Street Codes The neighborhood barbershop is a tight-knit community, extending from the relationships forged with the barbers themselves. It is a gathering place that is rarely a quick experience. A cut can take 20 minutes but most of the men who go to Street Codes tend to stay for hours. It is a social club, a bonding experience; they bring in their lunch, their dinner, 40s, their children. Friday nights are the busiest at the shop, cars doubled parked, music going, videos playing, chatter about current events. For the regulars, going to the barber is a weekly routine, making sure each hair is on point. A woman might swing by, usually a wife or a girlfriend, but this is a man's place, to unwind, catch up, and gossip. 

Street Codes

The neighborhood barbershop is a tight-knit community, extending from the relationships forged with the barbers themselves. It is a gathering place that is rarely a quick experience. A cut can take 20 minutes but most of the men who go to Street Codes tend to stay for hours. It is a social club, a bonding experience; they bring in their lunch, their dinner, 40s, their children. Friday nights are the busiest at the shop, cars doubled parked, music going, videos playing, chatter about current events. For the regulars, going to the barber is a weekly routine, making sure each hair is on point. A woman might swing by, usually a wife or a girlfriend, but this is a man's place, to unwind, catch up, and gossip. 

Luchadoras   Luchadoras: Lucha libre is a popular form of professional wrestling developed in Mexico characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, andhigh-flying maneuvers. So embedded is lucha libre into daily life, Arena México in Mexico City has matches every night of the week. Female wrestlers are luchadoras. Many of the women come from extended wrestling families that form their own stables, and follow in the footsteps of their fathers, husbands or brothers. Never headliners, the luchadoras serve as opening acts for the most popular male wrestlers, earning less than their male counterparts. It takes years to become a female wrestler for the Arena México. All of the women have full-time jobs—EMT, personal trainer, coffee/smoothie shop owner—and yet train 3-4 days a week with mandatory training days at Arena México gyms. Some of the luchadoras travel to the United States to compete and to coach, but more often to Japan where lucha libre is more popular.  

Luchadoras

 

Luchadoras: Lucha libre is a popular form of professional wrestling developed in Mexico characterized by colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, andhigh-flying maneuvers. So embedded is lucha libre into daily life, Arena México in Mexico City has matches every night of the week.

Female wrestlers are luchadoras. Many of the women come from extended wrestling families that form their own stables, and follow in the footsteps of their fathers, husbands or brothers. Never headliners, the luchadoras serve as opening acts for the most popular male wrestlers, earning less than their male counterparts. It takes years to become a female wrestler for the Arena México. All of the women have full-time jobs—EMT, personal trainer, coffee/smoothie shop owner—and yet train 3-4 days a week with mandatory training days at Arena México gyms. Some of the luchadoras travel to the United States to compete and to coach, but more often to Japan where lucha libre is more popular.

 

Legends Football The spectrum between women involved in traditional gridiron football and the more scantily-clad adapted version, also gave me the opportunity to examine a sport that rather dramatically desexualizes women as much as the other sport dramatically sexualizes them—an aesthetic and mental difference that is no small source of friction between the two sports, particularly as they often compete to attract the same players. What I quickly learned, and that any acute observer can see is that both sports are for aggressive athletes who train and strive to compete at the highest athletic levels.  

Legends Football

The spectrum between women involved in traditional gridiron football and the more scantily-clad adapted version, also gave me the opportunity to examine a sport that rather dramatically desexualizes women as much as the other sport dramatically sexualizes them—an aesthetic and mental difference that is no small source of friction between the two sports, particularly as they often compete to attract the same players. What I quickly learned, and that any acute observer can see is that both sports are for aggressive athletes who train and strive to compete at the highest athletic levels.

 

Women of the Gridiron Women in football was a natural offshoot of my long time interest in the duality of women participating in sports, jobs and activities that go against stereotypical views of what a woman should do or be. There are many sports that women are expected or encouraged to play, but many of the more physical contact sports that men easily inhabit are often not seen as “acceptable” for women. Sports such as roller derby and football are as much a societal as an athletic rebellion and revolution.

Women of the Gridiron

Women in football was a natural offshoot of my long time interest in the duality of women participating in sports, jobs and activities that go against stereotypical views of what a woman should do or be. There are many sports that women are expected or encouraged to play, but many of the more physical contact sports that men easily inhabit are often not seen as “acceptable” for women. Sports such as roller derby and football are as much a societal as an athletic rebellion and revolution.

