Some Grow Up, Others Grow Down was the inaugural exhibit of Adam Lucas aka Hanksy. Adam took over an unfinished storefront at the corner of Canal and Bowery to put on an exhibit of his latest evolution of his work. In addition to shooting stills of all the pieces, I also shot the opening night for him.
Photography by Brian Luna for High Snobiety
Every night after work all last week, I assisted artist, Hanksy as part of his core 4-person crew with his latest project, Market Surplus. This is the 4th show over the past 2 years that I worked on including Best of the Worst, Surplus Candy LA and Surplus Candy LA VR. Market Surplus was a one-weekend exhibition featuring murals by 10 renowned street artists, including Faust, PixelPancho, Elle, and L’amour Supreme in the now abandoned Essex Street Market. Every piece was an overt or subtle nod to the Lower East Side.
I was there to do whatever was necessary from walking around and encouraging or assisting artists to production, assisting in lighting direction and even final touch ups as you can see in the shot in the article. I also documented the space coming to life over the week. One of my photos was the show flyer. Once again, it was an amazing experience with a lot of great, talented people.
Hearing about Chris Cornell this morning, I pulled out my copy of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge to look back at these pics. I was photo editor on this book in 2010. Having access to so many photographer’s archives of famous and unseen images was an incredible experience. What an influential era and what an incredibly talented person. RIP Chris Cornell.
Photography by Derek Von Essen
Photography by Ed Sirrs
For the 30th Anniversary of Licensed to Ill, The Metrograph Theater is running the Beastie Boys’ film, Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! for one night. The film is a live concert performance shot by 50 selected audience members at a 2004 Beastie Boys concert at Madison Square Garden. Six of those filming were experienced principle camera operators. I was one of the lucky six! Adam Yauch’s vision to have fan created content was innovative. With everyone rolling the entire time, the concert was entirely edited from all of these cameras.
The film first screened on January 6, 2006 to the fans that shot the footage and that same month it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. During a promotional performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, members of the audience were given camcorders to film the televised performance in a similar fashion to that of the film.
Intro to film:
The official music video is out for “Patrick Wavy” by Pen Ultimate. I directed the video over the summer under First Team Posse. It’s everything Pen Ultimate is, fun, energetic and entertaining! There are so many hidden gems and great moments in it.
I saw Pen Ultimate perform at a rooftop party and this song, “Patrick Wavy” really stood out to me. From it’s fun hook to the line about Patrick Swayze, it lopped in my head and made me laugh. Instantly, I had so many ideas and visuals for a video. I pitched Pen Ultimate and their manager the concept and they were down with it. I envisioned them stuck between two worlds, reality and their wavy minds. Like when moments or objects from your life creep into your dreams. From the emoji beach balls and the inflatable and neon palm trees, to the actions and gestures they make, it’s a subtle back and forth fluid play between the two worlds. Plus, I love anthropomorphism and they were down with a bit of silliness. I included a live performance so more people could see how much great energy they bring. This was their first official video showcasing them as artists and I feel that we really captured who they are.
We shot at two locations in one day; the morning on the beach in the Rockaways and the night in the back room at Forgt Me Not.
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I’m happy to announce that Audition, a film I was one of the Associate Producers on has won several awards at four recent film festivals.
2016 Manchester Film Festival Winner: Best Film Editing
2015 Lone Star Film Festival Official Selection, Winner: Best Documentary Feature Film
2015 Portland Film Festival Official Selection
2015 St. Lawrence Film Festival Official Selection
What is real love? New York filmmaker Matt Herron spent over 15 years peeling back layers of expectations and disappointments to uncover the raw essence of this inescapable emotion through his powerful new award-winning film “AUDITION.” Set in the midst of a real-life acting competition, this cautionary narrative within a documentary takes us on a provocative journey into the heart of one of the most profound questions most of us will ever face.
Last minute on a Thursday night, I was asked to help shoot video of a live performance for Harry Fraud’s SRFSCHL Party at The West Way. I love shooting live musical performances and always jump at the opportunity. Three of us covered this. I didn’t know Gloss Gang prior to this, but got into their vibe immediately. They brought so much enthusiasm and energy to the stage.
“I’m Feelin’ Good” by Gloss Gang
In addition to working on Wrestlemania last week, I’d pulled a double schedule of that and lending a hand with Hanksy’s Best of the Worst show. There was a very small crew with a lot to do. It was an amazing experience to be able to help with this show and to meet and work along side so many talented, sweet people. Congratulations, Hanksy!
Watch Rolling Stone’s video below and read the article HERE.
Here is the story The Hundreds put out on 4/14. Read it HERE or watch the video below.
On a frigid Sunday in October, Michael Boczon, Alex Zagey and I headed over to Bushwick to meet up with artist HOTTEA to document his installation on the Maisel building. We were meant to simply document the project entitled U U G G H H. Instead, we delved into the experience, had fun and the result is a spirited tale told by New Yorkers. Michael’s vision for this project and Clark Slater’s editing provide a look at a legendary NYC building and the “new” New York through an artist’s eyes.
In a cube truck heading to Manhattan, I squeezed into the middle seat shooting with an iPhone rig and interviewed HOTTEA about the project. I appreciate how this project freed me to be creative and thoughtful in the moment. Instead of the usual planning and executing of an idea, it was all on the fly. Like a treasure hunt of moments so exciting to capture. We all got some great footage that day. The clip after the credits makes me laugh every time I see it. And I’ve seen it probably 20 times.
Watch the video and read more about the project on HOTTEA’s vimeo page.
Director, Michael Boczon
Editor, Clark Slater
Director of Photography, Christine Reilly
Sound Mix, Andrew Pomeroy
First Camera, Michael Boczon
Second Camera, Alex Zagey
Beats, Nik Da Greek
I was recently reminded of a college project when a classmate posted photos for the B&W Challenge. I loved being in the darkroom at Kutztown and I appreciate the opportunity to relive it today. (Thanks, Greg!) I was fortunate to be in a class with some great people at the right time and I have to say it was some of the best years of my life. Something about it was special. Every piece of clothing I owned had photo chemical stains on it and I probably lost some brain cells in there. But I had a lot of freedom to explore ideas and technics and find my passion. Professor Paul Laincz pushed me in the right direction and I will always be grateful.
Here is Greg Beidleman’s post on our project and photos from the series.
Today we revisit a collaboration Christine Reilly and I did approximately 15 years ago under the pseudonym “Quentin Santo”. (Actually, I just made that up – I don’t recall the name we used.) After reading the results of an OSHA report on the KU Fine Art studios, more specifically our beloved Photography Lab, we felt the need to raise awareness of a dire need to upgrade and safe guard the facilities. These shots are part of a collage we hung up during our senior show with an actual copy of the report for students, parents and faculty to read.
Historical Time Capsule:
The year was 1999. My Canon AE1 and Polaroid 690? where my favorite go to cameras. I had yet to purchase my first cell phone. Photoshop was just upgraded to version 5.5. Mapquest directions printed on paper was our form of GPS navigation. The price of gas was $1.22. …Baby One More Time by Britney Spears was 5th on the Billboard Charts.