• Tim Barber’s “Relations” Opening at Capricious 88

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    As I mentioned in one of my previous posts on gallery openings, usually it’s the free booze that attracts me and I get into the art afterwards (maybe). Friday was an exception where it worked the other way around. If you’re not familiar with Tim Barber then you aren’t very cultured, are you? Arguably one of the photographers of our generation, unfortunately he’s usually known as one of the naked hoodlums in Ryan McGinley’s photos.  Anyways, Tim put on a proper opening Friday – free beers from Laguinitas, free newsprint posters and impeccable prints presented on the almost too-hip walls of Capricious 88. It was a beautiful Friday evening and my nerdy friends and I got to worship at the feet of one of the best, who was sporting a blazer and mingling like a boss.

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  • “By the Olive Trees” Newsprint Release at TGIF Gallery

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    Thank God for the internet, because for years it’s allowed me to follow Michael Friberg’s work, and last weekend it informed me that he’d be showing that work in my own neighborhood. I had no idea he was in New York. After all, his most memorable series, for me, was shot out in Wyoming. I pictured Friberg as a rugged type, gallivanting around the wild west with his camera slung around his shoulder. Nope, just another Brooklyn hip cat not so unlike myself, taking selfies in front of his name on the wall. Except he successfully funded another kickstarter to get his work printed instead of loafing around drinking beers at other people’s gallery openings.

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  • “Recess” Opening at 7 Dunham in New York

    I’ll admit, I usually go to art openings for the free drinks. I got into the habit while studying in Copenhagen as I couldn’t afford to drink anywhere else, and it makes you look sophisticated. However I usually leave after having one or two (or three or four), either because the free-flowing booze runs dry or I’m sick of pretending to be interested in the stuff on the walls. Friday’s opening of “Recess” in Brooklyn’s hip South Williamsburg waterfront neighborhood got me in the door the same way, but this time amazing tunes, a good crowd and great art kept me there for the entire evening. DJ Kate Chip spun an incredible selection of vinyl for three straight hours and Brooklyn Brewery bottles lated until the last half hour.

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    Abandoned buildings on Fort Tilden Beach, New York City.

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  • New Images – Robin Nilssen


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    Amanda rocking a 5-panel during a late night in Brooklyn.

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  • Day in the Life of an Awesome Girl

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    Silja is one of the most awesome girls I know. Watch this flick by Maximillian Menacher to see what one of her typical days in New York consists of. Read more →


  • New Images – Jacqueline Kursel

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    What’s your name, age and where are you from?
    Jacqueline Kursel, 21, Madison, Wisconsin USA. Read more →


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    A man and his dog enjoy Copenhagen’s bike lanes.

    Photo by Spencer Wells


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    Dronning Louisesbro, Distortion 2012.

    Photo by Spencer Wells


  • New Images – Hannah Simone Gottschalk

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    What’s your name, age, and where are you from?
    My name is Hannah Simone Gottschalk, I’m 20 years old and I’m from Switzerland

    How has living in NYC affected your work?
    Being exposed to so many new and different people who I’ve met in the city has definitely changed my work, altering the way I perceive people and therefor portray them. The city is just full of inspiration, constantly giving me new ideas and evoking thoughts which then eventually lead to my photographs. I also think the city’s made me evolve and grow in many ways which affects me as a person and an artist.
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  • New Images – Julien Strasfeld

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    I’m proud to present the work and wisdom of Julien Strasfeld. This is a special interview for me because Julien and I regularly converse about these topics, and I believe our familiarity helped this interview to be one of the best in this series. Julien’s work is spontaneous while still being incredibly reflexive and thoughtful. I’ve been following his work for years and the effort he’s put into photography has certainly paid off. Read more →


  • New Images – Patrick Driscoll

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    After an extended summer vacation, I’m excited to bring you another installation of New Images, a series of interviews with photographers who are pushing the medium forward. This time around I’ll be writing a short introduction to each interview, and it couldn’t be easier to write something awesome about Patrick. For years I’ve seen his photos online and thought he was much older and well-known, but when I recently realized I’m older than him and that’s he’s just now getting the recognition he deserves I was taken aback. He’s bringing a really fresh approach to skateboarding, a subject that too often gets stuck using the same conventions. His innovative use of lighting and willingness to break the “rules” set his photos apart as something worth checking out even if you don’t skate.

