Interview by photographer Angela Cappetta.
Artist Series Photographer Henry Jacobson.NY/DC based artist Henry Jacobson just got his first book deal. Believe it or not, his camera of choice is an iPhone. His upcoming book, Postcards Home (to be released in 2013 by Daylight), is a journey through his life as a nomadic photographer, using mobile images as his own personal morse code.
Henry’s work has been shown in recent exhibitions at the NY Photo Festival, A&I Gallery Los Angeles, The Annenberg Space for Photography, and Slideluck DC. Images from this book project were first published by Visura Magazine.
“The work is from a period of personal upheaval, changing relationships, illnesses, deaths and births. My nomadic life inhibited my access to loved ones. Every image was taken with an iPhone. So most were immediately sent to someone I love. I also shared via social network. This synergy of photography and communication, through the use of mobile technology, is changing our understanding of the medium from a frozen moment to a visual interaction between individuals. This work is the result of my attempts to connect with the people and the environments that replaced my concept of home.”
I began using the iPhone simply because it was what I had with me all the time. But I immediately fell in love with the process of shooting with the device. It allowed me an intimacy with my surroundings that is impossible with a large DSLR. Furthermore, Surely, then I began to discover a different aesthetic than I had seen anywhere else. Including in my own work.
I was able to make images that were very much my own, in my own voice, really for the first time in my career. I began to see this work as both a larger personal project, and as a means to communicate visually in a new way.
These pictures are found moments. I realized I was interested in using this camera critically. Then I began actively seeking out opportunities to make pictures this way. I’d often only carry my iPhone when I went out to shoot instead of my usual practice of carrying multiple cameras.
Honestly, I have no idea. I’m not at that stage in the process yet. I have been able to print these, with mostly beautiful results, at up to 16″ – but this book will be smaller, about 6″ x 11″ – so resolution isn’t a foreseeable a problem.
4) Why Daylight Books?
I was aware of Daylight through their magazine. I always thought it was beautiful. Furthermore, I admired how they negotiated the print to web issue, fully embracing both. Then I met Michael Itkoff (one of the two founders of Daylight, along with Taj Forer) at a discussion of the future of photography books post-iPad, hosted at SVA. His thoughts were impressing. And he handled the subject and his questions for the panel evenly. They had just begun publishing books last year, with Alejandro Cartagena’s gorgeous book Suburbia Mexicana.
5) How can somebody buy one of your pieces?
The best way, until December 18th, is to purchase prints and pre-order books through my kickstarter page People can contact me through my website, but right now, all of my energy is going towards meeting my kickstarter goal – so if anyone is interested in this work they should place orders there, and share it with their friends.
Help Portrait is a global event founded by Jeremy Cowart. Jeremy describes the event as “a community of photographers coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community.” Kenneth is working with a dedicated group to give back to families that are receiving services form Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. They will come together on December 1st at Glassell Park Community and Senior Center in Glassell Park, CA to photograph families who may have never had a formal family portrait before.
Kenneth spends the rest of his year pursuing a career as an editorial portrait photographer. His work has appeared in many national and regional publications.
The work shown below is work from a project of Kenneth’s called Joplin Tornado. “I was still living in Tulsa Oklahoma when the EF-5 Tornado hit Joplin Missouri. I was watching the reports of devastation on TV and I knew that I needed to make the short drive to Joplin to document the people. It wasn’t a natural leap to make a connection from Joplin to Help-Portrait for me at first. But I found these people fascinating. I want to know about them. For me it didn’t matter if their entire life was just turned upside down by a tornado or if they are getting their first real family portrait. I want to know the back story, and I hope that I can make a picture that tells that story. I’m always in search of a real moment. We see a lot of real moments during Help-Portrait. When you hand a family a print and they get a little teary because they’ve never had one before, that’s as real as it gets.”
Currently the best way for someone to buy my work is to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
In true swank fashion, these two tied the knot at The New York Botanical Garden’s Stone Mill. Evin floated down the aisle in a sustainable couture gown by Angelo Lambrou. And they said their I-do’s by a rushing river. Surrounded by friends and family from as far away as Colombia, from where Evin’s family hails, they made it official.
The only thing more fiery than the Spanish being spoken all night was the spark these two share. Enjoy the pictures below, which tell the story of the day, and watch the wonderful movie Robert wrote, which illustrates their special and very New York love story.
Fall Foundry LIC Wedding: Nathaniel needed a research assistant and Dom needed one more thing to oversaturate his college schedule. A working dinner was arranged. A very sexy argument ensued about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It turned out Dom didn’t have time for research but had time for Nathaniel. Nathaniel could live without the research but he couldn’t live without Dom. Across several oceans and a number of years, Dom and Nathaniel finally landed in their peaceful corner of Brooklyn.
Sometime in early 2013, Nathaniel decided he was probably ready. Dom had been ready since ’09. Nathaniel thought Dom’s July birthday could make an ideal time but the LA Times had a different plan. The paper offered him an op-ed in June–wedding month–and in a late draft Nathaniel snuck in a proposal.
