I spent the last few years photographing and assisting in the branding of 'Ida Blue'; a Brooklyn-born blues band. Most of the photos were taken of the band during live gigs; others were impromptu portraits of phenomenal front woman 'Miss Ida', herself. I used available light in each venue- a bare light bulb in stair well; a piano lamp; votive candles; reflections from a tin ceiling... I loved the varying results as well as the pure joy of documenting the unfolding of the group's story. There was 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... I loved every single gig as music lover, photographer, friend, and fan.
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