Color My Missives

 
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ja-sunset

It’s no secret that we repeat vantage points around here. It just happens to be a good vantage point. Shooting this, I was reminded of an earlier post:

There’s a point at which the natural light has faded such that artificial light is just as bright. It is a fertile moment for photography.

That post was nearly six years ago (?!?). And I’ve only grown as a writer and photographer since. A heartfelt thanks to anyone who’s stopped by in the intervening time. We’re just getting started.


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- Langston Hughes

Something short to read on the above here.


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lincoln-grandparents-fall

The top photo is from my home of nine years, Brooklyn, NY. The bottom one is from my grandparents former home in Lincoln University, PA, on the court where many summers were spent trying and mainly failing to perfect my jump shot. The photos were taken on consecutive days last weekend. If you’re waiting for a pithy statement on the passage of time, so am I. The pictures will have to suffice for now.


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Might’ve been able to get this shot in focus if I’d had a flash. But hey.


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Couple recent scenes where the light comes in from behind.


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The New York Times asked me to create a 6-second Vine video about an issue in advance of the recent mayoral primary. I chose Stop and Frisk. As a tall man of color who favors baseball caps I often feel the effects of my presence when walking around the city, particularly at night. Many people move away; police move closer. Here’s one story.


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the color machine, Jordan Alport, Liz Regan, and Raafi Rivero

A couple weeks ago, the team at The Color Machine got together to take our first official “family portrait.” And boy were the chair puns flowing. One of my favorites came when we first arrived to the room of chairs and hadn’t built the wall yet. Jordan said, “have a seat.”


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How to Steal - flag poster

I’ve challenged myself to create a new poster or design for How to Steal every month. I’ve already put a couple over on the tumblr blog but this one is hot off the presses.


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Over the course of a couple weeks the team at The Color Machine and I tromped all across New York gathering footage. The assignment from the Municipal Art Society was to create a “love letter” to the city, to visually interpret the theme livability. There were too many locations to count, and too much of the city was left out. But it’s what gets left in that counts. Enjoy.


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