Birds of Paradise: Lee O’Conner Book Launch & Reception (3/20)

book_party_3-20_inviteLast year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lee O’Connor, an amazing Greenpoint photographer. This Friday, she’s celebrating the launch of her visceral, enigmatic portraits at Picture Farm Gallery. You’re invited!
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Eight Outstanding Photographers with Studios in Greenpoint

As the cold rages on, you might be considering hibernating with your Netflix for a few more weeks. But before you start streaming Ida, check out what some of these eight outstanding photographers with studios in Greenpoint have been creating:

From "For Tropical Girls Who Have Considered Ethnogenesis When The Native Sun Is Remote," (2014) by Tiffany Smith

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Take Over Greenpointers Instagram This Year!

Photos by: @plusbien @thatshannon @jengphoto @ognimod @dylanandrewlappin @_gusponce @roblomblad @emilybonserj

We had such a great time inviting locals to take over our Instagram in 2014, that we decided to continue in 2015. Each week a new photographer will get the password to our Instagram account and show us their unique view of the hood.

If you want to participate – it’s super easy – just fill out this form and we will contact you to take over for one week coming up.

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Wanted! Greenpoint Store Owners Willing to be Photographed in Their Store…

Steve's Meat Market © Rosie de Belgeonne

Calling all local store owners! Can you spare a few moments to be photographed in your shop?

Greenpointers food editor Rosie de Belgeonne is embarking on a photography project with the aim of documenting as many local businesses as possible.

As we all know too well, the neighborhood is changing rapidly, so now seems like the perfect time to make a visual record of the very special community we have here in Greenpoint.

So…butchers, bakers, travel agents, hairdressers, dry cleaners…if you run ANY kind of store, Rosie would love to photograph you! Continue reading

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Opening Tonight: Matt Coats at Brouwerij Lane

Stop by Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave.) tonight for the opening of Self-Distributed: a new photo series by Matt Coats, local photographer and beer consumer, who spent his summer vacation tracking down and photographing craft brewers in NYC that self distribute their wares. For many small breweries, self distribution is a critical business move. While extremely physical and time consuming, small breweries can gain an extra 25-30% income that they would otherwise be yielding to distributors. On top of the percentage cut, self-distribution methods harken back to an old-timey era of business, when manufacturers and retailers connected on a more neighborly level.

Check out the opening tonight, Sept. 18, 7 pm-close, at Brouwerij Lane, and try some of the beers made by the makers in Matt’s work! The show will be up all month long. Some of the breweries on tap tonight include: Singlecut Beersmiths, Gun Hill Brewing Company, Finback Brewery, Transmitter Brewing, Dirck the Norseman(aka Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.), Rockaway Brewing Co., and Other Half Brewing Company.

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Happening Now: “Automonuments” at Simon/Neuman² Gallery

Untitled (close up), 2010, Digital C print, 30 x 45 © Niv Rozenberg

Writing of Manhattan at the end of the 20th century, the architect Rem Koolhaas described a new kind of monument, one “available for meaning as a billboard is for advertisement:” Continue reading

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Greenpoint Glass Inspires Mirror Selfies

Mirror, mirror on the window. Yes, window.

A white house on the corner of Lorimer Street and Norman Avenue in Greenpoint allows passersby to take selfies by means of a mirror window.

Instagram user @greenpointglass‘s feed is filling up with moments of everyday people capturing themselves by standing in front of a green, iron gate—and all for free. Since the first selfie posted on May 4th, more than 60 images have joined the feed. It’s Instagram fun at its best. Continue reading

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Enigmatic Portraits: Tal Shpanzter Photography

© Tal Shpanzter

Tal Shpanzter’s photography is ethereal and mysterious. Longtime Greenpoint resident, the photographer uses the neighborhood as an inspiration board for portraits, landscapes, and the human figure. From dreamy stills to mysterious-but-menacing photo essays, her talent is deep.

What drew me to Tal’s work is part of her artist statement: “being drawn to work that is yet undefined.” I, too, am drawn to those secret or developing moments. A small, pure piece that blossoms into something other worldly.
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Bird of Paradise: Lee O’Connor Photography

Birds of Paradise Series © Lee O'Connor

Lee O’Connor is pretty dope. Her photography chronicles a myriad, multi-layered look at women. The gaze is deep, with a attention to the complicated intricacies of identity, along with influences from high fashion and street culture.

Lee launched an indiegogo campaign to fund her latest project: a book, Birds of Paradise. In the description, she states: “This is a 64 page, softcover book, with 30 of my favorite portraits that I’ve taken since I began the series. This project is very close to my heart, and I’m really excited to share these images with the world.” With such beautiful and breathtaking photography, it’s a book that needs to be made. The campaign ends on 4/18.

I spoke with Lee about her impressive work, creating art, and living in Greenpoint.
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