A little campaign I shot last month at iCi restaurant. I highly recommend this location for photogaphers here in Brooklyn, just ask to book the parlor floor. Really versatile natural light space. As always, I am so grateful for the team of talents that put so much efforts into this unpredictable project and poured faith into my vision.
I rarely shoot Men. Not by choice, but because I just don't get contacted to work with men that much. So when Shawn contacted me for a portrait session I was thrilled. Shawn is a jazz drummer and I immediately had in mind to use a dark, dramatic style for him. Something classic that he will be able to use years down the road.
His new album with his band Shawn Baltazor Quarted is soon to be released.
This week, the world of photography lost a great talent. Born British, Kate Barry found a way of life in Paris. She was often refered to as Jane Birkin's "eldest daughter". She always seemed to want to stay away from the spotlights turned onto her family most of her life, one of France's most photographed by the media. She remained discreet and unlike her sisters chose to channel her creativity behind the lens. I have a profound admiration for her sensibility, her path and her humility.
She was what most people call a 'late bloomer' finding photography in her early thirties. Rawness and the absence of artifacts was the chore of her work. All she needed was her talent to expel natural emotions out of her subjects. You could often sense melancholia or an aching mind in her photography. People who knew her say that she often found happiness in silence and solitude. She had the career and body of work I only dream of having.
She was a true inspration.
She chose to go alone. She was 46 years old.
May her tender soul rest in peace.
She leaves behind an archive of stunning images that graced countless magazines for almost two decades.
Mes hommages à la photographe Kate Barry qui s'en est allée un sombre jour de Décembre, à Paris. C'était une femme de grande sensibilité, une personalité discrète, qui aimait rester derrière le rideau, dans l'ombre de sa famille. J'ai toujours eu beaucoup d'admiration pour son travail, son oeil atypique, son regard melancholique et son talent de portraitiste.
Elle reste une grande source d'inspiration pour moi.
This year has been without a doubt driven by the desire to sharpen my craft. I think you can never consider yourself as done with the learning process, photography is just so complex and wide open. I had promised myself I would take a class of some sort before the end of the year, just to keep my creative juices flowing and learn from other professionals with different experiences and horizons. I ended up signing up for an advanced studio lighting class at the ICP. Below are some study material produced these past few weeks.
Challenging, exciting, frustrating, daunting and humbling are words that come to my mind when describing the process of the class. And I am not even half way into it yet.
Below: The exercise was to reproduce a famous shot form the movie In the mood for Love by Kar Wai Wong.