"The Life of the Mind, there is not Road map for that Territory" -Barton Fink
Seems like the whole summer was running from one place to another, I did alot of traveling, but now, back in Brooklyn, I’m running from email to editing photos, but still always moving. Seems like after spending some time in NYC, your mind learns to “always run.” I mean that in the way that even when I’m on vacation now, in Italy or where-ever, I seem to always be thinking about a new project I should do, how I can better my last project, I person I should contact, some way for me to advance myself forward. NYC just imprints in your mind that you must always be thinking like this.
Just got back from an amazing couple of weeks in France/Italy with my family. Above are photos are the Palio in Siena, Italy. A Palio is a barbaric, ancient horse race around an Italian Piazzo (Plaza). Palio’s are dangerous for horses and people, and I don’t feel very good about myself for watching it, but, photography-wise, it was cool.
Back in NYC planning to photograph a more PETA-friendly race, a marathon in the Himlayas that I’ll be shooting in November. If anyone knows a writer that would like to come along with me?
This post is always a bit embarrassing, not the photo, not that at all. Just, you know, the “I haven’t done a post on here in ages but I haven’t forgotten about you blog!” post. Like an old friend that you haven’t spoken with in ages but suddenly find a need for, the “I haven’t done anything for you in ages but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you right….?” friend.
But I really haven’t forgotten about this blog, or any of my old friends, if anything, I love them as much as ever, I’ve just been making other stuff, friend. But I do LOVE getting back in touch! Please, let’s do so, here, in Italy, in a pool, with an Italian Farmhouse behind us.
Writing this from an Italian Farmhouse, poolside.
I’ve been lacking on this blog lately, cause I’ve been paying attention to this one!
But I stumbled on this awesome video of Street Typography today that I thought was really cool. I’ll put one of my photos up here soon, but for now, watch the above video (and notice how careful he is with his feet!)
I’ve been teaching visual communication to a group of budding young minds in East New York lately. It’s been so rad. This past week, I showed the kids the work of Ike Edeani and they were pumped! They wanted to give Ike some response’s, so I stuck them in front of a camera and pressed record. Check out the video.
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I spent this past weekend in Chicago, it was, lovely. I didn’t really see Chicago though, I did, but I was mostly there just to see my mother and sister, who I hadn’t seen in a while.
Being my family again reminded me of how lucky I really am to have them. Being in Chicago reminded me that I miss the warm weather. And then coming back to New York reminded me of feeling like I was “home” again (whatever that “home” thing is).
On the Train, WinstonStruyePhoto2013
So it’s almost been 3 months since I got here to New York City, that sounds like a long time doesn’t it? It does to me to be honest. I’ve landed a temporary job for a couple weeks, but that will be over soon and I’ll be digging into the trail that I came here to build
This photo was taken on my 6:50 AM train to work in Harlem, if you know me, you know that 6:50 AM is insanely early for me, like, crazy. But I like being busy everyday, I enjoy waking up to get something done, I enjoy waking up and pushing towards something, I guess that makes me a good New Yorker doesn’t it? I would like to think Bill de Blasio would think so.
There seems to be alot of excitement for this new mayor, which is exciting. The city having been practically separated into two parallels and everyone is ready for a big, big change. Its a feeling I feel like I could compare to a certain other big election in 2008. This time I got a seat at the inauguration though, pretty cool I reckon.
Walking around we are so often looking down, ever notice that? Think about next time. Down at your feet, to the floor, think of how often you notice what your stepping onto (like trash, or an off-colored tile) , and how rarely you see what’s above you. A little thought I had as I kept looking up onto these tall NYC buildings.
It’s quite a romantic thought to be looking UP! Especially in a city where its is so easy to be pulled downwards. I’m going to make a zine soon called Up : tired of looking down.
FACES NYC, WinstonStruyePhoto2013
I’ve been walking around NYC alot lately, looking for friends, interviews, jobs, places to go. It’s such an enormous city, I know you reading this already knows that, that NYC is huge, but I mean it’s really, really big. Everyone always bumping into you, looking at you, you looking back at them. This hyper-interaction isn’t only with the people but also the buildings, the trees, the stores, the art, the signs. Everything has always got it’s eyes on you here. But whenever you stare back, whenever you ask this city for a response, an answer, a help line, all you ever really see is yourself.
BUILDING B&W, WinstonStruyePhoto2013
Been commuting from New Jersey since I arrived on this side of Mississipisisispis (how do you spell that again?) New Jersey is pretty neat I think. Coming from a desert, New Jersey is very green, but green like it’s supposed to be green (as opposed to LA, where when you see green it’s just an over-watered plant that probably isn’t native to a desert climate like Los Angeles, with the exception of cactus). It’s also quite interesting being in such “Old-America.” That may sound kinda odd, but I’ve always found Los Angeles to be intriguing in how new it is (and even more so in Australia), walking around you didn’t see alot of old houses, or old buildings, or anything that gives a sort of colonial feeling. Here in the suburbs of New Jersey, I sometimes look around and think I could be in colonial times.