I started shooting the Gotham Girls Roller Derby just as their 2008 season kicked off. My hope was to follow the season and develop a closer relationship shooting a few intense characters… haven’t yet finished the series but I want to post some of my favorite images thus far. Most of these are from the “Derbytaunt Ball” where new Roller girls were introduced to the community, a Bronx Gridlock practice at the “crash pad” practice space, and of course a few bouts (competitions). ENJOY!
My boyfriend Keith and I went to see Forest Fire perform at Zebulon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn recently. What a show, they were fantastic, as was one of the opening acts– I’d only seen her once before but she’s an incredible singer/songwriter… check out Sharon Van Etten if you enjoy the sounds of sweet, sad female singing. Here’s Sharon:
And here is Forest Fire…
I did a bit of documentary photography last spring about a seedling church that’s been started in a bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Andy Snyder, the fellow who has been trying to get these regular church-type meetings or discussion groups (you might call them) going, is a local musician (indie rock I would call it) and a philosophy professor at Brooklyn College. He’s also an ordained minister and works as a youth minister at the Park Avenue Church in Manhattan (a branch of Obama’s old home church, Trinity). I followed him for a number of Sundays, from his morning attendance at the Park Church to his afternoon meetings (and sometimes they morph into open mike nights) at CoCo’s in Greenpoint. A few favorite images from the series are shown here.
Keith and I decided to take a trip down to Asheville, NC, to visit our close friends, artist Julie Armbruster and her husband, Dave. They love living there, it’s a very unique little city in the south, great weather year round, mountains, clean air, a lot of young liberal, creative types living there and running cool businesses and restaurants…and a very vibrant and active community of artists. I had been there before and Keith had not so he was curious to see what is there to do in Asheville, North Carolina… During our stay we were attended a time-capsule burying party, played around at a public xylophone garden (so cool), engaged in a lot of ‘stopping to smell the flowers’, and of course, Julie and Dave took us bowling! Check out a few of my favorite images from the trip.
Shaheen is an extremely dedicated and talented young cellist… his mother brought him to my studio in full tuxedo with his beautiful instrument, freshly polished! I let him warm up and play for a while to get loose, then did some ‘headshots’ for his orchestra playbill image and to use in submissions for contests and whatnot. His playing was so fun to watch I asked him to let me shoot some while he was playing– these were my favorites.