I've been in talks with the arial photography company NYonAir for about a year now to really do something special and fly high above my city and do what I do best. Being blessed with the perfect weather on Thursday I choose to spread my wings and fly; first off, let me tell you It was the coolest thing I've ever done photowise. There's nothing quite like being up that high with the door open and having complete creative control in the air, its simply divine. It did however get dark really quickly but I was still blessed to be up there, I brought Sammy Da Joo (@SDJ) up with me and I'm sure he snagged some heat as well, these are the selects that I think really sum up the trip, please enjoy and best believe I'll have new prints available soon for sale. Follow me on IG @LeviDopeness. Also a special shout put to Pat, Beau, Tim and Jillian over at NYonAir follow their account @NYonAir.
So, it's safe to say that out of all my friends I've ever known Christian takes his birthday festivities very seriously, that being said it's that time of the year again were friends and family alike converge on Haus(Canal & West Broadway) to ring in age 25 with our favorite DJ. There isn't much that I can say that you don't already know, but here are the long awaited photos. Enjoy! Happy Birthday DJCCNY. Follow him @DJCCNY.
This is a new segment I'm going to try and stick with, just because I know some people might wanna see when I have to combat IG's perfect square ratio. So.....here.
Stopped by Ricky's crib on Thursday. I can't help but want to stop by his crib because it is #tbt personified. Ricky Powell is without a shadow of a doubt a blast from the past and so I honor my Thursdays on this planet with his presence. Every time I go to his crib I can't help but walk out with boat load of shit, here's what I came up on. Go follow @TheLazyHustler
Okay Guys, this is a lengthy one, but there is lots of content I swear; so much content in fact that I had to make multiple galleries for your viewing pleasure. When it comes to shooting shows I normally treat them like work, when it comes to shooting Pro Era, these guys are like family so naturally I can really work the stage to get really good photos. I can't stress enough how good it is to see people that I've grown up with get out of the hood and make the world their own, Dyemond Lewis specifically is a really good friend of mine and seeing him travel the world with his talented group of friends brings a great deal of happiness to me, anyway; this show was awesome and all the Pro's got their time to shine respectively. Vince Staples was the guest at this show and seeing him live for the first time up close was quite the experience, Joey performed more than enough songs to leave the audience more than satisfied and there was even a minute-long moment of silence for deceased member of the group "Capital Steez" There are just as much styles and personalities in this group as there are songs in their catalogue, so I beg you all to check out my photos, and go download some tracks, thank you!
Yesterday I made the trip to Bay Ridge in search of the grave of the late, great, Jean Michel Basquiat. It took a long while to navigate Greenwood Cemetery but eventually I found it, and it was simply amazing to literally stand on the grave of one of the greatest artist to ever live. The road to his grave was a long and cold one but when I made it, I felt a warmth that got me out of this little photographers block I've been going through lately.
Last night we rung in the devil's holiday in style with a last minute party to ready our friends and fam for Halloween's festivities. With Chris(@DJCCNY) and Marc(@DjMarcMontoya) on the ones and two's the nights soundtrack was secured. Drinks were provided by the good folks over at Svedka and Black Velvet Whiskey, I ran around shot some flicks, got kinda drunk then retired my camera so I could live. I gotta say being a Jedi makes for some sick conversations and photo ops haha!
Ok, So I get an email from the good folks over at Vitamin Water they they will be having their last Uncapped show for the year, I haven't attended any of the shows all year long but I figured "What a great way to end my work week!" so...I go. Upon arrival I'm VIP so I skip the line and get in early, get a great spot to shoot and the rest is history. It was my first time hearing Vic Mensa live but he did his thing and blew the crowd away, he moved around the stage quite abit; maybe it's is thing, but I thought he was gonna pass out or something, other than that the music he performed was awesome and I will be downloading his tape after this encounter. Trey on the other hand is an industry vet playing the hits that make all the ladies wanna drop their panties and toss them on stage, I didn't stay for the entirety of his set, it was cool to shoot him live for the first time. I'd like to thank Natalie Rodriguez and Meg from Vitamin water for there help.
Before heading over to shoot the Vitamin Water #Uncapped show I took a cab uptown from SoHo and couldn't help but notice the amount of low cloud cover surrounding the ESB, so I got out of the cab a couple blocks early and wandered around the perimeter of the building, the results were mind blowing.
