Becoming Somebody

  
GOAL: to be a journalist, photographer and filmmaker.

This blog is a documentary about becoming somebody.

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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

— 1 month ago
#brooklyn  #pageant  #onassignment  #FREELANCE  #bushwick 
"My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity."
Malcolm X (via feellng)

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— 2 months ago with 662 notes
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. 
!!!!!

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)

— 3 months ago with 328 notes
Working on my website at 6 am… only the best of the best will survive.

Working on my website at 6 am… only the best of the best will survive.

— 3 months ago with 3 notes
if there was a map to my mind, this is the point at which you would find me

if there was a map to my mind, this is the point at which you would find me

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— 3 months ago with 1062 notes
#motivation 
NYT LENS BLOG Portfolio Review

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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.

-B

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#justkeepswimming  #workworkwork  #justdoit  #silverlining  #newyorktimes  #portfolio  #photography  #lens blog 
"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."
Eric Thomas  (via elauxe)

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— 3 months ago with 285851 notes
#motivation  #justkeepswimming 
alanschin:

#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

alanschin:

#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

— 4 months ago with 3 notes

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

— 6 months ago
#New Year's  #New York City  #Black and White  #party  #nightlife  #kiss  #kisses  #fun 

Red Bull Sound Selects curated by AFROPUNK was an amazing show! The crowd was vibe-ing, dancing, singing along and looking damn fly!! Glad I had a camera with me (^_^). I was told to keep going to shows to build portfolios… perhaps I can get some gigs working the concert circuit 

— 7 months ago with 7 notes
#Afropunk  #red bull  #soundselect  #concert  #music hall of williamsburg  #black people  #dance  #nightlife  #NYC  #Brooklyn 
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."

 Anaïs Nin  (via imnotchaste)

TRUE!!!!

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— 7 months ago with 6249 notes
Back again

I left before even starting. I’ve wanted to come back for so long. Here I am.

-b

— 9 months ago with 1 note

The view from the top.. A perspective I share momentarily though I live at the bottom where death is real, hunger is rampant and inequality is the order of the day. Being able to transcend these levels allows me to understand how easy it is not to see, not to understand struggle. At the top is where the privileged live and where they aim to remain. Yet they know not the freedom of a choreographed release of a week’s hard work, dancing for the joy of being alive and the feeling of a heart moved by an ancient rhythm in honor of those no longer here. Today I danced for those killed by unwarranted hands. I live life full for those who cannot and I spend my days trying to expose our lack of harmony. I will never forget who I am and what others see me as… I dance unwaivered and as you call me a jungle girl. But dont forget.. It is my homeland in which you seek refuge from your self-induced coldness. It is not my fault you lack the ability to be so free. Your state of mind can’t cage me. Lol as you max out your credit cards trying to reach my level of happiness…. This prose is dedicated to the group from London who called me and my friends jungle ppl, but did not recognize their desperation to feel our heat!!! Love to all people. Peace.

— 1 year ago with 3 notes
#filmmaking The first collaboration from “The Collective”ME! behind the camera where I belong… More on THE COLLECTIVE at a later date (-_^)

#filmmaking The first collaboration from “The Collective”ME! behind the camera where I belong… More on THE COLLECTIVE at a later date (-_^)

— 1 year ago with 3 notes
1 Police Plaza… Trying to get information on the decrease murder rate in NYC from this building… Po-po, specifically the NYPD public information office, was not tryna help!!! .. Had me running around city hall looking for a report. A writer from DNAinfo gave me a few tips for cuttin through the run around so all in all it was a learning experience #journalistintraining #internship #youcandoit!! #nypd

1 Police Plaza… Trying to get information on the decrease murder rate in NYC from this building… Po-po, specifically the NYPD public information office, was not tryna help!!! .. Had me running around city hall looking for a report. A writer from DNAinfo gave me a few tips for cuttin through the run around so all in all it was a learning experience #journalistintraining #internship #youcandoit!! #nypd

— 1 year ago
#journalistintraining  #internship  #nypd  #youcandoit