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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.
 


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One of the frustrating parts of film production is that there are little opportunities for immediate feedback. Often images you shoot aren’t viewable by others until weeks or months after they were created. These images are from the past few months and still very much under wraps.


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Years ago, the day after I first held an iPad in my hand, I bought (more) stock in Apple. The iPad itself remains my favorite device to browse the web – there is no experience quite like touching the internet. My mom, once a netbook user, is now on her second iPad. With the exception of the crapware made to “improve” one’s experience browsing with one, I can think of no holes in its armor. Netbooks on the other hand…

There’s a reason great tech becomes central to one’s existence. The best of it stirs the soul, light as a feather.


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It’s hard not to be inspired after watching this video about a bed-bound graffiti writer with ALS learning to use eye-tracking software to create new works. Even better, the software is open source. I met with Evan Roth of the Graffiti Research Lab six (6!!!) years ago around when this blog was just finding its water legs and before it was the towering edifice that stands before you today.

The intersection of street culture and technology has always fascinated me. One definition of hip-hop holds that it’s an amorphous blob of culture built on technology and innovation. It’s only right that a fringe continues to explore new forms of expression.