I recently had an assignment from HOUR Detroit Magazine to photograph an up and coming rapper from Detroit while he performed a concert here in NYC. The rapper, who is represented by the same management team as Eminem, is … Continue reading →
It came and went again but this year it was graced with blustery winds, beautiful snow and freezing temps. The side streets around the 252 year old parade are packed with staged parade participants waiting, sometimes hours, for their turn … Continue reading →
The J’ouvert festival recently unloaded itself unto our weary Brooklyn and it now stands firmly, surely, as my favorite annual cultural event. Starting at 3am, its hypnotic, rhythmic procession of steel drums and motor oil covered revelers snake their way down Flatbush to … Continue reading →
Photographing in the darkened city of Lower Manhattan was one of the most exhilarating experiences in my 8 years in NYC. It started as I made it half way across the Brooklyn Bridge around 10pm and had a great vantage point to … Continue reading →
“I would see more black people with mohawks than I’d ever seen my entire life. You see people who you thought you were the only one of.” -P.O.S., musician The Afropunk fest, (“The other black experience””) an incredible, progressive event … Continue reading →
I had reservations this year. Almost none of the neighbors I hang with go on account that its too dangerous, waking at 3 am is strange and I went last year. J’ouvert, the before dusk until you can’t stand, West Indian folklore … Continue reading →
After 3 years of mediocre results gardening in the north-facing, tree-shaded, mosquito breeding ground, old dog-fighting training area junkyard, huge 60×60 ft. (by NYC standards) area we call our backyard, I grudgingly moved plants and soil alike upstairs to the 5th story roof … Continue reading →
The High-line, the epic elevated park that runs North/South for about 30 blocks on Manhattan’s West side, not only ushered in a real estate development boom of horrible condos but also introduced NYC to the work of the incredible Dutch artist Piet Oudolf who was the planting designer for the park and a leading figure of the “New Wave Planting” movement. The plantings are a constant source of amazement, beauty and genius and I always notice new things and ideas popping up and forth from this pitch perfect piece of landscape architecture.
(Unfortunately, I feel that the designers of the High-Line did what most designers do and went overboard, over designing while trying to create an industrial, wild aesthetic. They squandered a chance at greatness as all they had to do was leave it in a more raw state that it had already acquired (or make more honest, simpler nods to it) after sitting dormant for 30 years).
Here is a link to some urban nature scenes from where I come: Detroit