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Hey Guys and Gals! Sorry for not posting my adventures as of late, I'm back and ready to supply you all wit that fire. Recently I met a really nice young lady by the name of Stacy who was visiting New York for a couple days, I was working the entire time she was in town but made it up t her this morning by joining her for a nice 4am photo meet-up. We started in Midtown and wrapped somewhere in central park, with my new found love for long exposure shots I'm realizing that although I'll be out the house for a whole day, I may only come back home with 10-12 good shots but hey thats photography, right? Follow Stacy @StacyGutierrezPhotography
Nylon Magazine has been good to me, blessing me with yet another awesome opportunity to showcase my photo diversity and skills in the form of a show headlined by Danny Brown(@XDannyXBrownX). I made my way sloppily drunk to the venue hoping I would sober up enough to get my settings straight; and I did, but again there was an open bar so the liver plot thickened. People hold Danny in high regards when it comes to his musical craft but I never gave him the time of day, to me if your beats are on point and I can comprehend what your saying you alright with me, in Danny's case there are only so many times I understand what was said but like most people who come to a show it's important to have an open mind and just take it all in. The show was awesome and the crowd really gave Danny all they had, I ran into Drama Beats and tha was hilarious, I also had a blast just chilling and shooting in the press section with the homie Peter Pabon(@TheWastedTalent). It's no secret that I had a long night ahead of me but I'm happy I made the trip to this show.
Hey sorry I haven't been posting anything lately I've been out living my life and connecting with new people, that doesn't mean I haven't been shooting though so here's me just bullshitting!
After work yesterday I made my way over to the venue where I'd meet up with Justin along with the nights entertainment; Koncept and J-57. After a grueling walk through the industrial scene of Brooklyn I made it then had a few drinks and the party began.
The rapper/producer duo Koncept &J57 of the Brown Bag Allstars. Deciding to step out as a solo act, the New York natives have just recently finished up recording their upcoming LP Flight with Red Bull at their LA studio, and are now ready to take the world by storm. I linked with my homie Justin who is the manager over at HatClub and we brainstormed the idea of having these guys bless the shop with their presence, we walked the streets shared a few laughs and shot some awesome photos, take a look.
Last year I was really close to the action that is the memorial lights for the victims of 2001's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. As a young 4th grader I couldn't really comprehend what was going on until I got home and witnessed what was happening on television; I thought we were under attack or something and technically we were but I didn't understand who or why someone would attack our country. 13 years later and I shoot really awesome photographs and I pay homage in my own way by capturing the immense memorial that is the lights. It's almost kinda unreal to look at but it's majestic all the same and tis being my first go at a log exposure photo I was pretty impressed by the look and clarity of my pictures, to date; the photo I Instagrammed is my most popular photo, thank you everyone who keeps cheering me on to keep doing bigger and better things.
Yesterday I got word that Nike and French clothing brand Pigalle would be having an event at the Hammerstein Ballroom, I questioned whether or not I should really partake in any real fashion week events but I thought to myself this isn't like a Gucci, or Prada show; it's a Nike event and there are sure to be plenty of my friends and some crazy displays because Nike as quite the budget and can create just about anything. After work I made my way up to 34th and 8th Ave and showed up to the function, instantly I was given a really nice screen printed towel and a program card. After walking through the doors with the 21 Mercer familia we posted at the open bar and drank then made our way to the basketball tournament, the court was beautifully designed with geometric shapes and the shade of purple associated with Pigalle, the teams were mainly based on the star celeb who was the captain; I.E. (Team Vashtie, Team Stalley, Team Twelvy) so on and so forth. Team Twelvy ended up going undefeated and won the event over all, in addition to the "celebs" playing there were some people of interest in the bleachers, I tried my best to get all of the people you guys might take interest in, enjoy.
Ever come across a sunset that can completely stop you in your tracks and make you feel like your on some far off planet somewhere; well probably not a planet but you do catch my drift. On average I clock about a fourth of my day on the shops stoop and last night completely blew my shit away so I ran inside and grabbed my camera and did what I do best, capture Grand St like nobody else really can. Some of these might hit print soon.
Last week before the start of our Fashion Week event Christian(@DJCCNY)'s dad had a good friend of his pull up in a Ferrari Pinifarina; now I had just seen some dude driving one the other day in black and I thought to myself "I've never shot one of those" low and behold the next day this crimson red beast is planted right in front of our store and the owner handed me the keys and it was all over!
It only seemed like 48 hours ago Christian(@DJCCNY) and myself were seated on the stoop and thought it would be awesome to throw a Fashion Week party, the end result 24 hours later came in the form of Belaire Rose sponsoring our liquor, having a flyer prepared with the quickness, and spreading the word amongst all of our friends. The turnout was perfect and despite the room being very hot (Sorry for making you wear black) it was tons of fun. The last Fashion Week party we threw was off the hook and it's great to see that we could recreate that atmosphere again only far more controlled this time around. If you're reading this post you were probably here having a good time and I thank you for taking the time out to kick it with us. Hopefully you'll be around the next time we decide to brainstorm a party!
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!