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The Black Harbor The Black Harbor is an online account of the work, ideas, and inspiration of a tight-nit collective of creatives. Over the years we have created things together, attended school together, fought together, and partied together. We have grown beyond the simplicity of friendship. We are now a family. Our purpose is to celebrates the work of the collective and explore creative work in the world that truly inspires us driving us to be better at what we do. Our hope is that as we document our work, process, lives, and inspiration that you will also be inspired and share your work with us.
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Bill Baird (of Sunset) put out a rad new album this year that is a slight departure from his old stuff. Dig on it
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A playlist created by photographer and artist Eric Carroll relating to his Rayko Photo Center show titled Plato’s Home Movies.
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Your stressed out. You need to chill the fuck out and take this in.
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This album has been doing the trick for me lately. I’m a sucker for anything western and psychedelic.
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Woah supernerd! What do you got against the design of our site? Here's the feed. Geek.

These first two images are inspired by the print designs from Hermes scarves.  I love the playfulness of the patterns and the whimsy created by the color and objects.

These two handsome beasts were photographed at a local kennel.  Great Danes are incredibly curious and seem to be much more aware of their surroundings than most dogs. They were a bit nervous around the lights at first but they did settle down a bit.  The problem is that once they settled down they would bound towards me.  Luckily I was on the floor so I never got knocked over. . . but I can’t say the same for one of my light stands.

These post it notes are a continuation of my paper/color studies.  I think there are quite a few things going on in terms of influence . . . what actual pixels on a screen look like, Damien Hirst, Mondrian, old video games . . . to name a few.  These take a while to put together but I like the subconscious way in which I form them.  Loud music for one, and no method in terms of placing colors.







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  • Sksewell

    Nice work Justin.Check out the latest Art Forum. There’s a retrospective on Richter at the Tate in London and it displays his color palettes. 

  • fantl

    I will. . . wasn’t really aware of Richter’s work but it seems as if I should be given his exploration with the color chart series!  Same idea, different medium!

  • Gretchen

    Justin these are beautiful. Even though it’s a still ife, I see hints of movement in the first photo. The pattern is really alive, my eye jumps around and I end up landing on the yellow truck. Great stuff man!

  • fantl

    Thanks Gretch!  Yes. . more and more I feel that movement in still life is part of what creates a more dynamic image.  Even though something is static you can create a sense of vibrancy or life.  I think that part of that has to do with eye movement. . .like you said the pattern makes your eye jump around.  It can also be created through form and color.

  • Abby Wilcox

    really cool.