photography

Talking Paper Interview Series: Christopher Moloney

Talking Paper Interview Series: Christopher Moloney

Christopher Moloney is an Atlanta-based, Canadian-born writer and producer for television network HLN, and formerly for CNN in New York City. The proximity of CNN’s Columbus Circle offices to Central Parkand a longstanding love of moviesled Moloney to begin taking photographs of paper screen captures from his favorite filmscarefully holding them in the same frame as the present-day locations where they were shot. His first photo was of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man rampaging down Manhattan’s West Side in 1984's Ghostbusters. Moloney continues to post his film photos to a Tumblr site called FILMography, which he started in June 2012 and where he sells 8X10 prints of his work. One year and hundreds of photos into his project, I interviewed Moloney for a June 2013 post on my Camera In The Sun film blog and discussed the evolution of his unique style of photography, his approach to composition, and his opinions on various film locations. I recently spoke with Moloney again for an update on FILMography and his television writing career since moving to the Deep South, and I have published portions of both interviews here.

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: Ross McDonnell

Kent Avenue Interview Series: Ross McDonnell

Ross McDonnell is a freelance photographer and videographer born in Dublin, Ireland and a former resident of the apartments at 475 Kent Avenue in South Williamsburgliving among the world-class photographers who inspired this ongoing interview series. His work takes him to regions in the throes of violent conflict, including Afghanistan, Ukraine, and Mexico, with images often created using unique processes to better capture the mood of his subject. That includes using glass plates bathed in chemicals to create 19th-century-style black-and-white ambrotypes for his series, Vigilantes, chronicling Mexico's anti-cartel Auto Defensa members. Yet McDonnell also embraces photography's ever-evolving future, as Time magazine noted in naming one of his Ukraine images to their Top 10 Photos of 2014: 

"Changes in this industry have also favored adaptation, and Ross McDonnell is a testament to that fluidity. In January, as the demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev were peaking in violence, the documentary filmmaker transitioned seamlessly between still and motion. Over the course of several days, he made rich, painterly, cinematic photographs and videos. His picture through the view of a bus window (#4) shows an almost biblical scene of fire and ice."

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Kent Avenue Interview Series: Andreea Waters

Kent Avenue Interview Series: Andreea Waters

Andreea Waters is a photographer and author who, originally from Romania, is now based just north of New York City along the Hudson River. Her favorite photographic subject is surfing with a focus on the sport's mood, atmosphere, and art. In 2016, she collected her photographic work on the topic into a book, Surf NYC, with visual storytelling emphasis on (among other locales) the oceanside community of Rockaway Beach. The forward was written by New York surf-community activist and SMASH founder, Tyler Breuer.

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Talking Paper Interview Series: Melissa Gurney and Chris Carr

Talking Paper Interview Series: Melissa Gurney and Chris Carr

Melissa Hunter Gurney and Christopher Carr are the co-founders of Brooklyn-based publication GAMBAZine, describing it as "a provocative literary magazine created to inspire passion and thoughtfulness outside the politics of mainstream publication." Gurney is publisher/editor, while Carr is creative director, and both are on the lookout for underexposed writers and visual artists from around the world. The publication gives those writers and visualists an opportunity to perform their work for an audience by holding regular artist salons in Greenpoint (GAMBA Z's Artist Salon at Lucky Luna) and Bushwick (The Island of GAMBAZini Presents at Hell Phone), while also using their events calendar to help promote events organized by local artists like Stanford Reid (#PowerOurPlanet at Hell Phone) and Jessica Reidy (The Bridge Between Writing and Yoga at Sacred Sounds Yoga), as well as Nomadic Press.

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