This series is a portrait of the Hasidic communities in Brooklyn. After decades of decline, the Jewish population of New York City is growing again, fueled by the explosive growth of the Orthodox Jewish. The neighborhoods of Borough Park, Williamsburg and Crown Heights are home to some of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel. The Hasidim began settling in Brooklyn in large numbers during and just after World War II and took refuge here. Within these communities, there seems to be an extreme sense of stopping time and resisting change; rebuilding and working hard to preserve the old ways.
Lori Hawkins is a freelance photographer based in New York City and has spent several years focusing on Asian issues including the aftermath of the South Asia Earthquake in Pakistan/India, Acid Throwing in Pakistan, and Poverty. Her recent work includes reportage on refugees and coverage of the election protests in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C. Lori’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Direct Soir, Focus Magazine and New York Magazine. Her photographs have been included in both solo and group exhibitions in New York City and around the U.S.
Happy Valentines Day Mom and Dad ❤. You two had the sweetest love story of all time. 58 years worth of being in love from day one of junior high school in Moville, Iowa. Thank you forever for your love, integrity, for setting a good example, and for teaching the whole family to never pass judgement on others. I carry your teachings and spirit with me always.]]>
JOIN ME IN CUBA. LAST MINUTE CRAZY IDEA .Late afternoon light brightens Cuban teenagers who are offering me a ride. I was on foot and looking lost I guess. Or they just wanted to talk to a gringo with a camera. No matter. Warm light is appropriate for the Cuban attitude and personality. I haven’t been to Cuba for 10 years but I’m headed there Saturday. Keep your eye on IG Stories. I’ll be shooting heavy and at the same time have a full class of 14 through the Santa Fe Workshops program. That’s a week. I feel compelled to stay longer as you may imagine. So I’ve decided to do what I recently did in Playa del Carmen, México. Open up the idea of a one to one workshop. It worked so well with Alexandra @al.nielsen on that shoot for BeachGames that I thought I’d try it again. Un matched mentoring experience for an advanced photographer. FaceTime or Skype interview required. Portfolio review required. I’ll be shooting heavy and mentoring by both example and critique. It’s rare when I can have somebody with me in intimate people situations. Yet I can here. This is coming down fast. I have a window open from March 1-7. If you are serious, want to explore Havana, and feel mentoring by me would advance your photographic life, then write DM to @michellemaddensmith for tuition/application etc. Please don’t write to me directly. Michelle produces/organizes. This photo appears in my book CUBA (published by NatGeo) . My main goal with those I mentor, is to get them to a published book or commissions or exhibitions or all 3. Not everybody can do this. Yet my track record for advancing photographers in a real way makes me so proud of those who have realized a dream or two. It’s bust ass work and it’s the most fun you will ever have. I bond with those I mentor and stick with them way beyond the week they spend with me. Photography is my passion, my life. Not my job. I’ve never had a “job”. Don’t want one. Join me if you are ready to walk the walk. Viva Cuba!]]>
Outer Banks NC 2-9-17. This photo only makes sense if you have a good neighbor named Frank who has creative control over many things around my place. Things I’m throwing out, he will make yard art. Frank and his wife Dawn look out for my house, cats, etc when I travel. Good neighbors to be sure, and that makes sense. @obxhomepage]]>
Fog on Pamlico Sound, NC. 2-8-17]]>
Legends of the Sandbar is an homage to the surf culture of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, written and photographed by Christopher Bickford. It is an ode to the wild and wooly weather of the Banks, their shape-shifting sandscapes, their salt-battered architecture, and the commitment of a waterlogged band of misfits to a life lived on the fringes of American civilization. It is a portrait of a place, a people, and a passion, a drama set upon a wayward string of earth dangling on the edge of the continental shelf. It bears testimony to the raw beauty of lives lived close to the edge, the kinetic artistry of surfing in a challenging aquatic environment, and the ragged glory of a boondock community tuned to the savage power of the storm-tossed Atlantic Ocean.
The book version of Legends of the Sandbar, a culmination of 8 years of work, is available now for pre-sales. in addition to roughly 200 photographs, it includes 15 written pieces ranging from oral history to geology, meteorology, and memoir. The final version goes to print in Italy in March. Follow me on Instagram @chrisbickford to get an inside look at the printing process. Pre-orders are extremely helpful to offset printing costs. Advance buyers who order before March 1 will all be listed in the book as sponsors.
Purchase your copy here: www.legendsofthesandbar.com/shop
Christopher Bickford is is a photographer and writer currently based on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, Outside Magazine, Time Magazine, Surfline, Milepost Magazine, Outer Banks Magazine. His work has been syndicated in publications worldwide, including Sawasdee (Thailand) The Bomb (South Africa), Photo (Brazil) and Vision (China). He is currently represented by the National Geographic Creative agency.
“BeachGames”. Playa del Carmen. Fact or fiction? I’m at home now going through all that I shot recently in Mexico. Assembling a sequence. Writing a novella with pictures. It’s the same as writing a song or short story. It’s not simply about each single picture, but how they all come together as a photo essay. How to tweak the imagination? I stopped my BeachGames zine over a year ago thinking I was finished. I thought since it was a zine I’d do it fast. Yet after I made a layout/dummy, I saw that even though BG was only going to be about 25 pictures, it was going to be harder than if it was a book of 100. Shorter does not mean easier. Quite the contrary. E.B. White’s ” Elements of Style” always in my head. Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea” and “A Clean Well Lighted Place” always hanging over me. Sofia Cuppola’s ” Lost in Translation” and Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” always benchmarks. While pure documentary has been a big part of my life and work, in recent years I’ve put high value and effort into “fiction” storytelling as the only way to really tell the truth. Yet in the freedom of fiction there can’t be one single note off key. No editors to blame if it’s not right. No gatekeepers. It’s weird. I may wish for “acceptance” as we all do, yet I am not trying to appease anyone. Take it or leave it. Yet I still must get it right. I’m editing in the opposite environment of the shooting. Home alone. No party. Winter. Bliss. Fire in the belly.]]>
During the recent electronic music fest in Playa del Carmen, México revelers would dance all night and into the morning. As many of you know, I lived in a small condo with 5 young Mexicans who were spending a couple of weeks here in celebration of their graduation from Activa photo school where we’d all met and become friends. They were my primary focus for continued shooting on my BeachGames zine to be published this fall by BurnBooks. I too am hypnotized by the electronic beats and the “spring break” atmosphere. All perfect for shooting the game. The game everyone plays, yet symbolized on the beach as a stage. I’m missing my Mexican amigos. We bonded. Again, family. Bonding is about intensity not about the amount of time spent together. One of the things I love most about my life in photography is the ability to immerse myself into situations I just wouldn’t be in at all if I were not a photographer. I don’t feel comfortable photographing people I don’t know. Eye contact is the real first handshake. The beat, it’s all about the beat.]]>