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If you feel a hankering for some fine photography (and find yourself in New York City), mosey on over to Brooklyn Bridge Park where Photoville is happening this weekend and next. There seems to be a lot of great work on display as well as some interesting talks and panel discussions scheduled. To seal the deal, there is a beer garden. And to put the icing on the cake that is the already sealed deal, some images from my Giddy Up series will be displayed on “The Fence”. “The Fence” by the way will stay up for a couple of months. Yee-Haw!

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My good pal and office mate Myriam Babin is an interior and travel photographer, who branched out a year and a half ago into the blogging business. Her blog New York Kitchen shows her photographs depicting the hustle-bustle and set-up of New York City’s restaurant kitchens. Addressing the inherent frustration that comes from seeing delicious food on a computer screen while sitting in an apartment with a fridge that has nothing but expired condiments, Myriam decided to stage an art event called “On The Line” where you can see her photography as well as taste the food from some of the restaurants shown in the images. So what better time to have a little interview with the New York Kitchenette herself.

Dirk Anschütz: First things first: How did you get started in photography?

Myriam Babin: Originally I thought I wanted to be a painter, but after taking a few classes I came to the realization that it was not meant to be. I hated waiting for the paint to dry. So I started taking photography classes during my second year in art school and was instantly hooked.

DA: How did you get into the profession?

MB:  After college I did several cross country road trips and did a photographic series of motel rooms as an art project. That’s when I became really interested in interior photography. I had a solo show of the motel images at Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art in Tucson, AZ, where I lived briefly, and a German editor came to see my show – we had met at Art Santa Fe where I had some work. He hired me to shoot some fashion spreads in upscale hotels for German Cosmo and then for GQ Germany. Then I started showing my book around and a French correspondent for Vogue France assigned me to shoot hotels, boutiques, and restaurants in New York where I had moved back to in the meantime. I started shooting travel photography when this writer became the editor in chief of Air France Madame and brought me along. At Air France Madame I had the chance to shoot travel, interiors – and restaurants – all over the world.

DA: What made you start your blog New York Kitchen.

MB: I live in New York and I wanted to have a project that would have me shooting interiors locally on a regular basis, while giving me visibility in this town that I just didn’t get from being published in Europe. The reason that I picked restaurant kitchens is that they’re utilitarian spaces that nonetheless display a vibrant culture, especially in a food-crazed town like New York. And of course it’s exciting to have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of places where I might love to eat.

DA: What equipment do you use?

MB: I shoot with a Canon 5D with a 24-105 lens. I shoot the establishing shots on a tripod and the details and action shots handheld, using available light for everything.

DA: So tell me about the upcoming event.

MB: The idea is to bring the blog to life, to bring it from virtual to actual. George Uenishi from Digital Plus (a fine printing and mounting place in Gowanus, that did the mounting for The Sultans exhibit I had earlier this year. DA) asked me if I wanted to create a show for the 411 gallery, an exhibition space that’s adjacent and connected to the Digital Plus workshop. I started thinking about how I could create something more than just a photography exhibit. I liked the idea of giving the viewers a chance to not only see images of food being created, but also to experience it. Often times a gallery space can be austere, almost sacred. For this event I want to turn it into something more lively, so I asked restaurants that I’ve photographed if they would be interested in providing food for the event and quite a few were really into the idea. During the show’s opening Market Table, El Quinto Pino, Txikito, Gramercy Tavern, and Chef Gregory Torrech (formerly of Brown and Sixth Street Kitchen) will be serving up their food, some of which will be cooked on the premises.

There will also be a silent auction where one can bid on prints from the show or on dinners at participating restaurants. All the proceeds will be donated to “Share Our Strength” a non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.

 

DA: How has the blog affected you business so far?

MB:  I’ve met lots of people including my fiancé who is a chef, and some new clients who have hired me to shoot their restaurants and menu updates.

DA: Thanks a lot for the interview and good luck with “On The Line”.

411 Gallery @ Digital Plus

411 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

To RSVP for the event Click here: www.eventbrite.com/event/2275959456

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There is a little beach in Brooklyn, between the bridges in Dumbo, that is one of my favorite spots in New York. Whenever I’m there I have this phantasy of going for a quick swim to Manhattan. So, when I was planning an urban sports shoot with my friend and Getty AD Sarah Foster, the image that popped first into my head was of course a swimmer preparing to cross the East River.

