These photographs were all shot from behind the subjects. Three of them are backlit. In the film The Harder They Come a character uses the exclamation, “[B]ackside!” to express surprise at seeing Jimmy Cliff’s character Ivan, a fuguitive, hanging out in a photo studio. He says it once again to close the scene. “Backside!” I’ve […]
I was walking with camera in hand. Enjoying the weather, the people, and the many stylish outfits that seem to be having their own conversation in the Garment district. A striking woman appeared in a flowing orange dress. One often sees garments that drag the floor at the Oscars, say, or a wedding. This was […]
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 […]
Been shooting all over town recently. Two of my best shots this year happened on the same day. The camera almost aims itself sometimes.
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 […]
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 […]
A few months ago my friend Andrew got in touch asking if I was interested in doing a music video for Styles P. I had done an earlier promo for his label and we’ve kept a running dialogue of music videos over the last year or so. Shooting this was my first opportunity to go […]
Observed on the streets this evening.
The news of the larger Occupy Wall Street protests was lost in the Steve Jobs tidal wave, but the discontent was no less potent. Ironically, many of the non-professional photographers there were snapping away on their iPhones. I was too.
On Saturday morning young Morales and I hit the streets to see what the city had to offer. There were food products and carved statues.
Chinatown remains one of my favorite places to shoot photographs in the city. Maybe it’s because it feels dense and gritty the way New York is supposed to feel. Or maybe it’s because of how intensely foreign it feels at times. On Saturday, because of Manhattanhenge, the streets were particularly fetching.
Having a camera is like having a passport. It’s an excuse to look at things, and sometimes to be invited into people’s lives. Here are two fun shots from the last month. G-Go is a young rapper and producer from Brooklyn. We met on the train and talked for a second about my camera before […]
A lot of people will give you reasons why they would never live in New York City, or had to leave. Reasons often cited include: noise, rudeness, lack of green space. On the other hand, this is a place overflowing with reasons to keep pumping. It fills you up.
Got this one on a sunday stroll through Chinatown with Zoran. Here’s how Z responded when I asked him to play a small role in my movie. The name of the character? Zoran. He’ll be perfect.
Literally thousands of Santas descended upon the West Village on saturday. These are just a few of them. Shot some video on a borrowd tilt/shift lens — extra wide, as you can see — but there’s nothing like a good still frame.