Several weeks ago, my friend Brian Redondo asked if I could help him on a short video project he was directing called "Bounds," along with my friend Duc-Minh Nguyen serving as DP. I quickly realized that this was going to be a different kind of video when I walked into a completely black room illuminated by a single light.Read More
It's so easy to snap a photo on our phones and cameras that we can often take photographs for granted. And with apps like Facebook and Instagram, it's easier than ever to collect a record of our friends and families and adventures together.
But what if we didn't have access to all of that? How much more difficult would it be to remember the people and experiences that mean the most to us?Read More
I'm not really a "big drinker" or what you would conventionally call "fun" (I use air quotes) but I can appreciate a good bar like HiFi. Add that to my status as a "nerd" (according to my girlfriend and other loved ones) and I guess it's no surprise that I really like photographing the HiFi on the Wednesdays when Ryan Britt and his cohost Lena Valencia lead the appropriately titled reading series "HiFi Reading Series."Read More
The vague memories I have of seeing the West Indian-American Day Parade about six years ago are mostly of sun, feathers and dancing. Which was actually pretty accurate for when I shot it again on Labor Day for Time Out New York.Read More
It's already been a couple of weekends since I photographed the Go Topless Day march and I'm still mulling over my reaction to it. The Time Out New York article featuring my photos ended up being the most popular TONY article that I've contributed to with more than 5,000 shares. It was also easily the most divisive, with hundreds of readers calling the participants terrible names and ridiculing their appearance and cause.Read More
I'm not sure if I believe all the marketing for last weekend's Full Moon Festival (like how the sand sprinkled in front of the stage was imported from the South of France), but the whole space really did create a music oasis vibe out in the warehouse boonies of Brooklyn.Read More
On a hot summer day when the highs hit the mid-80s, Central Park was possibly the coolest place to be. Thousands descended upon the Great Lawn to blast and be blasted by water weapons ranging from spray bottles and garden-variety water guns, to water bazookas and car pressure washers (but no water balloons -- they weren't allowed).Read More
I'm not sure what the best weather is to be painted naked in, but I didn't hear a single model complain about the heat and humidity on Saturday. It was the rest of us -- the clothed artists, photographers and hundreds of onlookers -- who were sweating and feeling uncomfortable at the Bodypainting Day.Read More
Yesterday I shot an amazing dance off at the Brooklyn Museum for Time Out New York. So many moves were busted that day.Read More
Last Sunday was the perfect day for a fun shoot in the park with Sunaina so she could get some beautiful new profile pictures.Read More
How amped was the crowd at the US Women's National Team ticker tape parade? Before the parade even started, everyone was *roaring* applause for the guy who brought a dozen rolls of toilet paper for people to toss around. Clearly, in the land of the parade watchers, the man with the endless tp supply is king.Read More
I'm not joking when I say that octopus balls are my favorite kind of balls and Otafuku used to serve some of the best at small storefront on East Ninth Street that was so small that only a few people could order and drool in anticipation. It shut down some time ago, but apparently it was just to reopen down the same block as Otafuku x Medetai with an expanded menu and larger space. I had the whole place to myself when I went in today to stuff my face. The moist warm balls were almost as delicious as I remembered with the same sharply salty flavor of its special mayo and ginger. I just didn't get quite as much mayo and ginger as I remember in the best. Next time, I'm going to try the okonomiyaki.
Despite having lived in New York for six years (that seems far too long but yikes it's true), I've never seen Macy's fireworks extravaganza. This year my girlfriend and I decided to change that by heading up to the Long Island City river park and join the thousands of others lying in wait. And wow was it worth the effort. To borrow a line from Seinfeld, I can confirm that the Macy's fireworks are real and they're spectacular. It was a legit half hour of the largest explosions I've seen in real life and the sound was so loud that the echoes bouncing off the buildings behind us felt like a tank battalion chasing after Dr. Jones.
I live a few blocks from Katz's and I've eaten there only a handful of times because it really is that good and I don't want to get too fat.
It's been too hot and humid for my taste lately, but last night was the best combination of summer warmth and cool river breeze. This spot was somewhere between the first and second pier in the Brooklyn Bridge Park and I highly recommend stopping here to relax and watch the night roll in.
I've shot races for the NYRR for more than five years now but only rarely do I get to sit on the back of the lead truck and take pictures of the fastest runners.Read More
This was my first Mermaid Parade and it had lots of the skin and alcohol and laughter that I had heard so much about. But also lots and lots of kids.Read More