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"Being a photographer is not a state of equipment, but a state of mind."

(Originally written June 10, 2012) I had jury duty last week, and as such, I wasn't allowed to bring a camera or any other electronic equipment with me to the courthouse (so unfortunately no photos for this post). But boy was I itching for camera when lunch break hit. Warm days amongst the hubbub of Chinatown and perfect photogenic opportunities all around. No wonder why so many other photographers with varying types of...

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"Perfection is a limitation. Overcome it."
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"Perfection is a limitation. Overcome it."

(Originally written on Aufgust 27, 2012) I came up with this quote a few months ago while thinking about my transition into manual lens photography. In an era in which digital photography and autofocus lenses are commonplace, there is an expectation for images to be crystal sharp and color perfect. And while there are times when such clarity is appealing and necessary, images today can become too mechanical in their...

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Showing some love to a fellow photographer
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Showing some love to a fellow photographer

[caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Louis Riso on Governor's Island, NYC September 2013 - Photo by Osjua A. Newton[/caption] Not writing much this week. I just wanted to give a shout out to a fellow photographer and friend of mine, Louis Riso, who is currently producing and exhibiting a series of wetplate tintype photographs on Governor's Island this month. You can see Riso's photographs as well...

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Obama Eve: The Election and Re-Election Night of President Obama in Times Square and Rockefeller Center, NYC.
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Obama Eve: The Election and Re-Election Night of President Obama in Times Square and Rockefeller Center, NYC.

[caption id="attachment_1087" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Cesar Alvarez waving the American flag in Times Square after the announcement of Barack Obama's 2012 presidential re-election.[/caption] Four years ago, I, along with 200 million Americans across the United States, witnessed the historical event of an African-American male becoming the President of the United States. Yet, just hours before any one realized the...

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Celebrating My Birthday and My First 10 Years As a Photographer: Part 1
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Celebrating My Birthday and My First 10 Years As a Photographer: Part 1

Although I do not know the exact date of when I took my first photograph, I do however recognize this photo above as the moment I began my personal relationship with photography. As I turn 26-years-old today, I realize that I have been photographing my life's journey for the past 10 years. While not much in comparison to other photographers I have encounter and read about, it is nevertheless a milestone worthy of...

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Using the Five W's of Journalism to Improve Both My Photography and Life

In journalism, one of the crucial concepts of interviewing taught to reporters in order to deliver newsworthy information is to have them ask and find the answer to who, what, when, where, and why; this is otherwise known as the Five W's of Interviewing. By seeking out the answers to these five questions, a reporter can discover various angles of a story as a well as provide essential information to a reader necessary for...

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"You Don't Take Pictures With Your Eyes, You Take Them With Your Heart." - Adger Cowans.
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"You Don't Take Pictures With Your Eyes, You Take Them With Your Heart." - Adger Cowans.

[caption id="attachment_918" align="aligncenter" width="416"] Adger Cowans, photographer and friend of the late Gordon Parks, discussing the life of his friend for an exhibit being showcased on Parks at the Schomberg Library in Harlem, July 14.[/caption] Last week I went to the Schomberg Library on 138st and Lenox Avenue in New York City to see the exhibit on Gordon Parks, celebrating what would have been Parks' 100th...

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A Work In Progress - Portraits of A Maid Cafe
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A Work In Progress - Portraits of A Maid Cafe

I've been meaning to post about this project for a while. It's a quick series of portraits that I did last December and April of students from both Bronx Community College and Lehman College, respectively, dressing up for their anime-themed maid café (a cafe event in which people cosplay as maids, butlers, and Japanese anime characters). I stumbled upon doing these portraits while working on another project that I'll...

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"Just Shoot It Fox!"
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"Just Shoot It Fox!"

[caption id="attachment_901" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A woman reading something off her laptop in Chinatown, NY. Shot with a Vivitar 28mm @ f2.8 at ISO 800 at 1/6 second on an Olympus E-PL2.[/caption] For those who aren't familiar with the quote above, it is from a video game arcade flight shooter called Star Fox 64 where a character named Peppy calls out to your character to "Just shoot it Fox!" during one of the...

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A Work In Progress - Foot Traffic part 1
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A Work In Progress - Foot Traffic part 1

Welcome back folks. As you may have noticed, I've decided to add a new category to the blog called "A Work In Progress" to document my growth of my personal projects from time to time as well to hopefully gain insightful critique along the way. First up is a project that I stumbled upon and have been working on for the past six months. I call it: Foot Traffic. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The first photo...

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