My photography business offers documentary event photography curtailed for modern marketing and content sharing. I like to tell stories about the events that organizers work so hard to make.
May 17, 2013
We had finished shooting for the day and went back to the hotel to cool down and have a drink. She and her assistant had a soda and I a mojito. While we relaxed and enjoyed our beverages, I made this portrait of her. Olga Sorokina is easily one of the most talented models I’ve worked with and I hope we get to work together again.
Gramercy Park Hotel
New York City
April 9, 2013
My schedule was twice screwed last night when I was assigned to cover two events in the city. Both locations were closed. We had the dates wrong. It was that kind of day. So, in a let’s make the best of it sort of way, I met up with some friends at a bar in dreaded Midtown. After a glass of Bulleit and ginger ale, I was feeling just fine. Since I hadn’t gotten my photograph fix early on in the night, I pulled out my camera and began shooting abstracts at the bar.
From photographing events and knowing what makes people click the mouse button, my eye instantly trained on the combo of the girls rear and belt as well as the bottles of vodka on the right. I politely asked if I could take a photo of her from behind and she agreed. After I clicked the shutter button, she turned and said, “Thank you for asking.” I wondered to myself, how many people actually take a photo of her ass? — Apparently many. My friend, A noted, “That’s why all the boys come here.”
I fired off some more shots — typical group, iPhone-like photos to make a few people happy but then I took some others that made me happy. I didn’t feel that I took care of my fix but it did help some. This weekend, I’m photographing night and day so by Monday, I’ll probably be glad to put the camera down for a few hours.
New York City
October 11, 2012
It was last week, July 26th, my birthday, when my friend met me at a favorite Lower East Side haunt called Iggy’s. The weather looked grim and we felt the cloud of exhaustion hovering over us while suds of beer popped in our bellies. Later that night, we were privy to an awesome display of Mother Nature when she came pouring upon New York the most torrential rain storm I’d seen in a while. It was difficult to ignore the nagging thought about how small we are in comparison to Earth’s meteorological whims. We could all be swept away in an instant. For the moment, however it was just another rain storm on a ceaseless summer day.
I took this photo of my friend before the storm.
New York City
July 26, 2012
The city was mayhem last night and full of wonder. The city of dirt and light just needed a good heatwave to get the summer fun started. Here are some photos from last night.
An antique type writer from William Hallet, a American bistro in Astoria, NY.
“Fire is beautiful and we know if we get too close that it will kill us but what does that matter. It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beautiful than to live a long time and be bored all the while…” – Don Marquis from Archy and Mehitabel, “The Lesson of the Moth”
Since we couldn’t go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year, we celebrated at Sugarfreak — the most authentic New Orleans-inspired place I’ve found in New York. Good times.
*Pictures without watermark were taken by the lovely Aryn DeKaye.
Aryn and I visited one of my new favorite NYC bars called Ninth Ward. It bills itself as being a New Orleans style bar. I kinda see it. There’s voodoo folk art on the ceilings, shutter blinds, lit via bright artificial lighting, private booths, old wood beams crossing above its guests, and all very low lit.
I had my camera on me, as I always do, and the decor put me in the mood to take 1970s vampire, ghost movie shots. Here’s one I took of Aryn: