Covid Chronicles, March – December 2020

The last night things felt “normal”. These photos were taken in mid-March. Although Covid was a topic of conversation- it was still a news story that just made you nervous.
I took the negatives to be developed right away, but forgot one roll in my camera. These shots are from that roll, developed months later via no contact drop off.
Taken Sunday, March 22, less than two weeks after the banana shoot with Jenna at 538. All non-essential businesses were mandated to close at 8PM that evening. I purchased myself some plants, hoping they would make my anticipated two weeks at home a little more cheerful.
The exterior of the warehouse where we shot the banana pics. One of the first houses I photographed for my social distance portrait project.

I began a project doing social distance portraits. I would walk to my friends houses, and snap a portrait of them in or in front of their house from a safe distance. I worked on the project obsessively, and now how hundreds of photos of the New York City underground on lockdown.

This series is currently being compiled for a forthcoming zine. I estimate that there are at least one hundred different homes documented. I shot the series at every chance that I had. In the end, I think the project may have saved my life.

I stopped doing my social distance portrait series after I began protesting.
The beach was summers’ saving grace.
My Father on Father’s Day. Upright bass on the boardwalk.
I often felt like a teenager again. Hanging out on sidewalks, train tracks.
Block party. Bushwick, Brooklyn. There was live music until the cops shut it down the moment the sunset.
Inspired by Theo Ehret’s “Exquisite Mayhem”.
Devil’s Dildo commissioned me to shoot their album art and some promotional photos. Instead of turning a profit, we spent the whole budget on taking a trip to a love motel in New Jersey.
Devil’s Dildo in Soft Skin Latex. We were also able to shoot some photos at TV Eye after hours.
HÜSTLER commissioned some work soon thereafter. We rented an Air B n’ B upstate, close to an abandoned psych ward. I was so pleased to making music-related work again.
Children With Dog Feet
“Strippers worst nightmare” , the dreaded string.
Gavilán Rayna Russom. Promotional shots supporting “Trans Verberation”. We were inspired by Catholic guilt and 80s Madonna.
On set for Twisted Thing video, directed by Ali Logout.
Day one of road trip. LA to Las Vegas. Ed outside the first prison that he went to, now abandoned.
Route 66
(What is left of) Flintstone’s Bedrock City
Grand Canyon. I had to take a photo because I was there.

Sedona, AZ

Salvation Mountain
Slab City
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Typical model.
For Safe Word artwork
I wanted to phone to appear melted and warped. The track is about working customer service over the phone.

I feel obligated to mention that I did not shoot any photographs indoors/ the models without masks unless the models and myself had quarantined and gotten tested. I followed CDC guidelines to the best of my ability, shooting or not.

I am immunocompromised, and do my best to protect myself and others.

I felt that I needed to practice photography as a form of harm reduction. Like most artists, the pandemic presented limitations to my work that I thought would be impossible to navigate at first. This is a celebration of the photos I was able to take in spite of this years’ circumstances.

More on my experience will be published alongside the Social Distance portrait series.

PHOTOS FROM SUMMER 2016

 

 

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Local Honey

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Swimming at “Goth Beach”

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Party [mix] in the E.R.

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Margaret & Sam

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Lisa Suckdog @ Trans Pecos

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Nandas @ Palisades (RIP)

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Club Mate in the coke room

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Marshstepper @ Teragram Ballroom

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Rudolf Eb.er @ Trans Pecos

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New Orleans

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Dolce @ Trans Pecos

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Perverted Big Bird after the Nan Goldin exhibit

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Pharmakon + Cienfuegos collab @ Trans Pecos

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Institute

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Justin in New Orleans

It Hurts

DeadDog

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Death Index @ Cake Shop

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Kommando R.J.F. @ Trans Pecos

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Anal Herse @ Trans Pecos

Dad&Guitars
My Dad

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Neon Burgundy

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Croatian Amor @ Teragram Ballroom

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Alex

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Angels in America @ Teragram Ballroom

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Sylvia

Please Do Not Spit in the Garden

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Xeno + Oaklander @ Home Sweet Home

KidsontheTrain
Kids on the J train

DaWolves
Haunted House

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Zoe

Local Honeys Wigs
Local Honey’s wigs

Alex on acid
Lupe

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Tricky Yooth live from an abandoned KFC parking lot

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Odwalla 88 @ Teragram Ballroom

NolaSign

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Me and Nancy eating carrots to ease anxiety at a noise show

SOME PHOTOS

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Cosplay on Takeshita Street, Harajuku.

While I usually try to keep my photo updates seasonal, general chaos and disorganization prevented me from doing so this past fall… and winter… and spring… I am still in the midst of organizing negatives and reviewing work from the past six months but here is some in no particular order.

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Margaret on her birthday. Far out celebration for some of beloved Gemini’s in my life, rural Massachusetts.

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Urochromes @ Alphaville. Brooklyn.

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Chiro, Maid Dreaming. Tokyo, Japan.

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Chiaki & Waitress, Lock Down. Tokyo, Japan.

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Marie Davidson, Nothing Changes. NYC.

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Plucking with Caroline and Emil.

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For Shredded Nerve “Whatever it Takes” Cs on No Rent Records.

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Seen at Crazy Spirit record release show.

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Puppy looking on as Sally gives Jesse a stick and poke.

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Dude During Destruction Unit @ The Market Hotel, Brooklyn.

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C.C.T.V. @ Spiderhouse Ballroom. Austin, Texas.

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MALL PROWLER @ Redlight District. Far Rockaway, New York.

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Gurney post Sheree Rose performance @ Grace Exhibition Space.

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Gag @ Alphaville. Brooklyn.

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Jess post Gag @ 538.

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Chiro, my sunshine in the rain.

 

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Flared Nostril VS MOIL @ Silent Barn. Brooklyn.

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Naka & Haruka @ Big Love Record Store/ Gallery.

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VALISE @ Silent Barn. Brooklyn.

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ZZ & Justin setting fire to a shirt that belonged to a bro who tried to fight us on my birthday.

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Sadist @ Palisades, Brooklyn.

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Kyle dropped Margaret at M.A.P.S. FEST.

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Haruka ❤ Sweets for a sweetie.

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Mystic Inane @ Spiderhouse Ballroom. Austin, Texas.

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La Misma @ Spiderhouse Ballroom. Austin, Texas.

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Rene

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This is Austin, not that Great Fest bowling crew.

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Antisocial Terror Fabrication @ Pitbar, Nishiogikubo.

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Haram @ The Market Hotel.

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During Lumpy & the Dumpers.

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Holding a photo I had taken of him a few weeks earlier and had just developed 🙂

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Another cool old guy I met at the MET who claimed to be the world’s authority on The Little Prince.

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“Tongue Kiss” By Genesis P Breyer-Orridge @ The Rubin Museum.

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Justin paying for our Little Caesars with change.

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Emma making a good pizza.

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Chiaki, my amazing host and the man behind P.I.G.S.

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Another one. Late night screaming in his apartment after too much “strong”

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RIXE @ Saint Vitus. Brooklyn.

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Rene and cigarette burns post Horoscope set.

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Spiritual Recess @ Alphaville.

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New friends at my opening at Big Love.

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Mike @ 538;

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My Dad and Ray @ Rays.

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Fun for all ages!

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Me & Jess.

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My Halloween Costume.

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