This weed represents the simplest things we ignore and cast as an eyesore despite its beauty. I’ve found that people are often treated the same. So, “a weed is not simply a weed,” etc.
This was about a month back. I was covering an event for UrbanDaddy at Capitale. My friend and I were upstairs in the VIP area where a tattoo artist from Black Banditz had set up to ink revelers up with free tattoos. To get into the mix, we each picked from their selection of free work and got some new ink. This sequence of photos features this artist working on my friend’s forearm.
New York City
February 22, 2013
…well, it’s from the same shoot I did back in June. This portrait of Julio Montero (the musician behind Cunao) was previously lost due to the amount of work to putting THIS together. Looking back at this portrait, I think I’ve come to like it more than the other one.
Long Island City
So get this…
I sometimes go on these long walks around Astoria to take photos of whatever interests me, which is usually this complex of industrial ruin near the East River by project housing. On this occasion, Aryn went with me so I could test a couple of lighting techniques in HOT midday sun (conquering the beast!). A gentleman appearing in his 50s was relaxing in this lot that I always take photos of. Something about it just gets me every time.
The fenced in lot is empty except for this one corner where a big cargo carton lays. There’s always new stuff lying beside it such as broken mirrors, shaving razors and other miscellany. Lately, I’ve noticed that whoever had been keeping the area added a garden, artwork and a chair. He was renovating the space to become a place of relaxation and art.
On the day that Aryn and I were taking pictures, the owner was sitting on his chair, watching us. He walked around, crossed through an opening near the river and started speaking with us. He used to be security for the plot when the company that owned it moved away. Since then, it’s been his domain.
I’m dying to bring this man a couple of beers and spend some time taking his portraits while learning his story. The man intriques me as much as the space where he spends his leisure time. He gave me his name but I can’t remember it. I’ll return to the space with a couple of said beers in hopes that he’ll show.
For now, here’s the space and the man himself. Based on the second photo below, I presume that he’s also an artist who makes paintings based on his memories of his homeland in Greece.
I’m a working photographer based in New York who’d like to photograph your band in one hour or less. There’s no catch. This is a free offer.
My goal is to add more band photography to my portfolio and give you badass pictures for promotional use (crediting me is all I ask). Sessions will be one hour or less. I prefer to go to you or an environment that you feel you own. I’ll bring the lights and camera.
I’m offering this to only 5 artists. My style is moody, surrealist and based in ghost photography, wet plate, and other classic methods. If this fits your style, email me the following: an online link to a site so I can hear your music, short bio and when you’re best available to discuss details.
My schedule is pretty packed the next few weeks but I’ll make sure to reserve some time for you.
My portfolio is http://www.carlosdetres.com/
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Looking forward to hearing from you!