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NY3: The 'Do I even live here?' Edition by a zugunruhe

11/15/17-11/15/18 has been an interesting time.

After years of grinding out video editing skills, I landed a good job. After years of grinding out concert photography, people started digging my stuff. It has been cool and exciting.

At the beginning of 2018 I was finishing a temp job at MoMA and am ending the year in Bangkok after a three month stay in Europe that was sparked by acceptance to a residency in Arles, France.

When the year began, I was still developing my Sight + Sound series that I shot from February to May 2017 in Switzerland, Cuba, and Iceland. Work that took me longer than expected because I had no blueprint for the amount of work I wanted to put into it.

I also wanted to make strides in as many production areas as possible.

I took my After Effects time more seriously and began ripping random Soundcloud song to make videos. I began my slow decent into Trapcode and 3d rendering software and very much look forward to what will come from spending more time there.

I sold all of the lenses I was familiar with and attempted to transition to a zoom lens. After I was tired of trading quality for a quick change of focal lengths, I switched back to one main prime and it helped me set my focus for the photo sets that I’m releasing next. I forgot how much I loved the constraint of one focal length to help me think about how to shoot situations.

A slightly depressing but productive 2017 set me up for an insane 2018. I can only hope to work even harder in 2019.

I hope everyone’s next 365 days is productive.

Diet Cig

Diet Cig

Bushwick

Bushwick

Sound Of Ceres

Sound Of Ceres

Grand Street L, first snow

Grand Street L, first snow

Stuyedeyed

Stuyedeyed

Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

Show Me The Body

Show Me The Body

L Train

L Train

Octopus Project

Octopus Project

Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale

DRMCRSHR

DRMCRSHR

Abandoned factory in Gowanus

Abandoned factory in Gowanus

Sloppy Jane

Sloppy Jane

Q Train

Q Train

Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt

Fort Tilden

Fort Tilden

Elsewhere

Elsewhere

Coney Island

Coney Island

Grim Streaker

Grim Streaker

The Footlight

The Footlight

The Go! Team

The Go! Team

South 4th Cafe (RIP)

South 4th Cafe (RIP)

Pill

Pill

Coney Island

Coney Island

Sound of Ceres

Sound of Ceres

Bowery

Bowery

Death of Lovers

Death of Lovers

Rockaway

Rockaway

Teen Body

Teen Body

Boat party

Boat party

Greenpoint Gallery

Greenpoint Gallery

Mr Lower Eastside

Mr Lower Eastside

Secret Circle

Secret Circle

Metropolitan Station

Metropolitan Station

Retail

Retail

Midtown

Midtown

Another Year In NYC by a zugunruhe

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New York is a weird place.

Over the last twelve months, I've only spent a little over seven here. My time was split between NYC, India, Switzerland, Rome, Iceland, Cuba, Baltimore, Texas, and roughly a week on trains.

This year had me moving out of the country for an extended time to do my first residency in Skagastrond, Iceland. There, I fell short of my initial goals but immediately started producing photo sets like Lightwaves and Dreamscapes that I'm incredibly proud of.

From that experience I came back to NYC to put on my first solo gallery show produce the project Framing, which is something that had been bouncing around my head for over a year. 

Beginning with Framing, I started combining my love of making music and putting together visuals to promote my photo sets. This has put me on a very tight schedule with the momentary release of my Sights and Sounds series, a new effort into the travel videos that first pulled me into multimedia production.

I've definitely become more confident as a photographer than I was a year ago. This time has allowed to produce work on a scale I was incapable before and I'm excited for what I have in mind for the next twleve months.

Last December's first snow over the Pulaski Bridge

Last December's first snow over the Pulaski Bridge

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Takashio Hiisayasu at Greenpoint Gallery, Janurary

Takashio Hiisayasu at Greenpoint Gallery, Janurary

Father at Kinfolk

Father at Kinfolk

Claws photo shoot

Claws photo shoot

Brooklyn-bound R train

Brooklyn-bound R train

14th and 6th

14th and 6th

Pipilotti Rost: Pixel Forest, New Museum

Pipilotti Rost: Pixel Forest, New Museum

Manhattan Ave

Manhattan Ave

Clockwork Bar

Clockwork Bar

East Williamsburg

East Williamsburg

MTA employee stuck after a stolen car is left in a crosswalk, Bed-Stuy

MTA employee stuck after a stolen car is left in a crosswalk, Bed-Stuy

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

Staten Island

Staten Island

Ninjasonik/Unstoppable Death Machines/Snoopy at Knockdown Center

Ninjasonik/Unstoppable Death Machines/Snoopy at Knockdown Center

Idiotarod 2017

Idiotarod 2017

Idiotarod 2017

Idiotarod 2017

Idiotarod 2017

Idiotarod 2017

Dan and The Dude

Dan and The Dude

Takashio Hiisayasu at Greenpoint Gallery, November

Takashio Hiisayasu at Greenpoint Gallery, November

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Genivive

Genivive

Halloween

Halloween

La Vida Boheme at Central Park

La Vida Boheme at Central Park

Daptone Records, Bushwick

Daptone Records, Bushwick

Framing by a zugunruhe

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Living in NYC has given me an appreciation for how the surface of a city evolves.

How structures decay, how paint cracks, how advertisements fade, how posters are torn, how the proximity of salt water affects discoloration, how taggers write over others' tags.

Everything comes together in such a beautiful symphony of color and texture, caused by both time and human intervention, that I wanted to capture it in some way other than an iPhone photo here and there (although you can find many on my personal IG: @adamziegenhals).

I will admit that introducing the frame to these photos feels kitschy and hokey. My aim wasn't to make a bunch of Instagram shots and postcards, but to focus the view where I felt a confluence of the project's aim. In the process of shooting—hours spent wandering neighborhoods—I found the frame useful in highlighting what I wanted to capture. It sometimes became the subject itself, leading to some of my favorite shots.

I had the idea of lugging around a frame to do this project for a while, but finding these amazing, albeit beat up, gold frames in a SoHo trash heap kicked things off. How better to frame instances of disregarded beauty, than with an actual discarded frame?
 


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Slutist's Legacy of the Witch 2 by a zugunruhe

Slutist's second Legacy of the Witch festival was held Saturday night at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint. The night was filled with Tarot readings, burlesque, and a raffle for a dildo made of crystal.

The theme of this sex positive, feminist event was to reclaim the word witch as a positive and, in the words of Slutist founder Kristen Korvette, "to prove there's more to the term witch than a few Stevie Nicks costumes."

The night featured exciting, cathartic, and blood shedding performances by many lovely ladies and capped by bands Void Vision, Sabbath Assembly, and Wax Idols. The latter fronted by Hether Fortune, whose domineering stage presence brought out the likes of Nick Zinner.

Wax Idols