The film explores a realm of surreal self-obsession, embodied in an outlandish and dreamlike character, whose need for validation from an unseen observer dominates all thought.
The audience is consensually prompted to gaze into the small, condensed universe of someone experiencing a fascinatingly destructive egomania. Here, they recognize behavior once thought to be beyond eccentric, yet today somehow normalized — perhaps sprouting from a modern culture of self-centered ideology?
We witness in this character the downfall of self-idolatry; the frequent cause and occasional side effect of pathological narcissism; self-hatred. The struggle between loving oneself more than anything, while simultaneously desiring perfection, threatens to upend the film’s eerie dreamworld. However, a brief brush with self-awareness only serves to solidify the character’s self-obsession. An existential crisis half-realized — drowned in the shallow waters of Narcissus’ well.
“Encore” was inspired by the opening sequence of John Cassavetes’ film “Opening Night”, as well as the story of Narcissus from Greek mythology. Narcissus famously fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, and — unable to capture and conquer his own image — killed himself in grief.
This film incorporates elements of theatrical costume design, using richly embellished fabrics such as gold and velvet. The use of experimental, exaggerated makeup mirrors an equally augmented and enhanced presentation of self in modern society.
Another important source of inspiration has been artist Marc Chagall’s designs of sets and costumes, especially those created for theatrical productions of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and “The Magic Flute.”
Filmed originally in 4k and then converted to VHS quality by recording to a VHS tape was done so intentionally to give the perception that it was self taped. The opening scene audio was provided by NASA and is Chorus Radio Waves within Earth's Atmosphere Courtesy of Electric and Magnetic Field Instrument Suite and Integrated Science. The effect was to give the illusion of an supernatural or ethereal feeling.
Covered London, Paris, Paris Couture and New York Fashion week for the Daily Mail
Officially selected to be screened at the 2018 Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival on 20th - 29th September in CPT & JHB
High octane erotic dancing to a gritty rockabilly tune as she dances against a blinding light to a Tiki theme backdrop.
An unnatural menacing force glares upon the vixen. Aware, she still dances.
Madness ensues as the surreal and nightmarish event unfolds setting the stage for the question of whats real and whats not. Who does she dance for? Is it a dream or hallucination?
-Inspired by Kenneth Anger's 1954 cult classic "The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome", photographer Robert Lang presents the short film "Return to the Pleasure Dome" as a homage to the classic and envisions his own version of events to the paraquel.
As it most of Anger's films, he leaves the interpretation to the viewer for arts sake as Robert hopes to convey this to the audience. Toiling with the idea of occultism as that was a major theme from the original which featured ceremonial masks and drugged-up lusty creatures as subliminal symbols appear and vanish. Like the laughing monster from the film who emerges and disappears out of view, takes center stage here in the short.
Actress Skye P Marshall,a Chicago native and ex US Marine vet features as the dancer. She Currently stars in the CW show 'Black Lightning' and has starred alongside Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins in 'Misconduct' and guest starred in 'Shameless', 'Grey's Anatomy' and as Towanda Braxton in the 'Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart' TV Film.
Two sisters confront a world where men are a dying minority in a female led matriarchal society. Men fear Women in a modern feminist take on the violent myth of American masculinity.
Fey Iron, an amicable traveler, confronts her natural urges when she encounters a lone man in the desert. We follow Fey and her older sister Dylan through a day of their life. They are gentle with plants, animals and each other but in a world where the roles of men and women are reversed, can women really be held at fault for the dark side of their God-given tendencies?
Oyster Magazine Interview 2014
She needs no introduction, she is Angelyne. She is love, light and truth. People are drawn to her — she radiates an energy that is almost from another world.
She's a Hollywood legend, featured in films like Rock of Ages, Earth Girls Are Easy and the soon-to-be-released Terminator: Genisis. She's been portrayed in Futurama, in the new Aaron Paul cartoon Bojack Horesman and she'll be performing as part of Ariel Pink's Tinseltown Takeover. A muse to many and an embodiment of longevity as a West Hollywood treasure, Angeleyne and I get deep — discussing extensionalism, the power of knowing and higher beings — all while zooming around in her pink Corvette in between crystal shopping.
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Photography Robert Lang
Styling Dagmarette Yen
Hair / Make up Gabbi Pascua
On Tour With UK Cutie FEMME
British electro-pop artist FEMME (Laura Bettinson) is yet to release an album, but she's found fame online by writing, recording, mixing, directing and producing all her own tracks and videos. She's currently raging her way across North America, supporting Charli XCX and on a girl power-fuelled tour. While FEMME's first track, 'Fever Boy' debuted earlier this year with infectious and swaggeringly beat, her new song 'High' is a blissful stomp that shows off Laura's gift for infectious pop.
Photographer Robert Lang releases a Zine of an ongoing project documenting the Venice Beach locals since 2010-2017. The 24 page Zine of 31 photos documents everyday life on Venice Beach and is a continual project of its vagabonds and inhabitants who are drawn to the eclectic community that are fighting off the forthcoming technology community who threaten to turn Venice into silicone beach.
As investors move in, rents go up and institutions like Venice Beach Freak show, which closed its doors earlier this year on the 30th April 2017, are forced out due to gentrification.The social media app Snapchat has set up shop on Venice Beach boardwalk and has become a rising target for locals who have taken aim at the multi millionaire company that is wreaking havoc on the beach.
Snapchat has already taken over the old now defunct American Apparel store on the boardwalk where they sell Snapchat spectacles at a staggering $129.99. Local residents believe Snapchat are disguising themselves under a pseudo business name and buying up property along the beach but have denied this claim. Apparently having bought to date up to 30 properties and turning residential homes into business leases.
