The 9 Studios x BKC = Get Together

Saturday, July 13th 
6:00pm – 9:00pm 
The 9 Studios @ 317 Stagg Street (Brooklyn) 

Photo Fam! 

Mark your calendars, because we’re kicking off the summer with a super awesome get together at The 9 Studios, a full-service commercial photography studio with locations in Soho, Manhattan and Williamsburg. We’re very excited to be teaming up with The Nine to connect our students and image-making community with a professional photography environment, providing opportunities to foster career growth and a supportive network. Stay tuned for an announcement on special member benefits which you will hear about very soon… 

In the meantime, SAVE THE DATE (July 13th) and come hang with us and the fine folks at The Nine in their Brooklyn location which boasts a 40-foot Cyc wall! 

Snacks, drinks, good company and photo fun to be expected 📸

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BKC Student Spotlight: Yoon Choi

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Some of the most interesting people to photograph are located right here on our city’s subway system. Over 4.3 million people ride the subway everyday, so it’s easy to imagine what you can find. However, capturing the right moment can often be a difficult task. For one, it’s a tight space with commuters jammed in like sardines during rush hours and for two, you never know if someone will notice and how they might react. This is what makes photographing people on the subway thrilling and challenging at the same time, but BKC student and photographer, Yoon Choi makes it look like a breeze.

On inspiration and how she gets the shot:

“NYC has an unlimited resource of incredible personalities. Every time I ride the bus or train, I am fascinated by all the riders. When someone catches my attention I have a strong need to make their photo whether it's candidly or specially requested. I usually make the photo on my phone and sometimes with my Ricoh GR.  Because almost everyone is on their phones while riding, it's easy to make a photo discreetly although I have been caught once or twice but not too often. Sometimes I only have time to make one photo and other times I can make 10 and I'll pick my favorite. I truly love the people of New York!”

Below, some of Yoon’s MTA greatest hits which you can also find on her Instagram @yoon.sun.choi.

BKC Student Spotlight: Gloria Cook

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Inspired by her local produce section and the still life work of a Brooklyn artist she had admired, BKC student and photographer, Gloria Cook followed her inspiration and ended up making some amazing images of her own.

“I thought about shooting stills every time I was distracted by the unique textures of exotic fruits in the produce section,” explains Cook, who typically shoots lifestyle and fashion portraiture.

The tantalizing photo series was produced for our Embrace Your Curiosity class taught by Sally Bozzuto which challenged students to dig deep, embrace their fears, vulnerabilities and try something new through visual art. The work culminated in a wonderful group show and we are happy to share this stunning work that Gloria had contributed to it.

Follow Gloria on Instagram (@cookwithfashion) and see more of Gloria’s delightful work on her website.

PHOTOS: #BKCShoutout Bob Loudon

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BOB LOUDON

When he's not busy teaching biology to his students or looking after his new grandson, #BKCMember Bob Loudon is likely to be out exploring the city with his camera and producing lots of great images. In fact, he is one of our key members that consistently delivers thoughtful photos with unique perspectives for our monthly assignments.  Check out the interview below to learn more about Bob's interests in the environment and humanity and how it has influenced his work. 

#BKCShoutout is a weekly check-in with our students and active BKC members, posting their works-in-progress and achievements.  We hope to learn a little more about each photographer, and share about their inspiration, process and goals.  To be considered for a future #BKCShoutout, contact Lanna at lanna@wearebkc.com


Why do you make photographs?  What drives you?

As I’ve gotten older, I think what matters most are the connections we make with our humanity, with people. To me, photography is about sharing; sharing what I see when I travel to other parts of the world as well as when I walk out into my neighborhood. 

 

Who was your earliest inspiration and why?

I’m assuming photographic inspiration? Probably some of the great landscape and environmentalists photographers like Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams. I got my beginnings primarily as a landscape photographer and these two photographers, in particular, spoke to me with their love of nature and importance of protecting it. How they portrayed the essence of the natural world really and, in some cases, distant cultures not our own touched me. In recent years, a number of the great street photographers and photojournalists (Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Edouard Boubat, Eugene Richards, Peter Turnley to name a few) are centermost in my life. 

 

Name 3 things that are essential to you:

 1) Others who love me in spite of myself.

2) Minimum of two cups of coffee a day.

3) To be able to go to sleep at the end of the day feeling that I’ve made the most of my time each day. 

 

Selected Works by Bob Loudon (click to see full view)

What makes you happy?

Being a grandparent, traveling (and then coming home!), making photographs.

 

How do you prepare yourself for each day? 

Always, always coffee first before I do anything! Usually, I skim over the news (scary to do these days!), try to have at least one hour of quiet, personal time before I head out of the house (I don’t like to rush out in the morning).

 

What themes or ideas do you strive to communicate in your work?   

