Keeping Up Appearances 

2012-12-28

Just clearing my rock and roll photo cache before the year ends. I've been shooting a lot lately for my friends over at Brooklyn Vegan; some of my favorites from the past few shows can be seen here. Happy Holidays from TheLondonBroil to you!


This Photo: The Misfits performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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Japanther performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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The Misfits performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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DIIV performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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Japanther performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC.

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The Misfits performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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The Misfits performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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The Misfits performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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The Misfits performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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The Misfits performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC. 

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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DIIV performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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Japanther performing at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC. 

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Bowery Ballroom, NYC.

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Japandroids performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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DIIV performing at Webster Hall, NYC.

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Japanther performing at the Highline Ballroom, NYC.

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Magazine Portrait #1 

2012-12-19

Larry Shepps, CEO and owner of Plantus NYC, photographed for Crain's New York Business Magazine

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Magazine Portrait #2 

2012-12-19

Marty Sohl, Photographer for the Metropolitan Opera, photographed for Popular Photography Magazine.

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Rock and Fucking Roll 1/26 

2012-11-28

I love rock and roll so much, I want it to die. Which is why I moved out to Brooklyn three months ago: to completely immerse myself in live music. So far, so good. What follows is a selections of image from some of my favorite recent shows. All of the bands depicted are excellent. 


This Photo: Night Moves performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 2/26 

2012-11-28

Ludwig Persik performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 3/26

2012-11-28

Ghost Pal performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 4/26

2012-11-28

The Harmonica Lewinskies performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 5/26

2012-11-28

The Harmonica Lewinskies performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 6/26

2012-11-28

The Harmonica Lewinskies performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 7/26

2012-11-28

Lord Huron performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 8/26

2012-11-28

The Harmonica Lewinskies performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 9/26

2012-11-28

Oliver Ignatius performing at Pianos. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 10/26

2012-11-28

Dr. Skinnybones performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 11/26

2012-11-28

Ludwig Persik performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 12/26

2012-11-28

Eastern Midwestern performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 13/26

2012-11-28

Lord Huron performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 14/26

2012-11-28

Lord Huron performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 15/26

2012-11-28

Night Moves performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 16/26

2012-11-28

Ghost Pal performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 17/26

2012-11-28

Night Moves performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 18/26

2012-11-28

Ludwig Persik performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 19/26

2012-11-28

Dr. Skinnybones performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 20/26

2012-11-28

Eastern Midwestern performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 21/26

2012-11-28

Lord Huron performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 22/26

2012-11-28

Night Moves performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 23/26

2012-11-28

Night Moves performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 24/26

2012-11-28

HITS performing at Brooklyn Bowl. See more photos from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Rock and Fucking Roll 25/26

2012-11-28

Ghost Pal performing at Free Candy. 

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Rock and Fucking Roll 26/26

2012-11-28

Ludwig Persik performing at Mercury Lounge. See more images from the show on Brooklyn Vegan

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Be there (preferably in swimwear)

2012-10-15 

Please note, the date for the opening has changed due to Hurricane Sandy. 

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Egypt 2012: A Teaser

2012-09-27


In May of 2012, Aymann Ismail, Hebah Ismail and I embarked on a trip to Egypt during an extremely pivotal time in the nation's history: Their first ever democratic presidential elections.  

 

We spent two weeks going back and forth between the Capitol city of Cairo, and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. We photographed polling locations from abandoned buildings, mingled with protestors in Tahir Square, interviewed/made portraits of some of the wealthiest of the wealthy and the poorest of the poor, saw firsthand, the aftermath of the revolution, and even rode horses through the desert.   

 

Nearly 5 months later, I feel as if the insane amount of photos I made during that two weeks period are finally ready to see the light of day. Over the course of the next month, I will be rolling out my Egypt images in 3 parts: 


Part 1: Faces of a New Democracy

Part 2: A Nation on the Cusp

Part 3: Cario is the Shadows

 

It is my hope that these series not only portray an accurate view of Egypt, during this ever-critical point in its history, but more so shines a glimpse on what everyday life is like in an African Muslim nation. Stay tuned, I'm pretty excited. 

