Introducing REALTALKS

It is the beginning of a new year, and the year of the Fire Rooster in the Chinese Zodiac.  Roosters are known for their talkative and outspoken frankness, and they are happiest when they are surrounded by others.  With all that is happening in the world we are feeling drawn to community more than ever and ready to communicate and share knowledge.  We invite you to join us in a series of roundtable discussions here at BKC called REALTALKS where we invite featured guests from across the creative industries to participate in conversations about the intersection of creativity and commerce.  

Join us for: 

REALTALK 01:  Going Pro: What To Know

FRI JAN 13, 7:30 PM @ BKC 
FREE and open to the public
Lynn Guarino (Photo and video producer, Root Studios)
Jennifer Judkins (Photographer, podcaster, studio manager)

Considering becoming a creative professional?  Whether in photography, design, or other disciplines and genres, the decision to forego other more "normal" jobs in order to forge a creative career is both exciting and daunting.  Before making the leap, come join us for a no-holds-barred discussion on freelance opportunities, building your brand in the 21st century, and what to think about if you're thinking about getting serious. The first handful of REALTALKS will be free and open to the public, as we introduce our new Members program which will feature photo meetups, group critiques, challenging weekly assignments, and talks and discussions like this one to keep the creative energy flowing throughout the year.  

RSVP following this link here

John Berger's Ways of Seeing

The day before yesterday on Jan 2nd, the acclaimed art critic and writer John Berger passed away at 90 years of age.  Berger, along with director Mike Dibbs, created a now-famous series of revolutionary programming on the BBC in England in 1972 called Ways of Seeing.  The series examined a number of visual and social dynamics common to the world at the time using historical references throughout art, media and cultural study.    

The 4-part series can be viewed in its entirety on Youtube, and can be acquired in book form as well.   In Part 1, Berger discusses the role of the camera, in particular its ability to reproduce images and how that ability fundamentally changed the art object:


Of all topics covered in Ways of Seeing, the most well-cited and controversial may be the idea of the "male gaze" and the role of women as depicted in art and literature.

"Men dream of women, women dreams of themselves being dreamt of.  Men look at women, women watch themselves being looked at"
A BAFTA award-winning series with John Berger, which rapidly became regarded as one of the most influential art programmes ever made. This second programme deals with the portrayal of the female nude, an important part of the tradition of European art.

We recommend checking out Ways of Seeing as a thoughtful examination of how we see, and the symbolic meanings behind that action.  What do you think about what Berger has to say?  Do you agree with his ideas?  Feel free to respond below.

What Now?

Are you having difficulty unpacking your feelings following this particularly worrying and exhausting year?  We are too, and we'd like to set aside some time to talk.  Join us for the first of a series of informal discussions where we can speak openly about what's going on and how we are responding to the current state of affairs politically and otherwise.  We hope through these meetups we can not only express ourselves in a safe environment but channel those feelings into brainstorming new methods for creative political action.  

What now?  That's the question that's been on a lot of minds we've talked to recently.  Many of us feel powerless in the face of some very formidable forces.  Perhaps that is by design, and perhaps we are not as powerless as we think.  We have our skills, our experiences, our talent, and we will need to find new ways to bring those assets to bear.  Let's sit down and talk about it this Friday evening at our place.

Friday, December 16, 2016.  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm @ BKC
All are welcome.  This event is free.

BEAUTY : Amira


Age: 17

School: Lower Manhattan Arts Academy 

Major: Art

How do you define beauty?

To me beauty can be anything that can influence you to feel any genuine emotion. Anything that i lay my eyes on i immediately feel amazed or inspired.


How do you define your own beauty?

I define my beauty as being subtle but also strong. It is not something that i really acknowledge often but i am overall proud that it is something people can’t ignore. I do not limit the “beauty of myself” to my face but the overall comfortability of who i am, all i can be and what i was made to be. In more simple terms i define my beauty as “ black girl magic”.


photo and text by: Kiani Taylor

Meet Janay!

Janay Llanos Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

Janay Llanos Lower Manhattan Arts Academy

Hey! My name is Janay and I have such a huge interest in visual arts, itself. Being able to create such detailed pieces whether it’s from observation or my imagination is LOTS of fun. As a child, I have always loved to draw and now as a 17 year old senior, I would love to expand my horizons in visual arts.

Photography has always caught my eye, artistically in many ways. The ideas of building more creativity and seeking my hidden skills is something that I’ve always been looking forward to accomplishing. As a beginner of photography, I hope to unfold a creative eye that I may not have known i had (within visual images). Most importantly, I am honored to be working within Brooklyn Central and engaging in such an artistic community.


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