An extraordinary work of art

My good friend Joshua Allen Harris is a true artist and a sweet soul. He has created three new books — each one is an extraordinary photo collection and together they something quite special. And they have never been shared on his Instagram feed or any other social platforms. 

I saw a number of photographs before they made it to the book and they are truly stunning. Josh has powerful way of capturing a moment and light in a way that is so unique and magical. All of the photographs were made with his Leica M6, a single 35mm lens and Kodak film. That camera in his hands truly feels like it was made for his work and his spirit. 

I would encourage you to watch the video above,  created by the talented Chris Ozer, which offers some context about the books. And you can order your own copy of the series here

That is what I’m going to do right now.  

NYCWLK 1.0

Last week my friends Johnny and Rebecca Patience organized NYCWLK 1.0. A small, friendly gathering of photographers from all over the world came to New York City to participate.

The day started with a wonderful film workshop by Johnny. It was a fascinating discussion ranging from technical matters, such as metering and the importance of using a pro lab, Johnny also covered artistic areas such as developing your own style. The workshop was inviting and interactive — with great examples and a rich set of questions/answers.

After the workshop the group went on a photowalk from SoHo, through Little Italy, Chinatown and then over the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn. The day ended with dinner at 61 Local.

It was so much fun spending time with everyone. Many of the attendees are people I have only interacted with on Twitter but never met in person. That was a personal thrill for me. It was inspiring to be around such a great group of people with a shared passion for making photographs.

My thanks to everyone that made the time for NYCWLK. A special thanks to our hosts Johnny and Rebecca for making it all happen. And also my gratitude to our friends at Leica Store Soho, ONA and Richard Photo Lab for sponsoring the event and supporting the community.

I am happy the hosts are calling this NYCWLK 1.0. I’m looking forward to the next one :)

NYC with Josh

Last week I spent a few days in New York City with board meetings at Foursquare, Stack Exchange, Trello and a new company we haven’t announced just yet (coming soon). There is so much energy and creativity in the city.

It was also great to hang with my friend Josh. Josh is an amazingly talented photographer who sees light in a way that I only dream of. He’s also extremely kind. I’m grateful to know him.