ARTPHOTOGRAPHY

“SHADES OF”

SHADES OF IS AN UNPLANNED COLLABORATION BETWEEN ME AND A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE CALVIN. LAST NIGHT I HAD TO COVER AN ART EXHIBITION FOR MUSEE MAGAZINE AT THE SAFARI GALLERY ON WEST BROADWAY IN SOHO WEHN I ASKED MY BOY TO ROLL. HE GREATLY OBLIGED AND THE NIGHT HAD BEGUN. AFTER WE HAD OUR FILL OF THE EVENT WE DECIDED TO TAKE A WALK AWAY FROM SOHO JUST TO GET AWAY FROM SOME OF THE YUPPIE STENCH THAT FLOATS THROUGH THE AIR WHEN YOU ARE AROUND THERE. SMOOTHLY ENOUGH WE ENDED UP IN CHINATOWN WHICH IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO SCORE SOME GRUB SEE TRIPPY SHIT AT NIGHT THAT CAN BE EITHER VISUALLY ALLURING OR A BIT DISTURBING. IN ANY EVENT I FELT AT HOME WITH ALL THE DARK ALLEYS AND BROKEN STREET LIGHTS. WE DECIDED TO POST UP ON A BLOCK THAT WAS JUST BASICALLY A DESERTED ALLEY. I FORGET THE STREET BUT THERE IS WHERE I JUST RANDOMLY DECIDED TO PLAY WITH SOME BLACK AND WHITE VISUALS OF MY BOY. IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE VISUALS DISPLAYED THAT GRIT AND SENSE OF TOTAL REALISM THAT THESE CHINATOWN STREETS POSESS. IT WAS DARK AND GRIMY AND A BIT SUS SO CHECK IT OUT AND STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT PROJECT.

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“CORNER OF DELANCEY AND I FORGOT”

LAST NIGHT I HAD ANOTHER SMOOTH NY NIGHT, ATTENDED AN ART EXHIBITION IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE OF MANHATTAN AND WHILE THERE I GOT A CHANCE TO CATCH THE CITY IN ITS NATURAL HABITAT, FULL OF LIFE DARKNESS AND CHAOS BUT STILL JUST LIKE ANY PART OF THE CITY WE LIVE IN THERE IS ALWAYS A PLACE TO FIND A MOMENT OF PIECE AND QUIET. FOR ME LAST NIGHT THAT WAS THE LAUNDROMAT ON THE CORNER OF DELANCEY AND SOMETHING. IT IMMEDIATELY STOOD OUT TO ME BECAUSE I WAS AROUND SUCH A BUSY AREA AND THERE IT WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL, QUIET, SILENT, HIDING IN PLAIN SITE. THINGS OF THAT NATURE MAKE DIG NYC EVEN MORE, AND SUCH IT SERVED ITS PURPOSE I DECIDED TO CATCH SOME VISUALS OF IT AND THE AREA IN WHICH ITS BY. NYC NIGHTS NEVER GET OLD TO ME.

NEW YORK BLUR

NEW YORK BLUR

BUT IT SAYS IT RIGHT HERE OFFICER

BUT IT SAYS IT RIGHT HERE OFFICER

ATM DREAMS

ATM DREAMS

QUIET

QUIET

CLEAN MACHINE

CLEAN MACHINE

NO PICKUPS

NO PICKUPS

“NOT FOR THE WEAK BUT FOR THE DREAMER”

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I FEEL LIKE IF YOU ARE FROM BROOKLYN AND ESPECIALLY FROM SOME OF THE MORE URBAN GHETTO AREAS YOU GROW UP BEING A DREAMER ALWAYS WANTING SOMETHING BETTER BECAUSE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES YOU ARE IN OR YOU LIVE AROUND. I MYSELF LOVE THIS PLACE EVEN WITH ALL OF ITS FLAWS AND DECAYS WITH ITS VICTORIES AND COLDNESS I STILL LOVE BROOKLYN. I TRY TO KEEP MY HEAD UP AND AVOID LOOKING DOWN SO THAT THE STRIFE OF REALITY WONT CUT THROUGH MY DREAMS LIKE A RUSTY KNIFE.

“FROM DR WITH LOVE”