We mapped out a few more scenarios at that location and also scouted the beaches at the Far Rockaways in Brooklyn, since they were nice and deserted during a weekday. I didn’t want to pack the day too tightly since this was one of my earliest shoots with my (then) new digital back and we figured we’ll keep it easy all around by just shooting one model.

When it came time to cast I turned to trusty old Craigslist. I’m always amazed about the great talent you can find on this internet standby for apartment shares, used electronics, and sensual spankings. So, I sent the call out and got (amongst the usual fair share of weirdazoids) an email with the picture of a woman with an amazing body and in a pose that clearly shows that she knows how to run much better than the rest of us. I asked for a few more images and they were consistent with the first one. I gave her a call to see if she was available for the shoot and asked her if she was a runner.  The answer was yes.  Then I asked if she was a good runner.  The answer was yes.  Then I asked if she was a competitive runner.  Yes again.  And that kept going until I asked if she ever competed in the Olympics.  And again the answer was yes.  Then I fell off my chair.

The runner’s name was Aliann Pompei and she was an Olympic 400 m runner and a gold medal winner of the Commonwealth Games!!

We did the first shoots at the Dumbo beach and tried to cover certain variations of running, triathelon and swimming.  We worked with two assistants and Alliann provided the running wardrobe, while I brought the swim outfits.

One of the weird things about shooting sports for stock is the need to remove any logos, which in case of Adidas gear means that you have to turn them into the brand with the 2 stripes.  That always brings back childhood memories of anguished shoe store arguments with my mom who insisted that the cheaper sneakers with 2 stripes are as good as the ones with 3, and that no one would ever know the difference.  Yeah, right.

Alliann worked up a sweat in seconds thanks to a spray bottle.

We had 4 heads with regular reflectors on 2 Profoto 7bs that we positioned around the model, or as close to it without putting them in the river and the camera was a Mamiya RZ 67 with a Phase One P25 back.

One of my favs was the jump-the-city set-up.

After the Dumbo beach we drove to the Rockaways.  First was a close-up of Aliann’s legs on the boardwalk, which turned out to be much harder than anticipated.  It took us an uncomfortably long time to get the timing, focus, and lighting all in a row, but in the end we came up with an image that’s been selling surprisingly well, and I’m glad we stuck it out.

On the beach we shot with only 2 heads since the surf made it too dangerous to put the 7bs on the ground.  Each assistant carried a head and a pack and I shot on card instead of tethered.

At the end Aliann gave us a “game face” that I’ve been trying to emulate in every beer league soccer game since.

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There’s a new gallery on my website with some of the fixie (fixed gear bicycle) riders I photographed during the summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn. To my enduring surprise I actually shot still lives as part of the project, and liked it. I guess stranger things have happened, but it can’t be many.

The title “One is all you need…”refers to the fact that fixies have only one gear, just to clarify it for people living under a rock or outside of Williamsburg.

Anyways, I’ll do a post about the shoots soon and I’ll keep working on this project, so there will be more images coming.



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From the Visual Research Dept.: Frank Webster and I used to live in the same Brooklyn neighborhood  for a while, and I would recognize particular buildings, and typical vistas, mundane or trashy, that every New Yorker is familiar with, in his large paintings.   But where I would be slightly annoyed by an overgrown condo high rise going up in real life, baffled yet accustomed to sneakers hanging from overhead wires, and just plain pissed at plastic bags in trees,  I would be stunned by the melancholic beauty of Frank’s version of these things.

When it comes to making the ordinary interesting in art, many (and I mean MANY) have tried and many (MANY) have failed , but Frank Webster is the rare artist that can actually pull it off.


Frank Webster’s website

All images in this post © Frank Webster

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There is a new portfolio on my website that came out of a pro bono shoot I did earlier this summer for Upstream Arts in Minneapolis.
A blog post about the shoot will follow sometime in the (possibly near) future.

And while we’re at it, here’s a little reminder that Stephen Mallon’s show opens tonight at the Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg.

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I’m thrilled that Amber Terranova and Amanda Mauro posted my little diabolical photo novella Louise Cypher’s Suitcase on “PDN Photo of the Day” blog.

You can check out the “making of” a little further down this blog.

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