In addition to the time I was able to spend doing street photos in New York, I was able and fortunate enough to get to do an entire shoot with the guys from Project 44. They're an incredibly-talented bunch of dancers based in Queens, directed by Gierre Godley (http://www.project44dance.org/). They tour as well as perform in New York; they just finished a show in Baltimore, and will be traveling to Michigan and Missouri soon. We spent a morning in a rehearsal space in the East Village, which was perfect as I wanted to approach the shoot as an exercise in portraiture, rather than simply 'dance photography.' I love conventional dance photography, but I wanted to do something slightly different; I wanted these shots to be about the dancers, more than 'the dance.' I wanted anyone who sees these photos to get a sense of who these guys are individually, and not just how they're able to move. I believe that who a performer is must necessarily inform what that performer does, and so I hoped to capture these guys in an informal setting, letting their personalities shine through. I hoped by doing this, I'd give the viewer a good sense of why they come together the way they do, when they do, and how the whole really is the sum of its parts. I apply this approach to anyone I photograph; if there's a subject involved, I see portraits, more than I see dance, or music, or sports. It's what I find interesting, and I hope you enjoy these photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them. Thanks again to everyone involved!
Squeezed in a bit of a quick trip to New York; it had been a while. Instead of spending most of my time in Manhattan, which I've done in the past, I spent most of this trip in Queens. I have a friend there, and she knew I'd be looking for great opportunities for street photography. To that end, she took me to Jackson Heights, a neighborhood I'd never visited. It's got a large immigrant population, and it shows in the incredible number of ethnic restaurants, seemingly several on every block. I could easily have followed my nose all day, but I managed to keep clicking and come back with some shots I love. So many great faces everywhere I turned. Just for kicks, there's a few architecture shots at the end (and just a couple street portraits from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge). I hope you enjoy these.
I'm going to be involved in a show in a few weeks, one where several photographers are each documenting a different neighborhood in the Little Rock/North Little Rock area. This was my first walk around the neighborhood I chose to get ready for the show (and my first time shooting there at all in quite a while). It's a great neighborhood where I can stand in one spot and photograph industry, decay, and progress just by turning a few degrees in any direction. Here are some of my shots from my photo walk Sunday afternoon.
These photos show the Italy I went looking for. They're what the photographer in me saw, and simply put, I want to see it all again. These are my favorite shots: the street scenes, the coast, the details. I'll just leave it at that; the real story is in the photos. These will also be available in my Fine Art Prints gallery very soon.
This was only supposed to be a test shoot. I was checking some lighting and evaluating a new lens, so we knocked these out in a few minutes. But, after looking at them, I was really, really pleased, thanks to the fantastic subject. She nailed it. I also want to point out that these were done without any styling, and hardly any processing beyond exposure, brightness and contrast. Sometimes it's great to worry about the details, but sometimes it's the lack of worry that leads to something powerful and expressive.