During a very tumultuous time in my life I often crashed on the sofa of my old place in Flatbush. That summer was particularly brutal and we all went up on the roof in the early evening to do a photo shoot. It was…probably a very dangerous idea. A few months after this shoot the ceiling of one of the flatmates caved in during a thunderstorm. This place needed to be condemned. I don’t know who lives there anymore. But it’s fun to see these photos now that they seem forever ago.
Model: Lesley Barth
Taken 2015, Rockaway Beach, Queens
Singer-songwriter Lesley Barth and I have had a long creative partnership since I moved to NYC in 2015. She has since become one of my best friends and I’ve directed two music videos for her, as well as designed/photographed several of her album covers. We talk a lot about the creative processes we go through and check in regularly on our progress. I’m very grateful for her presence in my life.
Our very first collaboration was this shoot at Rockaway Beach one hot summer day. I brought along a white dress from my roommate’s costume stash, and she brought along some strange props. I was highly inspired by Anton Corbijn’s photo of Michael Stipe in the ocean for this series.
As we were shooting, a banner plane flew overhead, so I incorporated it into the shot. Good deals that day!
We also encountered a couple of weirdos on the beach. One said very brazenly, “Me and my buddy have a bet going on that you’re either a band or an Etsy store, and there’s money riding on it. So which one is it?”
I ended up shooting for that guy’s band too. But that’s another story. The moral of this one is, always bring interesting props to the beach!