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Will and Kat Best

2012-10-02

Shooting all of my personal work on film brings immense joy to my life. It's gotten to the point where digital is synonymous in my mind with commercial work. I think I am slowly going to phase out digital photography for everything but studio, commercial rock and roll gigs and events. For the nerds: Mamiya 645p, 80mm f/1.8 lens, Kodak Portra 800. 

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Last Minute Portraits 1/4

2012-09-10

I often spend a couple of days planning out editorial portrait shoots, drawing sketches, testing out lights, making shot lists ect. These photos were all shot on the fly, no preparation whatsoever.  This Photo: John Mahoney, Media Mogul 

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Last Minute Portraits 2/4

2012-09-10

Chey Morgan, Documentary Filmmaker 

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Last Minute Portraits 3/4

2012-09-10

JR, Street Artist

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Last Minute Portraits 4/4

2012-09-10

Ruth Grubber, Photographer

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John Mahoney, Media Mogul

2012-09-11

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Rejects, Out-takes and Randoms: A Smattering of Photos From the Past 2 Years

2012-08-26 

 

I am, admittedly, very bad at sharing the photos I take with those around me. 

 

What follows is a series of 21 pictures, of which, more than half are of friends or family members. The rest are simply images that had fallen through the cracks for one reason or another; either I didn't think they were strong enough to stand on their own, or I simply forgot about them. Most are from 2012, although a few go as far back as 2010. 

 

To my dear friends and acquaintances who have waited patiently to see some of these: My apologize.I will make a concerted effort from here on out, to post more pictures.

 

By the way, there is zero cohesiveness to the order of these. Cohesiveness is for suckers.  

 

 

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Colin, Frontside Noseslide, Clnton Hill, Brooklyn. Shot yesterday. 

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Colin, Frontside Tailslide, Forte Green Park, Brooklyn. Shot yesterday. 

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Billy, dunking. Basking Ridge, NJ. July, 2012.

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Ted, Slip N Sliding. Basking Ride, NJ. July 2012. 

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Homies playing games. Baskign Ridge, NJ. July 2012. 

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JD, Rao, John, Mick Junks and lady friend. Baskign Ridge, NJ. July 2012. 

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Unknown people. Times Square, New York City.  May, 2012. 

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Family vacation. Somewhere on the Garden State Parkway. August, 2012. 

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Amit popped the question, Tina said yes! New Brunswick, NJ. April, 2012. 

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Ruth Gruber (journalist, photographer and philanthropist), photographed for American Photo Magazine (September 2012, page 10). New York City. June, 2012.

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Callaghan performing at the Rockwood. LES, New York City. April, 2012. 

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Galo. Weehawken, NJ. April, 2012. 

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"The Breakup" (From an unreleased series). Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ. December, 2010. (NOTE: I am really stoked to finally be posting this photo)

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Ted demonstrating the level of frustration in his life (outtake from a portrait shoot). Philadelphia, PA. March, 2012. 

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(From an unreleased series). New York City. November, 2010. 

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Harlem, New York City. April, 2012. 

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Manhattanhenge. New York City. July, 2011. 

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Ted, Frontside Boardslide. Basking Ridge, NJ. July 2012.

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Hunters performing at 92YTribeca. New York City. August, 2012.

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Will, Backside Boardslide. Basking Ridge, NJ. July 2012.

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The Screaming Females performing at 92YTribeca. New York City. August, 2012.

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Aerosmith at the Izod Center (In defense of the "first 3")

2012-07-27

 

It's definitely been a minute since I shot a show in a stadium. Most of what I've been shooting lately has been small acts in tiny venues, bars and basements. And there is certainly something to be said for the raw grittiness and intimacy of shows like that, not to mention your freedom, as a photographer, to shoot whenever and where ever you want during the performance. 

 

That said, the stadium show is a different beast entirely: everything in the show has been meticulously planned out months in advanced, so there is really no "raw gritty factor," plus, you have no freedom to move around whatsoever, other than within the confines of the tiny pit area, and most importantly, you only get to shoot the first 3 songs. Ever since I started shooting live music in highschool, I hated the idea of the "first 3 rule." But as I have gotten older and more accustomed to dealing with it, my opinion, oddly enough, has changed. Now, not only am ok I with, I kind of love it.

