Adventures in Life and Photography with @hokaytokay
Learn more about Amanda’s work in this video feature by Like Knows Like, produced by filmmaker Bas Berkhout (@bas_berkhout) and photographer Marije Kuiper (@marijekuiper). For more of Amanda’s explorations in light and pattern, follow @hokaytokay on Instagram.
Just over a year ago, at the age of 20, Amanda Jasnowski (@hokaytokay) left her home in Ohio to pursue photography in New York City.
For Amanda, whose photos explore light and patterns, Instagram provides an outlet for daily creation. “The constant practice of taking photos every day has really helped me grow as a creative and helped further my aesthetic,” says Amanda. “If for some reason you find yourself scrolling far back through my feed you can see the way my style has evolved. It’s a good timeline.”
Amanda’s feed is also a documentation of the beauty found in everyday life. Speaking about her photos, she says: “More than anything I hope people take away a sense of appreciation of the small things in life and the beauty that is here if you are looking. I think most of my images are fairly simple and playful, lots of documenting. Humanity is a beautiful thing.”
Collaborating with and learning from others is central to Amanda’s work, and the Instagram community has been a major source of inspiration. “The support and encouragement that I’ve found through Instagram was a big influence in giving me the courage to move away from home last October. I continue to be thankful for the support and excited by this creative community I’ve grown to be a part of.”
I love artist profiles, and this one is fantastic!
Do check out Amanda Jasnowski’s work!
So happy to watch Like Father, Like Son and meet director Hirokazu Koreeda at AFI Fest! One of my cinema heroes! (at TCL Chinese Theatre)
"I really don’t play favorites with my own films because I already feel lucky enough just being able to make a film in Taiwan. So every time I get behind the camera, all of my energy and effort is concentrated there. And although there may be areas that I feel aren’t perfect, I know that it isn’t because I didn’t work hard enough. Sometimes those are actually the most interesting parts. When I look back I discover that I have always been doing the same thing. Every time I get behind the camera to direct, I approach it as if it were my first film… Filmmaking is my passion, it is what I love to do, so I never feel that I’m at ‘work’—I feel like I’m at play! So when people comment on how interesting my job is, all I can do is smile because I agree with them! So I always encourage young people to follow their hearts and choose a career that they really enjoy and love. If you do that, you’ll never feel that your job is hard work."
November 6, 1947 — June 29, 2007
The Changing Shape of Cinema: The Aspect Ratio
Episode excerpt from the BBC Television series Moving Pictures, featuring Wong Kar-wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle on Chungking Express.
With thanks to LoSceicco1976
You see the world, you end up in jail three or four times, you accumulate experience. And it gives you something to say. If you don’t have anything to say then you shouldn’t be making films. It [has] nothing to do with what lens you’re using. —Christopher Doyle
In The Mood for Doyle — Chris Doyle’s documentary. It is more inspirational than you can imagine — just avoid adopting his drinking habits.
YA-NE-SEN a Go Go
by Shishi Yamazaki
Photography by Duane Michals
What is Love?
Love is a jubilant fountain of affection,
that floods the hollow heart with
happiness and overflows with joy. Like
wind, fire and air, it is a natural ele-
ment, an instinct to share, the caring
heart laid bare. Lovers fill with fas-
cination for each other, and see in the
other’s eyes what their lives have been
denied, and where their futures lie.
Infatuation is the adolescence of true
love. Romance is the fluttering of the
heart, when the other departs. I cannot
tame my orphaned heart’s remorse, or
claim myself to be my very own, since
you have roamed, and love has changed
its course. You are true north to my heart
What is Desire?
Desire is a coveting need, an urgent greedy
appetite to acquire and consume to satis-
faction. Unlike love which seeks to serve,
desire is self-serving and seeks its own
reward. Lust is sired by a panicked
yearning that erupts in passion and good
sense and logic are dispensed. It is a
spectre in the skin that leads the hand
to sin. Desire dies when satisfied; Desire
denies multiplied. I can’t still remem-
ber even today the way your shirt was
torn and how I glimpsed a treasured
hint of your perfect form. And with
that quick glance desire was born
Like Father, Like Son - Trailer
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
It was a great privilege to create this essay for Sight & Sound magazine — a publication I’ve long adored. // The cinema of Koreeda Hirokazu is defined by moments of everyday life. Whatever potential there is for heightened drama – the suicide of a husband, a cult massacre, abandoned children – it is diffused by the familiar rhythms of everydayness.
― HARVEY MILK, The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words (via film-dot-com)
Go after her.
Fuck, don’t sit there and wait for her to call, go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone, don’t wait for them to give you a sign cause it might never come, don’t let people happen to you, don’t let me happen to you, or her, she’s not a fucking television show or tornado. There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me or called me up drunk at four in the morning because they need to tell me right now and because they cannot regret this and I always thought I’d be the only one doing crazy things for people who would never give enough of a fuck to do it back or to act like idiots or be entirely vulnerable and honest and making someone fall in love with you is easy and flying 3000 miles on four days notice because you can’t just sit there and do nothing and breathe into telephones is not everyone’s idea of love but it is the way I can recognize it because that is what I do. Go scream it and be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really.
Directed by TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay