Oh Gowanus, how do I love thee. And how much do I love the families who eschew the broken glass and random city detritus to romp with me in this little corner of photography paradise.
We held this session In the morning haze of sun, along the beautiful banks of the Gowanus. Some day this whole area will be turned inside out, redeveloped, cleaned up. Not sure if I'll like it better that way.
At this time of day, the sun reflects off the canal and bounces the most beautiful light into the air. I do love the gritty industrial environment, the colors and textures, but more than that I love the light. For this session, I played with shooting through things again - LED lights, prisms, a plastic bag, and also experimented with double exposures. I pulled out my 24mm which had been collecting dust this past year. It's a tricky but exceedingly fun lens to use with portraits. This was also the first time in a long time that I worked with a single subject. This girl has confidence pulsing through her veins. I'm thankful to have carved out time to work on these personal projects. Good for the spirit. My next adventure - analog - bring out the film!
Before there were five, we spent a morning galavanting through the back streets of this ever changing set of blocks. Some of the buildings are now gone, shuffleboard has arrived, and like this family, the street art continues to evolve. What hasn't changed? The fun I have hanging out with this crew.
Thank you, awesome families, for spending your morning with me along the banks of the surprisingly not stinky Gowanus! This part of Brooklyn is changing quickly. Glad to be able to capture it while it's still so colorful. Missed out on a mini session this fall? I'll be doing the next set in spring 2016. Sign up for my mailing list to get the inside scoop.