  

The images that follow of Aerosmith, shot at the Izod Center, were all captured within a period of no more than 10 minutes. I was sent there by Sound and Vision magazine, one of the very fine publications I work for. And while I use to get really stressed out shooting shows like these, mainly because you are under immense pressure to come back with something incredible, in a ridiculously brief window of time, with lots of factors like light, bouncers and the band themselves, often working against you, I felt totally calm and at ease during this last show. 


Why? I have really no idea. Normally, the fact that whatever I get during that brief 3 song window is going to end up as a spread in a magazine, puts a lot of pressure on me. But not this time. Maybe it was because I had botched a commercial shoot and infuriated a client just hours before the show and saw shooting the concert as a stress-reliever. Whatever the reason, I embraced those 10 minutes and went into total adrenaline-rush-mode. 

 

The truth is, I couldn't tell you a single thing that happened on stage during those three songs, nor do I have any idea what songs were played. Quite frankly, it's as if I wasn't even there. When people tell me "oh your so lucky, you get to see all these awesome rock concerts." My response is usually "Yes, you are right about the lucky part, but incorrect about the seeing part."

 

I left the concert that evening (after having been escorted out into the parking lot) with no clue if I had  made a single decent photo. Thankfully I think I did ok. You can see the rest of the gallery on SoundandVisionMag.com.

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B/W Rock

2012-07-29

I've been hanging onto the images that follow for something like 3 months now for a variety of reasons. All were shot with either an early release of the Nikon D800 or a prototype model of the Leica M-Monochrom.

 

The Leica prototype specifically had a very early version of its firmware, that caused all sorts of issues in the editing process. I also had to wait until Lightroom 4 offered RAW support for the D800 before I could process the images shot with it. Long story short, these photos have just sat on the back-burner for quite some time.

 

On top of that, my initial reaction was that none of these photos are quite as crisp or clean as the images I tend to favor. They all are certainly a bit grittier and rawer than I'd like, but then again, considering the subject matter, I suppose it makes sense.


Apologies for the super nerdy camera-jargon. Just take a look and enjoy 100% authentic Jersey rock.

 

In order: The Screaming Females, The Front Bottoms, The Screaming Females, The Front Bottoms, The Screaming Females, The Screaming Females, Hunter and Wolfe.

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Hunter and Wolfe

2012-07-28 

 

I had the distinct pleasure of spending a good portion of the day yesterday shooting one of my very bands and all-around awesome friends, Hunter and Wolfe. The New Jersey-based duo has an unmistakably rich sound and incredible dynamic, both on and off stage. They have also been on my short list of bands I want to do an editorial portrait shoot with for some time.

 

Despite some uncooperative weather, which forced me to change the location and concept of the shoot at the very last minute, everything came together quite nicely. That said, both Mike and Sundeep were great sports as I forced them to lay on a hallway floor for an hour and a half, followed by making them hang out in our smelly bathroom for another hour. 

 

Oh, they just put out an incredible new track, that you'd be a fool not to listen to. It's called Everything and can be heard HERE (along with some of their other great originals). 

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Total Fail

2012-07t-29

This image is a composite of 8 different photos and probably took about 7 hours to edit. You win some, you loose some.

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Update

2012-07-17

I joined Instagram...follow me if you'd like @BenDracaglia. I also launched a new, more professionally oriented Website: ZineSupreme.com

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Popular Photography Magazine, July 2012, "Home Studios for Any Space" 

Opener, annual Lighting Gear Special 

2012-07-18

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Popular Photography Magazine, July 2012, "Showcase" p. 12-13

"Devilishly Detailed"

2012-07-18

To give you a sense of the resolving power of the Nikon D800’s chart-topping 36MP full-frame sensor, Dan Bracaglia, our assistant web editor, attached a 14–24mm f/2.8G Nikkor lens, mounted the camera to a tripod, and shot from a 9th-floor garden terrace in midtown Manhattan. His exposure: 2 sec at f/8, ISO 2000.  Back at our offices, he added a little brightness and contrast in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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My Final Image (a sarcastic rant)

