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January 25, 2014

DTLA, September 2013

I was introduced to Mekael Dawson back in 2011 through mutual friends of the Freak City collective. He became one of my best LA buddies and I have since enjoyed many conversations, sun-filled afternoons, smoothie dates, and underground parties in his company over the years.

I was first aware of Mekael’s creative pursuits as founder of Vesper Apparel, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I realised he was also an adept and talented photographer.┬áThere is an inherently youthful spirit to much of Mekael’s work, notably so in loving snapshots of his contemporaries. Whether images of bright young things frolicking and enjoying the world around them, or quiet moments one-on-one that feel somehow stolen, I feel Mekael’s pictures resonate with the eternally young part of us all. Seeing and feeling things for the first time, and knowing no limits. I also particularly love the colours that he captures in his landscape work, and am fascinated by his use of light and layering in more experimental shots. All in all, I suggest taking a look at his website

Back in September 2013 we headed up to the roof of a friends building in Downtown Los Angeles to shoot and play around. I remember it was beautifully windy and sunny, and the air had that late-afternoon gossamer quality that DTLA does so well. And I remember how dangling bare feet over the edge of a skyscraper felt, as well as the dizzying mix of vertigo and exhilaration standing up at full height on the building ledge.  The results from this shoot bring back a lot of special memories of Los Angeles for me.

You can also see the full series here.

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