I think the idea of people in the context of a place or particular environment. A lot of the cityscapes/street photos I make reflect this. In recent years, I’ve been greatly affected by the work of Peter Turnley and the connections he makes with people through his photography. There is a soulfulness, a love and respect for humanity in his work. I am, only very recently, attempting to infuse my work more with these beautiful ideas. How to make photographs that people can relate to and connect with and that portray the essence of humanity: this is what I am grappling with now.

 

Complete the sentence: I've never tried it before but I would love to ...

So, I’ve never tried it but I would love to put together and publish a photo book of some of my work.  

 

What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut?

First, I put the camera down (sometimes for a few days) and I look at the work of those I admire. Then, I may just begin photographing anything. It could be a fence, the city skyline, whatever, and I try to do it in ways that I’ve never done it before. Generally, I find that pausing from my photography for a short time and then doing a project that’s very limited in scope (such as what I mentioned above) helps get me back into the flow.  

 

What 3 websites / blogs / media platforms do you visit most?

  1. Peterturnley.com
  2. Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson (facebook)
  3. Eugene Richards (facebook)
  4. Most anything ICP (International Center of Photography) related -- I know, that’s four but….

 

What’s the one most important thing you learned through BKC?

I think to not be afraid to explore and try new things. It’s not always about lenses and f-stops; to try to allow your life to inform your photography and make a human connection through my work.

 

What do you want to learn next?

Spanish! 

 

To view more work and connect with Bob: 
@bobloudon
https://bobloudonphotography.com

PHOTOS: #BKCShoutout Maria Mammina

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MARIA MAMMINA

Maria has been an active part of our BKC Community for a few years now, and has taken pretty much all of our classes.  Her interests in documentary work, particularly in current political hotbed Russia, has taken her across the world as well as deep into immigrant neighborhoods in Brooklyn like Brighton Beach.  Check out some of her work and learn about her progress below!

#BKCShoutout is a weekly check-in with our students and active BKC members, posting their works-in-progress and achievements.  We hope to learn a little more about each photographer, and share about their inspiration, process and goals.  To be considered for a future #BKCShoutout, contact Lanna lanna@wearebkc.com


Why do you make photographs?  What drives you?

I’m the traveler in my family so at first, photographs were a way to share my experiences with my far away people. Then it became a passion to learn how to make photographs well - from a technical standpoint. Now that I am comfortable with my camera, it’s to convey my ideas through an image. That’s the hardest part.

 

Who was your earliest inspiration and why?

My grandpa was the resident photographer for my family — I remember him lugging his Canon SLR (and huge flash!) everywhere when I was growing up in Florida. I think that’s what inspired me to start taking photos of everything.

 

Name 3 things that are essential to you:

  1. Quiet time
  2. Learning new things
  3. Being outside — especially near mountains or a large body of water.

 

Selected Works by Maria Mammina (click to see full view)

What makes you happy?

Cooking meals for my friends and playing with my nephew.

 

How do you prepare yourself for each day? 

Drink coffee with heavy whipping cream! But seriously my 2018 goal is to have a better morning  routine so I start the day fresh. And now that I put it in print, I have to do it.

 

What themes or ideas do you strive to communicate in your work?   

 Recently I’ve been focused on the everyday, the simple life. So much of New York City is about striving, for your career, your goals, your bank account. But in this city that values the extraordinary, the ordinary can be just as powerful and beautiful. That’s what I want my work to show.

 

Complete the sentence: I've never tried it before but I would love to ...

Write a book.

 

What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut?

Take a class at BKC :) 

 

What 3 websites / blogs / media platforms do you visit most?

  1. Absolutely love Miller Mobley’s portraiture: http://www.millermobley.com/ (I follow him on Instagram)
  2. Eurasianet.org (where I work), and especially my colleague Danil Usmanov’s work: https://eurasianet.org/search/danil%20usmanov 
  3. The Accidentally Wes Anderson account on Instagram

 

What’s the one most important thing you learned through BKC?

Too many things to write, but what I most appreciate is slowly learning to trust my own ability and my instinct for a photograph or project. It’s taking a long time, but the membership program and classes have really helped my confidence in my work.

 

What do you want to learn next?

I’ve started learning videography, and hope to create a Docuseries about Brooklyn neighborhoods with a few talented colleagues.

 

To view more work and connect with Maria
@birdonaledge
www.mariamammina.com

FRESH CUTS: Lanna Apisukh x Bust Magazine FTW

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Superstar BKC student and photographer Lanna Apisukh got her work published in Bust Magazine this week, marking another stunning accomplishment for the BKC Fam.  Check out these dreamy portraits of teen skateboarder Kabrina Adams, aka Moonbear, a founding member of NYC's all-female Skate Kitchen and young renaissance woman, part of the next gen of creative power.  

Check out the entire series on Bust.