Images of concert goers from last summer at Prospect Park and Central Park.
“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 just made this epic tome of my images from Peru. I built it as a book dummy and portfolio piece. Its about 160 pages and is being printed on high quality, Ilford Pearl Lustre paper with archival end pages, an oatmeal colored linen cover with this cool, wrap around cover sheet. You can view it here and even order one though its damn expensive. My concept for the book was to show different vignettes and photo stories from my 9 months of travel in Peru in 2009 and have fun, colorful chapter breaks with grids of various cultural items. Some examples below.
Was happily startled by this scene the other day walking behind the Brooklyn Museum on the way home. Distracted by museum detritus in a giant dumpster I looked up and was about 15 ft from this sort of “urban” National Geographic scene. Was fascinating. The hawk was pulling the feathers off the neck area of the bird before eating and feathers slowly drifted across the street and into the air. The head was about 30ft away. Cars would drive by getting with-in 6 ft and she held her ground. Thinking of using the tags on her left leg to see if I can identify it thru the tagging system (is there an App for that?) but feel free to yourself and let me know if you get any info on this bad-ass Brooklyn bird.
Shot the Court St. Fair yesterday for a rushed hour and a half but scored some nuggets and got a good slideshow going at the South Brooklyn Post.
I pitched a story about the methods people use to pick their winning numbers for the lottery awhile back and they liked the idea and hired me to shoot it. I went out with a reporter for the day and drove around hitting bodegas in 4 boroughs. It was really amazing to watch Alan Feuer, the writer, work. The story wasn’t easy as people are cagey about their gambling but he would disarm them in seconds using a lethal mix of a personable persona and rapid fire questions. Photographing was not easy as well and I was left shooting people during their 3 minute interviews with Alan. I think I squeaked out a couple nuggets though but would have to of spent a week, not a day, to make it super photogenic.
Here are some extra images I liked that they left out.
This guy owns a bodega in Crown Heights and sells 99% of his tickets to Lubavitcher Jews and says they always play the address of the Rebbe as their lucky numbers. To show this was Jewish related area and as there were no one buying tickets I tried to use the calling card in the background to give a hint of the location.
In my last trip to Peru I stumbled upon a ceremony where people came to have their vehicles blessed by a priest in the parking lot of a 200 year old church. The priest from the church was going car to car and showering cars, people, engines, tires and grandmas alike with holy water as well as blessings to ensure the people safe travel. The church, located up a mountain from San Salvador in a tiny enclave named Huanca, hosts the ceremony every year and the 200 or so people had driven from all around Southern Peru.
The 200 year old church which hosts the ceremony is an hour East of Cusco, the city in the South of Peru that one goes to before venturing on to Machu Picchu.