Shooting this apartment designed by Cristiana Mascarenhas at 15 CPW was one of my favorite New York apartments I’ve shot. It wasn’t that there were both river and park views. It wasn’t the Ellsworth Kelley’s or the Damian Hirst, or the Andy Warhol’s. Sure, all that adds to this apartment’s greatness but it was the feeling I got when I walked in for the first time and looked around each room. Every object, piece of art, and handmade piece of furniture, while beautiful in their own rite, just worked together in a way I’ve never seen. It felt so welcoming that I wanted to unpack all my bags of photo gear as if it were luggage with my life’s belongings and just start filling the drawers. Instead, I unpacked my gear and started lighting and shooting and felt lucky enough to spend the day in this apartment that for a brief moment felt like it was mine.
I was lucky enough to get a small glimpse of what beach life was like for Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. Well not exactly. I was able to see what the transformation was like from an old mess of a beach house they used to own in Water Mill to a more modern and clean interior for the current owners by the handy work of Kerry Delrose from Delrose Design Group. I shot this for the September/October issue of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with the help of Kendell Cronstrom, the Editor in Chief.
LA based artist and friend Sal Messina was in town for the delivery of a commissioned 4′ x 8′ piece that took him almost a year to make. It is part of a group of his paintings he simply calls abstract series 1. In each painting in this series he creates what he calls a cell which is a unique line in its own right but evokes depth and movement, much like a landscape when viewed whole.
My time in Ghana was short but full. I saw a lot of the country in a week and after the story came out which can be seen here in Condé Nast Traveler tear sheets, I still think about the trip. I think about standing in the savannah with gazelle’s and bush bucks running past. The lonely elephant spending mornings near the watering hole at Mole National Park. Meeting with the Paramount Chief in Wa in the North Western part of the country, bearing gifts for permission to photograph him and his elders. The roads which were smooth and endless when paved and bumpy and back breaking when dirt and sand. And some of the people who at first seemed shy and fearful of cameras who in the end often let out enormous smiles, a contrast to what their life appeared to be.