily become one of my most favorite people to shoot. For those who don’t know, Clem is the lead singer and guitarist for a really awesome LA band, Cherry Glazerr. Another reason this photo is noteworthy for me is because it was for ‘Junk’, a magazine I interned for at the time. Junk Magazine has been a constant source of inspiration for me so it was great seeing my work amongst some of favorite photographers.

    This image is from a shoot I did in Joshua Tree with Staz Lindes and two up-and-coming New York designers, Aza Ziegler and Caroline Kaufman. I had been in Joshua Tree a few weeks prior with my family and stumbled upon the World Famous Crochet Museum and immediately fell in love with the location. I had already been planning to shoot with Aza and she coincidently was going to be staying in Joshua Tree the following week. I wanted to shoot Staz for a while as well and she just happened to be in town around that time. It was one of those shoots where everything fell into place.

    This is the oldest photo I have in my portfolio. It’s of a girl named Zoe who was a freshman when I was a senior in high school. Zoe was probably one of my first muses and this photo is one of my favorites still. This is after school one day in her room.

    I took this photo of my friends after skating at an abandon dam somewhere in the mountains of LA.

    My friends and I like to hangout sometimes at this hiking trail above my house in Malibu. This is from a few years ago of my best friend and one of his childhood friends. The photos from this day are some of my favorites because they are so full of energy: messing around and just being teenage boys.

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