Adventures on the F train, Chinatown, #OWS, Queens, Brooklyn Heights & Red Hook
I took the F train from Red Hook to Chinatown (and was serenade by an awesome Mexican duo) to meet Chris Buck for lunch. He is a commercial portrait photographer I met over e-mail through high school & FB friend Andy Goldman. Andy told me about a personal project he is working on to photograph as many other people named Chris Buck as he can. I was intrigued by the project so I tracked him down and we met up for lunch in Chinatown. We had a great conversation about portraiture and the difference/fine line between commercial and fine art photography.
I had a couple of hours to kill before my shoot, so I walked down to #ows. I have been to #occupyMaine, but as part of the project I have seen
#occupyBoston from the bus, and been to #occupyProvidence as well. As many of you know, I have been following the protests and cheering them on via FB and Twitter for weeks, so I was very excited to carve out a little bit of time to go and check them out in real life during the day (I went the night before as well). . I was amazed at how different it is to experience #ows first hand, to see the community / little village that they have built, to see how organized and self sufficient they are, and my favorite part to participate in the human mic. I can tell you first hand the mass media has the group all wrong. This is not a group of dirty hippees or trust fund kids, they are not a group of violent police haters. They are a very diverse group of passionate, hearty, smart and resourceful people. They were feeding, sharing information, playing music for, dancing, meditating with anyone who wanted to join in. It is a village by the people for the people. I was also lucky enough to be there for the beginning of award winning journalists Leslie and Andrew Cockburn talk (on the people's mic!) about their film American Casino, a documentary about the subprime loans. Please watch the video below!
Then off to photograph Hampshire friend (and 1st year hallmate) Lydia in Queens. Then off to dinner and a car service back to Red Hook where I got to watch some Spanish tv.