Volunteer Spotlight: Franey Miller

What’s your favorite camera & why?

The Fuji 645 is my current favorite. It’s fast, lightweight, the images are super sharp, and the on-camera flash is powerful. It’s an incredibly convenient camera.

What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I’m primarily a fashion photographer! My work is vibrant, enthusiastic, and sometimes a little weird. I have a lot of energy and it definitely translates. :P

What artists inspire you?

I’m currently inspired by Outkast, Madonna, Tim Walker, Mark Borthwick, & Synchrodogs.

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

Let’s Dance by David Bowie

How did you get into photography?

When I was 8, my dad gave me an underwater point-and-shoot camera while my family was on vacation in California. I was psyched by film and felt like it was Christmas every time I got photos back. Sounds cheesy but I’ve been taking photos ever since.

IG: @franeymiller


 

Volunteer Spotlight: Joshua Headley

What's your favorite camera & why?

I go back and forth between my Yashica-D and Holga 120N. I like having both total control and little to no control at all.

What artists inspire you?

Chantal Ackerman is one of my biggest influences. I am also influenced by musicians and artists like Arthur Russell who never tire of experimentation and try drastically different styles.

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

Beach House but I suppose any dream pop or shoegaze will do.

What type of photographer would you describe yourself as?

I am predominately a street photographer; I try to capture intimate moments with little to no people in frame, especially in spaces that allude to something much bigger.

How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I have lived in New York for the last six years, Bushwick for the last three. 

 

IG: joshuaduane

Volunteer Spotlight: Elsy Benitez

Whats your favorite camera & why? 

Currently obsessed with my Yashica T3 which was top of the line in the late 80s. Otherwise, I enjoy shooting with any toy, cheap, or super 8 camera I can find. 

Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I spent about a year working on a double exposure series in England that included photographic conversations with people in various cities and countries. I shot many rolls of film with various people in mind and then mailed them the film to shoot their exposures over mine. The resulting images were included in an exhibition with other fine art students I was studying with. 

How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I have been in Bushwick/NY for 3 months. 

How did you get into photography?

Took a class in high school back when everything was mainly analog. I enjoyed working in the darkroom and continued on from there. 

What's your day job?

Contemporary art curator. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Corey Torpie


Being based in Brooklyn I had never heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez until her incredible victory a few weeks ago. Since then I have learned a little more about her and with every new piece of information or sound clip my heart skips a beat. Maybe there is hope for the future of the country, she got 19 year olds to vote in an off year primary election, if you can do that maybe you can do anything. 

Corey Torpie is a member of the Bushwick Community Darkroom who photographed Ocasio-Cortez during her campaign. Below are her words on the experience and incredibly inspiring images.

-Lucia Rollow, BCD Director


For the past couple of weeks I've been photographing the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign. Since Trump's election I knew I wanted to get more involved with the politics of change in this country but didn't really know how to proceed because I felt so powerless and stunned. A friend from high school and at the time ACLU's voice on twitter, posted on facebook offering to connect people she knew, and she connected me to the chief of staff for Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. We sat down to coffee with our babies and she told me to find my candidate in 2018 and do whatever I could to help. Now here we are. There can be a lot of vitriol on internet but never underestimate the power of putting good stuff out there. I'd never have had this amazing experience without their help and wise words.

In college I studied Political Science and Photojournalism. I work as a wedding photographer and photography teacher for local community organizations in Brooklyn and the Bronx. This is the kind of work I've long aspired to create. It has been humbling and a huge honor to document Alexandria and the team of people behind her.

-Corey Torpie, BCD Member/Photographer

Volunteer Spotlight: Sheridan Telford

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What artists inspire you?

Ren Hang, David Salle, Stephen Shore, Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, Horror movies...it ranges for me. 

How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

8 years on and off, I moved to NY for school then moved away after graduating, lived abroad again, then I returned back to NY in late 2016.

What is your dream photo shoot?

I would love to someday shoot & direct a film. I've just started to work on a long-term project with a childhood friend I grew up with when I lived in Hong Kong as a adolescent, hopefully will get to go back to HK to shoot it.

