Collages are a quiet bottleneck for the entire spectrum of creative endeavors. Transcending fashion, art, photography and design, they can parlay humor as effortlessly as power and thought. Mark Jason Weston is a Philadelphia-based creative who explores the reaches of his medium, making work that can hit any note of emotion. We had to catch up with him to share and showcase his fantastic work...

Who are you?
Mark Jason Weston. I'm 45 years old, living in Philadelphia.

Describe your medium & process for your photos...
I'm an image junkie and I used to write poetry. My collages are a kind of visual translation of bits of poetry that I still write in my head.

How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
Through poetry, again. It informs a lot of what I do when I try to make an image. I want to provoke a bit, make you laugh, feel nostalgic. I got to meet Howard Hussey when I catalogued a large chunk of his extensive book collection. He was an assistant to Joseph Cornell. Now I own a few books on Cornell's work. And John Stezaker and Ray Johnson I can look at every time.

What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
Not knowing what image will be next that I can be pleased with, that does what I want it to do. What do I struggle with? I want each collage to have multiple meanings. In the end an image should hold the attention of the viewer.

What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
I want to make much larger images collaboratively, or on my own. I'm also going smaller with a series of paper collages on postal stickers for my neighborhood. I want what I do to continue to be seen by a wider audience. I want it at street level as much I want it in more  formal spaces.

You can see more of Mark's work here:
website • instagram


James Ettelson resides in the lush northern beaches of Sydney, Australia where he spends his days surfing and painting. The young artist's work is a breathtaking exploration into both the rhythmic beauty and chaotic nature of a million delicate strokes, so we had to catch up with him...

1. Who are you?
My name is James Ettelson. I'm a 30 year-old artist currently working out of Sydney, Australia.

2. Describe your medium and the process of your work?
l like to look at positive things, which I convey through lots of vibrant colours. My practice involves working on large-scale canvases using multiple layers of colour and different application techniques. As the painting evolves I add more and more detail. I’m interested in creating depth in a unique way - not though perspective or dimension but with layered marks.

3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
From a young age I’ve always loved doing creative things. Growing up I had a few different jobs but ended up coming back to the thing I loved most - painting. Working on my first solo show I realised, with certainty, that this is want I wanted to do.

I’m influenced by lots of things, but particularly our contemporary age of technology and social media. I like to portray the humorous and absurd side of our culture - the ridiculousness of ‘Instagramming’ a meal rather than eating it, or the ironic depersonalisation of Tinder. I’m very influenced by the environment that I’m working in. I prefer to have lots of space and need to be near the ocean.

4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
I’m excited that I get to paint everyday. As long as I’m making art, I’m happy.
I struggle not being able to turn my brain off from thinking about painting.

5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
The main thing is to keep creating new work.  I want to make sure I’m always moving forward.

You can see more of James's work here:
 website • instagram



RENEE CAREY - photographer
Living and working out of Sydney, Australia, Renee Carey's photographs of women are subtle and beautiful. She has a talent for creating images that feel so natural and effortless you often find yourself consumed in the moment and atmosphere. The ability to shoot women the way Renee does is not learned or easily duplicated, it's a combination of intuition and talent that photographers and artist struggle to find their entire careers. She has a impressive list of clients and her work can be seen in publications like Cake, Junk, and Oyster. We love her work and are happy to have her part of the Breakfast Club.

1. Who are you? 
 My name is Renee Carey I'm 25 and I live in Sydney, Australia currently but originally from California.

2. Describe your medium & process for these photos... 
As much as I can get away with it, which right now is 100% of the time (thanks to my stubbornness), I'm happiest shooting film. Conceptualizing and bringing ideas to life with a story is my best way to achieve a vision. I love to think of a story behind each image, a certain place you can go/feel. 

3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?  
In a search to creatively express myself. I was never that good at drawing or painting so I started taking photos for fun at an early age. My photographs evolved as I did and fell deeply in love with it. Fashion was easy to fall into because I found it the easiest way I personally could be creative. Who/what influences your work? I'm extremely influenced by music. It paints a picture in my mind that then pushes an emotion in the images. I'm also extremely influenced by the creativity that fashion brings to an image. 

4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
When I feel that I am constantly growing and evolving. I struggle when i feel like I am not pushing myself as hard as possible to evolve.

5. What are your goals? 
 I'd love to keep shooting, working with talented creatives, and focus on getting more work in LA as much as I have here in Australia so I can bounce between the two. I'm also coming out with a self-published book next year partnered with my brother that is something to look forward to. Maybe a solo show too - who knows. 

 6. Where do you see yourself going? 
One - day - at - a - time, right?


You can see more of Renee's work here:
 website •  blog • instagram