    What’s your name, age and where are you from?
    My name is Patrick Driscoll. I’m 21, and I’m from Nowhere, USA.

    You’ve been shooting skate photos from a pretty young age and come a long way since then, how did you get into shooting and what were some influences on your progression?
    I got into shooting skateboarding photos at a pretty early age. It began when I started filming my friends skateboard when I was about 10. They both were much better than me, so I kinda hung around and filmed them do their stuff, which normally by that time it was too dark for me to skate. I really liked watching the videos I shot, and that translated into photography a few years later. I am heavily influenced by Gaberman and Pommier. They both have skateboarding images that transcend the genre and can really be appreciated by anyone. There’s a lot of skateboard photographers out there who are all about getting low and close with a fisheye to shoot a raw trick on a raw rail. While I appreciate that kind of work, it just has never really applied to me or what I think about skateboarding.


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    What’s the story behind the title of your recent series “Airplane Mode”? Can you offer any explanation for the shenanigans depicted in the series?
    The title came along while we were in the RV, bullshitting around. I like the concept of airplane mode on a phone. It’s kind of like a way to bow out of being connected at all times and enjoy what/who isn’t on your screen. I also like the fact that nobody at all ever uses the mode. You pay a lot of money to be connected at all times, and airplane mode almost exists as a type of panic room option. The series however is what one can imagine from a typical skate trip. There was a lot of skating, a lot of booze, and a lot of playing around with BB guns. I had just met a few of those guys on that trip, and they were great to travel with.


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    You were talking a few weeks ago about the not so fun parts of trying to “make it” in the world of skate photography. What’s your take on the state of the industry?
    There’s a slew of positives and negatives when it comes to working in mostly any industry. I don’t believe I was being overly negative about it, but if I was, please forgive me. It’s a great group of people that are all connected by instinctual desires to skateboard. The business side can be a little rough at times, because there’s a good mix of people who have schooling history and some with just high school diplomas or less. All in all, it’s a good place to be for someone like me right now.


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    What do you ultimately want to do with your photography?
    I’d like to continue to photograph, forever. I’m working on more promo material to send out right now, to non skate clients. I’d like to maybe work with a gallery one day. Maybe self publish some work.

    How important is instagram to you?
    Instagram is pretty funny. I like to see pretty girls on there. Next time you’re on there, click News>Following and see all of the photos your friends are liking. 9 times out of 10 it will be a girl with big boobs or some skateboarding person/item.

    A lot of your non-skating subjects seem to be somewhat random, why do you choose to take photos of certain inanimate objects?
    The still life stuff is a bit of an exploration of color and shape. I’m working on a series right now that’ll be pretty comprehensive and long. It’ll consist of images from the past 2-3 years.


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    Last words/shout-outs/thank yous?
    First off, gotta promote Worship Friendship (WoFr). I’ve seen first hand all of the work Jackson’s put in. He’s my bro for life. I’d like to thank Ryan Allan and Scott Pommier… my two favorite Canadians that have done more for me than I can really thank them for. Also gotta say something for my friend Ian Barry who recently just passed away two days ago. Ian was an awesome guy who was hard not to smile with when you were around him. Rest in peace poods!


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    Epic street musician in Lisbon.

    Photo by Spencer Wells


  • New Images – Leo Berne

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    What’s your name, age and where are you from?
    Leo 32 Paris.


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    A lot of your work is done traveling, what do you enjoy about going somewhere new?
    It sounds cliché to say but it’s true that your eyes are more attentive when you’re in new places. It’s quite hard to me to take pictures in the place I live.


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    Where are you headed to next?
    I don’t really know, I’m starting to miss Japan, I might go there in November. I would love to go to Socotra.


