Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Downtown All Star Team

Amy Shearn

Ben Gocker

Thurston Moore

Douglas McQueen

Billy Leroy

Ray Smiling

Tim Barber and Jason Nocito

Jade Townsend

Jamie Sterns

Terry Richardson

Ricky Powell

Christopher Kringle

Bill Powers

Jeremy Saulnier and Matt Porterfield

Wes Lang

Bryan Rodriguez

Minka Sicklinger

Arturo Vega

Chris Gethard

Cali Thornhill DeWitt

Allison Hester

Heron Preston

Darius Greyson

David Yow

Leo Fitzpatrick

Peter Sutherland

Nate Lowman

Jim Caviezel

Lenard Smith

Jamel Shabazz

Jamison Brosseau

William Elliot Whitmore

Schaffer the Darklord and Coolzey

Andrew Kuo

Henry Rollins

Kevin Morby

Alex Harsley

Maggie Lee
Kanye West

Tom Sachs
Weirdo Dave

Crazy Band

Raphe Evanoff

Ryan McGinley

Kevin Lips

Agata Olek

Aaron Wojack

Terrence Koh

James White

Glen O'Brien

Elle Clay and Vashtie Kola

Nate Walton

Kathleen Malay

Hank Penza

Richard Kern

Clayton Patterson

Sara Barron
Miranda July

Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of this blog. (I would say ‘humble beginning’ but that suggests there’s been an upward trajectory and that’s not very humble.) Anyway it’s been a year and I thought I would take this opportunity to thank anyone who has allowed me to take their picture and everyone that has visited and looked at a picture. I appreciate it more than you could possibly know.

Last summer I was feeling restless and cagey. I tried to figure out  what was bothering me and I was able to summarize it into a mission statement of sorts: “I want to be an active member of a creative community." I had to find a way to participate in New York rather than just watching. A year later, with 134 posts and over 1000 pictures on this blog, I still don’t consider myself a ‘member of the community’ yet, but at least I can say I’m active.

With regard to that community, I have been thrilled to meet so many people whose work I so admire. It has been incredibly gratifying to chat with you and get to know you and see your work. There are so many awesome people here doing so many interesting things. I feel very lucky that I am able to gadfly around and try to document a small part of what is going on. For this anniversary post I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures of the creative people I’ve been lucky enough to photograph in the last year.

Thanks everyone for everything forever.