Alley no. 138, New York, New York (2011, Brooklyn, NY, 9pm)
In March I was in NYC for the opening of my solo show at the Condé Nast bldg in Times Square. The New York Times wanted to document my work and my night shoots for a story and so I went on one of my adventures with Corey Kilgannon and Robert Stolarik, a Times reporter and photographer. With my friend Satchel Jones I had earlier scouted a stunning scene in Brooklyn, decrepitude overlooking the East River, with the Manhattan skyline in the background. I brought the journalists to the site, where unfortunately we had to crawl through a hole in the fence to get the right angle. I had been there long enough to do a polaroid test and to see what a great image this would be, when a police car abruptly rolls in and we are scolded, threatened with arrest, then booted out.
I was miserable that I would not get the shot, but amusingly, Corey was happy and told me, the story just got much better. I was determined to get the shot, but very concerned that if I tried, and the same cops caught me, I might be going for a ride to the precinct.
Almost 2 months later I’m back in the city, and with the help of photographer friend Rachel Gardam, I went back through that fence and got the image.
I’ve been shooting a lot lately. I did a southern tour and have great images coming up from Dallas TX, Birmingham AL, and Greenville SC.
Last thing: I’ve been watching this hilarious internet comedy duo, Jake and Amir, for 3 years. Here’s their latest. If you like this, they have hundreds more.