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Prospect Park and the Haitian Rara

One of my favorite places to spend time in Brooklyn, is Prospect Park.  Yesterday afternoon, my friend and fellow photographer Josh Kristal, and I, took a bike ride there.   While leisurely cruising around, we came upon a very friendly Jamaican family, who offered us a plate of food.  Delicious home cooked ribs, jerked chicken, black beans and rice.

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We offered them some money which they refused, but they did agree to pose for a family portrait, which I promised to send them via email.

After our meal, we heard music coming from a clearing on the other side of a patch of trees.  Josh recognized it as a Haitian Rara, typically a form of music festival that takes the form of a procession and happens during Easter Week.  Upon closer inspection we realized if was more of an impromptu jam session with about 15 musicians playing drums, cow bells, blocks, and horns made from PVC pipe and funnels.  The songs where rhythmic and hypnotic and went on for ten minutes or more.  The gathering of people who surrounded the “band” looked on while smoking, dancing, joining in with singing and clapping.

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The sun was quickly setting.  As I was shooting a portrait of Josh on his bike, a group of children came over and asked me to photograph them, which I did.  They were so delighted by the process, the two oldest (girl and the boy) took a turn taking photos, with a quick instruction on how to do it.  The whole experience was quite inspiring and was a great finale to one of the best weekends I’ve had in my life.

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And when the kids took over.

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All images made with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the 27mm pancake lens.

 

 

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Yes, I shoot Suits, and do it well.

Last year I had the pleasure of photographing Thomas Sandell of Sandell Asset Management Corp., for The Hedgefund Journal, a magazine based in London.  He had such a great time on that shoot, that he invited me back today to photograph the whole investment team for their new website.

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Antigua. January, 2014.

Recently went to Antigua on assignment to shoot the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge (more on that in another post).  I stayed on the island an extra 5 days to explore, photograph, and relax.  Needless to say, it was amazing.  All images created with Fujifilm x100s and X-Pro1.

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Fight Night 7.12.13

From a recent kickboxing event I photographed for Jackhammer Productions. Sons Of Italy, Long Island NY.  All images made with the Fuji X-Pro1, 35mm, and 18mm lenses.  Edited with Adobe Lightroom 5 and VSCO Film.

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Kalin & Miles

On assignment for iheartradio NY in the Bay Area. Shooting teen pop sensations Kalin & Miles.

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Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, street photo

Caught this shot of some kids playing in the street in Bushwick the other day.  Love the decisive moment.

My Neighborhood, Under Snow 2.9.13

I love my neighborhood, Crown Heights Brooklyn.  At night, lit only by the street lights, there are typically people out, and traffic at all hours.  During the wee hour of the morning on Sunday, this was not the case, as we were in the midst of a snow storm.  Certainly not the biggest we’ve had, which allowed me to go out and photograph.  I was only out for a couple of hours and didn’t go too far, but this is what I saw.

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Kingston Ave at Bergen

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Fulton Street at Thompkins

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Dark Manhattan

I ventured into Manhattan last night, walked across the Williamsburg Bridge to the Lower East Side.  It was very surreal, as the lights in Brooklyn were all on, but as I reached the halfway point across the bridge……..darkness.   Yes, there were cars, and on major intersections, large really bright lights on generators set up by the city.  But there were blocks and blocks of pure darkness, only lit by the moon and occasional car.   Very few people were out.  Those that were carried flashlights or candles.  My friend Michael and I spent about six hours walking around and shooting.  From 9pm until 3am, and plan to return again tonight.

Athens State Hospital

Also known as the Athens Hospital For The Insane, Athens SH was built in 1874 and designed under the Kirkbride Plan by the Architect Levi T. Scofield.  The Kirkbride building was abandoned in the early 1990’s and was eventually put to use by the Ohio University.  The administration section of the building is now the home of The Kennedy Art Museum.

This was my second visit to explore and photograph the women’s wards.  Though mostly empty of artifacts found in most abandoned state hospitals (beds, wheelchairs, clothes, etc) I found the wards at Athens to be quite beautiful.  The ridged ceilings are unique to the space, as well as decorative window grating, which kept patients from escaping but added a touch of elegance.

Attempts at renovation were made, I’m guessing some time in the 1970’s, especially in the “violent” wards.  Cheaply built nurses stations and flimsy artificial doorways, destroying the original tall day room entry ways, and blocking hallways.  Large white globe lamps hang from the ceiling, off kilter and filled with brown stagnant water.

The “seclusion” rooms were quite disturbing.  Many with large metal bolt locks, thick plexiglass viewing windows, plywood window coverings to reduce daylight, and obvious patient vandalism in the form of scratches, dents, and scrawlings on the walls and doors.

Vintage postcard of the front exterior.  Woman’s wards are on the right.

Another unique feature to Athens were two connecter hallways with large holes in the wall to allow in more sunlight.

Presumably an art therapy room.

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