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Despite the snow coming down all over NYC this afternoon, I took a field trip up the block from my office and stopped into the Leica gallery. I had been meaning to check out the current exhibit featuring Presidential photographer Pete Souza’s iconic work for some time, and it was just fantastic.

The exhibit features 61 of Souza’s photographs from the President’s first term, many of which have become the definitive iconic images of the last four years. The gravity of last night’s election results finally hit me square in the emotion bone as I wandered the empty gallery, alone. Such a beautiful First Family we have, and so much love.

This is the last week of the exhibit, which runs through Saturday, November 11th. Weekdays the gallery is open 12-6, and 12-5 on Saturday. For address and directions, visit the gallery online here. Go! I’d love to hear what you think.

And if you can’t get enough of Souza’s work (I sure can’t), I highly recommend the National Geographic documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. More about that here!

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“Hurricane Sandy,” by Jane Kratochvil.

The last couple of days and nights have been full of anxiety and nerves as Hurricane Sandy locked in on the East Coast. Though many of us in Brooklyn were spared some of the horrible destruction and fires that Breezy Point in Queens experienced, it was still gut-wrenching. Waterfront neighborhoods like Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, DUMBO and Red Hook were all victims of heavy flooding and electrical fires. It was scary to watch the local reports and photographs come in on Twitter, but it’s so evident that social media services like Twitter have so fundamentally changed how the media works in emergencies.

Though power is (eerily) still out for a huge number of folks in Manhattan, there’s lots of amazing coverage of the storm and its aftermath. This round-up of photos on The Atlantic is a must-see, and photographs have started to pour in on our Flickr group, some of which I’ve featured below. If you have photos you’d like to see featured here, please contribute on Flickr on contact us via email directly.

My thoughts are with all those recovering from the storm. Please be safe and let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

“Manhattan, 10/30/12,” by Jonathan Percy:
Manhattan 10/30/12

“Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO,” by Barry Yanowitz:
Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO

“Fort Greene Mercedes Smash,” by Matt Nedbalsky:
Fort Greene Mercedes Smash

“Morning After Sandy,” by Vitaliy Piltser:
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“Go Away Sandy!,” by Joel Zimmer:
Go Away Sandy

“Statue of Liberty, Sandy,” by Marie Viljoen:
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“Clinton Hill Tree Down,” by Matt Nedbalsky:
Clinton Hill Tree Down

“Fallen,” by Joel Zimmer:
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“Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO,” by Barry Yanowitz:
Hurricane Sandy, the next morning in DUMBO

The Slow Summer Fade

October 24th, 2012 | Posted by Jill in a little brooklyn love | coney island | film - (3 Comments)

nothing compares to the boardwalk
brooklyn beach shop
the moon, so bright it shone like a star
oh, coney
light trails and shooting stars

I’m totally in denial. The warm weather and glorious sunshine this past weekend was such a wonderful treat, so I’m just going to pretend that summer is going to last forever. Nevermind that we’re supposed to get huge snows this winter. And when we do, I guess I’ll just have to plan a tropical getaway, now won’t I?

Back a couple of months ago at the end of August, Barry, Joel, and Richard convinced me to meet them on the boardwalk out at Coney Island in the middle of the week, just because. It doesn’t usually occur to me to go on a photo walk in the middle of the week because of my work schedule, but it was just what I needed. It was so therapeutic to stroll down the boardwalk, taking everything in and savoring every last drop of the summer. The ocean breeze was perfection.

Coney Island is so much quieter during the week, and especially so once the sun goes down. The pace of life slows the further you get from the train — the elderly couples strolling along the boardwalk, men fishing off Steeplechase Pier, the gentle lap of the waves against the shore in the dark. It was a perfect opportunity for some long exposures with my Pentax 645N. I’m still trying to get a hang of the beast — the 645 format, the digital displays, the automatic exposure settings all feel space age compared to the ancient cameras I’ve been using the last few years. I’ll get there someday.

Oh, Coney. You’re the best.

Eric Lau’s Bushwick

October 15th, 2012 | Posted by Jill in featured photographers | film - (4 Comments)

Recently I stumbled across a new set of photos from Brooklyn based designer and photographer Eric Kwan Tai Lau. Though primarily a digital shooter, surprise, surprise — he’s been returning to film! Regardless of format, his street portraits in Bushwick really caught my eye and he thankfully has allowed me to share a few of them here.

Eric has also posted a few of his thoughts about picking up the Leica M6 rangefinder over on his blog in a post entitled “Back to Analog.” He’s considering doing a longer-term project shooting street portraits in Brooklyn, and I can’t support this idea enough! His portraits are fantastic. Bravo, Eric! Can’t wait to see more. For more, keep up with Eric over on his Flickr stream!

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