life as i know it, music, portraits

portrait of jessica hopper

I had the honor of meeting and photographing the music writer and senior editor of Pitchfork back in March for the June issue of Bust Magazine – pick it up on newsstands now!  I saw her read from her new book The First Collection of Criticism by a Female Rock Critic in Greenpoint tonight.  It’s an amazing collection of writing the delves much further beyond music and into culture at large. She’s charming, witty, and down-to-earth – it was great to work with you Jessica!

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Witching with Callie
life as i know it, portraits

Witching with Callie

I’ve been working on a story for Bust Magazine about a friend of mine and her discovery of witchcraft. Callie has spent the last several months focused on the Wiccan tradition. I spent some time with her this summer participating in rituals and learning with her. It’s not all magic and evil spells, but a way to celebrate the earth and the sky, and our connection to it. 

Look for Callie’s great article with more of my images in the issue on newsstands!

Witching with Callie

Woodland Witches

Callie, Magic Hour

Tarot Readings

Spellcasters

Connected

Seance and sparks

Seancing

Hula Pentagram

Illuminate

 

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Louise
life as i know it, music, portraits

beach rituals with doom trumpet

Shot a video with Brooklyn’s doom trumpet this weekend. Went to the beach with some witches, welcomed the equinox with a ritual, flew kites, and other fun things. The full video is coming soon!

Louise

Louise

Callie

Callie (video still)

Taylor

Taylor (video still)

David

David (video still)

Andrew

Andrew

feather

doom trumpet/body and soul

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life as i know it

animal friends

Kae Burke, Tiger Lady

This is the lovely Kae Burke of the House of Yes and Lady Circus with a tiger mask on her head on a boat called the Queen of Hearts that I went cruising around on a few weeks ago.

Valentine Down

This is my friend Mari on the floor.

cocktail table

This is an empty table that I thought looked nice.

This is some guy dancing who was also well-accessorized.

This is some guy dancing who was also well-accessorized.

Kae is cute with and without a mask.

Kae is cute with and without a mask.

U + ME EVA

 

And head over to Relapse Magazine to see a portrait I shot of Brooklyn-based street artist Gabriel Specter in their new art issue, out on newsstands today (it’s on page 28).

 

 

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Karaoke night at the Rotgut
life as i know it

and one for all my friends

The Rotgut is part bar, part living art-installation and experiment, that artist and friend Duke Riley opened up a year ago in Greenpoint with friends Annie Evelyn and Sully in his former tattoo parlor, East River Tattoo.  For one year, the secret social club has been open to the public on weekends, hosting karaoke nights, board game nights, and recently, late night baseball (that one, I can’t really explain). The Rotgut represents a lot of the things that I love about my community in New York – creative people who do creative things for no other reason than the creative act itself.  The Rotgut really feels like more than just a bar; maybe that’s because you have to know where it is (it’s unmarked and unlisted), you have knock on the window to get in, and when you are there you feel like you are getting away with something; I’m kind of amazed it was able to last even a whole year without falling prey to the authorities.  It closes forever this weekend, poetically, after one year of existence and I spent some time photographing the partners and bartenders who helped make it happen.

Duke Riley

Duke

Annie

Annie

Sully

Sully

Ragan

Ragan

Laura

Laura

Amanda

Amanda

Meg

Meg

Karaoke night at the Rotgut

So here’s to making our own culture in New York!

Like Mickey Rourke’s character in Barfly said (which I had the opportunity to view at the Rotgut a few weeks ago in a special screening hosted by Benh Zeitlin) “…and one for all my friends!”

 

 

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life as i know it

hangin with b.a. at the beach

yesterday i visited my friend b.a. at the gypsy, a mutual friend’s amazing houseboat that is docked at a marina in the rockaways.  we hung out at the marina, drank wine, toured the boatels, ate dinner on the roof of the boat, drank whiskey, crashed a marina party, and drank beer.  it was a great day.

another thing you should know about b.a. is that she a brilliant video artist.  she creates ambient and psychadelic video projections that she controls from her keytar…her KEYTAR!!! how rad is that???!  i think it’s radder than the tuxedo bathing suit that B.A. is rocking in this photo, which is pretty rad.

Backlit B.A.

halo

Backlit BA #2

 

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Tallulah
life as i know it, portraits

Inevitable Beauty

Tallulah

Untitled (Wildlife)

Marko

Kate

Untitled (Wildlife)

Marin

Alita

Untitled (Wildlife)

Stumps the Clown

The geographer Peirce Lewis called New Orleans the “inevitable city on an impossible site.”  The wildlife that flourishes mirrors the human life that flourishes. These photos are from a new body of work I’m working on about this metaphor – weeds push through the cement, vines crawl through fences, and friends’ and acquaintances’ characters shine through the dust and sweat that makes up the City.

I see the city as magical hub of growth, hope, and resilience as reflected through its landscape and its people.  Whether my subjects are native to the area or come from other places, they each contribute to the life and culture of New Orleans making it a vibrant place in which to live and create. I am constantly inspired by their strength and eccentricities, and each image is a gesture of admiration and an opportunity for me to celebrate their beauty.

 

 

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