A few months ago I helped my good friend photographer Emily Johnston shoot her apartment for Rue’s February issue. Of course, Emily didn’t really need my help but I kind of just hung out and give her some sort “styling” assistance while moving objects a millimeter from their original location, and also chatting about boys and stuff. It was fun! Perhaps you are familiar with the light bath that is Emily’s apartment from her instagram account. If not, you should be. Her apartment has three exposures and is quaint and beautiful and filled with Emily and I love it. I love being there and looking at her photography books, and having her grind coffee beans for me and feed me fruit and croissants. I love looking at her giant wax object, shell things and found objects, smelling her incense and touching her prints. The day I was in her place I took a million iPhone shots and tagged them all “Why is other peoples stuff always so interesting?” I just really, really like her place, and I like the way her eyeballs see. Here are some shots and outtakes from the Rue shoot that I assisted/hung out on.
Today Emily opened her new online print shop of her mobile photography Terra Incognita. And no, her iPhone pictures are nothing like yours. And yes, this is proof that all you need is your eyes and your brain to make beautiful things. In fact the words that inspire Emily are : The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust That’s one of the truest things I’ve ever experienced and why I love photography too. It helped me see the world anew. And now lets enter the world of Terra Incognita, latin for unknown lands. Terra Incognita chronicles Emily’s journey – from free diving on remote Philippine islands, crossing Icelandic landscapes and running to the corner bodega in Manhattan. It’s a beautiful journey. All the prints are 12 x 12 , $52, and printed with archival inks on 100 % cotton rag fine art paper.
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All photos are by Emily Johnston.