Tuesday, July 05, 2016

portfolio update 2016

hi, after many months of template editing, re-scanning, re-editing scans and raw files, i made a major update to my website, the 1st in 5 years! please check it out!!! it's the most work i've ever put online all at once. it's intentionally not made for viewing on small phone screens, since viewing photos really small isn't really a "feature" to me.


Friday, June 17, 2016

stoops magazine - issue 03

i contributed these 2 photos to the latest issue of stoops magazine, issue 03, which came out in march, 2016

spike lamy - bean plant - brooklyn, new york - 2013

dylan perry - backside 180 - manhattan, new york - 2009

Friday, February 12, 2016

taylor nawrocki - layback wallie - 12" x 12" chromogenic prints

hi, i made my first color darkroom prints, and am very excited about them! i shot mostly slide film for years, which is beautiful as well, but these color prints are really something else!

taylor nawrocki - layback wallie - manhattan, new york - 2014

chromogenic print
12" x 12"
edition of 10

they're available from the 43 online store.

this photo was published in stoops magazine issue 01.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

eli reed - tws - 2009

around 2011 when i was redoing my portfolio website, i never got the PDFs of some of my favorite articles i had published. it didn’t seem too important, because at the time it still felt like everyone in skateboarding saw the magazines regularly, but i finally photographed them.

transworld skateboarding magazine - october 2009

eli and i shot these photos in 2008. he had already been killing it for years, but was still pretty underground or under the radar as they say, which i think was part of the reason it didn't come out until a year later. we drove out to boston and stayed with his mom and brother for a few days to shoot some photos, and shot some in new york. it's one of my favorites because, to me, every photo was "portfolio" worthy as well as really sick skating, and that combination was hard for me to pull off. eric stricker (RIP) backed eli and did the interview.

frontside noseblunt slide - manhattan, new york
frontside rock - boston, massachussets

switch kickflip - manhattan, new york

nollie frontside crooked grind to fakie nosegrind to forward - boston, massachussets
ollie up, wallie backside lipslide - the bronx, new york

Sunday, February 07, 2016

brooklyn article - slap magazine - 2006

around 2011 when i was redoing my portfolio website, i never got the PDFs of some of my favorite articles i had published. it didn’t seem too important, because at the time it still felt like everyone in skateboarding saw the magazines regularly, but i finally photographed them.

slap magazine - december 2006

this was an article idea i had pitched to slap. the concept and brand many of us now know as "brooklyn" was not quite what it is today. it had already started to transform towards what it is now, but it was still unfamiliar and intriguing to many of us. the ideas in the article might even be considered cliche by now.

anyway, i didn't think the article would go through, or end up getting 16 pages, since a lot of these skateboarders were not sponsored by companies that advertised in the magazines, which made it hard for skateboard magazines to give pages to them. but it ended up being one of my favorite articles, with some of my favorite skateboarders who lived in, found spots, and/or skated in brooklyn regularly. jay riggio interviewed all of the skaters and did a lovely job writing the article.

dave caddo - gap to frontside tailslide

brian brown - backside 50-50 gap to cellar door

pat smith - frontside 5-0 grind
max price - feeble stall fakie

dan pensyl - gap to frontside wallride
dustin charlton - switch frontside 360

danny falla - kickflip nose manual
jerry mraz - backside 5-0 grind

bobby puleo - backside nosegrind

james frankhouse - frontside 180

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

habitat camping skate trip - slap magazine - 2006

around 2011 when i was redoing my portfolio website, i never got the PDFs of some of my favorite articles i had published. it didn’t seem too important, because at the time it still felt like everyone in skateboarding saw the magazines regularly, but i finally photographed them.

slap magazine - october 2006

in june 2006, i had just moved into my apt in brooklyn, and i was asked to go on a skate trip with habitat down the east coast. this was like a huge deal for me. i think we camped in the woods twice, and in people's living rooms the rest of the time. kerry getz brought his xbox and tv and we plugged it into the generator we were using for lighting up skate spots at night. it was pretty weird to have a video game system by the camp fire. i also remember some of them wrapping their t-shirts around sticks and lighting them for torches as we explored the woods.

guru khalsa - frontside crooked grind - raleigh, north carolina

kerry getz - kickflip - raleigh, north carolina

tim o'connor - frontside pop shuv 5-0 grind - raleigh, north carolina
guru khalsa - backside 180 nosegrind revert - raleigh, north carolina

silas baxter-neal - backside tailslide - atlanta, georgia

tim o'connor - ollie, ollie - atlanta, georgia

guru khalsa - nollie crooked grind - atlanta, georgia

silas baxter-neal - nollie backside 180 kickflip - raleigh, north carolina

when i came back from the trip, it was early july, new york summer was in full swing. i rode my bike to pick up the film from the lab, and on the way home got caught up hanging around the city at various events and gatherings. i was carrying all the film from the trip around to all these parties and ended up at sway. it must've been one of my first few times at morrissey night, when it was always a crazy party. i think i even left my bag down at a booth while dancing for a while. i was super sketched out that someone might grab my bag by accident, or fall or sit on it and crease the film, but somehow it all worked out fine. a few months later this 16 page article came out, and it was probably the biggest feature articles i'd shot at the time.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

