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9.5.2012

COLOR EXPLOSION: BEN WATTS AND HTC TAKE OVER MILK GALLERY

Alessandra Ambrosio photographed by Masha Maltsava
Ben Watts photographed by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Christopher Swainston
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Christopher Swainston
Waris Ahluwalia and Jenne Lombardo photographed by Masha Maltsava
Ben Watts photographed by Christopher Swainston
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Christopher Swainston
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Christopher Swainston
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Mazdack Rassi, Naomi Watts and Ben Watts photographed by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Masha Maltsava
Photo by Christopher Swainston

On Tuesday September 4, photographer Ben Watts invited friends to invade the gallery space at Milk Studios to celebrate the launch of a photography app developed with HTC mobile phones. Dree Hemingway, Naomi Watts, Morgan Collett, Liev Schreiber, Chelsea Leyland and Alessandra Ambrósio were just some of the faces who raised a glass to Watts and took the chance to play around with the app that was installed on HTC smartphones placed around the entire gallery.

Visual artist Shantell Martin took over a corner of the room and created body graffiti on a whole crowd of clubkids eager to get their personalized, impromptu Shantell scribbles onto their skin. DJ Anna Caldreon got the gallery jumping with a mix of r’n’b, hip-hop and electronic dance while Ben Watts worked the room wearing a sharp bow-tie and baseball cap ensemble. “The app enhances users creativity,” he said, zipping his fingers across the screen and demonstrating its capabilities, “it’s a quality phone, vastly superior to a lot of smart phone cameras out there, the capture is amazing.”

The photography of Ben Watts always plays with his obsessions with pop culture and design. To see the Milk Gallery decorated floor-to-ceiling with hundreds and hundreds of his snapshots framed by acid bright colors was like crossing over the threshold of a effervescent wonderland full of creative energy and light, populated with fun characters and dear friends.

The Watts Up Photo application is available for Android sets today.

Photography by Christopher Swainston and Masha Maltsava

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