Daniel Grant Photography

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About a month ago I walked into the design studio of the office where I work and was met by an array of beautiful square photographs spread out on the large center island. The work was a collection of prints in black and white and vibrant colors with a blurry, dream-like quality. My eyes gazed upon images of palm trees, the ocean, and surfers, then on to the curves of women, freckles, and lingerie. Finally, I saw the images of what might be an orchard, a flock of sheep, and a cherry blossom promenade. I was taken aback by how much the work spoke to me as a woman and my life growing up in the countryside of a surf town. I instantly feel in love with the photography of Daniel Grant.

Like most photographers, Grant uses a camera to tell a story of life and experience. Unlike most photographers, Grant does this by way of plastic cameras “Holga” and “Diana” produced exclusively in the 1960’s and manufactured as children’s toys. The outcome is a blurry, unfocused image, with imperfections and a visible lack of control, which, if you think about it, is what life is all about. Grant’s photography is expressive, emotional, and sentimental. The iconic square format illustrates the lack of technology, and a simplistic and purely functional way of photography. His work is untouched, unedited, and individually printed on thick fibrous paper. As a perfectionist I feel a release of pressure and energy when I take in his work, a reminder that nothing in life is ever controllable, anything can happen.

Grant photographs within a series of portfolios, each devoted to a different experience. His work has been featured at the SF Moma Artists Gallery, San Francisco City Hall, and galleries in Santa Barbara, New York, and across the country. He continues to travel and photograph around the world. Below are a few of my favorite selections from a few of his portfolios.

Portfolio: sand people

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Portfolio: my affair with Diana

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Portfolio: homeland

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The entire collection can be viewed on his website. For print inquiries and commissions, please email info@danielgrantphotography.com.

Ms. Jacqueline P.

Founder, Interior Designer, and Blogger

Recently featured in Design Milk, Luxe Interior and Design, Business Insider, and 7×7, Jacqueline Palmer is a young, multi-creative entrepreneur redefining design and style. Combining an interior design service and a lifestyle brand, she is captivating audiences around the world, and intriguing the evolving industry. Jacqueline began her artistic career in Santa Cruz, California as a painter, photographer, dancer, singer, and model, and moved to San Francisco to pursue a profession in design at the Academy of Art University. During her studies, she styled brand visuals for Williams-Sonoma Inc. while designing at an interiors firm and nannying, working three part-time jobs while enrolled in full-time courses. She also spent a summer abroad in Italy studying art history and architecture where she found a passion for European aesthetic. Upon graduating with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design, she joined Kendall Wilkinson Design creating high-end custom homes and furniture for private clients. Exhausted of exclusively designing interiors at a traditional firm, Jacqueline launched A Design Lifestyle, to showcase her range of creative abilities and explore multiple design outlets. Her contemporary-eclectic design style can be seen in Bay Area and New York City homes and offices of tech and finance executives. Aside from her growing interior design business, Jacqueline also works in styling, fashion, production, events, travel, and tech. She has also been featured as a host for a home decor video series. In her spare time, Jacqueline volunteers for non-profits in San Francisco and Tanzania

  1. This is an amazing post! As a mother I am touched by her sentimental feelings of her hometown. The voice of this post and it’s content is superb. As a publisher and constantly reading other writers work I am rarely moved by the words. Terrific work Jackie!

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