San Sebastian is officially one of my favorite cities. It's upscale with an adventurous energy, making it a haven for culinary innovation and young travelers. We spent most of our days walking the streets, popping in and out of Pintox bars, and enjoying the beach views.
In hindsight, we traveled to Spain to begin what is sure to be a lifelong love affair with the country. Even before we left, a second trip was being written with a growing itinerary of cities to visit and tables to eat at.
My recent dive back into black and white has inspired a renewed and discerning relationship to shape, color and light, which came alive in the streets of Barcelona and the cities that followed.
Sensitive to the slight transformations of similar scenes happening around me, I found moments that signified place rather than "Spain". The images below are not sights to visit, but an act of wandering with awareness. Someone visiting Barcelona will most likely experience something akin, yet under circumstances completely their own .
Continuing below are a series of images I made more spontaneously on my Fuji X100T. I love moving between the two cameras, with the Fuji allowing me to shoot comfortably in intimate spaces and create images in a more discrete and diaristic way.
I love walking the streets of NYC at night when the car, street and store lights accentuate subjects. It feels like your very own play.
So many times I've seen objects in the subway and thought, how? why? who?
This image was created as part of an assignment about Jodie Cummings, chef and owner of Cafe Macchiatto in Newburgh, New York. Jodie mentioned how she had personally collected the dishes she uses for her restaurant and I thought it would be fun to make an image of them in case they wanted to talk about this in the article. Turns out they liked it best for the cover!
I had a unique opportunity to watch this year's Chinese New Year parade from an apartment overlooking the main route. It was a spectacular sight from this vantage point, condensing the parade into a dancing procession of colors and shapes. Next year I'm definitely going to spend some time on the street level so I can focus on the joyous faces I saw from above.
I love when the lines of commissioned and personal work blur. Photographing the opening and closing of Isabel Lewis's "Occasions and Other Occurrences" at Long Dock Park in Beacon, New York, brought together the many elements I'm inspired by in my own work; environment, human experience, spirituality, movement, connection, place.
This was a fun commission because it allowed me to be with piece for a longer period of time than if I had been there solely as visitor. Looking at the work through a photographic perspective also gave me the opportunity to contemplate the piece from new angles. As I was editing I was struck by how someone looking at the images might not be able to differentiate a visitor to the park from those performing in the piece. This was an exciting discovery!