The next issue of Steady titled “Embark” is all printed, and what better way to celebrate the release of this issue than with a PARTY! Come join us this Saturday, February 2nd at Present Company Gallery, Located at 101 North 13th Street, Brooklyn NY. The Party starts at 8pm and goes to 11pm. Free Beer and Zines available, and music by Bessedof. Hope to see you there. Check out the video below filmed by Brandon Kuzma showing a little behind the scenes of the making of this issue.
Steady Zine Issue One “Subways” Now Available For Download! Get It Here!!!
Over the last couple months now, Justin Hogan, Dan Zvereff, and myself have been developing a photo zine titled “Steady“. As the reign of digital media continues to rule, Steady was founded on the desire to see photography printed. In the age where photography has been so far removed from its original, manual process, we seek to bring back the analog nature of the medium. The first issue is now available in retail stores across the city. Check the Steady site for a Retailer List. The Zine will also be available for a digital download on December 7th, so check back then if you dont get your hands on a copy.
If you havnt checked out Xavier’s site in while, get on over there. Probably one of the best street photographers out right now in the city. Always with a camera, and shooting everything. Go enjoy New York from his eye. Check It !Here!
Growing up in the village of Horseheads, located in Upstate New York, is just about the complete opposite of my current situation in NYC. Spending the better part of my days now in Brooklyn, shooting indoors in a studio environment, and scarce cruises down the street or into the city to get coffee or food with friends. My life as it was in Horseheads seems so distant.
The other day though, a small group of us headed into Long Island to skate an abandoned pool. I had never been there, or had any idea of what the location looked like. As we started getting closer and closer to the pool, I started taking notice to everything around me more than usual. Catching glimpses of what used to be… The color of the leaves, specific smells in the air, the changing light, all triggering past memories! Once at the pool, more and more memories flooded my head. I couldn’t stop them, nor did I try. I was hardly focused on the skating, and more mesmerized on how the light was breaking through the golden leaves that remained on the trees surrounding the pool. The brown stains of fallen leaves making their marks around the pool deck, gutters overflowing with random clutter. I felt as though I could go on all day reminiscing about my childhood at my grandmothers pool down the street back in Horseheads. I essentially lived there every moment of the summer days through my young teenage years. Shooting photos that day seemed like preserving the memories of my past for safe keeping. With each shutter actuation, looking down at the LCD with a grin across my face. I hope you enjoy “Pool Side In Long Island” as much as I did.
This project was suppose to go up last friday, but some other stuff came up, and this had to get pushed off for a couple days. Anyways, this is now the third installment into the “Grid It” project. The last one was Remio, and now I present to you “New York City MetroCard”
Over the last several years, I had been collecting MetroCards. Whenever one ran out, I would simply hold onto it until I got home and put it into a drawer with the rest for safe keeping. No real reason, just kind of became something I did. I originally wanted to just do a grid of those. Then after laying them all out and asking my brothers opinion, he recommended that I try and push it a little more, and see how many different types of MetroCards I could collect. So, the next few nights after that I wandered around the streets and subways for hours at a time looking for MetroCards. Asked around to several friends who grew up in the city. They all looked at me crazy when I asked for old MetroCards. I guess its not really something most hold onto. And after only being able to find a few, I knew it was time to turn to eBay. It all got a little out of hand, and before I knew it I had spent a good chunk of money on the cards. I was on a mission to try and find all of the major MetroCards, Student Cards, Photo ID, Reduced Fare, ones that had to do with NYC, and of course the rare Blue MetroCard. The Blue Card was the first of its kind, introduced in 1994. You can find this card in the top left corner of the grid, and the back of the card read, “Introducing MetroCard, Big City, Fast Card, Fare Deal”. There were so many on eBay, and I truly wanted to buy more, but after cards started getting to be $150.00, I had to stop. The grid above is the result of about a month of lurking the subways and eBay. I hope you enjoy the “New York City MetroCard” Grid.
After going into the city early on yesterday I realized everywhere I looked someone had a camera, everyone was taking the same photos. Im guilty of it, and I wanted something else. Later on I headed over to meet up with my friend Tucker at Brian Mackin, and Kevin Devine’s studio over in Williamsburg, and told them about my plan to head on over in the darkness. With Calexico, Whiskey, and Beers freshly in the stomachs of the four of us and gaining Hogan to the team we started the walk over the bridge. As we approached the halfway mark on the bridge, the darkness was upon us… literally a line of light and darkness. As we pushed on we kept staring off to midtown where the Empire State Building was the marker for where the city had power. Finally across the bridge we made a left and headed down to into the LES to explore. Being down there was such an awkward feeling. Ive skated through those streets all hours of the night, theres always a bodega open, something happening on a street corner or stoop. This time though, complete silence. It was something amazing to be able to experience. Being in one of the busiest places in the world, and feeling completely alone. Almost like the zombie apocalypse had happened and we were the only survivors. And the feeling never really left, making our way though China Town, SoHo and eventually back over the bridge. So enjoy the photos from our trip into the darkness.
After The storm had passed, and I finally had internet again, Brooklyn seemed almost untouched, but from what I saw on facebook and instragram, Manhattan had gotten worked. So Hogan, Dan, Bellerud, Solveig, and I hopped in the car and headed over to the city. The LES defiantly saw the worst of it, and downtown near wall street. With out power anywhere, meaning no street lights, you could basically drive wherever you wanted. We didnt do to much exploring, but enjoy the photos from Hurricane Sandy.
The next “Grid It” project has started. Above is a little preview of what you can expect to see. Check back later to see the grid finished.
A couple weeks back I did a grid of beer bottle caps that I had collected from my roof. And after enjoying the final product, all laid out on white. I decided that I wanted to do this with an assortment of objects. While searching for more ideas. I remembered seeing an instagram post from Remio. A grid made up of a variety of his stickers. After reaching out to him, I finally had some stickers in hand… a lot of them too. I ended up making a 9×9 grid of them all. I hope you enjoy my newest project, “Grid It” featuring REMIO! Next grid come in November… One a month?
Kevin Tierney’s part in Outdated. Guest tricks by Dave Willis. Support JP, and go Buy Outdated
Hypebeast Magazine Issue 2 is out now, but if your not able to get your hands on a copy, here are the images I shot. Everyday we are bombarded with thousands of visuals. Some good, some shit… Either way, how many of them do you actually stop and take a second look at or appreciate? If you’re an internet lurker, you probably go through 50 websites a day including an endless amount of tumblr’s. We’re all guilty of it, including myself. Filled with trendy content that for the most part you take a quick glance at and forget about it and toss to the side. My goal with creating these images for Hypebeast Magazine was to make you take the second glance, get confused and have to pay attention. And hopefully ended up saving the magazine, and not tossing it to the side. Thanks to everyone who helped out with this project, and made it possible. Enjoy the photos….