https://instatbt.com/Place/brooklyn-new-york/212950988Brooklyn, New YorkTo crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? 🍇🍓🍒
Malcolm XMalcolm X2018-03-15You can only miss the little things. https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/9e16b872a69daa3a894cc8e13e503f6e/5B319FAC/t51.2885-15/e35/29089254_150922108917814_8316771042727034880_n.jpg2018-03-15
https://instatbt.com/Place/new-york-new-york/212988663New York, New YorkFuck you if you think there is anything inappropriate about my models bodies. The only inappropriate thing is your mind. My models are beautiful, strong, and courageous women who worked hard with me to create the photos I take. I will NEVER ever censor another photo. If my account gets removed, so be it. If you look at my photos and only think of sex/hot women, please let me know and I'll block you because i dont even want you to unfollow. I want you to never ever have the chance to come back.
If you can't fuck with my vision, move on. But dont label my work as something that it's not because my photos have nothing to do about sex. The context of most of my photos have to do with the aloneness and darkness i felt growing up. My models bodies are NOT inappropriate, they have nothing to hide, and please stop sexualizing my images and my models.
https://instatbt.com/Place/new-york-new-york/212988663New York, New YorkI'm 90% sure someone bought those nipple peppers. Bts of my shoot with ohmightyjenni and I'm not sure if this is how you "supermarket" properly?
https://instatbt.com/Place/pennsylvania/245360001PennsylvaniaEach leaf that brushed her face deepened her sadness and dread. Each leaf she passed she'd never pass again. They rode over her face like veils, already some yellow, their veins like slender bones where the sun shone through them. She had resolved herself to ride on for she could not turn back and the world that day was as lovely as any day that ever was and she was riding to her death.
https://instatbt.com/Place/philadelphia-pennsylvania/214228753Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaOh, but you must travel through those woods again and again..
said a shadow at the window... and you must be lucky to avoid the wolf every time... But the wolf... the wolf only needs enough luck to find you once.
lickaspoon was the master MVP to shoot with today. She's such a tough and chill girl, I'm sorry you nearly froze to death today for these shots. We found only one or two spots because I didn't wanna go too far, but I was able to create the mini series I've been waiting to shoot. This is for my series "Alone in the Woods" which I'll have up in my stories eventually.
COMMENT AND TELL ME WHAT YOUR FAVORITE VIBE/FEELING IS IN PHOTOS! I love that lost/alone lonely feeling. ///////
https://instatbt.com/Place/intrepid-sea-air---space-museum/66348Intrepid Sea, Air & Space MuseumExtinguish my eyes, I'll go on seeing you.
Seal my ears, I'll go on hearing you.
And without feet I can make my way to you,
without a mouth I can swear your name.
Break off my arms, I'll take hold of you
with my heart as with a hand.
Stop my heart, and my brain will start to beat.
And if you consume my brain with fire,
I'll feel you burn in every drop of my blood
https://instatbt.com/Place/new-york-new-york/212988663New York, New YorkI wanted to make this post for all the people that have a bad habit of comparing themselves to artists they may really like and start feeling discouraged. I began taking pictures towards the end of 2015 (Sept-Dec) and I started with cityscapes and urban exploration. I shot everything in JPEG and most of my scapes at f1.8-2.8. After a while I started shooting street portraits because it gave me a reason to go out everyday and bother strangers. I didn't even like portraits at the time. Nobody wanted to model for me because I had no prior examples that someone would see and want to exchange their time for. I would get unbelievably tipsy every day, roaming the city with a handle of some whiskey, and stop strangers for street portraits. I practiced on them and random friends for months. Learning their stories, working on their angles, and etc all in the 5-10 minutes theyd be willing to stand around. I drowned myself in booze and parties to avoid my problems unrelated to photography nearly everyday non stop for years. During all of this im trying to learn photography and gain perspective.
Fast forward to 2 years later. Its very different looking at my progression in the long run vs day by day because it's hard to map your progress so short term. I used to compare myself to many artists like cvatikmilianeyes_imagefoliolalovenenoso etc and wonder why I couldn't do what they did. I beat myself up over it everyday and kept trying to force myself to understand what they saw that I couldn't. How they got those tones? Why they thought of a pose/type of composition and why I didnt think of it.. Why did their photos have that energy mine lacked?
It look me a long time to realize that I'll never be able to look at the world the same way anyone else does. I wont be able to see their perspective. But thats what makes it so beautiful and worth it! All I can do is work on my own style, take my time learning at my own pace. Its impossible to compare yourself and your work to someone with a completely different life and different experiences. It'll never add up. Don't ever compare yourself to anyone else. Just do what you love and keep trying to learn as much as you can!
https://instatbt.com/Place/hong-kong/214424288Hong KongAnother edit using my VLM preset. This time i tried to keep it simple. Lord these raws are so sharp dela_renz_oh & sharmainesiu 😂 Deciding on whether or not I should edit one more for the glowtraitsffa which has been really fun participating in! -thinky face emoji because apparently my phones missing it???- Who wants me to take a crack at one of their photos? Jkjk im lazy 😝😂✨
https://instatbt.com/Place/somewhere-on-earth/283123592178289Somewhere on EarthSOOO! Questiom time, which do you prefer? I decided to give you guys a peek into my preset arsenal. The first is my goto VLM preset, the second is my GLM preset (mostly used on my secret tumblr), and lastly black and white! The last photo is the original. I only used Adobe Lightroom to edit these. Photoshop was a mission lol. Hope you guys enjoy and HAPPY Monday!
