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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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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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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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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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I admire street fashion photographers like the Sartorialist, but that’s not where I live. Still, this one was irresistible. Especially since I once designed a logo in the shape of a cocktail umbrella. The other shot happened when the guy reflected in the sunglasses asked about my lens. We were interrupted, “hey man, take my picture!” Sometimes you don’t have to work for it at all.

 


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How to Steal is the feature I’ve been working on for the past couple years. It’s taken many forms including the above teaser but the core of the story of this: two guys who are best friends find themselves at odds when they must decide whether to break their one rule as criminals: never rob a bank.

For more info on the film click here.


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This piece by Jon Mooallem pits excellent reporting (i.e. the dogged pursuit of a story) against the backdrop of moral questions with few easy answers, all with a storyteller’s flourish for detail and pace.


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I recently had the pleasure of directing a promo for the Ghostface Killah album 12 Reasons to Die. The album is being released in two versions: one produced by Adrian Younge, and another by Apollo Brown — “The Brown Tape” available exclusively on cassette. More than anything, the shoot was an exercise in creating a trap house setting. I even got a vintage boombox out of the deal.