stoops magazine - issue 02

issue 02 of stoops magazine, the all new york city skateboard magazine, came out in november 2015. i helped with photo editing and production, and eby ghafarian handled the creative direction, as well as all the publishing business work, which is most of the work in making a magazine. there was an issue release photo show on nov 13, 2015, at salomon arts in manhattan, new york. below are the photos in stoops issue 02 that i'd shot, some i'd been saving for up to 9 years, waiting for the right place to show them, and in my opinion still hold up.

pick up a hard copy of stoops magazine at stoopsmag.com

josh wilson - frontside 50-50 grind - manhattan, new york - 2014
on the cover of stoops issue 02

rob gonzalez - ollie up, wallie out - manhattan, new york - 2006

jerry mraz - backside noseblunt - queens, new york - 2012

jack curtin - halfcab - the bronx, new york - 2014

ryan barlow - fakie ollie - brooklyn, new york - 2012

brian delatorre - ollie, ollie - manhattan, new york - 2012

clark hassler - backside 50-50 grind pop-out - brooklyn, new york - 2011

dave mitchael - backside tailslide - manhattan, new york - 2008

clint peterson - frontside rock - queens, new york - 2008

jimmy lannon - ollie - manhattan, new york - 2010

Thursday, November 19, 2015

aaron herrington - ollie double bar - tws

aaron herrington - ollie - brooklyn, new york - 2015

this photo ran in the november 2015 issue of transworld skateboarding magazine.
it's in an article about the theories of atlantis crew in new york, primarily shot by dave chami, with this photo and a great photo by pep kim.

walker ryan - ollie rail curb - bones bearings

walker ryan - ollie - manhattan, new york - 2015

this was a bones bearings ad recently.
we shot it on may 1, 2015. i remember that because it was the one year anniversary of the static iv/v premiere, which was influential enough to get me psyched to shoot skate photos a bunch more that year, and marked a kind of spring skate fever.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

german and greek interviews

i was recently interviewed on a couple websites, one in germany and one in greece. they each have a nice little slideshow of my photos from 43 or other adventures, but the automated internet translations to english don't work so well, and while i try to answer email questions as i would in a verbal conversation, some ideas i put more thought into, and wanted to share them.

this interview is from a germany site, posted on 7/17/2015:

what excites you about the subject of the nude?
to me, being naked is liberating, like getting back to nature, and your natural, free, and wild self.
when i first swam naked as an adult, especially in the daytime, i had flashbacks to being a young child, with no worries from modern society or adulthood. i also tend to get excited to photograph people i know, or know about, in interesting or extraordinary situations, and being naked together is not that ordinary in our day to day lives.

how far would you go? are there any taboos? 
i feel comfortable photographing any naked situations i can think of off the top of my head, although i may not want to show them all publicly.

when is a nude picture considered a piece of art? 
i'm not always the greatest with the label of "art". i think i could explain a bunch of situations for what makes a picture art to me, but it would take a while, and then there would inevitably be exceptions and contradictions.

who or what inspires you? are there any photographers or artists that inspires your work?
i seem to draw inspiration from a variety of artists working in various mediums, skateboarding, dance, video, sculpture, music, documentary photography, and friends. i wouldn't name any conclusive list, but some off the top of my head are the gx1000 crew, chairlift, blood orange, and dustin yellin.

was there any mortifying moment while you were photographing? 
from these, the only one that comes to mind is when i was naked under a waterfall with a friend, i thought it was so magical i wanted to kiss her, but she pushed me away, so i'll probably never do that again.

how important is staging and coincidence for your pictures? 
it depends on the type of shoot, but i mostly prefer not staging anything. lately i don't like to ask someone to hold still for a second, or to repeat something, which can be so normal when taking fun photos with friends.

what projects or dreams would you like to fulfill in your artistic practice?
well, i'd like to get better at surfing, shooting photos, darkroom printing, and better at pretty much anything i like doing, there's always so much to improve on.


this one is from greece, 9/4/2015:

this was the first time i'd been asked to show skateboard photography alongside other photography, so i sent this brief to them:

it's important for me to explain that i value skateboard photography differently than other photographs i make. skateboard photography is very unique and nuanced. it is far more difficult and rare for all the stars to align for great skateboarding to happen, and to be able to make a good a photo that can communicate the magic that is happening. there are countless sessions where it doesn’t all come together, and then once in a while it does. i also feel skateboard photography holds much more weight and significance to a growing population of skateboarders. to me, the photos are part of a greater history and movement, resonating messages to younger generations about pushing boundaries, questioning authority, and countering mainstream culture.