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    How do you approach shooting strangers in a place where you’re an outsider?
    I try not to shoot people as in a safari like some tourists do. I avoid long lenses to be close to people and not to hide, also because long lenses look quite aggressive. I try to make people notice that I’m here and I smile to them when I take the picture.


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    On your website it says you “take pictures like a tourist”, but when I look at some of your photos they seem more in line with the tradition of street photography. Why do you choose to describe your photography this way?
    It’s because I take pictures for souvenirs. I put my girlfriend and family’s pictures in the same bag as the streets and landscape pictures. In all the cases I try to make a nice or funny image that marks a part of my life. To me, that seems to be the tourist way of taking pictures.


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    It seems you almost exclusively shoot one model sometimes – do you ever feel limited shooting the same person over and over?
    For my website/flickr I take pictures in a diary way, saying that I feel limited of having one model would mean that my life is limited by being monogamous. (She is a good photographer, you can check her pics on www.mainestor.com)

    Aside, I take pictures of other models as a professional. For instance, with the collective Megaforce I belong to, we just shot the Two Door Cinema Club’s last album (“Beacon”) artwork (album and singles) and you will see that there’s an interesting model in it :)


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    Shout-outs/Thank yous/Last words?
    Thanks for being interested in my work. French kisses, american hugs and english cheers.


  • Ducktails, Julian Lynch and Ian Drennan in NYC

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    Three of the best bands in the world played a show saturday at 285 Kent in Williamsburg. Ducktails, Julian Lynch and Ian Drennan brought together their different forms of psychedelic vibes with the help of friends from Big Troubles. All will be coming out with new albums that will probably get all the buzz, so check out their music and photos from the show.


  • New Images – Amanda Kievet

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    What’s your name, age and where are you from?
    I’m Amanda Kievet, 21 years old, from the middle of Wisconsin, USA


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    How did you get into photography and develop your current style?
    A couple of years ago, a friend and I started a music blog so I began shooting shows and doing that sort of digital photography. Last winter, I was introduced to film and black and white darkroom processes and my interests changed. Six months later, I sold all of my digital equipment to pursue analogue photography, which really affected my style and perception of my subjects. I think my ‘current style’ is really dependent on my situation living abroad in Copenhagen and traveling so often. We’ll see how that changes when I get back home to the States and need to settle down again.


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    How does where you’re from impact your work?
    I’m from a fairly small town in Wisconsin surrounded by nature so my love of the outdoors and camping definitely stems from that. Also the people in my community are a continuous source of inspiration as everyone always seems to be doing something creative.


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    Foreign locations make up a big portion of your work – how do you go about shooting places so far from home?
    Going on long walks with my camera is my favorite way to see a city. I usually just pick an arbitrary destination– sometimes an attraction, but often just a recommended bakery or something– and slowly make my way there, taking in the life and culture along the way and hopefully taking some decent photographs.


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    You’ve got a number of self-portraits up, what’s the difference for you between shooting yourself and shooting someone else?
    Usually, I make self-portraits simply because there’s no one else around and I feel like shooting a person. They also allow me to experiment with ideas that I might not be comfortable asking someone else to do. I like shooting other people when I’m able to because it’s easier to pick the right moments when I’m able to stay behind the camera.


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    What can we expect from you in the second half of this year?
    Hopefully more portraits and larger negatives. As soon as I move back to the States next month, I hope to transition from 35mm into medium format. I’ll be a little more settled down that I have been this year so I want to use this time to experiment more with studio work and portraiture. That said, I’ll still be traveling this summer during a road trip out East and into Canada so I expect a lot of photos from that as well.


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    Shout-outs/thank yous/last words?
    Thank you Bitchslap, and everyone who has allowed me to take their photo.


  • New Images – Adrian Delafontaine

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    What’s your name, age, and where are you from?
    My name is Adrian, I’m 20 years old, and I’m from Copenhagen, Denmark.


