After shooting Juan ‘the astronaut’ this weekend, I worked on a shoot entitled Inferno. My two wonderful models were great sports to put up with a smoke storm for a few hours in 96F heat. It would be hard to disagree that the shoot was anything but a convincing inferno – the Brooklyn Fire Department showed up with 2 trucks and 20 men! They were of course relieved to find that a neighbor’s call turned out to only be a fog machine. I heard later that one fireman, in particular, was disappointed that he couldn’t join the shoot. But after the trucks left and the smoke settled (literally), we were left with the images below.
During the summer of 2010, I was accepted to show my 6 pieces at the 2nd Annual Governor’s Island Art Fair. Over 100 independent artists (painters, videographers, sculptors, photographers and performance artists) showed their work in the former military barracks on the island. For those who have not been to the island, Manhattan extends like a finger pointing south almost directly at Governor’s Island. A 6-minute ferry brings you from downtown Manhattan or Cobble Hill, Brooklyn to the 172-acre non-residential island. This aerial shot shows how the island is undeveloped, relatively speaking to Manhattan of course.
(photo from DenverPost.com)
The island’s history is quite interesting. It is claimed to be the birthplace of the state of New York (1624). Originally called Noten Eylandt (“Island of Nuts”), Governor’s Island served as a military base as early as 1633. Over more than three and half centuries, the island has served many purposes ranging from the exclusive use by New York’s royal governors (1784), the site for holding Confederate prisoners of war (American Civil War), headquarters of the U.S. First Army (1939), U.S. Coast Guard base (1966) and now a National Historic Landmark district (1985-).
A fascinating place to visit and it was the perfect escape to see a great art show. Here are a few snaps I took from the show last September – the ferry ride over, the grounds and some images from my show.
Great success for the group show at The Invisible Dog curated by Whitney Hunter. All of the resident artists shared their most recent work. I presented my ongoing documentary collaboration with Tina Antolini called Musicophilia – a multimedia project that tracks musical preferences of musicophiles in NYC through images and audio interviews. Thanks to everybody for stopping by and showing their support.
Another great shoot with MARCOLIN at Divine Studios in Manhattan for
Check out the studio shoot including behind the scenes
The city is gearing up again for Fashion Week next week so I thought I would dip into the archive.