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!
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!
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!
This is my friend Mari on the floor.
This is an empty table that I thought looked nice.
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).
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.
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!”
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.
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.