My name is Geoff, and I'm a photographer and filmmaker based in NYC.

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Retrospection, Gratis : May ‘14

Ugh. Missed another month.  I hate making this thing bi-monthly because it’s meant to be true to the experience of that current time.  Since May, I’ve visited six countries and two states.  I’ve lost touch with certain friends and strengthened new relationships.  I’ve picked up interests and gained perspective. I’ve also lost a phone and wallet.  There’s too much to really fit into a single retrospective.  Because of this, I’m going to split up May and June, and will post next week about the trip. 

I only have a few words for May since it’s hard to recall.  I didn’t take that many photographs.  I was busy working, preparing for my trip and the summer video job I’m doing for the NBA.  I spent my free time with my friends, with more drinks in my hands than cameras.   I’m not complaining. This was the most complacent I’ve felt since moving here.  It was a lovely month where the cold finally left and New York started showing it’s green.   I remember not wanting to leave New York when I boarded my plane for Qatar.

This was my last month living with my roommate, Nik, who was one of the people that indirectly recruited me to Brooklyn.  We spent last summer teaching at Amherst together and he’s reprised that role along with a full-time spot at Duke in the fall.  All will work out for him, as he’s one for “clear eyes, full hearts.”

His departure does make me question the longevity of a situation like living in New York.  There’s a consistent thrill to it that feels ephemeral, like your apartment is an extended-stay hotel that you pay overpriced rent for.  While I know plenty of people with solid jobs here, it almost as if everyone’s in a temporary living situation, whether that be with their apartment, relationship, project, etc.  It’s not exactly “home,” but there’s no other place we’d prefer to be. I’m adapted to regular changing of scenery at this point, and I think I’ll remain okay with it for a long time.  I only hope the same for those I care about in this city and miss in others.

Pictured here: a guy at Capricious gallery, lovers at Bushwick Inlet Park, Molly’s hand and Kait at McKarren,  a guy at the downstairs bodega and the new kitten. Last shot is of my parents at Wadi Rum- a little preview into the trip. 


Retrospection, Gratis : March & April ‘14

Sorry I skipped last month.  Things got a little crazy towards the end of March.  As is known in gig-life, “when it rains, it pours.”  It was nice to see the New York drought come to an end, as the jobs have been consistent and a good time.   Doing a little bit of everything these days.

I’ve settled into being twenty-four seamlessly (not like there’s much to get used to.)  More importantly, I’ve settled into New York as my home.  I know my streets and surroundings decently enough to give strangers directions and love showing visitors around.  It’s a place that doesn’t lose it’s photogenic quality even after learning its intricacies.  Manhattan is still Disneyland to me, but Williamsburg is very home-y. 

My spirits have been the highest they’ve been since moving to New York.  Employment may have something to do with it, but I’ve also been trying to move on with certain things in my life that I hadn’t been able to let go.  It’s been a lesson in self-forgiveness and still wanting the best for myself and those who I’ve regrettably hurt.  I know this is coded, but this blog isn’t the best place for this.

Anyways, here’s a mix of work and snaps.  I’ve become very close with longtime friend and brilliant mind, Leland Gorlin.  He doesn’t mind getting his photo taken-hope you don’t mind looking at his handsome man-bun and beard.  He also snapped the last photo of me somewhere in the world.

Got a chance to go to Seattle last week to assist my good friend, Jonpaul Douglass, on a shoot. The trip was work related but was as refreshing as any vacation to a new city.  I was charmed by Seattle’s weather and enjoyed the company of the dudes I was hanging out with (Andy Melo, Joshua Ariza, Zach Miller.)  Here are some snaps.

Paulina Bracone

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RETROSPECTIVE, GRATIS: FEB ‘14

February is the month where the cold stopped being crippling and instead transformed into an annoying nag, buzzing in your bones.  It seems that mother nature is no longer keeping people indoors, but rather making everyone cuss under their breath as they go about a normal routine.  It hasn’t phased me in terms of being active, but it’s sure made me more sailor-esque.

The NBA gig down in New Orleans was a healthy break from the hustle and bustle of starting anew in NY, and was a nice time spent with a friend on a job that I truly enjoy.

Also, I turned twenty-four last week.  It doesn’t feel that different from the year before; I’m still without existential purpose, a blurry moral compass, a lot of ambition and an oscillating sense of direction.  The only difference is now I have another month of NYC under my belt.  This means my sensibilities are changing, both in comfort and in aspirations.  I have a feeling my next batch of created personal work will begin to feel different. 

I’m hoping March shows signs of warmth.  I’d like it to not be miserable holding a camera outdoors. In the meantime, I’ll keep the big plans brewing and try not to make “rainy day” excuses. It’s pretty easy to do that.  

