Recent Faces

I’ve taken a ton of portraits this last year and I try to keep experimenting with different styles. Sometimes the location inspires the feel of the shot, other times I use my own light and try to create a mood. I enjoy the challenges with each shoot and I am always left wishing I had more time or equipment at my disposal. This is a very broad set and there might be a re-post or two here.

 

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Charity: Blast

I was invited by charity: water‘s multimedia director, and my good friend, Mo Scarpelli, to help photograph the organization’s annual charity: ball fundraiser in New York City a few weeks ago. Happy to help and even happier for an excuse visit friends in Brooklyn, I hopped on the Amtrak and braced myself for a fast-paced weekend in the city.

When the guests started to arrive on Monday evening, seven photographers and I did slow circles around the event space for almost five hours, taking photos of everything and everyone. All told, the event raised 2.5M by the time the lights came on at 11. My camera didn’t come along to the after party (for better or for worse…) but here are some shots from the gala, held at the 69th Regiment Armory building in Manhattan. More info and photos on their blog.

Hughson Dairy Farm

During the two days we had for shooting at the Eddie Adams Workshop last weekend, I was sent to Willie Hughson’s dairy farm. I was supposed to look for a story that fell under the topic of “equality” but I just wasn’t getting that through anything I saw. So I decided to just shoot what was in front of me and let the story come. And, as I discovered just minutes ago, it did. This article from 2007 describes how Mr. Hughson is among the large group of farmers who are facing a delayed or uncertain retirement. I’ll let the photos speak from themselves but I feel like this set is a good start for telling that story.














Barnstorm

Some of you may know that last week I made an impromptu journey from Lynchburg, VA, through Brooklyn and ended up in a barn near Jeffersonville, NY. On the surface it sounds like a random road trip. However, at that barn I was among many of the top photojournalists, documentary photographers and photo editors in the world, along with 100 amazing up-and-coming shooters. The annual Eddie Adams Workshop just concluded its 24th session and I feel incredibly honored to have been a part of it. I am still a bit in disbelief, really. The four-day whirlwind will take some time to sink in – probably months – but I already know it has changed my life. The most accurate way I can describe the way it felt is to say I was embraced, physically and emotionally, by a worldwide community of peers. Acknowledged, supported, encouraged and embraced. It was like hanging out with friends I always knew I had, we just hadn’t met yet. The spirit of the group was truly energizing and believe me, I needed it; like many participants, I got about 11 hours of sleep over the three nights. But I swear I never felt it.

Driving home on Tuesday (after a refreshing five hours of sleep) I couldn’t help pulling over and just admiring the beauty of where I was. Upstate New York in the fall is legendary and the weather cooperated perfectly. It’s as if the founder himself winked at us as the sun glinted through the red and orange leaves surrounding his sanctuary.