Derek Kettela

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Derek Kettela is originally from Toronto, Canada. He grew up as an snowboarding and skateboarding enthusiast, which eventually led him into the photography of action sports. From 97 to 02 he worked as a senior contributing photographer for Transworld Snowboarding magazine while living in Vancouver.

In 2003, he moved to New York City and shifted focus to fashion photography. He has since photographed for publications such as Annabelle, Fashion Magazine, Preen, Marie Claire, Black Magazine, Elle Girl, Glamour UK, Glamour Italia, Wonderland, Own Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ.

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Inka Essenhigh

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Painter Inka Essenhigh is based in New York. Essenhigh studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio (1991) and the School of Visual Arts in New York (1993). Her work has been widely exhibited and is a part of several distinguished public collections including the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery in London. She is currently represented by Gallery 303 in New York, and the Victoria Miro Gallery in London.

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I Shot NY

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Julian Goldstein lives and breathes New York. He also roams the streets with camera in hand gobbling up a city that is truly one of a kind then sharing his gatherings via I Shot NY. If you have ever been there you will definitely appreciate what Goldstein has captured as NY comes shining through in his archive of amazing photographs.

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Matt Mignanelli

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Painter Matt Mignanelli’s pop art painting confections have been peaking through the blogosphere subterfuge in the last few weeks. His subtly gradiating paintings of bricks (which I at first mistook at first for keys on a keyboard) seem to be popular. Mignanelli is currently based out of New York City but has exhibited far and wide. You can see his work at both his website and through his Flickr stream.

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Katheryn Love

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Currently NYC-based photographer Katheryn Love captures dreamy contemplative imagery that trips the imagination and sparks introspection. You can also view her work at her Flickr-folio and scroll her Tumblr blog.

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Chelsea Greene Lewyta

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Pratt graduate Chelsea Greene Lewyta has some striking illustration work already in her young portfolio. She is currently based out of NYC and she is someone to keep an eye on for sure.

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F5 looks like it could be a really great event to attend this year if you are looking for a sincere creative recharge. The event is taking place April 16-17 in New York City.

Here is a little about the event:
“F5 is founded on the belief that true change occurs when you look outside your world and explore new horizons. The festival fosters creative collisions—unexpected insights from sources you didn’t see coming. The goal is nothing less than to change the way you think about your work and your life.


  • Two-days of inspiring presentations and discussions that will alter the way you think about work, life and everything in between
  • Practical workshops from world-class talent
  • An international showcase of cutting-edge artwork and design
  • A relaxing bar/lounge to recharge your batteries and make new friends
  • A reason to visit New York City, one of the great creative centers of the world
  • An amazing after-party”

To find out more visit the official F5 website where you can sign up to purchase tickets to the event. Good times guaranteed in NYC.

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Built By Wendy

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I have realized lately I have pretty much all together stopped posting cool places to find well designed clothing. So, I am going to make an effort to do something clothing and fashion related posts more frequently. With that said, there are some pretty cool wares at NYC-based Built By Wendy. The exploding Mickey Mouse shirt is a must have.

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