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World of One: Odysseus’ Rock

Odysseus’ Rock (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 39 7/8″ inches | edition of 5   Girlfriend says (as she points at my yellow socks): “It bothers me!” This is my 100th blog post! While I’d like to celebrate this milestone with shameless debauchery on an epic scale, it instead looks like I’ll have to settle for buying lunch and unveiling my latest creation. Odysseus’ Rock was shot the same day as The Paradox of Choice, and was actually photographed just a little further up the street. Originally I had wanted …

World of One: The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 42 7/16″ inches | edition of 5   “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard Earlier this year, my brother introduced me to Sergio Leone’s classic gangster film Once Upon a Time in America, which tells the story of a New York City street gang during the Great Depression. When I arrived in Brooklyn, my brother sent me on a mission to find this area, and specifically this shot, which was used for …

World of One: Diligentia

Diligentia (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 47 3/4″ inches | edition of 5 Girlfriend says: “Looks like Darwin!!!” I’m alive! Apologies to my regular readers for the lack of recent updates. In my move to Brooklyn this past June, I did something I have never done since the conception of this blog: I went over a month without any updates whatsoever. When I first arrived in New York, there was a period of about a month when I wasn’t shooting anything, and was instead trying to find my bearings/frantically looking …

Popping Monsters

Popping Monster: Millions Guns   My buddy Dave (who regularly assists me as “Honorable Pusher of Buttons” on my World of One shoots), asked me recently if I’d be interested in turning him into a Popping Monster. While I am much less familiar with the intricacies of Popping than I am with Breaking, I was up for the challenge and excited to venture into new territory. Dave also insisted on making a behind the scenes video of the entire operation, which I’ve included here as well. Hope you guys enjoy! Sign up for my Secret Society and never miss a …

World of One: School of Cambridge

School of Cambridge (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 38 7/8″ inches | edition of 5   This was the most straightforward and yet most labor-intensive World of One image I have produced thus far. There are 91 frames collaged into School of Cambridge (112 before the edits), which is roughly 3 times the number of frames that have gone into any of the other works in this series. This was shot at MIT behind the Strata Center where they have this cool outdoor seating area. I’ve wanted to do a …

World of One: The Stranger

The Stranger (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 45″ inches | edition of 5   “There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night” – Albert Camus April was a crazy month, but spring is finally here and in full swing. While I originally planned to shoot this picture on the benches next to the Trinity Church in Copley Square, the events of the Boston Marathon bombing totally derailed that plan. Instead, when I shot a Kung Fu Master piece for Sifu Zhou Xuan Yun, I …

Kung Fu Master: Zhou Xuan Yun

Zhou Xuan Yun, Daoist Sword (from the series Kung Fu Masters)   Zhou Xuan Yun, Daoist Sword White (from the series Kung Fu Masters) Sifu Zhou Xuan Yun is a Master of Wudong-style (more commonly spelled Wu-Tang-style) martial arts. He grew up on Wudong Mountain, where he trained in Chinese martial arts since the early age of 10. At age 20, he left Wudong Mountain to wander as a monk for 4 years and to seek out a dialogue with other martial artists. In short, this guy (who resembles a bad guy from a Tony Jaa movie) has the classic …

World of One: Invictus

Invictus 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 43″ inches | edition of 5   “Being unconquerable lies with yourself: Being conquerable lies with your enemy.” – Sun Tzu’s the Art of War The next two pieces in the World of One, Invictus (Latin for “unconquerable”) being the first, will explore the idea of being alone in a crowd. While originally the idea was to only create one picture exploring themes of loneliness, the more I thought about it, the more my thoughts started to focus on the difference between being alone and wanting to be alone. For …

World of One: the Indecisive Battle

The Indecisive Battle (from the series World of One) 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 41″ inches | edition of 5   Above is the picture I had originally envisioned when I was shooting Painful Pleasures. Internal Destruction This image, Internal Destruction, was shot about two weeks earlier and is a previously failed attempt at creating the snowball fight of my dreams. When I completed the collage (after 12+ hours of work), I found myself grossly disappointed. Although I do see redeeming qualities about the picture, I feel like it is lacking what I like to call …

On Craneface

Craneface Craneface has been (and remains) one of my most successful images to date, which is why I shamelessly use it for just about everything. Because of its ambiguous elements, it is also one of the pictures about which I get the most questions. The practical function of a portrait is to show a person’s face, an element that acts as an emblem of individuality. However, by masking the face, as I have done in this image, one’s individuality is removed or suppressed, and exchanged for another’s. The Craneface, to me, is a juxtaposition of two different notions of work. …