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Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:41:40 PM »
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  • Hey everyone.  While I do not live in Rockaway (I live in the Bronx) I do enjoy spending much of my time year round hanging out with friends there which has inspired me to begin a photoproject.  I would like to take portraits of Rockaway surfers with their boards at different locations around Rockaway: on the streets, under the train, in a bodega, on a boardwalk.  My aim is to highlight the unique members of the surfing community there with the environment that surrounds that community.  I am more than willing to use the portraits to benefit the community in whatever way makes the most sense and each surfer will get a free copy of their own portrait.  If you are interested please let me know,
    To check out some of my work, drop by my website www.mikelepetitphotography.com or my instagram: telepathiclime


    Thanks!
    Mike
    « Last Edit: January 23, 2015, 05:26:35 PM by Telepathiclime »

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #1 on: January 22, 2015, 11:24:59 PM »
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  • Hold on a second guys. Let me grab some popcorn.

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 09:38:44 AM »
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  • We can use props?
    Hold on a second guys. Let me grab some popcorn.
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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #3 on: January 23, 2015, 11:30:13 AM »
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  • this guy looks photogenic
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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #4 on: January 23, 2015, 02:43:30 PM »
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  • I am more than willing to use the portraits to benefit the community in whatever way makes the most sense...

    I think his offer to help the community helps to mitigate any sort of kooky surf-culture-exploitation that some might (rightfully) feel. 

    That said, Rockaway isn't my home, so it's not my call.  But if it was, I would take him up on his offer to see what good might come out of it for the community.   

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #5 on: January 23, 2015, 03:21:29 PM »
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  • Ok, ill go first


    First off, Im a transplant, not a local, I have only lived there a decade and surfed there for 20 years so take what I say with a grain of salt.


    In what way at all would this help our community?
    God damn. Every time I hear it helps the community, I have yet to see "it" offer one of our neighbor hood kids a college fund or even but them a tutor.


    I have yet to see almost, and I say almost anything ever help the actual community of people that live here... (RBSC, Im not forgetting Sandy)




    But if I hear one more person who doesn't live here try to sell me their promotional goody bag with the tag line of help our community Im going to puke.


    I tell you what Mr photographer
    1>Pay your subjects a standard model day rate, or ..
    2>Come live here, become their friends, buy them beers and then then will talk about photos...There are already a handful of great friends who take great photos ahead of you.


    This is subject that has been beaten to death with a bag of oranges... 







    ..Whore it to death then sell the corpse on Craigslist... (used to be Ebay but eff Ebay and Paypal)

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #6 on: January 23, 2015, 04:49:08 PM »
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  • Okay, I suppose you're right, although I by no means meant to come off as a martyr, and I think you focused too much on just a small point in my request.  And while I am friends with many people who live in Rockaway, some transplants, some long time natives, who I will take pictures of for this project, the participation of willing locals is very welcome.  What needs to be understood, however, is that if people only ever took photos of people where they live or of their friends, the world would continue to be a very small place.  Photography is about learning about people, places, nature, etc and exposing those things to others.  I do understand people's hesitation, however, to have their own world -- as they like it --  over exposed and ruined, which is not my intent.  If I wanted to walk down the streets of Rockaway and take candid shots of people, I would, but what I am asking for here requires a bit more of people's time and cooperation, which of course, I am not forcing them to do.


    I am sorry that my offer to take the money I could, or could not, get selling my pictures and donate all of it to a local business or charity has offended you.  I make no claim that my pictures will rebuild a Rockaway boardwalk, but I do enjoy seeing my pictures raise money for animal shelters or the like.  As a full time New York City teacher I love your idea of using the money to buy a kid a tutor.  It sounds like you have some great ideas; maybe we could discuss where this money could go.


    My intention was never to offend anyone.  The world is a large and wonderful place and I enjoy photographing it, if not for the benefit of that community, then for my own-- personal-- art.     

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #7 on: January 23, 2015, 07:08:38 PM »
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  • damn, gonna be hard to resurrect the "circle jerk of snark" this got started with… I'm sure someone can get it back on track



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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #8 on: January 23, 2015, 07:41:27 PM »
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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #9 on: January 23, 2015, 08:09:42 PM »
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  • Do a forum search on the word "popcorn".  You're welcome.

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #10 on: January 23, 2015, 10:08:50 PM »
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  • Well if got friends here why are ya even asking.
    I mean "like" there's only what 23 people left on NYNJ?

    Look I had to be a dick to you, it's a tradition.

    Still but seriously I need to set up a college fund for the kids down the block.
    ..Whore it to death then sell the corpse on Craigslist... (used to be Ebay but eff Ebay and Paypal)

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #11 on: January 23, 2015, 10:11:16 PM »
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  • And it's still a phrase that makes me puke...
    I'm going to help the community..
    How?

    You know by helping....
    ..Whore it to death then sell the corpse on Craigslist... (used to be Ebay but eff Ebay and Paypal)

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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #12 on: January 24, 2015, 10:55:53 AM »
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  • Actually, I wish there had been this sort of project forty years ago down here in nj.    So much history has been lost.    Pictures, verbal recordings, it's all being lost as the pioneers pass along.    I would love to have recorded the words of TJ Carey who learned to surf from Tom Blake or the folks who saw the duke surf in Atlantic city....and rock away in twenty years?


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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #13 on: January 27, 2015, 03:28:23 PM »
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  • Matt Clark did a similar project back in the day. We were all stuffed into our winter suits in the studio under lights and such...And also in our normal clothes. It basically was a study on how, in the suits, we all looked alike, but were clearly a diverse bunch.
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    Re: Rockaway Surfer Portrait Photo Project
    « Reply #14 on: February 09, 2015, 01:17:15 PM »
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  • I know Mike and you probably won't come across a more genuine guy...ok, maybe Captain Goodvibes/SC would win out. ...but really, not an ounce of pretension about him.

    I believe I even directed him to NYNJ at some point. He's good with a camera and I can guarantee not looking to exploit anyone. I'm happy to put my reputation (which is minimal) on the line for my previous statement as well.

    While I'm biased I think it's a cool project coming from a good guy and at minimum you get a cool portrait of yourself (or a shitty one....don't eff this up, Mike).
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