Photo Special: A day with...Ana Lola Roman
This is a day in the life of performer/musician/performance artist the day of her U.S. EP RELEASE: Ana Lola Roman
I started out in a jolt. I had a list of things to do as I knew that night was going to be filled with music press, as well as guests from the art world and fashion world.
Photographer David Shults met up with me post-yoga, post-work out around noon that day. The day started out as always:
I am located in Bushwick, Brooklyn and I live above a Dominican Bodega so, they know me as 'Lola.' I get my fruit, green tea, and water there. The owners of the Bodega are my self-proclaimed big brothers. Paulino is an angel and helps me with all my heavy packages, heartaches, and pre-screens any boys who are sniffing around me. I engage in some 'block gossip' and carry onwards.
Next I venture out towards the subway, stop near a stand where local dj's sell vinyl on the street they don't want anymore, right by the train. I always stop and admire the covers. Hop on the train towards Manhattan, and brainstorm the night's "look" I have to think about the tribal elements of what I do, and the ritual of the performance that night so I take a trip to the local make up/paint your face store. I'm in a fury trying to find purple lipstick and eyebrow paint. Mission Accomplished.
Errands and nourishment for the day done so far, so I take 10 minutes, like I always do, to just relish the sun and the ground I'm standing on near Union Square. I always stop by and watch the dogs in the dog park running around like denizens. I get back on the train and head back to Brooklyn to edit some last minute details of the night's set.
At around 3 PM, typically Spanish, I crave a siesta, but before that I take the time to admire some fresh and unknown paint on the streets. I love the black and white umbrella girl. These were done a few days before and I watched these three guys from Berlin paint this wall. I always take time to look at street art because it's the visual 'Noise" on the streets of Bushwick that really inspires me. I then go home and sleep for a couple hours.
I wake up and make my way downtown to my best friend/stylist/collaborator Ryan Richmond. We've been friends for such a long time and we collaborate on everything together. We are each others' muses. I hang out with him for a while and he gives me some pointers. I then leave, and make my way to the venue where I'm to perform that night. It was a heady, crazy, exhausting, typically NYC day.