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

This blog is a current feed of new work and projects in the incubator, as well as musings on ideas and things I find relevant.

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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.  

RETROSPECTIVE, GRATIS: NOV’13

I started my personal tumblr, Introspection, gratis nearly two years ago now and I’ve tried to make it a habit to post daily.  I, humanly, slip…sometimes many days.  This is occasionally because of laziness and lack of inspiration, but I’d like to think it’s because I’m too locked in to my experience to want to put my camera down.  

Such is the case with a month like this past November.  I took three East Coast trips: Philly/NYC, Flagler Beach, North Carolina.  I also came to San Francisco for Thanksgiving.  I’m posting this from a coffee shop near my brother’s place in the Haight.

I’ve decided I’d like to start doing a retrospective post about my month’s adventures and write blurbs that add context to them.  I post solely the images in I,G, but here is for the blabbing to accompany some of my selects from the month.

Needless to say, there’s lots to say about November.  I was rarely home.  You wouldn’t think I’d be missing Orlando by the way I never stay there.  I’m leaving in less than a month and I feel like I’m not giving it a proper goodbye to the city that’s cultivated a lot of what I know. I’ve also started ramping up plans for New York, and needless to say I’m equal parts excited and scared shitless.  

While I haven’t been home, I’ve grown a great appreciation for having one.  Having a “nest” to rest your head while you build something.  I’ve been wary about making my new place in Orlando my “home” for the past four months; I’ve always known I’d move away in a set amount of time.  But I do miss the comfort of my old place and knowing the familiarity of the walls.  I may not have had that for a while, but I look forward to making that new nest in Brooklyn.

The transitory lifestyle does have its’ melancholy, but I really have been enjoying it.  It’s been great seeing friends and family I don’t get to often.  More importantly, it’s great that it hasn’t been dipping my toe and reminiscing.  We’ve gone on adventures and have made new memories…new photographs.  It’s been a wonderful month.

Geoff

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Stuck Everywhere In Everything, 2013
Performance
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This past summer, I worked alongside Hanna M Owens, in Amherst.  She’s an incredible artist and friend who introduced me to Robyn and the beginning of the post-Disney Miley Cyrus era.  We were able to find time to collaborate on this performative still-life on our last night in Mass.  Check out her body of work on tumblr and her website.

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Stuck Everywhere In Everything, 2013

Performance

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This past summer, I worked alongside Hanna M Owens, in Amherst.  She’s an incredible artist and friend who introduced me to Robyn and the beginning of the post-Disney Miley Cyrus era.  We were able to find time to collaborate on this performative still-life on our last night in Mass.  Check out her body of work on tumblr and her website.