January 04, 2013

Please check out the images made by the participants in my PopUp Workshop, the first put on by VII, that was held on New Year’s Day at Coney Island, NY. We went to cover the annual Coney Island Polar Bear swim, where both club members and the general public go for a dip in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a nice way to celebrate the new year and I was glad to be in my long johns! Below are brief descriptions of the participants:

Jordan Bush is a photojournalist specializing in long term visual storytelling of social issues, sports, and event photography, central to Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C., and NYC.

Lisa Osta is an enthusiastic lifelong photographer. Her photographs have been published in the New York Times and many magazines.

Francis Minien is a British born photographer with a Masters Degree in Photography from De Montfort University in England. He currently lives and works in New York City. For the last year he has been travelling around the world visiting 30 countries on all 7 continents, working on personal philanthropic and travel photography projects.

Jacob Byk is a photojournalism student attending Kent State University currently in his sophomore year. His personal interest is in cultural storytelling photojournalism, and is fascinated with energy production in the United States and the modern civil rights movement.

A third generation Brooklynite, Matthew DeMaio is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s MS program in Strategic Communications. The son of a former commercial photographer, DeMaio has lived in four countries, officiated six weddings, and worked for two governors – all without having had so much of a sip of coffee (much to the disbelief of his espresso-swigging Italian kin).

Shameel Arafin (b.1975) is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Over the last two years, his photojournalism has revolved around the culture of resistance in America, specifically with regard to documenting the erosion of civil liberties.

Shannon Elliott is a sophomore photojournalism student currently attending the University of Missouri-Columbia. Shannon grew up in Austin, Texas, which influenced her love of live music photography as well as her love for football and sports photography.

Another participant who asked to remain anonymous, was born and raised in the central valley of California and have lived in Brooklyn for nearly five years as an athlete, musician, and freelance photographer.  I’m ever curious to practice with all of the methods available to tell a still story and keep on telling them.

Jean Ross photographs the beauty, humanity, and humor in everyday life. New to New York, she still marvels at the fact that Coney Island is a short ride on the Q train from home and travels there frequently.
Here is a slide show of the work produced by my group on January 1, 2013.

Happy New Year and best regards, Ed.

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