2012-05-09

I often find that when I'm bored, I will crawl through old Lightroom catalogs, searching for images that I may have previously overlooked. This is one of those images. As time passes, one's perspective on the event photographed fades, and as that perspective fades, it is replaced with a clear head and a clear set of eyes. A photo from this very same concert appeared as the opening spread in a magazine, a different photo from this concert was also used as the final image in my limited-edition London Broil Book. And still a third image from this show appeared right here, as a post on TheLondonBroil. So why did I initially overlook this image? Perhaps it was because the other three overshadowed it? Perhaps because I was sorting the photos, having just shot the concert, with the vibe of the show still fresh in my head? Or perhaps this isn't really a very good photo to begin with (check back here in a week, there is a good chance this image and post will have disappeared completely). 


That said, there is something about rock and roll photos, in which the crowd, or a member of the crowd, is a focal point, that I really dig. I feel too often rock photographers concentrate on just the performers and overlook the crowd, when in reality, live music is a 50/50 split of energy between the two. Both obviously feed off one another. While I am on the subject of complaining, I also find that too often, the only crowd shot you ever see, is one taken from the very front of the stage, shot super wide-angle, encompassing the entire crowd, with hands waving in the air and mouths open screaming. I know, I am guilty of the very photo I speak of. Just thinking out loud here. After all, that's the whole point of this Website...or whatever. 


Anyway, the reason I post this here is because it literally makes me feel sick to my stomach to see this space, this internet billboard for my ego, go unaltered for more than a week and a half. For that reason, I decided to post a nice throw-back image. However, I should note, within the next week, I will be launching an epic photo project, of ginormous proportions....one that I've been working on for over a year. I should mention that I'm not even honestly sure the images are good, they may in fact be total crap. Nothing like hyping up a series of 100 photos that offer nothing more than bad exposures, poor compositions and boring subjects? Perhaps I'm being too hard on myself.  Anyway, as soon as that goes live, I'm jet-setting off to Egypt to document the presidential elections for two weeks, like a true photojournalist....finally putting that degree to some good use.


If I don't survive Egypt, I leave you with this, my final image, oh yeah, and that 100-photo-long-series filled with nothing but crap.


<3

Dan 



Enterprise's NYC Flyover

2012-05-01

I was fortunate enough on Friday, to photograph NASA's space-shuttle Enterprise, making its final flight

over the New York City-area, affixed to a custom 747, for Popular Science magazine. It was a breathtaking

event to say the least. Check out some more of my images from the flyover on PopSci.com.

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American Photo Magazine, May/June 2012,  "Focus: Alternate Take," p. 16-17

2012-05-01

Scope the newest issue of American Photo for some LondonBroil goodness, found on pages 16-17 and 80.

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American Photo Magazine, May/June 2012,  "Parting Shot," p. 80

2012-05-01


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SPVCE Beats, Hip Hop/Experimental Producer

2012-04-21

I've known Vin...ehrrr....SPVCE Beats, for 6 years.

 

I find the better you know someone, the harder it can be to photograph them, especially when you know them as both an artist and an individual. That said, the reward from a successful shoot is definitely greater when its a close friend.


SPVCE's relationship with his artwork is polar to mine. He prefers to keep his artists life and personal life somewhat separate. He's probably even mad at me for almost including his actual name in this description. I can't begin to count the number of hours I've watched him stare down at a computer screen, headphones on, sampling, pirating, tweaking zoning and creating.


Since I have known SPVCE, his skills as a producer, and his ear for sampling have developed at lightspeed. Mixtape to mixtape, His work is so diverse, you'd be hard put to tell any of his albums were put out by the same person as the last -- I think this is the mark of a true creative genius.


Baasic is his most recent tape. Listen to it, love it and strangle it until it dies.

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More Studio Work

2012-04-20

I was asked to recreate our cover photo, originally shot by the incredibly-talented and all around awesome dude, Satoshi. The reason was so that we could composite one slight area into the original photo without it looking wonky. Admittedly, it was a bit challenging to recreate such a spot-on perfect product shot, especially with significantly less lights to work with. But ultimately, I was pleased with the outcome.

 

I'm finding that studio product photography is just the right amount of tweaking and futzing to satisfy my obsessive personality.

