O blogosphere, how strange you are. No matter the break, you patiently wait, while Insta gets my eye. I mean really, who looks at personal blogs today, so lost in the infinite web. Yet here you are, my little blogosphere. Honestly though, what the hell are you… A rendition for the world to see, a superficial taste, the promotion of what I once thought was so important? I guess it’s whatever I make it to be, a personal digital read my diary.
When I found it to hard to post once a month, I thought I’d be discipline to create an annual feast, but I have yet to line up a streak. The facts make it look like a definite retreat. Problem be most visitors expect my latest skate pix which I just don’t got. With full time college and personal research to boot I rarely have time to get in the mix and shoot. When the homies call I’m typically too deep in studies. Maybe it’s time for some change, seeing that the dream has long been complete. See some homies in the big zines snapped by lil ol’ me.
Blog? O yeah I have one of those. Wait, it’s gone. Now its back, weird. Well lets recap whats been. A few months back I went to New Orleans for my brother in laws latest project, Empire State. Always wanted to “go down south” and there I was right in the heart of it, the bayou baby. Watching a movie in the making is interesting, so much work involved. What seems like a bunch of crazies running around with heads cut off is actually precisely planned and well organized chaos. Got to meet The Rock, kicked it with Liam Hemsworth onset, and said hello to the lovely Miley Cyrus.
More recently I had a gig shooting behind the scenes for Oliver Peoples 2013 campaign. It was awesome with tasty catering and one of the hottest models ever. O yeah Ray Liotta was there too but he stops by the house just to kick it anyways so no biggie. Did I mention the model? Bar Paly O my goodness, so beautiful with a warm presents and truly genuine smile. Bar kept giving me the sexiest looks… Well I’d like to think they were directed to me personally but know it was the camera in hand.
Plus my first two-page spread in The Skateboard Mag featuring Mr Meza. Had a shoot with JJ Thomas for his beverage sponsor Marley’s Mellow Mood Tea which they ended up funny editing. Its suppose to be a life size cutout of JJ used for in store display so keep your eye out. It was fun to catch up with an old friend and do a little work at the same time. Finished a Checking In interview with Cyril Palmer for Typical Culture. Ill be posting new photos in my portfolio before long now that the website is back up and perhaps unveil a new layout soon. Lots of good stuff happening and much more to come in 2013.
Enjoying this role, no attachment to anything, just observing the experience, feeling everything unfold, and sharing it with you.
NKLA or No-Kill Los Angeles recently shot a commercial in South LA were I got the chance to capture behind the scene photos and watch events unfold during the day. NKLA is a coalition of increased adoption and spay/neuter efforts throughout the Los Angeles area led by Best Friends Animal Society. It’s certainly a big issue I see while free-ranging around the greater LA areas so its nice to partake in such a helpful cause. Production was top notch everything scheduled and executed to a T which shows in the final product. The piece was written and directed by Dito Montiel featuring 1st time actor Shakir Johnson.
SEE THE COMMERCIAL HERE
December… The year is almost done? “WTF,” kids be sayin’. Does this life coaster only go faster each year? Well thats good I was wondering when things would pick up. Not all my yearly goals were met but several other opportunities brought new challenges and rewards. I just finished shooting a portion of the Mosley Tribes 2012 Campaign. I worked with Victor Garibay who embodies South LA art/skate lifestyle along with Indio Falconer Downey representing a West LA musical/PCH vibe. Two other photographers shot 3 more subjects so I can’t wait to see the finished catalog, counter cards, and anything else printed. I love looking at something I helped create that isn’t just pixels on the computer screen. Something you can touch, carry and share is so cool. Recently The Skateboard Mag posted a Fresh Crops featuring 10 of my photographs. Thanks so much to Austin Mayer and the rest of TSM staff who have helped me I really appreciate it. Then to top it off as if it needs mentioning your boy Meza printed large and hot in Skateboarder Mag.
Not much ever needs to be said about Oscar. He kills it, you see that. His actions speak for him and his smile tells the story. He’s always on that good trip so its non stop fun whenever O is around. Meza’s got some big things coming shortly so stay tuned. Until then here’s a little slice of Meza Mania.
2011 has arrived and with it brings new opportunity for us all. January has been a good start with my first print in The Skateboard Mag, a page in the Active 2011 calendar, along with my first print exhibit at Typical Culture’s 2nd Anniversary party and the month isn’t done yet. I believe our subconscious outlook on life can help shape the environment we find ourselves in. Right now I look forward to seeing what the near future holds and hope my work continues to progress. I’ve been invited to go to Park City next week for the Sundance Film Festival and know I will be inspired by the eccentric people as well as the different projects premiering. Being part of something bigger then yourself is what makes us stonger and this year I plan on doing just that. Thanks to everyone who has helped me get this far, lets keep moving FORWARD.
Follow Oscar as he warms up for the get down.
This past week has been productive with shooting skate photos. Wrapping up multiple side projects and taking part in Typical Culture’s last minute throw together DIY Week has left me beat and dirty. I like it, its nice. My lungs are full of dust and I also have a freshly flesh grated right hand as I slowly type this. With a different DIY spot features each day this week TC brings you seven articles showcasing the hard work of some creative skaters out there. Sometimes the skateparks and street spots just don’t do it . . . Sometimes you have to Do It Yourself.
Get the full story HERE.
”We’ve clocked almost three seasons of Built To Shred together and by the looks of these photos, we’ve got some more work to do. So sit back and enjoy the interview with one of my favorite party crashers…” Jeff King
Miles Wood Typical Culture interview