” I think polished and put together can fun, quirky and even daring.”
- Misha Nonoo
New York Cottages & Gardens is a new addition to Cottages & Gardens (Hamptons and Connecticut) Publications. A recent shoot featuring the apartment of decorator Christina Murphy. With the new title comes a redefinition of ”cottage”. The story can be found here on the NYC&G website.
Profile of furniture designer Richard Wrightman in his studio in Long Island City, Queens.
Soft spoken and private, I felt Richard Wrightman would not be comfortable in front of the camera with a mic in his face.
But he had an interesting backstory to tell. This came out as we walked around the Metropolitan Building, a funky and popular studio that houses his basement workspace in Long Island City. I chose to record his story off camera and have his narrative play over the video instead. I took advantage of the roof views, which give the video it’s sense of place. We both agreed a bike intro would be fun, as it seems to be his main mode of transportation from his NYC apartment each day.
And I loved the quality of the light in the interior stairwells for the portrait with his dogs, his ever present studio companions.
Click here Richard Wrightman Design to view the video.
Sound was recorded by Spencer Moore
Richard Wrightman’s site
Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson are the collaborative team behind Ace & Jig, a seasonless women’s collection made from yarn-dye woven fabric. I was attracted to the backstory behind the brand. Both interned together in the fashion industry and became fast friends. They went on to design for Language NYC, and launched LaROK in 2004 to great success, before starting Ace & Jig. It’s a family operation of sorts: the company’s name is derived from their kid’s initials. I wanted to draw out a short lifestyle narrative around this story of friendship, family and fashion design. I photographed them at A&J home/studio in Brooklyn. For more of their story visit Ace & Jig.
The creative directory, FoundFolios, has an interview with me on my working methods and recent forays into the world of video. Please have a look when you get a chance.
Here is a look at a recently completed video. I wanted to do a really short video around a still life theme. I had a vague idea on paper about working with glass bottles outside and wrote notes about water, moisture, etc. A brief trip down south to visit family provided an opportunity to give it a go.
I knew I would have a hard time finding a starting point when it came time to edit. Things were left wide open, so I had many abstract clips but no declared beginning or end. After many different variations, this brief “story” eventually emerged. While I was shooting, the dance of the water brought to mind the beginning of Paul Simon’s “Can’t Run But” from Rhythm Of The Saints. It’s a great melody line and stuck in my head. I decided the song’s beginning would be a nice soundtrack.
All my video work can now be found under its own tab on the main page of my site.
Vieques: A Photographer’s Sketchbook Taylor Art Gallery Meriden, NH April 8th- May 8th, 2011 The Taylor Art Gallery will be featuring a selection of work from this sketchbook of pictures from the small Island off San Juan, Puerto Rico. The opening reception is Friday evening, April 8th. All are welcome. Please an email if you are in the area and would like directions. Sneak peek at the show’s layout go my Facebook page here.