I often assist my fellow photographer and friend, Steven Rosen, on his portrait and event shoots. In November he asked me to serve as second shooter at a wedding in Jersey City, New Jersey, and in March he asked me to work with him on a wedding in Maryland. I spent the morning primarily documenting the groom and his groomsmen getting ready and traveling to the church in a stretch limousine. After a beautiful ceremony, we headed to the Newton White Mansion for a lively reception complete with a Nigerian money dance.
My my mentor, friend, and fellow photographer, David Lubarsky, is moving his studio after more than 30 years in the same space. He found some old items he didn’t want to pack and move, so he offered me whatever I wanted. Now I have some antique but new-to-me light stands, a spare tripod, and some interesting background materials. I’ll start getting familiar with them in my spare time, and my first trial involved five yards of muslin and the desire to create moody lighting inspired by Tuukka Koski, a photographer I recently discovered through Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook.
I don’t do many still lifes, so the experimentation was fun. I hadn’t planned on this exercise, so I looked to create the still life from objects I had in the studio. In the refrigerator were the last four of the annual shipment of honeybells I received from my parents in Florida. The honeybell is a hybrid of a tangerine and a grapefruit and is only available for a few weeks in January. They’re delicious and exceedingly sweet and juicy. And they photograph really well!
The cookbook is total food porn, not only because of the photos, but because of the typesetting, the design, and the stories woven throughout the recipes. I’m making my way through the book, having already tried Cincinnati Chili and chocolate ice cream. Perhaps I’ll photograph the baked goods as I make them. I’ve got to burn off the calories somehow!
A few months ago, I photographed two rooms and a patio for 914 Interiors as part of an ongoing, large project. The designers completed more work in the home and invited me back to photograph the living room and dining room. Here are the results.
I’m conceptualizing a new personal photography project inspired by two brief experiences photographing tattoo artists (read about them here and here). I accompanied a friend to finish a tattoo in progress at East River Tattoo in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. My plan was to make some photos, but primarily to observe and ask a few questions to see if my idea had legs. During a chat with the tattoo artist, my thinking took a sharp turn, and I was inspired by something she said that was so much more coherent than the fuzzy concept I started with. Now I have a lot more thinking, researching, and planning to do, but I think the new direction will make a terrific project.
Match Day marks a dramatic change in the lives of graduating medical students. At exactly noon on March 21, each student of the NYU School of Medicine class of 2014 was handed an envelope containing a letter stating which hospital has accepted him or her for residency. It’s an extremely emotional experience for the students and their friends and family.
Normally the event is held in Alumni Hall at the medical school. Because of a scheduling conflict, this year Match Day was moved to Riverpark, a nearby restaurant large enough to hold everyone. To see the entire gallery of photos, visit my website.
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At the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, the first Wednesday of every month is Homo Comicus, the longest running LGBT comedy night in the country. The show presents hilarious gay and gay-friendly comics and entertainers. I photographed a recent performance emceed by Marion Grodin and featuring comics Christian Cintron, Chris Doucette, Jami Smith, Rich Kiamco, and Eddie Sarfaty.
On Sunday, March 9th, Citymeals board co-president Daniel Boulud hosted “Burgundy, Black Truffles, and Blue Jeans,” the annual benefit for Citymeals-on-Wheels. The intimate and exquisite dinner for 150 guests, co-chaired by Citymeals board vice president Robert S. Grimes, took place at Restaurant DANIEL, one of New York’s most elegant restaurants. Chef Régis Marcon, a 1995 winner of the world-renowned Bocuse d’Or competition and owner of Hôtel et Restaurant Régis et Jacques Marcon, joined Chef Boulud in the kitchen.
The event raised $828,000 for Citymeals – enough to deliver nearly 129,000 meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers. One highlight of the evening was the live auction during dessert. Nicholas Lowry, president and principle auctioneer of Swann Auction Galleries, auctioned off, among other fabulous things, a self-portrait of Chuck Close. The artwork sold for $50,000.