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Mike Mettler, Editor in Chief of Sound and Vision magazine

2012-04-11

Mike is one of the hardest working people I know; his love and dedication to the world of recording, performing and enjoying music is something that inspires me. He is also one of the first people in the magazine industry to ever truly give me a chance as a photographer. For that, I am forever grateful.  

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GD USA, January 2012, p. 24

2012-04-05

Portrait of Mag+ Creative Director, Matt Cokely, shot for "People to Watch in 2012"

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Andrew WK at the TLA

2012-04-02

 

The iPhone is one of my favorite cameras of all time.

 

THERE, I said it.

 

When I first relaunched TheLondonBroil.com about a year ago, I had planned on including more iPhone images in my posts. However, with the simultaneous launch of OnTheFly!, my mobile-only blog, I saw little opportunity or reason to promote those images on my "main stage." That said, after spending the last year debating amongst the staff of the two photography magazines I work for, the overall value of the iPhone 4(s) as a true photographic tool, I've decided that yes indeed, the iPhone is one hell of a worthwhile camera.

 

To me, its is the modern day equivalent of the Polaroid cameras of yesteryear: limited in its quality, loved for its flaws, and most importantly, completely instantaneous to share; the iPhone has already revolutionized photography in more way than many give it credit for. Once you realizes the flaws of the iPhone, embraces those flaws, and uses them to your advantage, photographic magic happens. 

 

I shot this image, admittedly a little tipsy, at an Andrew WK concert I attended in Philadelphia last week. Shot with the flash on, I focused the camera in the black area of the frame, so as to get a longer shutter, than moved Andrew and the crowd into the frame, as the shutter opened. The result is this rear-curtain flash-look. Unlike images for my mobile blog that are mostly edited "in-camera" using Photoshop Express for iPhone, this image was processed through Lightroom and Photoshop in the same way all my other images are processed.


And while I admit, this is not my greatest rock picture ever, or even my greatest iPhone pictures ever, I think its interesting that I was able to understand the quirks of the device, embrace them, and come back with something I dig.


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Jim Testa, Rock and Roll Critic

2012-03-27

 

I've known Jim for maybe two years now. Our paths crossed during my very first assignment for the Star Ledger as a rock photographer. I was shooting the band (and good friends) Let Me Run at New Brunswick's Court Tavern (RIP), when I meet up with Jim, who was writing the story. We did some talking and it turns out, Jim and I have a good bit in common, outside of our love for rock and roll music. A few assignments later and I realized that Jim is, without question, the authority on up-and-coming music in New Jersey, and has been for the past 25 years.

 

What started off as a fan zine, titled Jersey Beat, has evolved over the years into being one of the quintessential Websites for catching the next big thing in music. Jim's influence, which he is quite modest about, is really quite impressive. The list of bands who have "made it," in many ways, thanks to Jim's support, is long and impressive. It was truly an honor to photograph (and have some banging chicken cacciatore) with such a legend of the New Jersey rock world.

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Nick Pauly, Musician

2012-03-21

I've recently set out to shoot editorial-style portraits of all the talented individuals that grace my life, as part of a project I am working on for the launch of a major new website (more on that in coming months). My goal is to shoot one portrait a week, and Nick Paulie was kind enough to volunteer to be my second subject (I was of course my own first subject). I've known Nick for about 6 years now, and always knew of his talents as a violinist and violist, but unfortunately never had a chance to hear him play until this past weekend. Needless to say, I was absolutely floored by his talent. The shoot went so well, that it lasted nearly 3 hours and resulted in nearly a thousand photos. As a result, I had a hard time picking which one to run with. Fortunately, I know two sides of Nick -- there is the goofy awkward side (which is something we both share) and the very very seriously artistic side. I decided to represent both those sides here.

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Self Portrait #2 (This is what I would look like as a bobblehead)

2012-03-11

I think this is a fairly accurate representation of my personality...

 

I've never really been big on shooting self portraits. It always felt in my mind, like an awkward act. But maybe it's just that I'm an awkward person.

 

Either way, this is the second one I've done, the first was kind of somber, maybe even a little depressing, so this time I went for something a little more lighthearted.

 

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2012-03-09

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Wyldlife

2012-02-25

Maxwell's, NJ.