What's your day job?

I freelance photo assist/digital tech & Studio Assistant to a Artist Duo

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Green Tea and coffee

IG @sheridanckai

Member Spotlight: Eric Boekelheide

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

Leica M4-2, Canada-made. I like it because the images it produces are just old-looking enough, allowing for a bit of atmosphere.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

A mix between the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and the painter Monet. Impressionistic decisive moments.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

Probably a casual shoot with some lighting options and a good friend who could put up with my demands.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

Last year I took a road trip through the American Southwest, visiting famous photographic landmar. I shot about 40 rolls of film.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I've lived in Brooklyn for about 7 months now.

IG: @eboekel

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Charlie Camuglia

What artists inspire you?

i'm inspired by the wit of elliott erwitt's work and the complete casualness of stephen shore's. i'm also heavily inspired, as cheesy as it sounds, by the work of photographers and artists who i know, whose work is genuine, that i am constantly seeing being poured directly out of the source, whose work i can watch as it progresses and changes directions hear all about why they make the work that they do through casual conversation and hints in visuals. being surrounded by real, accessible people who are super passionate about their work is the most inspiring thing to me really, especially in the age of social media where we're over saturated with nonsense images and when it's so easy to be discouraged by the egos of the art world. i'm also very much inspired by the non-photographic works of gustav klimt and louise bourgouis. 

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

soundtrack to my portfolio: do make say think - & yet & yet

How did you get into photography?

i've been photographing all my life without really thinking about it. when i was a little i found an old canon that my dad used for travels and one day picked it up and started shooting what i liked in the environment, but it was when i signed up for a photography class in my freshman year of high school that really did it. i'll never forget the impressed jaw-dropping reaction my professor had in response to the first roll i brought into class (mostly cheesy abstracts tbh), but that's when i really started to recognize photography as something i was doing, and could keep doing with intention.

What's your day job?

i work at a furniture shop doing finishing! i mostly do metal patina and resin finishing, but occasionally some wood staining and oxidizing, and occasionally some other various construction.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

banana split!

IG @casualscience

Volunteer Spotlight: Monique Islam

What artists inspire you? 

Lizania Cruz, Monica Canilao, Jason Fulford, Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski, Brenda Obregon, Jose Luis Iniguez

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

Ojos del Sol by Y La Bamba

How did you get into photography?

Collecting moments has been with me for sometime, I carried around a disposable camera everyday starting in middle school.

What's your day job?

After school Kindergarten Art teacher and dog walker

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Spumon

IG @m0_rentia

Volunteer Spotlight: Kristie Chua

What artists inspire you?

While I think all art is personal, I'm a big fan of artists that make work that explicitly seeks to be read as very personal. 

I think about Ren Hang, Nan Goldin, Claude Cahun, Chan Chao, and Tracey Emin a lot. 

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

Blink 182 - "I miss you" Tom's verse 10 hour loop. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50ncnomRZO8)

How did you get into photography?

Myspace, mirror selfies, using a digital point and shoot to get better mirror selfies, and then using that camera to take photos of things that weren't just my mirror selfies.

What's your day job?

I work as a lab supervisor at the New School EQC. 

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Pistachio or butter pecan.

@krstchua

Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Miller

What artists inspire you?

Laurie Simmons, Diane Arbus, Ethan Hill, Daryl-Ann Saunders, Peter Hujar, Richard Avedon, Gordon Parks, Alastair Thain, William Eggleston

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

Magnolia Soundtrack by Aimee Mann

How did you get into photography?

Taking senior portraits of friends and desolate Sunday's in my small Kansas town. But In the last three years taking on photography more seriously after a very long hiatus.  

What's your day job?

Freelance Graphic Designer

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Mint

Website: michaelmiller.co

Volunteer Spotlight: Pongsakorn Neton

What artists inspire you?

Bruce Davidson, Walker Evans, James Nachtwey, and Jimmy Nelson.

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

I'm not sure what soundtrack would be.

