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Artist Kyle Mumford

James Andrew photographed by Kyle Mumford

James Andrew photographed by Kyle Mumford

Always looking for the right art for my clients’ interiors, I ventured out to Bushwick in Brooklyn New York to meet with the multi-talented Kyle Mumford

He’s a true renaissance man; a director, actor, film maker, photographer, and writer – I was quite intrigued by the ravishingly raw beauty of his photographs and felt they would add an interesting edge to some of the interiors I was creating for a young client.

Mumford’s own story is rather fascinating—he’s had his share of struggles, and has overcome quite a few obstacles to become what he is today. Mumford grew up in West Allenhurst NJ, on the outskirts of Asbury Park NJ – a bit of a rough neighborhood, with a hard-working middle class bent. Diagnosed at a young age with OCD, ADD, Dyslexia, and Tourette’s, early life proved to be challenging, but it was through art that he found his voice. Thankfully his parents were hugely supportive, and as Mumford tells us, he was allowed to run with his talents.

Self portrait - Kyle Mumford

Self portrait – Kyle Mumford

“I started teaching myself photography halfway through film school,” Mumford tells us. “One day in late summer on my 20th birthday my father gave me his old Chino 35mm camera. He’s had it as long as I could remember. A friend of his gave it to him when he was 16 after steeling it from a hardware store…Little did he know that that camera [would be] the start of what got me into film photography. I never liked digital because it had no character and the image was too clean for me. I wanted to exercise my eye with photography in the beginning for my work in filmmaking, but photography soon became a big part of me.” Later he went on to travel, which taught him how to engage with strangers, and he’s since made a substantial body of work documenting those travels and the people he’s met.

photograph by Kyle Mumford

Travel photograph by Kyle Mumford

photograph by Kyle Mumford

Travel photograph by Kyle Mumford

Now in Bushwick – which has a substantial community of artists – he seems perfectly in his element. “I shoot 35mm 3200 ISO speed film, black and white. That look really shows the audience a taste of what is going on. Not just “this is Bushwick,” but a look into the lifestyle of the struggling young adult and artist. A grungy feel, [with subject matter] ranging from living conditions, to looks, to underground music, to the industrial and innovative streets. Its a place of characteristics. I loved it so much I bought property out here!”

It seems Mumford has a story to go with each of his cameras. For our shoot at top, Mumford used a camera gifted to him by a cherished teacher not long before she passed away. With so much love in these instruments, and Mumford with his eye to the finder, its not surprising that the photograph of me came out so wonderfully!

Mumford's Mamiya

Mumford’s vintage Mamiya

Do check out his site – also Mumford will be showing in Bushwick on March 1st – 31st Location, at the Morgan town Bar, 44 Willson ave. Bushwick Brooklyn (Between Mesrole and George).

For my Bushwick shoot, I’m sporting a Tom Ford era Gucci black cotton corduroy jacket, Eddie Bauer slim black down jacket underneath, Tom Ford white cotton shirt with French cuffs, black pearl cuff links, a beautiful bow tie by Le Noeud Papillon vintage Rolex, red leather gloves by Sermoneta, Uniqlo slim jean and Tom Ford black and tan leather loafers, Tom Ford Bronzing Gel and Creed Royal Oud is my fragrance.

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8 Comments

  1. Bradley Clifford says:

    Great picture of you James. Enjoy following you and you outfits.. Hope 2014 is off to a great start for you and hope to see you soon.

    Sincerely
    Bradley

  2. La Contessa says:

    He has TALENT!
    I can tell!
    The travel photos are WONDERFUL……..the bird in flight!The water movement, the people…….it all has an artistic eye.BRAVO mister MUMFORD!BRAVO!

  3. James Andrew says:

    Hello Darling La Contessa,

    He is indeed quite a talent and really doing rather well.

    It was my great pleasure to share him and his brilliance here!

    Cheers

    JA

  4. James Andrew says:

    Hello there Bradley Clifford,

    You are so delicious to leave such a nice comment!

    So happy to hear you are enjoying my musings here!

    When are you back in NYC? I would LOVE to see you!

    Kisses,

    JA

  5. Danny says:

    “Hand In Glove” by The Smiths- says everything about this pic-
    There’s power in the image of those subtly clinched hands of yours, highlighted by the soft burgundy leather…

    X, danny

  6. James Andrew says:

    My Darling Danny,

    I adore the Smiths – and “Hand in Glove” is certainly one of my favs!

    Kyle is a brilliant young man – I was thrilled to be captured by him.

    Here is another portrait of me him I shared on Instagram:

    http://instagram.com/p/kacnxfiFUm/

    Cheers

    JA

  7. George Cruz says:

    It was a delight to read about another one of your artist finds on your fine blog, James. Kyle Mumford is obviously a remarkable photographer, among other things. His photography has an artistic honesty and there is a refreshing directness, from what you show of his work. His portrait of you certainly has great flair, as you stand on the gritty streets of Bushwick. The colorful graffiti art behind you enhances the photograph and adds boldness. Your attire works fabulously with the surroundings! Especially love the Gucci, black corduroy jacket, with the Eddie Bauer jacket underneath and the Sermoneta red, leather gloves. The bow-tie by Le Noeud and gloves set each other off. I’m just wild about this whole look on you, James!
    Thanks for another interesting blog entry, my friend!

  8. Great style … that picture of you in front of the Degournay …which is how I stumbled upon your blog is the bees knees …. Am researching some artwork for a commission …. Just love what you are wearing Gucci and trainers ! An inspiration in how to look …love it x Helen

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