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Hunter & Wolfe

2012-02-20

I had the pleasure of catching up-and-coming duo, and good friends, Mike Maffei and Sundeep Kapur's band, Hunter & Wolfe, at the Cake Shop in NYC last week. It's no joke that I shoot a lot of live music, but something about photographing two extremely talented musicians performing for a Monday crowd of approximately five people reiterated in my mind what it is I love so much about rock and roll.


Now, this isn't the first time I've been to a concert with less than 10 people present, but it is easily my favorite "small-crowd show." Thanks to the inherent intimacy, I really had the chance to vibe out to Mike's soft and beautiful vocals and watch the duo's unmistakeable dynamic unfold on stage. It should be noted that this was only their 2nd or 3rd show ever.  


Opening for Hunter & Wolfe was another talented New Brunswick-grown musician, Travis Bilenski (third image). Hunter and Wolfe just dropped their first EP last week, give it a listen here and take Travis' music for a spin here.

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Studio Chops 1/2

2012-02-15

I've been shooting a lot of photos like these lately for the various magazines I work for. It's pretty basic studio work, but I must admit, I am, actually starting to enjoy it. I've always approached photography with a DIY kind of attitude -- opting to learn skills sets on my own through trial and error, rather than taking classes. Before I started working at Bonnier Corp, I had virtually never used any controlled lighting other than an on-camera flash. However, I jumped at the opportunity to get my feet wet in the studio and haven't really looked back.I think it is definitely a good skill to have in my arsenal.

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Studio Chops 2/2

2012-02-15

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The World's Fair

2012-02-12

The last time I was at Flushing Meadows in Queens was as a highschooler on a skate/photo mission with the crew. I shot two whole rolls of film that day, both of which ended up getting nuked due to a developing error, minus one or two frames. It was devastating. 

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Destruction of the Worker's Circle Building

2012-02-04
 
I've been working on a year-long film series since last March, to be released this March. The series started out being shot on only 35mm, but my acquisition of a Mamiya 645 complicated things a bit, due to the 6x4.5 format not fitting in with the 35mm format.

 

To complicate matters even more, I also have an ongoing New York City street photography project in the works, that I'm thinking of including the 6x4.5 stuff in, that is unless I don't split it into another project all together! Bleh. Long story long, I'm trying to decided where exactly all of these projects merge.

 

This WAS shot on the Mamiya. Instead of holding it and over thinking it, I shall present it here. 

 

BTW, are all photogs as anal as me?

 

Probably.

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Basketball b/w

2012-01-28

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Brooklyn Excursion #1

2012-01-18


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A Tribute to the Court Tavern and all things Jersey rock

2012-01-22


One simple thing I always notice while shooting concerts, regardless of whether it is Bruce Springsteen performing a surprise set to a sold out crowd, or 10 people standing in the back room at Maxwell’s watching an up-coming band from California, is that live music makes people incredibly happy. 

 

Last week, the Court Tavern in New Brunswick shuttered its doors. I’m not going to go into a whole history of The Court, and its influence on the live music scene in New Jersey, as plenty of others have already written brilliant stories about it. What I will say is that the Court Tavern holds a very special place in my heart and this photo series, although not all shot at The Court, is dedicated to my favorite venue, a venue that has never failed to leave me feeling incredibly happy after a show.

 

Ever since my first time setting foot in that grimy dump of a bar, while in college, I felt at home. Not because I was a grimy person (well maybe just a little), but because it felt like a place where nobody cared who you were or how you dressed—it was an open-minded environment, one where lives, culture and of course rock and roll music all clashed. It was the CBGB’s of New Jersey.

 

I remember being horrified the first time I saw the basement of The Court with the lights turned on. I was working as an assistant to the Rutgers University photographer, Nick Romanenko (AKA Da Nickster), and we had an assignment to shoot an environmental portrait of the owner. It was then that I first learned of the massive amount of debt the bar had accumulated over the years, and it was also then that I realized that The Court probably wouldn’t be around forever.

 

That was 3 years ago. A year and a half later, I shot my very first assignment for The Star Ledger at the Court Tavern, oddly enough, it was Let Me Run, a band I knew well from my time spent living in New Brunswick. I never posted any of those photos from that show, but figured now would be a good time to do so.

