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Afternoon in Manhattan

I love New York City. I love the bustling throngs of people from a thousand different cultures, the gritty labyrinth of train tunnels underneath the streets, soaring stone architecture, the lakes, tall omnivorous trees clawing at a blue sky that spills out over the Atlantic Ocean, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge and just in the corner a French street band shouting and strumming as lights of skyscrapers, a million headlights flare in a bright operatic backdrop.

Art Gray Photography

This past week I experienced the good fortune of reconnecting with a wonderful photographer and friend, Art Gray. He specializes in architectural photography and working with him always turns into an adventure of visiting spectacular homes or cutting-edge industrial designs. Even though I grew up taking snapshots and a few photography courses, my education did not truly initiate until I worked with Art.

From him I learned how to bend, shape, bounce, diffuse light or how to make it disappear when it illuminated something undesirable like an incident angle or reflection. I also learned how to accept unchangeable situations. Like cloudy days.

However, on this particular job the gods of winter smiled on us as we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at a beach house in Malibu where we shot for the architecture and design group, Minarc, which consists  of an Icelandic husband and wife team (Tryggvi Thorsteinsson & Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir). At low tide, we paused for a moment as Art took some wonderful photos of their kids playing on the beach (see video). Look for the photos in magazines worldwide in 2012.

Even though I’m most passionate about video there’s always something to learn from professionals like Art who work in related fields. Treat every experience as an opportunity to absorb knowledge, hone skills and meet new people even if you’ve done it a hundred times before.