How did you get into photography?

It started later after I moved to New York where I decided to study photography instead of computer engineer which was my major in high school in my hometown.

What's your day job?

Well, I kind of don't have full-time job right now.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

My favorite ice-cream flavor is cookie and cream, chocolate and chocolate chip.

IG @p.neton37

Member Spotlight: Corey Torpie

What artists inspire you?

I'm inspired by the work of Larry Fink and Mary Ellen Mark

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

The Good, The Band and The Argyle by the Bouncing Souls

How did you get into photography?

High School

What's your day job?

Wedding Photographer

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Mint Chocolate Chip

IG @coreytorpiephotography

Member Spotlight: Ali Rashti

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

The Mamiya 6 is a really special camera. I'm completely in love with the square ratio and what is there not to like about a bigger negative. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I would describe myself as a documentary photographer. I really enjoy candid/natural moments. They're rare and almost impossible to capture due to the photographers' presence but sometimes lightning strikes and you get lucky.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I love film sets. I'm a film junkie. I work in film and I've always wanted to direct movies for as long as I can remember. I think the stills photographer on film sets has the coolest job.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in-depth you've gone?

Not long. I have a short attention span. This Christmas I took a trip to Atlantic City to find out who spends their Christmas gambling in the casinos of Atlantic City. That's probably the longest project, 3 days.  

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I'm going on five years strong in Brooklyn. It doesn't seem long but that's the longest I've lived in any place. I'm nomadic like that.

IG @rshty

Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Lopiccolo

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

My favorite camera is my Rolleiflex which once belonged to a great uncle whom I never met. He started up a photography business somewhere in New York but his partner ran off with most of the equipment, leaving the Rolleiflex behind. It sat in my grandparents’ cabinet in Florida until a couple years ago. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

In general I am interested in people and their connections to the spaces they inhabit. Abstractions of form and light, whether natural or experimental, are important to me as well. Photography, for me, can become an act of empathy through which I aim to explore the poetics of anyone’s daily life. 

3. What’s your dream photo shoot?

Currently I am planning a series about home ownership in Bed Stuy. I’m hoping to photograph as many homeowners in their homes as possible in an attempt to understand this neighborhood on the terms of those who have long-planted roots, as well as those who have recently chosen to buy and to live here.

4. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I’ve lived in Brooklyn for eight years and in Bed Stuy (Ocean Hill) for three years.

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5. What’s your day job?

I am a bartender at Bar Lunatico in Bed Stuy which has live music every night. I am also a singer and musician. 

Member Spotlight: Beatrice Helman

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

My Mamiya 645 medium format camera is my favorite, despite how particular and finicky it is, and despite the fact that it usually breaks on me at the worst times ever, the large rectangular negatives are so beautiful and so clear and for some reason let me get close enough to the subject of the photo in a way that’s intimate and familiar. And I love the chunk of it - it’s super heavy, but I love the whir and purr and feel of the machinery.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style? 

I’m definitely a moody photographer. I like feelings, I like trying to understand how I feel through the things that I make, and so I’m almost always somehow trying to understand my inner life through my outer art. I’m in graduate school for creative writing, and stories and photographs have always been completely intertwined in my brain for as long as I can remember. Fiction doesn’t exist without photography, for me, and vice versa. I prefer projects, or even singular photoshoots, that feel like they’re telling a story, however small, and even if it might not seem so, I always have some narrative in my head.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot? 

My dream photoshoot is a recreation of my parents wedding, white lilies, white gloves and all. They’re divorced, but my mom still has her dress, and for my birthday I begged them to just let me have one project revolving around them this year. Fingers crossed it happens! I’m fascinated by their relationship and it’s definitely one of the largest influences in my life, personal and professional.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone? 

The longest I’ve ever spent on a project is probably a few months, but usually projects start to collect and brew in my brain for a few months before they happen, so in total six months probably. I usually fill pages and pages of my notebooks with ideas and research, so it really takes a while for ideas and photographs to come to life.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I’ve lived in New York since 2010! I went to college here and stayed.