He prevailed on the editors to hold the article until late on a Saturday so he could pop the question, article in hand, in the hours just before dinner. He printed out the piece and asked Dom to read it, then (after two false starts, thinking he’d gotten to the money part), he rushed over, knelt down and presented a chocolate cupcake with a red garden rose sticking out of it.
Dom said yes (and it’s on Facebook, so he can’t take it back).
If you want to read the article where it happened, it’s here: http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/09/opinion/la-oe-0609-frank-gay-marriage-20130609
Kiddo: A Bouncy Body of Work. Although I’ve been putting the children in my life in front of my lens for as long as I can remember, I have only very recently considered it a body of work. I have been shooting kids of all ages my entire career for fun and on assignment. I remember once I had to get a DVD ready because I was photographing a story with two year olds and let’s face it, we all knew how that would go.
The littlest man was named Hudson and to get the shot I needed, I put on a baby animal video behind me so he could watch it just long enough for me to get the shot my client needed. He loved it more than I expect. I gave it to his mom to keep, and a few days later she sent me a sweet thank you note that had a little drawing inside that Hudson made for me. So, I learned we only get sweet little moments like that when we work with kids.
Pete and Julie met at a baby shower. Yes, a baby shower. The kicker is, she was unavailable. Three years later serendipity kicked in. Pete, still lost in the effect of Julie’s piercing blue eyes, learned she was single! Not wasting a moment he rang her up.
In Pete’s own words, he “was hooked” right away. The sparks were so strong, they become inseparable. As their relationship matured, it didn’t matter in what order they did things: the baby came after the engagement but before the wedding, and the apartment renovation came before all three, but the dog came first.
Naturally, when the wedding rolled around, what a wedding it was! 150 guests filled Liberty Warehouse as Julie and Pete said their I-do’s during a classic New York City sunset.
Julie was smashing in her custom gown, made especially to fit her sweet baby bump. It was sea foam green, a nod to the water which surrounded Lady Liberty, who watched over them from New York Harbor.
The best part: the first dance included a song about a baby. Perfect.
Suit: Sebastian Grey Clothiers
Flowers: S.F. Falconer
Wedding Planner/Officiant: Reverend D
DJ: DJ Parler
Headdress: Jenny Packham
Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta .
To saber a bottle, traditionally, one uses a saber or a fancy sword-like item – a kitchen knife works – and with the blade, hit the exact point on the bottle where the mouth and the side seam of the bottle meet. Since it is a weak point on the glass , all the pressure of the C02 in the bottle causes the glass to break and shoot the cork out. When done properly, there is a clean break which leaves the contents uneffected.
Naturally, these two had traveled together on wine trips. Erica’s wine sales took her to Austria and it was with the winemakers there whom Erica calls call her Austrian family where William proposed.
When a couple is in the wine business, naturally, there will be special wine involved. Each table was named after a particular grape. Furthermore, each table was served the wine that was its theme. The accent color, naturally, was purple, like a grape.
William nailed it in the first shot. See photos below for evidence.
He held the bottle and struck it with a special saber bought especially for the wedding. William gallantly sabered it open for all to admire. Everyone gasped when it was sliced open. The pop was clear and clean. It rang throughout the room. It was the couple’s beautiful crescendo.
Furthermore, the sabered bottle featured a rare, small run of champagne, whose bottle displays a hand-written “label” painted directly on the glass. Furthermore, the recipe for this champagne hasn’t changed in over 100 years.
Rare. And perfect.
I shot a dream garden wedding in Buck’s County, PA at historic Aldie Mansion.
Andrew and Lindsay share the perfect high-school-sweetheart love story. Spanning the years through college and careers they finally decided to tie the knot surrounded by friends and family in a lavender garden.
Lindsay was exquisite in head-to-toe BHLDN , choosing the Lita gown with Curving Periphery Veil for the aisle, and Mimosa T-strap shoes in mint. Andrew cut a dash in Armani black tie with a pocket square; all of his groomsmen wore fun socks, chosen by the groom himself as one of their gifts from him. These two are super generous. They share their love hard with all whom they adore. They welcomed me in with open arms, I still remember my entire team feeling utterly welcomed.’Wow, they were just all so nice” was the common theme we spoke about in the job van on the way home that evening.
The manse and grounds held all the guests in downright Downton Abbey style throughout the night. Amongst library nooks, paneled rooms and an original oak bar, the candlelit atmosphere made everyone feel like they were inside the wedding scene of a High Tudor novel.
Congrats Lindsay and Andrew. You’ve come a long was from each winning the Best Smile award in high school.
Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it right.
From the Aldie Mansion website:
For large gatherings, the building’s 2,400-squarefoot atrium serves as a perfect setting for dancing and dining; while the library, gallery and great hall are each ideal for more intimate events.
Outdoors, as well, the mansion’s prolific gardens, stone terraces, working fountains, and flowering trees are sure to make an impression. If you’re seeking a location for a wedding, reunion, or conference, Aldie’s distinctive architecture, elegant landscaping, and experienced professional staff are guaranteed to make your event a memorable success.