I had the honor of capturing the story of documentary photographer Zun Lee’s first book, Father Figure. I hadn’t done a video in a little while, but I feel so at home behind the video camera. It was an awesome way to get back in the swing of things.
His work is truly remarkable. He will surely be one of the greats.
#on my job
#i love my job
Afropunk has been good to me lately!!
My Fall goal is to get my journalism published. With a Facebook readership of 200K+ my work is being seen by many. I am super motivated by the 4,026 likes and 763 shares from my “man on the street” about Ferguson. My second post about the Bronx Documentary Center’s book release for Father Figure for Zun Lee was also a big hit with 684 likes and 188 shares (o_O)!!!
All I want is for my work to be seen and to make a living provoking thought. This is a step in that direction..
The 2nd Annual Brooklyn’s Smallest Penis Contest was hosted by King’s County Bar in Bushwick. The competition celebrated the less-endowed with fun-hearted pagentry.
I was on assignment for The Daily Beast!! Yay!.. These are my favorite outtakes.
June 14, 2014 - Brooklyn, New York
See the story here
"My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity."
I take photos, but I am also a writer.
As I work on the home of my articles and poems, BunniSays.com, this meme is exactly what I needed to see. Forget who is watching and just be.
If I do it long enough people will notice.
(Source: outofprintclothing, via bunnisays)
Working on my website at 6 am… only the best of the best will survive.
if there was a map to my mind, this is the point at which you would find me
NYT LENS BLOG Portfolio Review
I’ve only been to two mass portfolio reviews sessions. My first review was at the Bronx Documentary Center. The positive feedback gave me the confidence that I could shoot and I was on the right track. The second was at this year’s 2nd Annual Lens Blog Review. Because it was free a portfolio review, submissions were screened. This year there were 2000 applicants. Only 150 were chosen. I was one of them.
I have always admired the work coming out of AP and Reuters so it was really important for me to have my work seen by them.
This year’s review made me aware of how much more work I need to put in to get to the international playing field where I aim to make my name.
At first round, I felt like I suffered a deep blow. No photo was safe from criticism! To be fair (to myself) these editors were people at the top news wire empires who look at amazing international work for a living! They gave me valuable perspectives into my shortcomings and how to advance. Takeaway: I have an eye, but I need the technique to back it up.
Though I did not come away with raving reviews, I got something better. Now I have a sense of where I stand in the grand scheme of things. With that I can figure out how best to move forward.
The funny thing about me is when someone tells me “NO” it makes me want the thing I am denied even more. So instead of retreating into the recesses of doubt, I want to work harder and better. I WILL be an international news wire photographer, dammit!
For a day I was in a room of young photojournalist, fine art and fashion photographers, the next generation. People coming in from all over the world, in between assignments, some who are on their way to the next far away land. AMAZING. I am a long way from where they are, but I am going to concentrate on the fact that we were all in the same room, so I can’t be so far off. This is my silver lining.
I will get there. I know I can.
"Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be."
#bronx #bronxdocumentarycenter #afterschool #photography #class #classiccamera #Nikon #oldschool #nyc #newyork #colorphotography #3rdAvenue #TheHub #portrait
Caught in the south BX photographing with my film camera (^_^). Its been a while
#New York City
#Black and White
New Year’s in NYC
It’s funny because I didn’t know where I was shooting until a few hours prior. Then it clicked… I wouldn’t be too far from Time’s Square when the ball drops. Cool.. but how would I get through all the revelers? The cops were helpful, but I had to prove (extensively) that I was working which meant continuously showing my event staff pass, gig emails and IDs so I could be escorted through the crowd to my destination (by a very kind officer) because of the tight security… Not gonna lie felt super legit bypassing all the crowd (^_^) 2pts for being a photog!!! Anywho… I always wanted to go to one of those hotel parties in Times SQ on New Year’s. I’m glad I was working, but I also partied a little.. good crowd just glad I was earning into the new year I hope it’s a good sign (^_^) T’was fun to shoot.. These are my outtakes/favorite shots
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."
I left before even starting. I’ve wanted to come back for so long. Here I am.