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!
new portraits and other photos taken on 4/20 at Secret Project Robot ….
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!”
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.
I was invited to run a photo booth at last weeks Bjorkball – a night celebrating the release of her new album, Biophilia. I can’t say I every thought I would be invited to run such a photobooth, but there I was surrounded by all things Bjork for one night, and it was kind of awesome. These are my faves from the night, with some very lovely ladies sporting the look Bjork rocks on her new album.