THIS IS A TRIP I WENT ON TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC COURTESY OF MY LADYS FAMILY, SINCE SHE IS PART DOMINICAN HER FAMILY IS DEEPLY ROUTED OUT THERE. HER GRANDMOTHER WHO HAS A PLACE OUT IN SANTO DOMINGO THROWS A PARTY EVERY YEAR IN THE SUMMER AT A FRIEND OF THE FAMILIES HOUSE IN BARAHONA. I GUESS TO BE TRUTHFUL IT IS A SPIRITUAL PARTY A CELEBRATION IF YOU WILL THAT WAS QUITE THE EXPERIENCE, IT HAD PEOPLE DANCING CATCHING THE SPIRIT AND REJOICING IN A PLACE THAT NORMALLY DOESNT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO SO. MY LADYS GRANDMOTHER PAYS FOR THIS ALL OUT OF POCKET ALL FOR THE LOVE SHE HAS FOR HER PEOPLE AND HER FAMILY. EVERYONE FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD COMES OVER TO DRINK, LAUGH EAT AND DANCE TO MUSIC COURTESY OF THE DRUMMERS WHO ARE EMPLOYED FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO PLAY AT THE DAY PARTY WHICH STARTS AT….9 AM, YES 9AM! TO SAY THE LEAST IT ENDED UP BEING ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE AND I AM GLAD I GOT TO EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE ON SUCH AN AUTHENTIC LEVEL. CANT WAIT TO GO BACK AND WHEN I DO I WILL BE SURE TO CAPTURE MORE. BELOW ARE SOME PICTURES FROM THE TRAVEL. WHILE I WAS THERE I WENT TO THREE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WHICH WERE SANTO DOMINGO, BOCA CHICA AND BARAHONA. HOPE YOU ENJOY.

]GRANDMAS HOUSE GRANDMAS HOUSE

COUNTRY DRIVE THROUGH BARAHONA

COUNTRY DRIVE THROUGH BARAHONA

AND THEY WERE RICH WITH SOUL

AND THEY WERE RICH WITH SOUL

BIG PAPA

BIG PAPA

GREEN PASTURES

GREEN PASTURES

EVERYONE EATS

EVERYONE EATS

CELEBRATION

CELEBRATION

PUNCH BUGGY I GOT MY LICENSE

PUNCH BUGGY I GOT MY LICENSE

COLONIAL

COLONIAL

EMERALD SEA

EMERALD SEA

BARAHONA

BARAHONA

IM ON A PLANE I CANT COMPLAIN

IM ON A PLANE I CANT COMPLAIN

ESSENTIALS

ESSENTIALS

SANDS OF TIMES

SANDS OF TIMES

ANOTHER NIGHT ANOTHER GALLERY

This is from a random night of many where I wanted to check out an artist at a gallery that I’ve never been to and go see new art, for me its a way of always learning and gaining more perspective of the arts and also I am just an admirer of artists taking chances and putting themselves out their for all the world to see.To top off all that artistic goodness is the fact that I love going out at night in NYC whether it be alone or with a friend I just really dig the vibes it provides, it gives me peace, usually I go out at night put on some Jazz and let the city speak to me through my camera. Hope you enjoy.

RANDY’S

RANDOM VISUALS CAPTURED ON MY 35MM CAMERA, THESE ARE ALL RANDOM AND WERE SHOT WITH CURIOSITY WITH NO INTENTIONS AT ALL. SOMETIMES THERE IS NO REASON JUST ACTION.

PAIGE POWELL “BASQUIAT IN THE NUDE”

A NIGHT IN SOHO WHERE I CHECKED OUT PAIGE POWELLS 35MM FILM PICTURES OR BASQUIAT AT A TIME WHEN HE WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS ARTISTIC DOMINANCE. I THINK ITS PRETTY DOPE JUST HOW CHILL AND RELAXED HE IS, KIND OF LIKE A LION LOUNGING AROUND HIS TERRITORY WITHOUT A CARE IN THE WORLD, BUT STILL NONETHELESS A LION. OTHER NOTABLES ARE GUS VAN SANT THE DIRECTOR I TALKED TO HIM ABOUT FILM AND IT NOT BEING DEAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE OF NEW YORK. IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT

PLATO

PLATO

LAYED UP

LAYED UP

HAPPY GUS

HAPPY GUS

STIMULAS PACKAGE

STIMULAS PACKAGE

WOMEN OF ART

WOMEN OF ART

 

DECADENT

DECADENT

HAHA

HAHA

WISH I  COULD HAVE MET BASQUIAT GUYS MY AGE ARE SO DUMB

WISH I COULD HAVE MET BASQUIAT GUYS MY AGE ARE SO DUMB

BASQUAIT THINKING ABOUT DOPE STUFF

BASQUAIT THINKING ABOUT DOPE STUFF

CHILL

CHILL

MS POWELL AND THE RADIANT

HIP GUYS

HIP GUYS

EXPRESSIONZ

EXPRESSIONZ

SEDUCED

SEDUCED

SOCRATES

SOCRATES

 

 

FRIENDS OF CAMMY

 

FRIEND OF MY CAMERA, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WHO I DIG.I LOVE PORTRAITURE AND LOVE THE EMOTIONS I SEE LONG AFTER A FILM PHOTO IS TAKEN, ONCE THE VISUAL IS DEVELOPED AND YOU SEE THE EMOTIONS IN THE PEOPLE YOU SHOT IT REALLY IS REWARDING. SO MANY TIMES EMOTIONS AND MOMENTS ARE ALLUDING US AT EVERY BLINKING MOMENT, ITS NICE TO HAVE SOME OF THOSE TIMES FROZEN FOEVER.

AUTOPORTRAIT

AUTOPORTRAIT

GET LOST KID

GET LOST KID

HALO

HALO

RECLINE

RECLINE

BED STUY SMILE

BED STUY SMILE