Beach Clubs Within the concrete heat of New York City, there is a beach club cabana culture, something you would think existed during the 1950’s in Miami Beach. The cabanas in which people rent each summer, a seasonal community creating a home away from home for four months out of the year.  These images are from one local beach club, Silver Gull in Breezy Point New York   This subculture is a mixture of working class New Yorkers, teachers, fireman, doctors, and city workers. Each beach club has their own personality and the one beach club 40 minutes from Manhattan (according to a few long standing member’s) is the “best kept secret”.  The clubs are made up of personalized decorated rented cabanas, including refrigerators, showers, changing rooms. For the die-hard cabana lover, they have renovated to include ceiling fans, mini bars, sinks, TV including Internet, cable, microwaves, hot plates and plenty of beach inspired knick-knacks. It is a lost world compared to the movie like the Flamingo Kid.  Most these families have rented their retreat for over 40 years. Raising their children, then those children raising their own, passing on the summer nostalgic tradition. 

Beach Clubs

Within the concrete heat of New York City, there is a beach club cabana culture, something you would think existed during the 1950’s in Miami Beach. The cabanas in which people rent each summer, a seasonal community creating a home away from home for four months out of the year.  These images are from one local beach club, Silver Gull in Breezy Point New York

 

This subculture is a mixture of working class New Yorkers, teachers, fireman, doctors, and city workers. Each beach club has their own personality and the one beach club 40 minutes from Manhattan (according to a few long standing member’s) is the “best kept secret”.  The clubs are made up of personalized decorated rented cabanas, including refrigerators, showers, changing rooms. For the die-hard cabana lover, they have renovated to include ceiling fans, mini bars, sinks, TV including Internet, cable, microwaves, hot plates and plenty of beach inspired knick-knacks. It is a lost world compared to the movie like the Flamingo Kid.  Most these families have rented their retreat for over 40 years. Raising their children, then those children raising their own, passing on the summer nostalgic tradition. 

Lifeguards It would be a mistake to think that a lifeguard’s job is an easy one. Seeing lifeguards perched up on their towers, seemingly sitting around most of the day, tan and fit in their bright bathing suits: it looks like a glamourous job.  But looks can be deceiving. Coney Island beaches are the most crowded and busiest beaches in New York City. The responsibility of keeping everyone safe in the water is a tremendous one. Lifeguards train rigorously to remain in top physical shape so that when the need is greatest, they can save lives. Theirs is a job where fitness can mean the different between life and death.

Lifeguards

It would be a mistake to think that a lifeguard’s job is an easy one. Seeing lifeguards perched up on their towers, seemingly sitting around most of the day, tan and fit in their bright bathing suits: it looks like a glamourous job.  But looks can be deceiving. Coney Island beaches are the most crowded and busiest beaches in New York City. The responsibility of keeping everyone safe in the water is a tremendous one. Lifeguards train rigorously to remain in top physical shape so that when the need is greatest, they can save lives. Theirs is a job where fitness can mean the different between life and death.

Fundraisers & Benefits  

Fundraisers & Benefits

 

Naturalists I have been using the collodion process to photograph public and private naturalist communities throughout the mid-Atlantic region, particularly focusing on communities from West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. My life’s work has always returned to the subject of “community” and I have particularly sought to study communities that people form outside of societal norms. Marrying my study of naturalist communities with the collodion process is born of my appreciation that bodies are not perfect, each body has beauty in its imperfections. Similarly, the collodion process is not perfect, and each wet plate holds artistic beauty in its imperfections. Collodion process nudes in natural settings also are unanchored by any sense of time or era, and so take on a timelessness that allows the viewer to come closer to the imperfection and beauty of each subject as well as the imperfection and beauty of each wet plate.

Naturalists

I have been using the collodion process to photograph public and private naturalist communities throughout the mid-Atlantic region, particularly focusing on communities from West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. My life’s work has always returned to the subject of “community” and I have particularly sought to study communities that people form outside of societal norms. Marrying my study of naturalist communities with the collodion process is born of my appreciation that bodies are not perfect, each body has beauty in its imperfections. Similarly, the collodion process is not perfect, and each wet plate holds artistic beauty in its imperfections. Collodion process nudes in natural settings also are unanchored by any sense of time or era, and so take on a timelessness that allows the viewer to come closer to the imperfection and beauty of each subject as well as the imperfection and beauty of each wet plate.