I couldn’t really recommend a decision that big to someone I don’t know as it doesn’t seem my place, but I have never regretted moving to New York. Sometimes the concrete is uninspiring and no where seems big enough to create the things I want to in my head and everything is constantly moving and changing and expecting you to keep up but that is the challenge of this place, and one that I want to conquer. They say if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere and I understand that now. I could have stayed in Canada or gone somewhere more my speed like an old house surrounded by forest or an apartment building between some mountains with ivy growing up the side but I live on the fourth floor of a giant renovated warehouse covered in graffiti between a high school and the Projects but everything about this place has pushed me, pushed me to be out of my element and comfort zone and work with what I’ve got and I feel that forest calling for me but it is a prize waiting for me when I have learned what I need to learn and when I make it in New York I can make it anywhere.
I’ve never gone to school for anything, and I don’t know what the future holds but I do not think I will be attending an art school. I wouldn’t mind enrolling in a couple lighting or portfolio classes here or there to get access to equipment and meet higher-ups in the industry, but I wouldn’t want to spend thousands of dollars a year to be told how I should and shouldn’t create my art when I could be making money doing what I love and improving the skills that I have chosen I want to improve. People all learn in different ways, if you don’t feel like you are reaching your full potential then I would consider an alternative route.
"Self Examination Colon A Rooftop"
I woke up at 5pm today.
All digital unless I’m using playing around with a disposable camera! I use a 5D Mark II with a 35mm.
Haven’t been good at keeping up with my diary posts lately, but here are some selects from Halloween weekend in Brooklyn.
I used to do all kinds of art, but I could never get anything to come out quite right. It was like looking at something really beautiful through a thick layer of smoke and fog, and it was incredibly frustrating. The moment I picked up a camera the fog lifted and it felt like falling in love.
May 2012 I went to see William Beckett play in Toronto thinking it was going to be like any other show I’d ever been to, however what made this show so different was the opening act: Cara Salimando, also know as Novelette. As a phenomenal singer-songwriter with amazing stage presence she stole my heart, and when she mentioned she was from New York I vowed to shoot her an email the moment I moved there in the coming month.
She responded with more enthusiasm than I could have dreamed, and immediately offered me the honor of shooting her album cover. We met at a book store in Park Slope where I was reading Peter Pan awkwardly in the backyard and trying not to be nervous. We ended up getting coffee, going to a friends gallery opening, and drinking wine together on her fire escape before the night was up and it took us six months to actually shoot anything together because we were too busy becoming amazing friends.
The point of this post is that Cara’s album has finally come out this past week and it is amazing and I am so glad to call her a friend and I wanted to share it with you all! It is called “Everything is Happening Now” and it is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and available to stream on YouTube!
This is a part of a series depicting a country girls’ transition into city life and trying to keep her child-like sense of wonder. View series HERE.
Honestly I switched to Canon because I had access to a friends Mark II for awhile and learned all the controls and loved the camera so when it came time for an upgrade it was a no-brainer. Canon-vs-Nikon is all propaganda, they’re both amazing cameras and it’s all about what you do with them that counts.