Big box stores in China are a revelation. In how many different types of things can be found under one roof, in the routine of a typical shopper, in the way people spend their day. Kick off your shoes, read … Continue reading
Last April, I was in Detroit for some varied work. During one assignment profiling a huge city park there (possibly designed by Frederick Olmstead) for HOUR magazine, I met Kathy Makino, a woman who is single-handily helping to bring about … Continue reading
The PBR professional bull-riding rodeo is back gracing our shores here in NYC. I shot it a few years back for the Huffington Post but never got it up here on MPT so here is a link to the full photo-story. I’ve posted a couple images below along with the text which I penned (something I rarely do). I was drawn to the event as its quite a juxtaposition having this old Western tradition in the middle of the concrete jungle.
“The Professional Bull Riders rodeo came to Madison Square Garden January 9th-11th, and the smell of 700 tons of dirt and cow manure brought out every closeted cowboy this side of the Gowanus Canal. In its modern incarnation what with jumbo-trons, pyrotechnics and corny patriotic salute to the U.S Border Patrol (a corporate sponsor), the event was basically NASCAR with live, angry animals. The fans cheered their favorite riders to eight seconds of glory, but the Garden became eerily silent when competitors were stomped and gored by their 2,000 lb. adversaries, hands slowly dipping back into their nachos as they watched the replay of the carnage above.”
GOTHAM OF THE RUST BELT: Blast furnaces, belching smoke, and industry byproducts from ironmaking and steelmaking are hardly anyone’s idea of beauty. But from a distance at night, an eerily illuminated Zug Island assumesan otherwordly, noir-like allure.
HOUR magazine hired me to do a series on the steel production facility of Zug Island. This eerie, fire and smoke belching factory that sits in the Detroit river dates back to Henry Ford beginnings. I shot the island from around 12am -3am on a Sunday night as the actual island is a security zone protrolled and protected under Homeland Security. I had been on the island many times in the past but this time, with my camera I was a bit paranoid about getting arrested (as NO PHOTOGRAPHY signs are posted around it) so I stalked the perimeter.
We needed a “Get the Hell out of NYC” trip the other day so we headed to Amish country for an overnight and, praise be the lord, stumbled upon an antique auction. These events are an amazing dose of Americana..the people, the stuff, the sounds. And if you are a junker like me, its the holy grail. I scored a beautifully distressed framed photo of a farmhouse from 1920 for $6, a braided rug for $9 and Fiorella bought a guitar from 1965 for $40. The auctioneer had an amazing “call” and I found its repetition to be very rhythmic and musical. Is this where Philip Glass got his musical inspirations from? Was he listening to auctions on the radio as he drove his cab in the 70′s while composing “Einstein on the Beach”?
I took a couple videos of a woman next to us knitting a blanket and loved the juxtaposition of the slowness of her work and project and the hyper-active call of the auction.
and another variation:
And here is a video of Fiorella buying a guitar. Note her trying to outbid herself at the end..so cute.
Just returned the other day from my second jaunt to the land of my girlfriend. Spent 3 weeks, a couple in Lima then a week in the south where my moms and I tackled a day on the famed Inca Trail and then took in Machu Picchu. Twice in 9 months..never thought that would happen..so don’t need to go there for about 5 years but lots more to see in Peru. I would like to visit a more recently discovered ruin in the north named “Kuelap” that is said to rival Machu Picchu and gets just a handful of tourists. Also, the deserts of Ica are amazing for paleontology. Take a walk back in there and u will literally stumble on exposed whale skeletons.
All the images here are from my G9 Point and Shoot. I shot 20 rolls of film but haven’t gotten them souped yet. The images are actually in the chronological order I shot them starting on Dec 21 to Jan 11th. Lots more to come…
The permanent backdrop for caskets at an Italian funeral home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn was more then I could of ever wished for in a portrait setting. I have never, in 16 years of work (give or take…scary), had such a setting present itself. Still wasn’t easy making the shot as it was a dimly light room with low ceilings and a slightly bewildered photographer treading on kinda strange ground..but I got these and walked out into the frigid night air impassioned and thankful.
These black and white shots are from the same story which is featured on the on-line magazine I am working for, The South Brooklyn Post. The story is about the going-ons in a usually insular and secretive Italian social club in Carroll Gardens and the war going on between them and another local club over who gets the usage rights to an religious idol they use in a procession. Here is the link to the story: Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Social Club
The on-line newspaper I am working with just published a story on an old Italian bakery in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Some fun shots in the series…