Up Early :: Day2

After getting a taste of what getting up at 4am can do for me and my photos as a whole I took it upon myself to wake up early again; this time alone, and go capture daybreak from another vantage point. Central Park West seemed like a good place to start, after shooting the Besethda Fountain area I skated down 5th Avenue to hit GCT(Grand Central Terminal) and popped in and out during the morning rush hour then took the 4 train down to Bowling Green to hop on the Staten Island Ferry which took me across the hudson to "The Land Time Forgot" lol, anyway I figured instead of just being on this island only to leave 5 mins later seemed like a waste so I skated and tried to circumnavigate the Island; and got pretty far, skated about 3.3 miles to arrive at the Botanical Garden located on the Eastside of the island. Before I knew it the time was 10:30am and that means this morning excursion is over, till next time!

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Up Early :: Day 1

Getting into the funk of shooting with small meets has proved to be quite fun over the last couple weeks and with that comes the hectic; or rather very ill timed meet ups that coincide with some of these cats. Alex(@AlexPenfornis) had touched down from Paris and I love his work so I hit him up and before I knew it I'm waking up at 5:30am to meet up with him and Donnie(@Nulooks_) after meeting up with those 2 several others soon joined the quest for morning glory they included Lily Rose(@Lily__Rose), Vladimir Sh(@VooDoosh); from France, Alex Barrera(@Arch_Barrera) from Vancouver, Victor Chen(Vict0rchen), (@UrbanAlDarkness), Tim Kau(@Tim.Kau), all from the city, and I also had the pleasure of getting to know Danielle Sallah(@BeBeDowntown) and Cesarin Mateo(@IamCesarin). We all met up and embarked across the Brooklyn bridge to catch daybreak and it was fantastic, I just might have to get into the habit of getting up early to get great content. We all split up ventually and went our own ways it was a great start to my long ass day. As always follow me on IG (@LeviDopeness)

Coors Lite & Complex Magazine ::"AXIS" featuring Curren$y and Big Sean.

It can be hard to keep track of all the emails that have to do with free concerts in the city but I do keep my eyes open for the ones that feature the right people and the big names. Last night I made the pilgrimage to the industrial district of Williamsburg to a venue called "The 1896" I'd been here before for some other event about a year ago but anyway tonight was about Curren$y(@Spitta_Andretti) and BigSean(@BigSean). Pulled up to the spot at about 7pm only to wait in line for about 3 hours; not cool, and miss Spitta's first half of the set. I'm fighting my way to front of the crowd to get to the stage in time for Big Sean to hit the stage and to my surprise I actually make it. I saw Big Sean at his album release concert at Terminal 5 back in August last year and didn't care so much about getting good photos of him during his set, Curren$y on the other hand I hadn't seen perform in about 2 years despite seeing him at the Diamond Supply Co x FranK151 book signing last winter, clearly I took a blow not catching Spitta at the best visually appealing spot but I did get to hear him rhyme and that was everything to me. Enjoy the pics and follow me @LeviDopeness on IG.

Spotlight :: NylonGuys Magazine for Jimmy Sweatpants

Yesterday my good friend Kelly Shami(@Kellyshami) had me shoot a quick showcase for NylonGuys. Again, proving the versatility that is streetwear, it only seemed right that I would take a natural street approach to capturing the look of the sweats. After learning that just about everything that has been shot for Nylon Guys in the past has been within a 5 block SoHo radius once I begin shooting more frequently for these guys the locations will switch up tremendously. Jimmy Sweatpants isn't quite like your average sweatpants company, the roots run deep and so do the connections. Featured here is my friend Christian Condina(@CCNewYork) sporting the sweatshort and a pair of sweatpants, look for the full write up and where to cop these on NylonGuysMag.com and follow Jimmy Sweatpants at (@JimmyXSweats).

Billionaire Boys Club X Bee Line X Timberland Release.

You guys remember the BBC x Timberland collaboration boot that I shot about a month ago, well today was the release day for that boot and the turnout was much greater than I ever could have predicted. Limited to only 300 pairs the boot is a special collaboration shoe by Timberland for BBC and their partner brand Bee Line; curated by Mark McNairy is sure to fly off the shelves as I type this and will be gone by the time your'e done reading it. The good folks from Good Humor were there to give away free ice cream to help people keep cool as they waited in line. Shooting little items for BBC as of late has been fun and gives me a bit more range as far as the street wear industry goes. If you missed the released you can best believe the eBay market is going to skyrocket this evening.

