Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.
“Lost,” David Wagoner (1999)

the Return

I have been rather absent from social media lately — been very busy. i’m going to work through the backlog and start posting again, I promise. Here’s an outtake from a shoot for the New York Times that didn’t make the paper:


Jean Grae for NPR Music

Made a quick portrait of Jean Grae for NPR Music in Bushwick yesterday. It was great to meet her. I’m a big fan.

A$AP Ferg for NPR Music

I made this portrait of A$AP Ferg for NPR Music last month using a gridded speedlight in a dark corner at NPR HQ. These five minute portraits sometimes make me nervous but he was a total delight. I think the best thing you can do is immediately get too close — the worst pictures, to me, are the ones that are coolly distant for no real reason. What a guy.


still Dipset

Made some candid portraits of Dipset backstage before their reunion show last month and then photograph their performance from the stage. It was tight. Hell Rell showed up. Hey Juelz. Sup Jim. Hi Killa. Freeky!

Catey Shaw for Inked

Had the opportunity for a quick studio shoot with singer Catey Shaw when she came by Inked for an interview last month.