For about year now, I have been photographing West Oakland — a neighborhood in transition, a neighborhood gentrifying. In addition to photographing street scenes, and people, I have also been capturing video, and interviewing the people affected by this change: the long-time residents of West Oakland. Here is a peek of the video I am working, but it is still in progress. Enjoy the imagery!
West Oakland from Paige Ricks on Vimeo.
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Vintage T-shirt (Stolen from my boyfriend – similar style here)
American Apparel Cuffed High-Waisted Shorts $58 (Similar style here)
Barney’s Sandals $100 (Similar style here)
About a month ago I traveled to Palm Springs for a short vacation before the Spring semester started. Having never traveled to the desert, I was excited to explore the area, take photos, and of course thrift shop. With my summer clothes in tow, I trekked to Palm Springs with my significant other, and we organized a few small, but fun photoshoots. Above I styled a simple outfit: My boyfriend’s oversized vintage t-shirt, tucked into olive green high-waisted shorts, and paired with brown summer sandals. The simplest of outfits are often the most comfortable, and in the desert heat, comfy is exactly what my attire called for. In this post I added some images I took while exploring not only Palm Springs, but also a unique community about a hour outside of Palm Springs, called Salton Sea.
Salton Sea sits below sea level, and was created by a flood that occured in 1905 when water flowed in from the Colorado River. It was once a popular tourist attraction during the 1950s, but now it is an attraction for lost roadtripers, grafitti artists and photographers like myself, looking to capture this place with their cameras. Although a mainly muted colored place, its energy is drawn through the contrast of grafitti-colored buildings against a beautiful sea landscape; vintage tellings of buildings and homes that once were; remanants of recent stranger visits, like forgotten jackets. I will continue to post photos from my trip in the coming weeks — even some stops we made while driving down the I-5!
fashion images by Azikiwe Aboagye | landscape images by Paige Ricks
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Stylestalker Taller Graphic T-shirt $72 (Buy here)
We all wish for something, whether that be a sweet new ride, or just a t-shirt, which states that you wish to be a little taller and a baller. Songs lyrics never rang so true before, and now thanks to the online shopping website 80s Purple, your wish can come true. No you won’t grow taller due to owning this tee, and you won’t be a baller (actually, you may be a baller — it’s more of a state of mind), but you’ll be tres chic in your graphic tee. Stylestalker’s Taller Tee features galaxy printed text design on a loose-fitted muscle tee, which can be paired perfectly paired with any style of denim bottoms or their very own Stylestalker’s own Space Jam Shorts. Yes, you read Space Jam, but its not that Space Jam (bummer!), but very far-out. Your welcome.
East Oakland bus stop | Oakland, CA.
Street fashion has long been the force driving runway fashion. Personal style is so unique to the individual, designers often look to common folks to know what’s hot, and what’s not. Because let’s be real here, we are an eclectic bunch of people. Commissioned by SOMA Magazine to document such fashion, I hit the streets and found just that. For the magazine’s Design Issue, I asked the stylish people of San Francisco some thought-provoking questions, like “Where do you look for obscure sources of inspiration?” and “If you could redesign any object, what would it be?” See the images and their answers here!
Passing by | Pittsburg, CA.
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Kate Spade Reversible Printed Jeans Belt $128 (Buy here)
Kate Spade Get Out of Town Rita $298 (Buy here)
The forgotten accessory. The dismissed adornment. The…well, you get the idea. Although pretty necklaces, earrings, and bracelets can embellish the most simple outfits, belts can do just the same. With bold colors or patterns, you can accentuate your waist line in a stylish way, and this reversible red and white Kate Spade belt, does just that. With one side being a polka dot pattern and the other stripes, you have the option of going cutesy or mod. That’s a win-win kind of purchase in my book. And, did I mention Kate Spade also has a blue striped clutch that would be an unconventional, yet amazing pairing with the belt? Of course you would have to keep your outfit simple, like jeans and a T-shirt, but by adding these striped accessories will change that completely.
#3 Vonne’, 20 | West Oakland, CA.
photography by Azikiwe Aboagye
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ASTR Chiffon Plaid Tank (Similar style here)
American Apparel Polka Dot Chiffon Double-Layered Full Length Skirt (Buy here)
Free People Long Knit Sweater Cardigan (Similar style here)
Jeffrey Campbell Patent Black Pelley (Similar style here)
Ray Bans Aluminum Clubmaster Sunglasses (Buy here)
Antioch, CA. — Oh, don’t you love California weather…the sun is out, and the sky is clear — in December. Strange, I know, but I’m not complaining, especially when I can still wear outfits like this one. Feeling the Christmas bug, I styled a plaid and polka dot outfit. I love mixing prints in an unexpected way, and these two prints were dying to paired together (in my mind, at least). I tied the blouse into a knot, making it cropped, and showing off the high-waisted polka dot chiffon skirt. This amazing black and white knit sweater is a piece I’ve owned for some time, and it is my go-to Winter sweater. It’s just so cozy! I paired the outfit with patent leather Oxfords — keeping the look simple, chic, and girly.