I've spent the last couple years photographing and assisting in the branding of 'Miss Ida Blue'; a Brooklyn-born brothel blues band. Most of the photos are taken of the band during live gigs; others areimpromptu portraits of phenomenal front woman 'Miss Ida', herself. I use available light in each venue- a bare light bulb in stair well; a piano lamp; votive candles; reflections from a tin ceiling... I love the varying results as well as the pure joy of documenting the unfolding of this group's story. There's a great rotation of some of NYC's finest blues and jazz musicians joining in on any given night; and instruments from a clarinet, to a bass saxophone, a banjo, or baby grand on stage... but there's *always* the formidable and sassy Miss Ida holding it down with her powerful, gritty pipes, and boatloads of sultry charm. I love every single gig as music lover, photographer, friend, and fan. Check them out: www.missidablue.com
On a daily basis, crosswalks compel me visually with their strong, graphic presence on New York City streets and I often feel an urge to photograph them... When I see an inspiring moment, I use a shoot from the hip approach (usually with my iphone) to capture the trusty black and white stripes we seek while navigating congested streets, coupled with the blurred motion of unaware figures on a mission. I see crosswalks as an oasis for the urban pedestrian, but also as a zone for a competitive, hustle and bustle, body-as-vehicle New York lifestyle. -WW
Shot in Central Park on a beautiful gray day-- the type where the sky is like a big softbox that lends itself perfectly to pearl-gray white skies in the photos. This is was great collab with model Manfred Louis and stylist Soji S.