- Valentine’s Day Portrait Contest
- Happy Holidays [Video]
- Contest: Win A Gift Bag Of Goodies From Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
- Dubstep Meets Cute Kitty
- The Tenth Annual No-Pants Subway Ride: 2012 Edition
- Contest: Fashion Week Swag Bag
- Fashion Week Man-Stuff Preview: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Convertible
- Fashion Week: JSong Way
- An Empty Highway In New York City
- Delicious Indian, Right Next Door
Category Archives: Art
In honor of the holiday season, I proudly present the second annual Christmas Tree time lapse. Eat well, be merry, be safe, and most of all, rest well. Happy Holidays my friends!
One of the quickest routes to Brooklyn from Long Island City is the Pulaski bridge that runs from 11th street beginning at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. I’ve often taken this road in my day-to-day business during the last few years, noticing the construction of a slender building clad in glass and dark colors. I assumed it would be commercial space at first, but as it began to take shape, I realized it would be the second boutique hotel in an otherwise industrial section of Long Island City.
Following in the archetypal footsteps of the smaller and less opulent Ravel Hotel just a couple blocks west, The Z aims to bring high end clientele to Long Island City, with an attractive, modern design, a long list of amenities and everyone’s favorite part, the rooftop bar/lounge and dining area. At the moment, the Z’s location would seem somewhat odd, being surrounded by many older 1 and 2 story structures, but that will all change in the next few years as development and revitalization of Long Island City continues to swell with sophistication. The Z’s developers had the foresight to set the tone early. Continue reading
My friend John Schuk recently invited me to come see a small play he was performing in. I went to see his Sketches of A Man in a small theater in Brooklyn on Friday. My friend Alex and I were lucky enough to procure front row seats for the event, which meant I had a great perspective for photos. The play consisted of a series of monologues by several different men facing a great tragedy in their lives. The tone was very serious and even downright creepy at times, so aside from the occasional giggle from comic relief and the soft hum of a ceiling fan, the whole crowd was dead silent for the better part of 90 minutes. I knew my D700′s shutter would be heard even in the cheap seats. I didn’t want to excessively distract the actors, nor the audience who was deeply immersed in every spoken word. So I limited myself to two shot attempts per performer. I was pleased with the results as I was lucky to have captured some key moments in each performance. Continue reading
Son of Swedish immigrants, Frank Oscar Larson, was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1896. After serving in World War I, he began working at a bank in Manhattan and in his spare time, took pictures with his Rolleiflex camera. It wasn’t until the late 40′s and early 50′s that Larson began to shoot more frequently. He developed prints in his own darkroom and occasionally entered photo competitions. In 1964 Larson passed away, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the negatives of his late work was discovered by his son’s widow. Check out Reflections of New York for a look at a simpler time in the Big Apple. For you Astoria locals, see if you can spot the shots in our neighborhood.
Part of my ever-evolving mission here on the blog is to explore the many unorthodox paths people take on the road to becoming “photographers”. I’ve just use quotes for photographers, but I don’t necessary mean it in a condescending way just yet. The term Photographer is growing more ambiguous each day, and that is a conversation for another day, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll just accept the definition as “Person who takes pictures”.
People who take pictures come from all vocations, cultures and walks of life. Some had intended to do so very early on, making photography their ultimate goal and life’s work, while others stumbled upon photography later in life as a hobby to supplement their careers as doctors, lawyers, farmers, janitors, police officers, and the hundreds of other positions that are completely unrelated to capturing images. Continue reading
May 5th, 2011.
A warm spring evening descended upon Manhattan’s west side, where I was intimately acquainted with one of the world’s greatest sports figures. As I entered the School of Visual Arts Theater lobby, I was greated by a warm smile and a hug from the Director of Photography, and also my college roomate, Quenell Jones. We rarely see each other these days, but when he sent me an invitation for the screening of When The Smoke Clears, I happily accepted.
Quenell is an all around class act who is an absolute pleasure to be around. He’s also very disciplined with a tremendous work ethic. I know this because he was my personal alarm clock throughout freshman year. While I was still squinting and struggling to come to terms with waking up for class, Quenell had already made his bed, was already showered, groomed and humming along to tunes from our radio. I’ve never known anyone more excited about tackling the day’s responsibilities. But its this kind of enthusiasm and love for one’s craft that contributes to the making of the most heartfelt documentary I’ve seen this year. Continue reading
Remember Film Cameras? You know, The dSLRs without the “d”, back when they were just SLRs. I just came across a video on the design history of the Nikon F series. Find out what that little red triangle is all about, and why the originals were so edgy and sharp. Just as in automotive practice, the Japanese were influenced by zee Germans when it came to camera design. Continue reading
Have you ever exchanged words with a lawyer? Sure you have. We all have at some point. Whether it was to set up that restraining order on your crazy ex, or to plan the defense for your narcotics/manslaughter trial, you’ve probably conversed with legal counsel. And what do you make of lawyers? The general consensus is that they’re heartless, greedy, suit-type squares. Creative and Artistic are not usually attributes associated with lawyers, but fellow Queens resident Doug breaks that mold. Continue reading
One of the things I love most about the world of online photography is that I get to visit distant places and see intimate rural portraits through a unique perspective. Today’s Photostream is from a young girl named Ann in Russia. She is very humble in her picture taking abilities but I have only praise for her exquisite warm portraits. Continue reading
Albany Photographer and blogger Charles Miller recently came across an unused roll of Black & White film that had technically expired in 1959. But that didn’t stop him from using it, and then blogging about the results while refering to himself in the third person. Thanassi finds this very amusing. Continue reading