Geoff

NBA All-Star 2014 in New Orleans

I was fortunate enough to be asked back to do coverage of the NBA All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans.  Jonpaul Douglass and I spent the week making videos for their Facebook, and we also managed to snap some portraits of the All-Star guys. 

Here’s one of the fifteen videos we produced during our week in the Big Easy.  Pretty simple, but has some star power.

Anonymous asked:
Sometimes the most insignificant experiences can fuel the change you thought was keeping you stagnant. Maybe I've been thinking backwards this whole time. Maybe I'm the one in denial. Maybe my strength is what's keeping me weak. Thanks Geoff

Thank you.   I hope we can get coffee sometime.

RETROSPECTIVE, GRATIS: JAN ‘14

One month into New York life has been filled with good times in sullen weather.  Lots of time at my desk has turned my curtain-less windows into dual screens monitoring the corners of S4th and Hooper.  I’m starting to be soothed by the JMZ passing two blocks down at nights.  Unfortunately (but probably good for me), the construction across the street wakes me every morning.  

If this sounds morose it’s because yesterday’s weather was the worst it’s been.  The snow turned to slush and it resulted in what’s supposed to be the worst commuting day in NYC history. 

The sun’s out today, which allows me window of positive retrospection.   I had a much needed week with my family in Lake Tahoe, then a solid booked week and half of photo and video jobs.  Lifestyle shoots and a personal fashion video project.  Keep an eye out for that stuff soon. 

While crappy weather can get you down, I’m starting to become comfortable in NY.  I’ve a routine together, I’m forming friendships with interesting people, and will hopefully will be shooting a lot more soon. 

To come this month is my FAVORITE job of the year, the NBA All-Star Jam Session, where I get to team up with my bud and mentor Jonpaul on shooting dope basketball content down in New Orleans.   Also, this month brings my 24th birthday. Jeesh.  Hopefully next month’s write-up won’t include psalms of a quarter-life crisis. 

Geoff

RETROSPECTIVE, GRATIS: DEC’13

A very important year came to an end in December.  One that I graduated college, took a summer teaching job, worked forty-four productions, traveled around the country (and dabbled in Canada), navigated relationships, made sacrifices, collected over 100,000 flyer miles, and, finally, moved to Brooklyn.

Being here now feels both like realizing my dream while also being more intimidated than ever.  There’s simultaneous encouragement and oppression, the latter coming mostly from inner monologue.  I’m finding my feet and am very happy to be here.  I’m lucky that I have a great apartment, dope roommates, stability, and good crew to help me hit the ground running.  One of those crew members is my long time friend, Max Schwartz, who’s talent and motivational cheerleading has been one of the biggest pushes to move up here.  He’s a killer dude and very talented, so check out his work.

To 2014, y’all! I need to say that now that I’ve left the “South”.  Here are some photos from my tail-end in the Bay Area, last weeks in Orlando, the east coast drive-up with Leland, and my first days getting situated hanging out in BK.

-Geoff

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I tried to find a single image to be the emblem of 2013 and haven’t had much luck.  With everything being so transitory and transformative, not one photo can accurately satisfy the scope of what I’ve experienced.  I feel this way to-the-date almost every year, but this has felt like the most telling and important year of my life.  It hasn’t been without hardships that so much change has occurred.  Truthfully, it’s been very difficult.  But it’s not all there is.  
I don’t want to bring melancholy to the New Year as much as I’d like to acknowledge it and understand its place.  I’m sure 2014 will have it’s share of it. I also have hope; aspirations for a sincere progression in my friendships, relationships, knowledge, work, and myself.  I hope that recognizing the former will tip the scale in the favor of those progressions.  
Here’s a photo of my backyard at 720 Primrose.  I was pretty inspired everyday by that illuminated door; I’m grateful that the clouds seldom blocked the light.  Cheers to more of those parcels of inspiration in Brooklyn’s light in 2014.  Happy New Year everyone.  

introspectiongratis:

I tried to find a single image to be the emblem of 2013 and haven’t had much luck.  With everything being so transitory and transformative, not one photo can accurately satisfy the scope of what I’ve experienced.  I feel this way to-the-date almost every year, but this has felt like the most telling and important year of my life.  It hasn’t been without hardships that so much change has occurred.  Truthfully, it’s been very difficult.  But it’s not all there is.  

I don’t want to bring melancholy to the New Year as much as I’d like to acknowledge it and understand its place.  I’m sure 2014 will have it’s share of it. I also have hope; aspirations for a sincere progression in my friendships, relationships, knowledge, work, and myself.  I hope that recognizing the former will tip the scale in the favor of those progressions.  

Here’s a photo of my backyard at 720 Primrose.  I was pretty inspired everyday by that illuminated door; I’m grateful that the clouds seldom blocked the light.  Cheers to more of those parcels of inspiration in Brooklyn’s light in 2014.  Happy New Year everyone.