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    How’s photo school going, what kind of effect have you seen in your work since you started?
    It’s going great. I’ve learned a lot about reading pictures, and how to improve on my language, so to say, which has made me much more aware of what I’m doing when I take photos. Before I came here I wasn’t really thinking that much about what I was doing, and now that I do, the stuff I make means a lot more to me, which I think you can see in the final outcome.


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    What’s the story behind your “kids” series? Seems like some pretty adult themes in there.
    It’s an ongoing series that started when I was 15 or 16, which is when I got my first camera. It’s basically just a depiction of being young, which is how a lot of people start getting into photography nowadays, taking photos of what you do as a kid, and hopefully the stuff you shoot stands out.


    from the series “spaces”

    There seems to be a kind of tension between city and country scenes in your work, especially in “spaces”, where do you like to shoot? How important is the setting for your photos?
    I like to shoot anywhere, there’s not really any place that I like more than others. I guess I feel more inspired to shoot when I’m travelling, new places are always exciting for most people. Most of the photos from the series are from a trip to the states that I went on with my friend last summer. We we’re just driving around for 2 months, and when I finally go to look through my pictures I found that there was something tying them all together, which was all the weird spaces in the places we had been. Putting my photos in bunches and giving them a title is just a nice way of getting an overview of what you are doing, but I dont feel like I’m ever done with my photos. It kind of annoys me some times.


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    How does Copenhagen play into your work, if at all?
    I think the fact that I’ve grown up in mostly cities makes me attracted to the opposite, like the suburbs or just open aired places like nature. Trees and plants is something that always seems to reoccur in my photos, and how they interfere with urban life is pretty interesting to me.

    I heard you’re working on getting a book published soon, what’s that process like? What’s the vision for the final product?
    It’s really nice, and getting to see your photos in a completed stage just gives you a good sense of achievement. You get to sit with it all by yourself and plan out how you want it to look, and It’s also really fun just to see what your photos can do to eachother, like placing two different ones together can give a whole new impression. My plan is to find a publisher that would print it, or just do it by myself, which can take forever. It’s most likely only going to be around 50-100 copies. I’m really happy with the book though.


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    Shout-outs/thank yous/last words?
    My school, mom and dad, and you guys for doing this interview, thanks.


  • New Images – Lasse Dearman

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    What’s your name, age, and where are you from?
    Lasse Dearman, 22 years old, half English half Danish, from Aarhus.

    You mentioned to me before that your old work was all digital, and you weren’t happy with it anymore. Why did you start shooting on film, what do you like about it?

    It’s actually not because I’m not happy with it, its just that I don’t think it represents me as the photographer I am now. I guess I wanted to go in new directions with my photography, I’d never shot on film before when a friend told me to buy a Yashica t4 which I did. In the beginning it was just something I did for fun besides shooting digitally, but slowly it kind of took over, and today I almost only shoot analogue, at least if I can get away with it. There are several reasons why I like shooting analogue. I prefer the raw look, and the primitive aesthetics rather than a clean photo-shopped look. But it also has a lot to do with the particular way I work when I’m shooting on film rather than digital. Shooting digital I often find myself using way too much time staring in the screen on the back of the camera to see if the settings are right, while all the action is happening right in front of me. With analogue and especially small point and shoot cameras I don’t have to worry about stuff like that, also I find it a lot easier to get closer to my target when I’m not holding a giant SLR Canon with big flash and a 24-70mm lens.


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    Punk/hardcore culture seems pretty prevalent in your work, what is it about that style you’re drawn to?
    I quite like the energy and expression, which I think is interesting to photograph. There’s usually an intense and intimate atmosphere, coming from the crowd and bands at concerts at the shows as they are usually held at small trashy venues or random rooms.


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    Could you talk a little bit about your “nothing is lost I’ve got it” series, it just says “Glasgow east end 2012″ on your site, how did you end up shooting there and what are you trying to do with it?
    Yeah, I probably should add some more text to that series sometime. I actually did it as school assignment (studying photo journalism at Journalisthøjskolen). I found this website saying stuff like, the city has the highest suicide rate in UK, highest crime rate in Scotland. That men and women living in Glasgow were more likely to die of alcohol-related death than anywhere else in the UK, the list is long. I thought it sounded interesting so I went over to see how things were in reality. When I left Aarhus, I still didn’t have any idea of what exactly I wanted to document or how. I spent all of my time in the east end of Glasgow between Calton and Shettleston which are some of the more deprived areas of Glasgow. I decided I wanted to portrait the area as I experienced it, the atmosphere as I felt it, if you can say that.


