Portraits of New York

Portraits of New York. It was an absolute pleasure interviewing Mr. Bobby X Spartan from “Portraits of New York.” An eloquent, soft spoken individual, with the heart of a true New Yorker. This short doc was quite a challenge. Filmed, edited and presented at B&H in less than a day, if you exclude hours of panic looking for a subject, b-roll in what can only be described as biblical rain, and the fact that I was all alone. The line Bobby spoke during our interview “Whether I remember or not, I will always be reminded” holds true to me as an artist of the gift of capturing time. Moments forever alive through storytelling. The biggest challenge was stepping away from the abundance of coverage I am use to getting and just sitting, waiting for that one pure moment.

I want to thank Philip Bloom for his guidance on the project and for the positive life experience. Also, Mr.Peter Reynolds, for his advice, helping me with my audio, and for the $41US gin tonic to help calm my nerves when I returned to the hotel thinking I had nothing to show. Thank you to Bill Weir for his professional critique and kind words. And to Jesica Bruzzi of B&H for hosting us and allowing this all to happen.


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