After Nyne Magazine Issue 15 - 2017
The 30 page photo book documents Judy’s self-portraits in diary form depicting her in intimate and a vulnerable state as the subject of self-awareness is questioned.
Judy has only ever been known as a blow-up sex-doll. She is the epitome of the anti-feminist object, but, as photographed by Lang, -brings a bittersweet and humanized side to the sex industry that is rarely shown.
The photos portray who Judy is and who she wants to be as she was stripped of this choice when she was created. Judy has only ever been treated as a sexualized possession and like anyone else feels to need to be desired but was made to be your sexual fantasy and a product of capitalism.
The result of Judy’s journey is 21 colour images photographed in Los Angeles including collages of herself over dreamy landscapes manifesting a need to escape and explore.
In Robert Lang's first UK solo show, 'Filthy Gorgeous Camden Town', the girls themselves are undoubtedly the celebrated main attraction and inspiration behind the photo series. Having moved to Camden, London in 2001 in his late teens, Lang playfully captured moments in the young girls lives on their wild nights outs and in around Camden in the early noughties. The resulting images encapsulate an inhibited moment in time, they transport us into the scene; they hand us a can of Red Stripe and invite us to dress up, roll up and worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. The women ooze raw female empowerment and guttural feral vivaciousness. Accompanied by the exhibition will be a launch of a zine with a selection of photos spanning from 2005 – 2010.
"We crawled the nightlife and house parties documenting the nights".
"I only selected women in the photographs as they were more unrestrained than the boys. It was quite the time to be living in Camden when everything was Indie, Rock, Punk, Vintage and we never left Camden to go out anywhere else. I always carried a camera, so I was always photographing. Everything was very natural and organic. These women were smart, fashionable and witty; they represented everything about our period at that time in London."
'Filthy Gorgeous Camden Town' will be exhibited 14th-17th July 2016 at Doomed Gallery, London.
A Zine will launch to celebrate the girls of Camden Town, London from 2005-2011 at the Doomed Gallery
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Printed on Standard Colour #70 (white Uncoated paper)
The 64 page photo book documents the 36 Hollywood honourees who stars still remain on the Walk of Fame even though they have been accused of crimes of rape, sexual assault, harassment, domestic abuse and even murder.
With the #metoo movement taking stride in Hollywood after Harvey Weinstein was accused my multiple actresses of rape, harassment and assault, the industry has had to take a hard look at itself and take serious action which has been implemented but the Walk of Fame has been overlooked by its president and refuses to remove stars.
Walk of Fame Honoree, Bill Cosby, was found guilty on the 26th of April, 2018, of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. The jury found him guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault, and each carries a maximum penalty of ten year.
Ana Martinez, Hollywood Walk of Fame Producer released a statement about the removal of Mr Cosby’s star on 3rd May 2018 ,“Regarding Bill Cosby star on the Walk of Fame. Currently, our position remains the same.”
Activists flooded requests for the disgraced actor Bill Cosby’s star to be removed after admitting to drugging women before sex in a 2005 court document. President and Chief Executive of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler,released a statement in 2015, simply saying “The answer is no.”
The pressure is on now as Cincinnati, Temple, Yale and Carnegie Mellon universities are among those that revoked honors after Cosby's conviction. The Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor have been striped and he has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures.More than 20 institutions had taken similar action earlier based on the allegations against him.
The Walk Of fame may be the number one tourist destination in Los Angeles attracting over 10 million visitors annually. Thou Hollywood is not shy to scandal and with over 2,600 stars on the Walk of Fame, there are a few bad seeds amongst the mix.
Styling by Dagmarette Yen
Make-up by Megan Porschen
Assistant Make-up by Mia Buensalido
Hair by Jessica Stadel
Models: Trae at Wilhelmina, Alden at Wilhelmina
In the toxic fog of endless sunshine and Hollywood hooligans, Los Angeles has always been the melting pot of society.
The photo series is a voyeuristic envision of a night out of a misfit who wanders the neon lit night scene of Sunset Strip, the Valley and East Hollywood.
In a city filled with mental illness, the tone of the photographs depict a dream state of West Hollywood and the undertone of urban decay and of how sinister it can be.
She is a complicated person and beautifully tragic, Like LA itself, the occupants of this wasteland invite tragedy into their life to feel like everyone else.
I am always interested in the odd balls and weirdos of Los Angeles and one day, when looking for a apartment to rent in West Hollywood, this creature was sat on the couch with a scraggly peroxide wig, unintentionally smeared makeup taping her pleather boot heel repeatedly on the floor while puffing hard on a cigarette, only known as the enigma Natale. I was intrigued by her but could only find a fake Facebook account of her.
Fascinated by her, I created a story line on what she would do on a night out in LA and where she would go.
Photography by ROBERT LANG
Styling by DAGMARETTE YEN
Make-up by MEGAN PORSCHEN
Hair by JESSICA STADEL.
Model: Caroline at LA MODELS
Photographing Girls in America
Los Angeles - Vegas - New York - Miami
Photography by Robert Lang
Styling & Direction by Grace Joel
Make-up by Tania Christodoulou
Modeled by Maggie
The typically glamorous magician’s assistant has become an icon in popular culture, evoking an air of mystery and personal sacrifice. Involving manipulation of the human body, misdirecting the audiences attention and more often than not, being the mechanic behind the illusion, the magician’s assistant is often overlooked next to their principal, holding props and serving themselves as living props themselves. For this shoot, we were inspired by vintage 1920's and 30's photographs of magicians, contortionists and their assistants including the eerily beautiful Bess Houdini, wife and assistant to the iconic illusionist and escapologist.
Photography by Robert Lang
Hair and Make- up by Jessica Taylor