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As soon as I got to their house, the first things I noticed were the changes between floors and all the new pieces acquired since my last visit. The “inspiration room” really felt like walking into an exhibit at the Museum of Jurassic Technology or a curiosities shop from a hundred years ago but as cozy as a home could ever be. The fencing mask with the top hat is still my all time favorite combination of pieces. So weird. These are the photos that the New York TImes missed.

Images James Ryang 2011

My friends Grace and Kenyan were gracious enough to let me come up and shoot a lookbook in and around their house this past weekend. This is their second home upstate and it was really cool to see how they decorated and put together this new home. I ended up sleeping in what is called “the inspiration room” and now I’m already eager to drive back up there. Whenever I go visit them, I end up shooting all the objects, interiors, and the surrounding landscape. Kenyan’s acquired a bunch of new pieces I’d never seen and has a new studio in a three level barn down the road. Big thanks to Jake Jones for lending a hand on the shoot. Amazing weekend away.

Images James Ryang 2011

Wool and the Gang

Thursday evening, Wool and the Gang opened a new shop / studio on Thompson St. between Prince and Spring here in New York. I shot the space during their opening for Coolhunting. My friend Kenyan Lewis of BYKENYAN was there to view his newly installed sign hanging outside. He also installed a wooden ladder and created stools for the shop. You can read about the store and the company HERE.

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Pier 40

This place is amazing, and soccer in the cold rain is starting to grow on me. Located on the West Side Highway and W. Houston St, Pier 40, an outdoor, multi-sport artificial-turf field, extends out onto the H. Hudson River to house the equivalent of 3-4 soccer fields. Pier 40 is home to approximately 2,200 long-term parking spaces, kayaks, and Hudson River Park offices. Around the entire perimeter of Pier 40 is a public esplanade. There are also indoor and outdoor athletic fields with uses that range from soccer and football to rugby and baseball. Surely, this is my next photo shoot location. After a late-night game like last night with soaked uniforms and injuries to nurse, all you want to do is look at books, open the day’s mail, play with puzzles, read, and dry-off.

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Blackies – Interiors

These are interior photographs of Grace and Kenyan’s home. There are also images of Kenyan’s workshop, the second level of a barn adjacent to the house. The house is filled with antiques and unique objects. It may be the most photogenic home I had ever been to.

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Olympus XA

I got an Olympus XA at an estate sale upstate for 2 dollars. I just got the 35mm scans back yesterday. These are test images from around my apartment and my studio shot with the XA.

All images copyright James Ryang 2009 except the image of XA copyright Olympus

117 Encino Ave.

These are interiors of my parents’ house in Camarillo. The light inside gets wild around sunset. I’d never really photographed this house until recently. I moved around the rooms with my camera wherever the light moved finding old things of mine (Hello Kitty piƱata) and my brother’s (ALF) along the way. I never really lived in this house as a kid. I went to boarding school when I was 14 so I only spent time here when I was on school breaks and summers. Nine Stories remains to be one of my favorite books.

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Imari and Bean

Towards the end of my trip, my friend Imari McDermott let me house sit her place in Silver Lake and cat sit Bean. I used to hang out with Bean at Fast Ashley’s in Brooklyn years ago, but I never really knew him or his mysterious behavior. Bean may be the most mellow cat I’ve ever met. He LOVES a cool spot and enjoys lying down as much as possible. He really enjoys gazing out the front screen door. The only times I saw him move swiftly were when he would run away from his own litter box after peeing. Oh, Bean. I miss you and your hilarious ways. Seeing that Imari’s house was so photogenic, I decided to shoot it and her stuff while she was away. Thank you Imari for the couch and until next time Bean.

All images copyright James Ryang 2009

Interiors

This is Keren’s apartment on Grand St in Williamsburg. We’ve worked on it for months. After a bunch of road trips to flea markets in the tri-state area, we’ve accumulated a bunch of antiques and vintage furniture. Here are some interiors of the place.

For more info on what is what, go to: Keren’s Blog

all images copyright James Ryang 2009