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    How do you come up with the names of the series on your website?

    Ocean view is the band, Sylvester is the guy’s name, and I got the title “Nothing is lost” from some graffiti written on a wall in Calton.

    What do you hope to do with your photography in the next few years?

    I definitely want to do more personal projects and more extensive ones than the ones I’ve done so far. Maybe spend more time working on one project rather than many small ones, and make it into a small book or zine.


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    Shout-outs/thank yous/last words?
    Shout out to my blog and thank you for putting me on.


  • New Images – Maximillian Menacher

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    What’s your name, age, and where are you from?
    My name is Maximillian Menacher, I’m 25 years old and I live in New York.

    Looking back, how much do you think going to photo school helped you become the photographer you are today?
    I think it kind of helped me, but I don’t know if it was worth the money. I think I could have just moved to New York and lived off that money and interned somewhere for six months instead of spending ten months in photo school. It helped me get to know the equipment but once I moved to New York and started working in a studio that helped even more. It did help me focus my eye and decide this is what I want to do business-wise, but I think you’re really better off getting in and assisting someone instead of going to an art institute and not really knowing where to go with it.

    How did you manage to break into the fashion scene in New York?
    I don’t know if I’d say I’ve broken into the fashion scene in New York, more of just the photo scene. What helped me do that was working for studios, assisting photographers, doing tests for the major agencies, shooting for myself and meeting the major girls and eventually getting noticed.

    You’ve kept various blogs of your own work and work that inspires you for a number of years now, what keeps you motivated to share those images on such a regular basis?
    Updating them is easy, as far my inspiration blog gunfire. Really I just like to get lost in tumblrs, there’s so much cool stuff on there and so much stuff that inspires me. Whenever I do a photo shoot I’m looking at inspiration so it helps me organize what I like on a page, so I just do it for myself. Just because people like my personal style they choose to follow me I guess. As far as my blogs of my own work, I really just update those for myself as well, I don’t really promote myself yet through those so it’s more just for me to keep track of what I’ve shot and where I’m going. I am working on a website that should be done in a month or so, as soon as I have enough work that I feel is good enough to be out there. But right now I’m not promoting myself, just because of who I work for and what I’m doing it doesn’t seem relevant yet, but soon enough.


    Your work utilizes a variety of digital and film formats – how do you choose what kind of camera to use for a shoot?
    I choose the format of camera for a specific shoot based on a look I have in mind for the shoot going into it.


    Why and how do you find so many beautiful women to shoot, what about them is it that makes you want to shoot them?
    I like to shoot beautiful women because I like to create beautiful pictures and so it helps to have the most beautiful people you can find in front of the camera. It used to be a problem for me when I lived in Minneapolis and LA but as soon as I moved to New York and started working with the major agencies it became pretty easy. Now the problem is finding clothes, so stylists, holler at me.

    Do you still make time to shoot skateboarding and/or snowboarding, or when you go out riding do you want to get away from photography?
    I do still make time to shoot skating, I’m working on a new series right now for my new website. I don’t really shoot snowboarding because if I have the opportunity to snowboard I don’t want anything to do with a camera. I do ride to get away sometimes, I skate the Chelsea skatepark in New York once a week, it’s therapy. I’ll always shoot it though I think, it’s just part of who I am.


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    Shout-outs/thank yous/last words?
    Thank you Nicole Wing for being a huge inspiration in my life and always pushing me to do better. Thank you Mariano Vivanco for allowing me to work with you, you’re an amazing photographer and a good friend. Thank you Hudson studios for supporting me, all the agencies for supporting me, and anybody who’s supported my work down the line. Thanks to everybody who’s sent me good energy, I love all of you.