the photos of my friends, we’re having a great time escaping the city hustle. just by snapping photos here and there, there’s easily a bunch of fun photos, and you could make tons more if you sat on the sidelines and just photographed.

what makes these photos special to me are how remarkable these friends are, and the experiences that manifest when we adventure together. each of them is so unique and talented, with various pursuits in the city life, but they are also super down to venture out and monkey around in nature in a way that really opens us up to be free and weird together. we’re not the only ones out there, but finding friends that vibe with your nuanced style of exploration can be pretty rare. it wasn’t too long ago that this wasn’t part of my life, so i hope these photos can inspire others to make adventures happen.

the photos i’ve included here aren’t intended to wholly illustrate this story; the nudity is just part of the freedom we sometimes express, and these just happen to be some of my current favorite standalone photos from our escapes.

tell us a little bit about the idea behind 43 magazine.
the idea behind 43 magazine is for skateboarding to have a magazine it deserves, that helps guide it in a good direction. skateboarding is a beautiful and magical force. it can have a profound impact on one’s life, but it’s grown into this crazy commercial thing that takes so much away from what’s so great about it, and how it influences people in their early teen, formative years. beyond aesthetics, there are multiple layers of ideas that 43 stands for, and it could take quite some more elaboration to explain it all. the key ideas are written in our mission statement, and about pages on our website, and the rest hopefully translates to people when they see the magazine.

what makes a good skate magazine?
good and sensible photography, writing, design, theory, and purpose for existence.

43 is an independent, non-profit, skateboard magazine. how easy it is to survive in a competitive market environment?
it isn’t easy to go against so much of what skateboarding is doing, for example not allowing corporations like nike, converse, adidas and levis to advertise their skateboard programs, when the rest of skateboarding seems to be accepting their money in exchange for street crediblity and condoning their involvement in skateboarding.

tell us about the team of 43 magazine. what kind of people include it in your team? only skaters?
other than the contributing photographers and writers, we have a fully volunteer crew. cole giordano is the managing editor, and a few people help for things like scanning or design consultation. I think the only non-skater is our copy editor, christina cheung.

what is the most vibrant memory from your childhood about skateboarding?

i have many. lately the one that stick out is skating midtown manhattan at night when I was 15 or 16. having grown up 45 minutes north of manhattan, in a smaller city, white plains, it was such a unique site to be cruising around all these giant buildings semi-late at night.

make a top 5 of your favorite skateboarders and a short comment for everyone.
i don’t really do top lists, it’s hard to have favorite people when there are so many people.

tell us about your favorite spot in new york for skateboarding.
one of my favorites was tompkins square park, it’s a very basic flat ground meetup, skate, chill, communal spot.

as your opinion, what is the hardest skateboard trick and why? 
this is obviously a question written by someone who doesn’t skateboard.

tell us a little about your friendship with bryan derballa.
we met in san francisco in 2000. I was 17, and I went for 2 weeks to stay with some older guys from where I grew up, and skate and check out the vibe of the city. he remembers more details than I do, but I just remember meeting him and going around to spots together to try to shoot photos – I was just trying to teach myself skateboard photography. we skated a few days and I stayed over in his dorm room in berkeley. we met up once briefly in SF again in the mid 2000s. he moved to new york a few years later, but we didn’t hang too much, I was off shooting skate photos mostly, and he was i think starting to pursue professional photography. a few years ago we reconnected through more mutual skate friends who are also into cameras and swimming in nature.

think yourself as a time traveler who met your 16-year-old self. what would you say to him?
i used to really like those tv shows and movies that had time travel, like the simpons halloween episode where homer has a toaster that is a time machine, he accidentally goes back to the dinosaur times and steps on something by accident, and that’s it, but it changed the future drastically. so, i wouldn’t say anything, it could fuck things up.

i’d like the first word that came to your mind when you hear:
manhattan, coney island, water, travel, freedom, harlem, 9/11, politicians.
i don’t like these things, so i’ll just say that I like to drink and swim in water, even though most the water in the world is fucked and full of unnatural bullshit like pharmaceuticals and plastic pollution.

i like seeing and experiencing new places, but i seem to have too many ambitions and goals with work and life in new york to enjoy spending the time, money, and bullshit of airline travel, to get away from it too much. there’s so much greatness in new york, or accessible by car, from culture and civilization to woods, nature, beaches, rivers, lakes and mountains, and wonderful friends and family.

i don’t typically pay attention to politicians much, but right now i have interest in this bernie sanders guy. i hope he becomes president of the U.S.

have you ever been in greece? have you ever met a greek skateboarder?
i don’t believe i have.

could you send us a photo of something you love?
i’m including a photo from the beach this summer. it’s a slightly strange composition for me, but i love the beach, the friends in the photo, and what we’re doing.