A Harvard-educated architect by trade, it was however his interest in A Bathing Ape and his Japanese heritage that brought him to Tokyo where he became immersed in the world of streetwear and street art. Since then, Shigeta has emerged as both a talented photographer and designer, helping apply a finer level of execution and insight through his architectural lens. An integral part of HYPEBEAST’s photographic presence in Los Angeles, here’s A Day With Brandon Shigeta.
Interstate 10, Pomona, CA | Daybreak: Headed east towards Joshua Tree for the bi-annual High Desert Test Sites (HDTS) projects.
Joshua Tree, CA | Slippers all day everyday.
4670 Veterans Way, Joshua Tree, CA | HDTS headquarters for a schedule and map.
34.129515º N 116.287375º W | First on location.
34.127667ºN 116.287ºW | Untitled (CA Truck heads): artist Sarah Vanderlip. Welded mirror polished aluminum truck heads, 2004.
Wonder Valley | Yucca Crater: friends/designers Ball Nogues Studio, 2011. Repurposed formwork turned salt-water desert swimming pool.
Wonder Valley | Roasted pig in both natural and processed selections.
Iron Age Rd. | Bloody Return: Accident turned video performance piece. Blood and desert on 8mm, 2011.
S.K’s Donuts & Crosissants, Los Angeles, CA | Starting off the day with two hours of sleep and breakfast of donuts and Red Bull.
Route 62, Riverside County, CA | Passing along the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm.
Starlite courtyard, Joshua Tree | Caffeine break number two.
Neptune Rd., Joshua Tree | Into unpaved territory.
34.129515º N 116.287375º W | Surveillant Architectures: artist Julia Scher, 2008. Disregarded by architecture photographer Taiyo Watanabe and Arrested Motion’s Khoi Nguyen.
Coyote Dry Lake | BodyCity performer captured by Quam Odunsi for Installation Magazine.