Catching up with @Novess

As of recently I've found myself wanting to link and make connections with other like-minded photographers. Instead of being alone and exploring the urban surroundings it's proven to be fun to bring a friend then to play Linkin Park and be alone; you know who you are, anyway I linked up with Ryan Parilla(@Novess) the young teen prodigy who's making quite the name for himself as of late. Our lengthy journey took us through the piers of Red Hook then along Brooklyn's coast and that was a journey in it self, we came across a very old wise man with many cats and pigeons and we exchanged stories; kept walking until we hit Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was a route I wasn't all too familiar with but the finds were awesome and walking through the newly renovated Pier 5-2 was cool. We then wrapped and I headed home. 

Coney Island

So I've definitely clocked a lot more beach time this summer than I have about the last 10 years of my life but after the Aquarium was kind of a bummer I decided that going to Coney Island for the rides and entertainment could be just as fun. People don't know that I'm not much of an adrenaline junky and roller coasters aren't for me but we went on a couple rides and I handled it like a boss; no crying like a bitch, or screaming like a school girl, but I survived and I will be back again. We stayed within the confines of the park until the fireworks started which I did not take photos of because you'll have to go for yourself on a Friday night and experience it, but yeah it was a full day of fun awesome things to see and old ladies passed out on the boardwalk, go take a look.

Aquarium Blues

Shortly after leaving Prospect Park we decided that with all this heat in the forecast it kinda made sense to go to the Aquarium and after a long F-Train ride down we finally made it. Sadly upon our arrival the line was incredibly long as it was "Pay what you want" day but we toughed it out. When we did finally enter the Aquarium it was a fucking nightmare, lol. Children yelling and screaming all over the place; it was like Day Care with fish; not cool. Thank god the Sea Lion show was about to happen and all the children slowly dwindled, I took this time to shoot some awesome photos of the fish.

Stroll Through The Park

During a hot and intense mid day stroll through Prospect Park I found a few gems while walking a path that seemed less traveled, eventually surrounded by lush green and trees as far as the eye can see we (Karissa and I) came across a pond filled with ducks, swans, and turtles. Looking over at the ducks brings a feeling of deep relief to me for some reason, it's even better when you bring your own bread to feed them. Anyway, we walked abit more and figured the day is still young so why no head to the Aquarium.

Street Run-Ins.

Went for a nice walk today during my lunch break and bumped into some familiar faces, maybe you know some of these cats. Jon from Bape, Roxy Brown fromVFiles, and Uli from Crooks N Castlesb. Took a walk over to the old Supreme lady over in Elizabeth Street mall and kicked it with Uli at Starbucks. #YoungWaveChamp

B4.DA.$$

It's been about a firm 2 years since I've realized that some of the homies that I grew up with in Crown Heights are now members of the Progressive Era movement, which; if you don't know is a collective rap group of 12 very young talented rappers. Those who do know; know them as Pro Era and Joey Badass is the frontman of this group and as of about a year ago they've really blown up. Seeing the world and escaping the realness of the hood is dream for just about anybody who grew up under the circumstances so it's awesome to see that I could take refuge in photography and they could rap their way to freedom so to speak. Chilling on the stoop Kirk Knight made his way over, Joey and Dyemond soon followed and it became a really cool time to shoot and catch up. Joey's new album "B4.DA.$$" will be released soon and the first single (Big Dusty) is now available via the web. Follow Joey(@Jozifbadmon), Kirk(@KirkKnight), and Dyemond(@Draziiil).

BirdGang.

Spent the entirety of my lunch break today trying to get one of those really cool shots people get of pigeons flying perfectly symmetrical with the buildings n shit. In my final analysis; that shit is hard. I'm a pretty patient guy so I didn't mind waiting around for the birds to fly but the angles were all off, which leads me to believe that when I do see an awesome picture of pigeons in mid flight it's either luck or photoshop; which is also like everything else on Instagram, lol.

Mornings on Mercer.

Chased down a guy hauling a huge cart of stuff he sells over on Canal Street to get a good shot of him crossing the street but sadly when I was ready to shoot i didn't have my memory card. Feeling mad and defeated I went back, got my CF Card and went for a walk around the block. There's nothing quite like Mercer in the morning.