 

I’ll get to my point: New Jersey needs small venues. It is imperative. The list of bands that have come through The Court is long and impressive. I wonder where those bands would be without it. I wonder how the Jersey bands of tomorrow will cope.


I will miss late nights at The Court, drinking cheap beer and pissing on TheLondonBroil.com stickers that lined the inside of every last urinal. I will miss the outrage mural in the background of every image I shot, the creepy regulars, the dentist chair, the random friend I hadn’t seen in years that I always inevitably ran into. George Harrison once said, “All things must pass.” It’s a god damn shame the Court Tavern is one of those things.

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Jersey Rocks 1/14

2012-01-22

The Boss, performing a surprise set to a sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Shot January, 2012, for The Star Ledger during the Light of Day charity music festival.

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Jersey Rocks 2/14

2012-01-22

Walking with Cavemen performing a memorial show at the Court Tavern for their lead singer, Trevor Faurot, who had passed away weeks earlier. Shot December, 2011 for The Star Ledger. This was the last show I ever saw at The Court Tavern.

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Jersey Rocks 3/14

2012-01-22

Let Me Run was the very first band I ever shot for The Star Ledger. Photographed September, 2010 at the Court Tavern. 

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Jersey Rocks 4/14

2012-01-22

The Boss, performing a surprise set to a sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Shot January, 2012 during the Light of Day charity concert.

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Jersey Rocks 5/14

2012-01-22

This image has little to do with Jersey, but I still like it. Steve Wilson, shot for Sound and Vision magazine, November, 2011 at the Nokia Theater in Times Square.

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Jersey Rocks 6/14

2012-01-22

Willie Nile is a total lunatic. This was shot the same night as Bruce, during the Light of Day charity concert held at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Shot January, 2012.

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Jersey Rocks 7/14

2012-01-22

The Knux, photographed at Maxwell's in Hoboken. There couldn't have been more than 10 people at this concert, but we all still had a blast. Shot November, 2011.

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Jersey Rocks 8/14

2012-01-22

The Boss, performing a surprise set to a sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Shot January, 2012.

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Jersey Rocks 9/14

2012-01-22

Anthony D'Amato was one of the opening acts at the Light of Day charity concert held at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. He is incredible. Shot January, 2012.

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Jersey Rocks 10/14

2012-01-22

I don't remember who this opening band was (shot at the same show as Let Me Run), but boy does this image sum up the Court Tavern as a venue, in my mind at least. Photographed September, 2010.

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Jersey Rocks 11/14

2012-01-22

The Boss, performing with Joe Gruschecky and the Houserockers, at the Light of Day charity concert held at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Shot January, 2012.

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Jersey Rocks 12/14

2012-01-22

Willie Nile photographed at the Light of Day Charity concert held at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Shot January, 2012.

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Jersey Rocks 13/14

2012-01-22

The band Walking with Cavemen performing a memorial show at the Court Tavern for their late lead singer, Trevor Faurot. Shot December, 2011.

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Jersey Rocks 14/14

2012-01-22

The Boss, closing out his surprise set during the Light of Day charity concerts held at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, NJ. Shot January, 2012.

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Chinatown #1

2012-01-02

 

I spent all day Monday exploring Harlem and parts of Chinatown with fellow photographer Luke Nilsson. What I came back with, other than these 4 photographs, was a renewed desire to feel the rush of shooting the streets of New York City.



Sometimes it take 7 hours of shooting and getting yelled out by complete strangers, before you finally break the ice, and are able to shoot something worth a damn. The only obvious way to combat this, is to shoot more. From here on out, I will be attempting to spend every Sunday exploring a new area of New York City, and posting my ventures in a new ongoing project titled: New York City, NYC (working title).



 

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I was pretty excited about this frame, taken in a Chinatown restaurant window.

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New York City Hawkers

2012-01-02

Though I only stopped for a moment to capture these gentlemen selling presumably knockoff/stolen goods on Canal Street, their reaction was both swift and angry.

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Harlem #1

2012-01-02

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Chinatown #2

2012-01-02

This was taken only a few blocks from the hawkers, at a park I have been to before. I too was yelled at here, although not while taking this photograph. It wasn't until I snuck a bit closer and climbed a rock to see if I could get a better view of the card game that I was spotted by more than just the one guy in this image. 

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