Thursday, February 16, 2012

On the Street….Leaving Michael Kors, New York

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Street….West 39th St., New York

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Street… After Michael Bastian, New York

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On Photography…. Alec Soth

 

The images in your current show, Broken Manual, convey a sense of extreme distance between you and your subjects – much more so than your previous work. Will you tell us about this shift?

 

A portrait doesn’t necessarily reveal the soul of the sitter– the final picture is as much about the photographer (and the viewer) as it is about the subject. I’ve often said that when I make a portrait what I’m really photographing is the space between the sitter and myself.

 

In the case of Broken Manual, I really wanted to extend that space. The work is about distance and the longing for separation.

 

How do you make the decision to remove a subject or object from the context?

 

Every photograph of mine removes a subject or object from context– I’m not a big believer in documentary truth.

 

Everything happening outside of the frame is also lost: sound, smell, and most importantly time. If anything, photography is the art of stripping the world of its context. But of course, one does this to various degrees. With Broken Manual, I wanted to make something fragmentary and, well, broken. So I varied my approach from picture to picture.

 

How does removing these elements help to create the image that you see, regardless of the context surrounding it?

 

The idea of escape is a beautiful fantasy, but in reality it isn’t functional. We need other people, but it is still fun to fantasize. Last weekend my five-year-old son made a cardboard house– he was lone pirate in that house, but a few hours later he needed Mommy. Most of us aren’t much different.

 

Do you feel exposed when having a big opening of your work?

 

I’ve never been more nervous for a show than this one, and I’ve been trying to figure out why. I don’t think it is about my relationship with the subjects, it has to do with something more personal. I joke that Broken Manual is my midlife crisis project…but it isn’t such a joke.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Street….Broadway, New York

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

While We’re on the Subject of….Nick Sullivan, Milan

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the Street…New York Camo-Lot!

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the Scene…..Tiniest Editor At J.Crew Presentation, New York