IG @beahelman

Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Voss

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

I used to use point and shoot cameras but became frustrated with them dying out of nowhere. I now use a Pentax K1000 because I can't really break it. However I did once.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I'd say i'm a technically deficient photographer and the dream is that I have a style at the end of the road.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I know how this sounds, but I tell myself often I'd love to get full access to a college frat party.To be that weird 32 year old at a college party with a camera fly on that wall. Man that'd be sweet.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I went to the inauguration for three days to see if I could capture something. I had to stand in lines just a few feet long for hours to get access to penned areas and walk like 15 miles a day. I often think about what it means to "go for it", what obsession means, and work ethic etc. I feel like I did my best, but it's hard to not compare yourself to other people. I strive to be as driven as possible even after a 40 hour work week. I also have an ongoing series of rain and night photography. It's often raining and dark when I have time to shoot-- After work.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?
 

I've been in Brooklyn for 4 1/2 years, after living in Oakland, California. I think Oakland was too chill, and too expensive now.

What artists inspire you?

I love Garry Winogrand and Helen Levitt. Winogrand not only for the best to date example of work ethic, but also for how he thought about photography. Helen Levitt cause she's obviously the best.

What would be the soundtrack to your portfolio?

This is Not a Photograph - Mission of Burma

How did you get into photography?

I played in a lot of crummy punk bands in California that required a collaborative effort. Those spaces opened me up to a lot of different creative avenues and that idea I can do it all myself. I like photography cause it's a purely solitary art form that allows me to be a weirdo anytime I'd like. Also my dad I guess, whatever.

IG @chrisvossnyc

Member Spotlight: Vincent D'Oria

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

Nikon F2. I've been shooting with the same F2 that my father used in the 70s. He was my biggest inspiration in my work, using his camera today feels like he's with me on every shoot.

2. Whats your dream photo shoot?

I'd love to build a giant movie set, Gregory Crewdson style.

3. What artists inspire you?

I love expressionist and impressionist art. Van Gogh, Rothko and Munch inspire a lot of my ideas. I love David Lachapelles irreverent themes in photography. I also love Martin Parr, Joel Meyerowitz, William Mortensen, Edward Steichen, Masahisa Fukase, . There are too many to name.

4. How did you get into photography?

I started taking pictures for my high school newspaper in 2007 as a favor (I was a layout editor at the time), and fell in love after my first photo job. The next year I became the newspapers Photo Editor in Chief and decided to go to SVA after high school to pursue my career.

5. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Vanilla with rainbow sprinkles from Carvel.

IG @vincent_doria

Volunteer Spotlight: Jorge Garcia

1. Whats your favorite camera & why?

Leica m6 with a 28mm is my combo of choice. There are no functions to distract you and its small size allows me to be quick.

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

I am a street photographer. I take pictures of people in public spaces candidly. I hardly stop moving and never ask permission.

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

Tokyo, a few weeks, comfy sneakers, and a bunch of lomography color negative 800.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I have yet to finish a project. I am constantly starting new ones and putting old ones on the back burner.

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

I’ve lived in Ridgewood for 4 years. Love Ridgewood. It’s chill, easy commute to the city, and cheap enough for me to keep burning money of film.

@photosbyjorge_

Member Spotlight: Tommaso Sacconi

1. Whats your favorite camera & why? 

I choose the camera based upon the project. However, the one I use the most is an old Nikon FM which I got from my mother. 

2. What type of photographer would you describe yourself as/how would you describe your photographic style?

Taking photos is my OCD and changing style is my therapy. Currently I am collecting mistakes. And I love it. 

3. Whats your dream photo shoot?

My dream photoshoot is the one that doesn't imply any expectations.

4. Whats the longest you've spent on a project/most in depth you've gone?

I am not good to understand when a project is complete or finished. There is always something that I want to add, even after years. 

5. How long have you lived in Bushwick/Brooklyn/New York?

Two years in New York. Always in Bushwick. 


www.tommasosacconi.com

@tommasosacconi