my mother the photographer
found two of my mom's old, undeveloped film rolls in a drawer and decided to have them developed and found this beautiful trip to krako. summer of 2000? 2001?
shot on hasselblad, in january last year, on the night that new york shut down everything becuase there was a massive "snowstorm" coming. the storm never really came to my block in crown heights, brooklyn though. everyone was told to stay inside.
memories of new york
that day at coney island with my bestie wife. minolta point & shoot with ilford hp5.
camping on the beach
35mm point and shoot with expired film.
on the first weekend of june me and sakshi went out of town. we camped on the beach in seaside heights and saw alabama shakes, the flaming lips, the maccabees, the vaccines and mumford and sons live.
4th of july
minolta point and shoot with expired film.
i celebrated 4th of july with annie, her wife caitlin and all their friends. we had an amazing barbeque in their backyard with hotdogs, brisket, corn and fruit! this was what i thought living in new york would be like!
one day in late may, maybe early june, me and sakshi went to coney island and dipped our feet in the ocean. it was just one of those days.. a very needed break from art projects, finals and exhibition preparations. and now i really, really miss it.
one sunday afternoon a few weeks ago we just decided to skip working on our photography and had a pic nic in central park.
hasselblad. porta 400 and tri-x 400.
POINT AND SHOOT II
at the end of our seminar classes, the one class that we've all had together every tuesday afternoon for a year, we all went out and had a beer and danced together. even our lovely seminar leaderes joined in!
the road to massachusetts with julia pontes and angie garcia from icp school.
blue star equiculture, massachusetts
shot on 35mm fuji color film.
this weekend me and my two icp friends angie garcia and julia pontes went on a roadtrip to massachusetts to get out of this loud, fast city for a while. we went all the way to springfield, massachusetts! there we visited paul and pam rickenbach-moshimer at their horse farm, blue star equiculture, where they take care of retired work horses. pam and paul were so warm and welcoming and are doing an amazing job with all thirtytwo horses!
it was such an amazing trip and a well-deserved break from school stress and new york city!
fellow icp student and AMAZING photographer, jasper briggs. shot on 35mm black and white film.
tomorrow i have a presentation of an assignment called memory. this is my take on memory. shot with and underwater disposable camera in my friend (and hypothetical big sister) julia's pool.
jasper from school, shot with hasselblad. (tack mamma och pappa!)
during a very, very intense weeklong workshop with photographer and artist robert blake we got an assignment to split up into pairs and in turn take each other - blindfolded - to our favorite place in new york. i took my friend sakshi, blindfolded, to strand bookstore at union square and had her walk around smelling books she couldn't read. then she led me sixteen blocks, blindfolded, to the east river park, overlooking brooklyn.
while being blindfolded we were instructed to focus our hearing, the way we focus our eyesight. to try and hear what's around you in a one meter wide circle and gradually expanding it. and we were instructed to photograph while blindfolded, using our other senses (primarily hearing and touch) to frame our pictures and set our focus.
these are my images taken while blind at the east river park in new york. i must say, pretty decent for not being able to see anything - while shooting on film with the hasselblad. and changing the film, while blind.
a portrait of a man
in my portraiture class taught by suzanne opton we were assigned to make a portrait of a stranger. without taking their picture. just describing them and the scene in one paragraph of text. it's not as easy as you'd think.
"He's sleeping in one of those seats at the end of the cart of the number two train going from Crown Heights to the Bronx. His legs are sprawled across the floor, almost hindering people from getting on and off the train. He is wearing a cloth that once was white across the top part of his face, but his feet is lacking both shoes and socks. He is obviously homeless. His skin is dark and his beard hasn't been trimmed in a very long time. Even though I can only see the bottom half of his face he is strikingly beautiful, perhaps it's partly the vulnerability of sleep, yet he can't be much older than my 21 years, and had life played out differently for him he might have been one of the models I would photograph in a studio somewhere. But no, his pants are torn, so badly, so that I can see the dirty orange boxer shorts underneath his once bright gray track pants. The deep hollows underneath his cheekbones are greatly enhanced by the butterfly light caressing his face. When the train reaches 34th street the cloth slides off his face down on the floor and he looks up at me with the same studying gaze that I've studied him with for the past half hour. Bright, light brown eyes. Click."
now, is that a portrait of a man?
now, is that a portrait of a man?
actor tyagi schwartz in red hook, brooklyn, ny in september 2014.
crown heights, brooklyn
getting chinese takeout with giovana, from school, on wednesday night.
hasselblad 500cm, love.
my first month III / my first films
i have finally learned how to develop my own film and i've learned how to scan my negatives. falling in love with process... here's a selection of my favorite negatives, so far.
1, 2. fernando in west village. 3, 4. west village. 5. celeste on a hungover afternoon. 6-11. drinking game night with roommates, celeste, aaron and ashlei. 12-22 wine night at sofia's with miguel, chad and mattia. 21, 23, 24. fernando in west village and outside school in midtown.