• Girls are Awesome: Nicola Collie

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    Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with Nicola Collie, a recent Kiwi transplant via Aus. Recently equipped with her degree from Melbourne, she’s moved here to do contemporary dance. Besides being awesome at that, she’s super chill and has travelled the world, shooting photos along the way.
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  • Girls are Awesome: In the Mountains

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    What can you do when the mountains are calling your name but the first snowfall is still months away? Walking up and down those things and taking in that sweet alpine air does the trick for me. A few weeks back my girl and I borrowed a friend’s car and took off for a weekend away from the city and tramped around New Hampshire’s White Mountains for a few days. Things went wrong, and right, and I snapped a few pics along the way. Read more →


  • Girls are Awesome: Lucinda Taffs

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    I hung out with Luci for a day last week in lower Manhattan to collaborate on a shoot for her website. I’m waiting for the rolls of film I shot to come back to post a full story over there, but in the meantime here’s a little preview. Luci is awesome because not only is she the pretty confident face in the photos, she’s also the mind behind shoots – styling and shooting some herself.  Read more →


  • Girls are Awesome: Sasa Li

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    Last week in New York I caught up with the awesome girl behind The Kimono Kid for a quick portrait. She’s been creating contemporary takes on the classic Japanese garment and just came out with a full line from her studio in Manhattan.  Read more →


  • Damn AM NYC

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    Yesterday hoards of skateboarding’s up-and-coming rippers converged on New York City’s LES skatepark for the third day in a row for this major stop on the amateur contest circuit. We stopped by to see who was hucking themselves over what and what supreme t-shirt teenagers are favoring these days. Read more →


  • 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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  • Photo of the Day

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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.

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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!


  • Photo of the Day

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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.