"The Life of the Mind, there is not Road map for that Territory" -Barton Fink
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.
TWO INTERESTING MEN IN NYC, WinstonStruyePhoto 2013
I kinda hate doing what others have already done, makes me feel kinda dirty, especially when others have already done it alot before, like alot, alot. So when I walk around New York City (side-note, moved here last week) with a camera hanging off my shoulder, I can’t help but think that everyone is looking at me and thinking “Another Bill Cunningham/Satorialist/Humans of New York/street-scene photographer thinking he can make something in NY ….. ick.” Now, chances are, not a single person actually thinks that, and I’m most likely just being overtly self-conscious by saying that but still, when I see someone walking around the streets of NYC with a camera around their shoulder that’s what I think.
But when in Rome! Look at those guys, too good to pass up. I thought about getting their names but these two kind-looking men were talking about “smashing people up in the ghetto,” so I simply left them with some good day wishes.
SURFER AND WAVE, MIND AND THOUGHTS, WinstonStruyePhoto2013
There’s something about this photo hey? I mean, I guess it’s kinda boring, but maybe exciting in “wish I could relive that moment” sort-of-way also? I’ve been trying to save up like crazy for a move to big apple lately, just working my soul away, living a boring existence while I’m trying to save this much. But it’s also kinda exciting about thinking what I’m do when I’ve got enough money to just say “screw it, I’m leaving NOW” ….. can’t wait for that moment.
PATTERNS IN THE GROUND, WinstonStruyePhoto2013
When looking for patterns, do you think it’s better to run towards them or run away from them? (This question can obviously be taken in a literal, figurative, or philosophical way. And can be applied to art, business, or life. It’s intention was probably to be taking in the emotional realm, but I won’t be upset if you chose to take it another way.)
VENICE STREET VENDOR, WinstonStruyePhoto2013
Currently writing to you as a member of the “Totally un-employed University Graduate” club. Can’t say I’m enjoying being a part of it an the more I send out resumes with-out getting responses to them the more it seems like I’ll be a yearly member (frown face).
I found this guy in Venice the other day while I continue to shoot my Venice Skatepark series. He seemed pretty stoked on his job. Should have gotten his name.