I’m editing my music, entertainer and celeb portfolio at the moment because I want to start shooting bands again. Back to my roots. Thanks to university newspaper editor, Steve Maslanka, who inspired that whole revolution in my work. Ken Kobre for kicking my ass. Also thanks to my original partner in crime,Elena Fava Emerson brilliant photographer who worked with me on After5Media!
At one point I was in the same room, only a few feet away from big stars like Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Biel, Hugh Jackman, Karl Urban, Josh Lucas, Harrison Ford, Michael Madsen, Halle Berry and THE ROCK!! covering bands like Ladytron, the Red Elvises, Metric, Wolfmother, She Wants Revenge, The Presets, Love Like Fire now the Silver Swans and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts! Those days may be long gone. Photography and access has changed dramatically. I may never have that same access again. I can honestly say I will pass on never to see these people again. Nevertheless, I hope that with the launch of my Musikore portfolio, I might start that up again…. doing documentaries of entertainers and musicians. My original inspiration for my work that brought me here, now.
Featured in the following images are Dana Carvey, Freddie from RUBE WADDELL, Kehoe Nation, Charlize Theron, and Marton Czokas, Frank Miller (during the first Sin City), Stereo Total, Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner, and fetish model Masuimi Max.
This was the last fashion show that I voluntarily covered back when I believed that fashion still had a pulse in San Francisco. I covered backstage as well as “runway” at a time when no one cared much for my style. Regardless, this show by Bad Unkl Sista’s Anastasia Louise was held at the Bently Reserve. An Alien Invasion, a collaboration of aliens in one place to contact the far reachs of the known universe and get the fuck outta here!! E.T.phone home.
Did quite a bit of work with several local spirit branding and import companies and wineries including Tastemakers International, Cattani Imports and Bols. I covered Mixology competitions as well including ones where we went to 23 bars in two days, tasting libations from bartenders all over San Francisco. This is just a tiny representation of delicious beverages I was fortunate enough to try.
I also covered the introduction of Bols Genever back into the United States where I was able to also meet the CEO of Lucas Bols and also the master distiller of the Genever itself.
August 9 - 15th, 2010, I covered the events surrounding SFChefs, photographing food, taking portraits of chefs from restaurants all around the Bay Area and trying new libations and offerings. Celebrity chefs like Gary Danko and Elizabeth Faulker from Citizen Cake demonstrated their skills through Iron Chef events and cooking demonstrations.
In 2011, I visited Taiwan and took on a few photography commissions during my weeks stay there.
Taiwan University Heritage and Geosciences Opening of Restaurant in Historical Renovated Japanese Enclave.
Working with the restaurant owners, I began to develop the imagery they wanted to give the restaurant not only a culinary attraction but also to compliment its historical elegance. This was once a home of a Japanese official during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan from 1895 to 1945. Many of these historical buildings were long destroyed but a few have remained and have been renovated to become salons, shopping boutiques and restaurants. This particular building was restored, and at the time still in construction and bits and pieces of history were elegantly displayed along with the decor of the restaurant itself.
featured on the SF Chronicle Style, Sunday, June 8, 2014 pg. L5
A year in the making, the Spring / Summer 2015 line comes fully-loaded with new designs and materials: shoes, jackets, dresses, swimsuits, bags, and sunglasses, in steel, silicone, and acrylic. Co-designed with German designer Laura Zey, COBOL 77’s cool, minimalist aesthetic was brought to life as a fash mob among the concrete and glass 1970’s architecture of San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center.
Work Detail: Photography, Cobol 77 Fashion Editorial, Lookbook and Fashion fashmob show at the Embarcadero.
Co-founded the first Le Salon d’Retinue,or Salon Retinue with Andrea Plell from Ecologique Fashion. We have created this event as a way to start reintroducing fashion the way it has been intended. Our events bring fashion designers and labels based in San Francisco in front of media and buyers. This was coverage from our first event! We hope to do much more introducing great products and ideas into the San Francisco fashion industry in an attempt to create an entity of commercial fashion creators in the market will be proud to stand behind. The challenge is to raise the bar and set a standard of excellence in the community.
Work detail: Branding and collateral design for the Salon, event coverage and photography and infrastructure and concepting for the Salon function.
Special thanks to Andrea Plell at Ecologique Fashion, Myrrhia, Oaklandish for the Gift Bags, 88:88 for providing tunes for the event, and Savage Jenny for the makeup demos. Hector Manuel for all the assistance behind the scenes and Sara Dashty for makeup and hair design!3
Work Detail: Completed Lookbook Campaign for Artful Gentlemen’s New York Fashion Week debut through the Macy’s Fashion Incubator in San Francisco. Notorious was also featured in the AG Catalogue and showing this year at Suit Up, a fashion event for the Human Rights Campaign.
Concept and Art Direction. Shot on location at McRoskey’s on Market.
We are excited! ModaCine Fashion Film Festival will be doing a promotional event at Urban Air Night Market June 5th, from 6PM - 10PM on FERN Alley in San Francisco, screening a series of short fashion films by fillmmakers, Damien Krisl, Eugenio Recuenco, Femke Huurdeman, Monica Elkelv, Ioanna Theodorakou, Pawel Uniatowicz, Wing Shya and our very own Warren Difranco.
This screening is a promotional event and we hope that we can generate interest in our project to push it forward and bring it to the next level.
A long time project I have been slowly developing over the many years, that will continue to develop.
The Window Between Opportunity and NOW.
Windows are a representation of the barriers place upon us, not unlike the ones used for the leisure of window shopping. For many, a nearby door is all there is that stands between you and the contents behind the window. For others, the window is placed as a barrier to see through but not enter and partake in the events behind it, much like a glass ceiling.
For the photographer, the window will always provide the barrier which stands as a sphinx that asks us whether we are here to see or to experience. We arrive there after leaping through many thresholds, til we come to the final one that will present us with the dream, the premonition or the nightmare of what we imagined seeing from behind the glass.
Windows serve as a barrier to keep us within and protected from the contents outside, or they keep us out protecting the contents inside. Though impossible to break the proverbial glass before us, it is possible to pass through without a door. You simply need to believe that the window was never there and the experiences you see are yours or will eventually be. Then the sphinx will ask…. how will you live?
Unite a fashion, film and tech industry here in San Francisco.
Let’s begin this fashion revolution.
Special thanks to everyone who have been with me from the start of this project and held on. I’ve created another video that is what I hope will give everyone an idea of the feel, energy and caliber of what we are trying to do. Most of all, to show you how much we really do care for this project. Hope you liked it enough to give us your vote of confidence!!
Thank you to the following:
Hector Manuel and Sara Dashty. The champions of this project whom I adore.
Also credited in the film is Eugenio Recuenco for his beautiful film AIRE.
Music was provided by Canton Becker, thank you!
All editing, videography and photography was by Warren Difranco
Thank you to our models Ania Spierling, Rebecca Case and Sarah Wilson, our new member, Marisa Llamas and also I’d like to mentioned Ed Dahl, Ilan Reuben, Colleen Quen, Fati Farmanfarmaian, Jennifer Yount (www.halfwaterhalflove.com).