I recently purchased a Canon AE-1 Program, a 35mm film camera that dates back to the early 1980's. I was introduced to photography in the digital era so it was only through urban legend, folklore and the occasional movie scene that I heard about the beauties of film. Loading my first roll was anything but romantic: YouTube tutorial on the computer screen, fumbling hands, and with childlike excitement I accidentally rewound my first roll... Anyway, new roll acquired, correctly loaded and *click* ... I fell in love.
Not being able to erase an image combined with the total uncertainty of what that image looks like is a feeling that I have never felt. 1 camera. 36 exposures. Infinite possibilities.
Camera: Canon AE-1 Program | Lens: Canon FD 50mm 1.8 | Film: Kodak Ultramax 400
[circa late July 2015]
I recently completed a crowdfunding campaign video for ImageNation Soul Cinema. Tasks included shooting interviews/broll & editing archival/video reel material.
ImageNation is converting their Raw Space located at 2031 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd into a 60-seat theater, which will be used for live performances, streaming and recording. The campaign is raising $35,000 and will be running through August 28th, 2015. Find out more info & donate here: http://bit.ly/1NtVaT7
Summertime in NYC is synonymous with outdoor activities. An activity that I always look forward to is Classical Theatre of Harlem bringing Shakespeare to Marcus Garvey Park. This year it is The Tempest. Swirling with magic, romance, comedy, and the eloquent words of Shakespeare The Tempest is a delight. Secret ingredient you might ask -- a generous pinch of Harlem swag.
Times Square - where Broadway & 7th Avenue intersect. Sights, sounds, and smells swirl together to create a symphony of energy.
My first experience with the Big Apple was during high school. I accompanied my mom on a business trip and we stayed at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. While she spent the days in meetings I was down below amidst the hustle and bustle. Somewhere within that symphony of energy I fell in love.
If you live in NYC long enough you stop visiting Times Square and like cheese thrown to the rats, leave it to the tourists, dressed up oversized super heroes, and cab drivers. However, I do not subscribe to that opinion, I still feel a child like awe when I stand there in the middle of the hustle and bustle.