Friday, May 9, 2059


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Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Elaboration is an ongoing series of short interviews with artists by Five Nine. Its current focus is on photography. Each interview begins with one static question and one question catered to its specific participant based on their answer to the first. This installment in the series is an interview with Marissa Patrice Leitman.

Why do you take photographs?

I can never cement a particular reason. I’ve kind of always done it. I started taking pictures when I was 11 or 12 and I’ve never really stopped. When I was little I used to take Polaroids, then I moved on to point and shoots, then 35mm cameras, until I started using the medium format cameras I use now.  Photography is an integral way of how I live and process my life.

I’m a strong believer that photography teaches you a way of seeing. Life comes first and the pictures come second. There needs to be some kind of respect for “what’s really happening.” My favorite photos aren’t because they’re “good” it’s because it in some way reflects how a moment or a person actually was.

In my personal work I have a lot of rules of how and when I take a photo, such as not taking pictures of people unless I know their name. I think taking photos pushes me for deeper and more... More people, more places, getting closer to someone etc. I often feel like I track my relationships by how many photos I have of someone. The pictures often feel more real than reality. It’s kind of hedonistic in a healthy way. I get excited when my photographs push me toward a more maximal driven life. I always bemoan photography that celebrates the mundane and doesn’t investigate it in some deeper way.

Sometimes I think I take photos because I’m highly neurotic and need “proof” all the time. I was talking to one of my mentors, JH Engstrom, about photography once and I asked him, “Does it make you happy?” and he replied, “Fuck no.” and we both laughed because we love it but it is an addiction of sorts.

I nicknamed my camera “mistress” because I feel like we have an s/m relationship. It’s definitely pleasurable relationship but there is a certain amount of pain she causes me.

What to you are the painful elements within the practice of photography?

I think a lot of is painful, but it’s a good kind of pain in some ways besides the back pain I have from lugging around a big piece of metal all the time.

You know it’s funny, I was thinking about how some of the things you think would be painful aren’t for me. Like all the pictures of ex-lovers or dead friends just kind of prove I “had it” or something. It took me a long time to realize there is a  right and wrong time to take a photo, which to me is about making it so it doesn’t feel like it's a commodity, but I think the hard part is that you have to take the wrong photos to realize what is a mistake. I can feel pretty haunted by them, my “bad” photos.

There’s a lot of reckoning with yourself you have to do. To me photography is almost like a religious practice, and it can be a lot to have to inspect your life so much all the time. Photography really is the neurotic's art form. I try to avoid hanging my own photos in my room because I find them hard to live with. Like I start looking at them and analyzing everything about them and what they mean. It often brings out some all consuming obsessive tendencies and a feeling that nothing is ever enough. I think the pain is good though. It means it means something, even though I don’t particularly know what it is yet.

Marissa Patrice Leitman is an artist and photographer currently based in the Bay Area of California, though she also spends too much time in Berlin and Los Angeles. You can see more of er work on her Instagram or her website,

Monday, November 11, 2019


Blood! a new zine of blood adjacent fictions featuring Dylan Brown, Clark Allen, Kelsey Ford, J. David Gonzalez, and Lee Matalone is up in the shop now:

This zine is the first in a series of five installments. Each installment features five stories by five different authors on a single theme. The themes, Blood, skin, hair, bone, and nerve, will eventually be collected into a final book called Person.

If interested please patiently stay tuned for more announcements, as this, along with many other projects that Five Nine delves into, will certainly be a long term expedition.

About the authors of Blood!:

Dylan Brown’s writing has appeared in places like Gulf Coast, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Hobart. He was born in Germany and lives in Los Angeles.

Clark Allen’s work has been presented by Bloomsbury Academic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Times Picayune, NPR, Vice, and more. He lives in California.

Kelsey Ford is a writer living  in Sacramento, CA, where she is currently an MFA candidate at UC Davis. She's previously been published in Bright Wall/Dark Room and Storychord and can be found on twitter @kelsfjord.

J. David Gonzalez's work has appeared in Plots With Guns, Thuglit, thickjam, YETI, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and has received honorable mention in Best American Essays (2011) and Best American Mysteries (2015). He works as a bookseller in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, their daughter and their dog.

Lee Matalone's debut novel, HOME MAKING is forthcoming from Harper Perennial (February 2020).

