All Text from “J’ouvert in Brooklyn Carnival: Revitalizing Steel Pan and Ole Mas Traditions”. Author: Ray Allen “The rumble of distant drums rolls across Prospect Park, breaking the pre-dawn tranquility that envelops central Brooklyn on Labor Day morning.My watch says 4 a.m.-the J’Ouvert celebration must be underway. Quietly slipping out of my apartment into the cool of … Continue reading J’Ouvert in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. New York City’s greatest folkloric festival.
Ethiopia is a million different things and tastes, affronts, foibles and wonders. One thing it was not was a place you felt threatened by personal violence. Ethiopians were fun, interested, helpful and cool. Ethiopia is considered to be one of the safest countries for tourists in Africa.No muggings, no assaults, no rape, etc.. But, taking a stroll … Continue reading Walking the streets of Addis Ababa is extremely dangerous!
Reportage from PRIDE late night festivities. Continue reading Post-Pride celebration in New York City.
After three months in Ethiopia (https://instagram.com/joshuakristal/) I was in bad need of some beach time. Diani Beach, which is two hours from Mombassa, Kenya on the Indian Ocean was bucolic, relaxing, affordable and the scuba and snorkeling was damn good. It was working as I could feel my brain sinking into a more relaxed state but … Continue reading Film images from a short trip to Kenya
Been in Ethiopia for a month now and recently returned from the north. Aksum, which 2000 years ago, was the helm of an African empire, was where Queen Sheba reportedly comes from and where Christianity was introduced to Africa only 6 years after that willy Jew got whisked back up to Gods bosom, was wind … Continue reading The markets of Aksum, Ethiopia.
Was digging thru the archives recently looking for landscape photography for a possible upcoming job and found lots of stuff I never really posted. All from a couple weeks up at Machu Picchu and in Cusco, Peru. Got the job btw! :) Continue reading The Machu Picchu that never really made it up onto Machu Picchu This.
I am currently showing two series of work (its still up for anyone who wants to check it out) at a cool little gallery on the Upper West Side in NYC. A series from a baby beauty pageant as well as a series documenting sites where people have been lynched are on display. … Continue reading Show at the Society for Domestic Museology
My favorite day of the year has come and gone again. I swore this year I wouldn’t shoot like the last three years. I wanted to just experience it instead of trying to capture it visually, mathematically. I wanted to stay in the moment. Well, its hard to do after 20 years of working and … Continue reading J’Ouvert, 2014
In readying a new site for an organization I am creating I recently scanned some 35mm negatives from my three month trip to India in 2004. I’ve never printed these images. These four are from the time I spent volunteering in West Bengal for ERDS, a non-profit who does a myriad of development work … Continue reading Revisiting some old negatives from India.
The roof on my 8 family 4-story Pre-War Apartment in Crown Heights has been a place to garden, eat and chill for the last couple years. We used to garden in the huge, un-used backyard space but found that it’s north facing position with some big trees didn’t allow enough light to grow food ( it also … Continue reading Sky Garden, A much needed Crown Heights oasis.