Popping Monster - Sun Kim, Buddha's Slap. Sun Kim tutting in DUMBO Brooklyn with 5 arms.

Popping Monster – Sun Kim

Popping Monster – Sun Kim, Buddha’s Slap 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10 Allow me to introduce the latest addition to my Monsters series: Popping Monster – Sun Kim!!! Sun is not only a talented dancer with legendary popping skills, but also a dance instructor, and a choreographer! Not content with conquering events such as: Step Ya Game Up 2014, Book of styles 2014, and Immortal Street Dance battle 2013. Sun has also appeared in commercials, music videos, and has even taught a Popping workshop at Princeton University. Sun is currently preparing for Who You Are, an innovative and experimental …

Popping Monster - Sun Buddha's Box. Sun Kim posing in DUMBO Brooklyn , tutting with 6 arms.

Published in Daily Mail Online Today!!!!

From my latest set of Popping Monsters – Sun, Buddha’s Box (more to come soon!) My BBoy Monsters were published in the Daily Mail UK this morning! The headline reads “How many arms and legs? Break dancers are turned into Buddhas for bizarre photography project” I guess it makes sense that this work ended up in a tabloid newspaper. But with a circulation of over 1,700,000 I’m not going to complain! With 6 days left to my indiegogo campaign, more exposure for this work is exactly what I need!!! Thank you to all my fans, contributors and collectors! Your continued …

BBoy Monster: Heat Rock 2.0

BBoy Monsters: Heat – Pharaoh 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10   If you like this work, please consider making a donation to my indiegogo campaign!!! As of this morning we are 16% funded with 22 days left!! Heat Rock, the dancer I’m presenting to you today, is a master of many styles and is known far and wide for his fantastic musicality. I met Heat as a popper many years ago before he transitioned into a full fledged BBoy. He was one of the first BBoy Monsters I ever shot, but it always bothered me how …

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji - Iaido. BBoy Jumanji posing against a grey cement wall with 6 arms making gun gestures.

BBoy Monsters: Jumanji

BBoy Monsters – Jumanji, Iaido 2016 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 17″ inches | edition of 10   Introducing the latest addition to my BBoy Monsters: Jumanji, of Floor Obsessions Crew!! Jumanji is an up and coming BBoy in the NYC scene, and is really starting to hit his stride. While I am writing this, he is currently in Salzburg, Austria, competing in the international 2 vs 2 at Circle Industry 2016. This guy is a beast! I’ve known Jumanji for about half a decade, and have witnessed firsthand his impressive dedication to the dance. His aggressive and fluid style …

Two images, both of an asian guy in a suit doing a headstand on a natural background. One on the left shot using digital, one on the right using film.

Why I Shoot Film

I often make it a big deal that I’ve shot the nearly the entirety of my World of One photo series on film. I prefer to shoot on film because it adds to the craft of the image, and also adds to the viewer’s appreciation of the piece. A smarter person might not choose to work in this way, as it is not an efficient or cost-effective method to make work, but I am passionate about the visual and artistic integrity of my art, so I stand by my decision to shoot on film. While certainly there are artistic advantages to …

Group of women with brown hair and dark jackets reading and taking notes on the front steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One women in the background in red reading lazily on her side.

Lazy Work – Visualizing Work and Play Through Art

Lazy Work 2015 If you’re anything like me, trying to find the right balance between work and leisure is a daily struggle. When I’m too focused on work, all I can think about are the things I want to do when I finish (which typically include degenerate and self-destructive activities). However, even when I have free time on my hands, I find that it is no longer “free.” Instead, I start to stress out about the work I probably should be doing, but am too lazy to get started on it. This battle between my dedication to my work and …

Man dressed in a black T shirt with a championship belt on his shoulder, staring at himself in a white button-up with a different championship belt.

Conflictus – Shooting a Muay Thai Champion

Conflictus 2015   It’s been a tough year for me production wise, and I think much of this has probably been of my own doing. My insistence on shooting film and focusing solely on one project has stifled production and handicapped my creativity. Happily, in recent weeks, I have opened up to some new ideas and am now starting to finally make some new work. Specifically, I have been taking the skills I acquired from developing my self-portraiture, and I am applying them to making portraits of others. I’ve always believed that the use of my likeness in the World …

Jealous Pride

Jealous Pride

Jealous Pride 2015 Archival Pigment Print 24 x 47 inches | edition of 5 Jealous Pride is about the fragile relationship we have with our own self-esteem. Simply put, when we’re feeling good, we’re totally unbothered by our insecurities. However, I often find that those same insecurities still linger in the dark recesses of our minds. Since I first started working on my World of One series, I’ve always thought to myself “This would probably look much better if it was a pretty girl in the picture instead of my face!” Now 5 years later, I finally have the chance to put that thought into action. …

RIP M.E.M

One of the photo world’s brightest stars, legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away this weekend. I interned in her studio the last year and a half or so, having left just this past April. So I thought now would be the best time to share some of my stories about her, both for me as a way to grieve, and also for future photographers who will never get to meet this wonderfully complicated women.   When I first moved to New York, I earned my first paycheck by assisting Mary Ellen for a parade shoot (meaning I got to follow …

World of One: the Hustler

the Hustler (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 44 1/4″ inches | edition of 5   This is what it feels like to live in New York City. Everybody is somebody here (or at least trying to be somebody), so nobody gives a shit who you are. To survive here, you have to be constantly moving forward in life. If you’re not giving it your all, then you’re falling behind. At least that’s how this city feels to me, and I’ve crafted this image to reflect those feelings. I wanted to …