Wednesday, November 6, 2019


Elaboration is an ongoing series of short interviews with artists by Five Nine. Its current focus is on photography. Each interview begins with one static question and one question catered to its specific participant based on their answer to the first. This installment in the series is an interview with Kenneth Owens.

Why do you take Photographs?

It’s a complete obsession now. It started as a teenager because I really felt I was seeing things no one else noticed. I would ask if anyone saw what happened or some weird detail, people around me would act like I was just making shit up and not believe me. I still actively take photographs because I love the moments that are chance encounters.  It's also amazing to have an archive of situations I would never be able to remember.

Do you find yourself conscious of when you are shooting for others (to prove something) or for yourself (to remember something), or is it all part of the same instinctual compulsion?

Conscious compulsion.

When taking photos for friends or a client I'm making a compromise in order to give them what they want. As far as making the image, I approach it in the same sense, but I guess a little more information has to been translated. I rarely take photos for others anymore unless it’s a project that fits my style or interest.

Kenneth Owens is an American photographer who to date has primarily split his life between Texas, North Carolina, and Louisiana. His work is based on an extreme interest in humans and a love for film. He is currently based in the Netherlands. Find more of his work on his site,

Friday, October 25, 2019


Acid-Free ⅠⅠ

November 1st - 3rd, Five Nine will be participating in the 2019 Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market. A–F ⅠⅠ provides a platform for 80+ West Coast and international exhibitors presenting new publications and projects alongside film programming by Now Instant Image Hall and La Collectionneuse, an archival exhibition curated by Guadalupe Rosales, as well as a full schedule of ongoing discursive programming, music, and signings. ⁣

Opening: Nov 1, 6 – 9PM⁣
Market Hours: Nov 2 & 3, 11AM – 7PM⁣

Blum & Poe
2727 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

@acidfreelosangeles ⁣

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Elaboration is an ongoing series of short interviews with artists by Five Nine. Its current focus is on photography. Each interview begins with one static question and one question catered to its specific participant based on their answer to the first. This installment in the series is an interview with Alice Baxley.

Why do you take photographs?

When I first started taking photos, I took photos to remember moments for myself.  I was the one that always had the camera with me in my group of friends and family. So I just shot everything that was happening around me & as my brother and friends became better at their craft and their bands started gaining popularity I was also learning and trying to get better at taking photos.  I started getting jobs soon after and my shift in why I take photos has changed a bit as it’s now become a career. I didn’t anticipate on being a photographer. It’s a skill I worked really hard at doing and I got really lucky that it worked out for me. Now I get to collaborate with artists and try and make something we both are happy about.

Once you became comfortable taking photos professionally did you notice a change your personal work?

Honestly, I wouldn’t say I’m comfortable taking photos professionally still. I don’t know if I ever will be. I always think there’s room for improvement and worry that I could’ve done a better job. I put high expectations on myself so I’m constantly uncomfortable and think every job is my last because I think it’s not good enough. (DRAMATIC, I know.) My personal work is about showing the process and documenting things as they happen and that requires spending some time with people so there’s comfort and trust between the artist and I.  Most jobs I get are portrait work now with people I’ve never met before so the challenge is more in trying to creating a raw moment with the artist in a different way.

Thankfully I have friends around me that tell me I’m being crazy and obsessive. I tend to go hide after a big project. I get a vulnerability hangover after I work on something personal and put it out there for people. I never went to art school or had a mentor so I have no idea if my stuff is any good. I just like to take photos and if people like it and want to hire me, awesome but if people don’t, that’s okay too. I try not to let that weigh on me too much or affect the reason why I shoot.

Alice is a music documentary and portrait photographer. Born in Japan and raised in Hawaii, she now resides in Los Angeles. Once a musician herself, she is passionate about music and loves to capture musicians' unique personalities, raw moments, and their journey as an artist. Alice mostly shoots and prefers film. See more of her work on her site,

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


MEIN HODEN is a new short documentary by Karlos Rene Ayala.

Released exclusively on PornHub, MEIN HODEN introduces the viewer to Dr. F, who guides us through some of his experiences at San Francisco's most famous celebrations of leather and kink culture, Folsom Street Fair and the Dore Alley Fair. Sidestepping many of the festivals' surface level events, Ayala focuses his lens on Dr. F's specific predilection for cock and ball torture (CBT). Dr F provides illuminating insight on his personal relationship with the activity, the people who interact with him, CBT instruments, and more.

Featuring short animations by Kevin Zee.

Screenshots below and link at the bottom.