These are for the glowtraitsffa which Im so excited to do since I've been enjoying spending time editing something different than what I'd shoot. ❤❤🌈🌈
https://instatbt.com/Place/penn-station-manhattan-new-york/1189802214427559Penn Station, Manhattan, New YorkAAIGHT SO BOOM. There I was with Cat on a beautiful day and I suggested we go shoot around Penn station. She was like "Facts my guy" aiight so boom what had happened was we went to Penn station but it was trash. We both realized it wasnt lit and I was like "Yo lets do this photography outside in the cut." And she was like "copy fam" aiight so boom we went outside and did our lil photography thing real quick u alreadii. Then she was like "im finna get these flicks asap, fam" but i cut her off before she said anything else and was like "Say no more.".. I'm like 80% sure that's how the conversation happened.
___________________ ______________________________ Just so you guys know if you havent checked my stories.. I'm still doing the critique video so be patient with me. Its alot of people and i don't have as much free time as I thought I did when I posted AND i wasnt expecting so many. But I'll be posting it on youtube sometime today so keep an eye out for my stories for the link and info on how to find yours!
https://instatbt.com/Place/washington-heights-manhattan/214397579Washington Heights, ManhattanSo, since i dont post alot of guys decided to dig into the archives and pull out a fun memory of mine. Jaire and I used to be good friends but we stopped hanging out as much as our groups shifted. That was like 7-8 years ago. Fast forward to 2 years ago and we still kept in contact via Facebook. So I was like fuck it and slid into my old pals DM's with a request I knew he wouldn't deny.
"Yo bro you tryna drink 40s by the tracks and take pictures? My treat." AND BOOM.
We linked up and spent 30 minutes running around to different bodegas looking for beer. Finally found the right 40 and skipped off to go explore. He brought me a present btw, it was beer. His present to come chill and drink beer, was beer. I couldn't argue with that. 🍺😂 Miss u man. .
(Side Note) if i remember correctly I was into "Urbex" at the time and we actually ended up trying to take pictures in a dark abandoned station later on that night???? Like it's dark with no light what were we thinking lol.
Malcolm XMalcolm X2018-02-23Sooooo... YOU GUYS ASKED FOR SOME BEFORE AND AFTERS HUH? ITS A BEFOREANDAFTERPALOOZA dont use that hashtag famous instagrammers, its trademarked.
I was kinda kidding when i posted that story about posting raws at 3am but alot of people seemed interested so I THREW IN SOME EXTRAS. The last 4 are random photos from my library.
Also, if you're interested in modeling for me and you already got your letter from Hogwarts, message me. ⚡ https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/5B387FB8/t51.2885-15/e35/28158537_143059469843185_9089222452805894144_n.jpg2018-02-23
https://instatbt.com/Place/financial-district-manhattan/504940902Financial District, ManhattanTook me ages but i finally learned how to make a moodboard in Photoshop! I also organized 20,000+ photos in Lightroom 😌All between 3am and 8am. Got to test out a new lens today as well. SUPER PRODUCTIVE DAY. I promise my next posts will be new work!
Some bts info - Ive been planning for the first time ever and i did a few test shoots to get a feel for my new camera. Its been so weird shopping and looking for clothes for my models (weird looks in the womens section) Lol but ive met many helpful people. Im really trying to plan out more cinematic shoots and do more videos. Hope you guys stay tuned for more!
But for now, since im having a good day.. Here's Charlie while we explored the Financial District & Oculus 2 years ago.
https://instatbt.com/Place/harlem–125th-street/504871349Harlem–125th StreetI'm deactivating my Instagram tomorrow afternoon for a little while so I can focus Buuuuuttt before I go... Here's a photo I've had for a year that I didn't like until about 43 seconds ago. And like 3 other old photos before this I posted today. Lmk which is your fave!
https://instatbt.com/Place/east-harlem/212935927East HarlemI wonder which is preferable, to walk around all your life swollen up with your own secrets until you burst from the pressure of them, or to have them sucked out of you, every paragraph, every sentence, every word of them, so at the end you're depleted of all that was once as precious to you as hoarded gold, as close to you as your skin - everything that was of the deepest importance to you, everything that made you cringe and wish to conceal, everything that belonged to you alone - and must spend the rest of your days like an empty sack flapping in the wind, an empty sack branded with a bright fluorescent label so that everyone will know what sort of secrets used to be inside you?
https://instatbt.com/Place/brooklyn-new-york/212950988Brooklyn, New YorkYou ever feel stuck? That choking kind of panic that takes over every fibre of your being? Snaking its way up through your spine and around your neck? Like your trapped in a recurring nightmare and no matter how hard you try... You just can't run hard enough. You just can't run fast enough. So you succumb to the darkness, only for it to happen all over again. But what if I told you, the only way to wake up was to lose it all? Would you give up everything you knew for the unknown?
https://instatbt.com/Place/lower-manhattan/212995471Lower ManhattanMy life is darkness with flashes of color. You have to understand what it feels like to feel nothing 98% of the time and the other 2% is filled with large amounts of feelings you can't explain. The last girl I was involved with a year ago, I chose to run away from my feelings and push her away because it was easier. I decided at the time that feeling nothing as I've always felt compared to the emotions i started to feel was easier. Keep that as a context to understand what I look for when I shoot. A person who i barely understand, a situation that wasn't planned, a moment forgotten... I want you to understand I gave up the chance for temporary fulfilment because I was scared. I don't know what I lost or what I gained. I felt this would be the perfect picture because it was 1 of 5 that I've only ever took of this girl. I got what I wanted. I wanted a reflection of the hesitation to move forward and darkness I felt. I wanted that splash of color. (Finally re-edited this. Used Photoshop and LR)