Remembering Bourbon Street | New Orleans Trip

 In July, I had the chance to go to New Orleans for the Essence Festival. I had the most amazing experience ever. It was also the first time I lost my airplane virginity since it was my first time taking a flight by myself.

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 The first time I was on a flight was 18 years ago. I went to Florida to go to Disney World and went on a cruise to the Bahamas. However, when I was on the cruise I ended up getting an ear infection from playing in the pool when it was a bit cold out. This made my trip back home excruciating painful on my ears. So this time I took extra precaution by using some techniques I googled to make sure it would not happen again. I wasn't too successful the first time but the trip going was a breeze.

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Traveling to New Orleans was a great experience. I met some cool people along the way, like the woman I met at the bar who also attended the Essence Festival. I forgot her name but she was traveling from Oakland, California.

 During the Essence Festival experience, we saw many celebrities and performances from Missy Elliott, SWV, Xscape, Jussie Smollett, Ella Mai, Erykah Badu, Miguel, Regina Hall, Amandhla Stenberg, The Cast of Power, Brandy, 702, Russell Hornsby, and many more.

 We couldn't forget the great cuisine.  It was amazing experiencing bourbon street, walking and drinking a hurricane in public.

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 Going to New Orleans open my eyes. I remember watching a YouTube video of someone gave advice to splurge money on trips and experiences because you will have those memories for a lifetime. The advice was spot on. Most of my money have went towards food and consumer items. But after this experience I would make sure I would splurge on more trips and get some use out of my passport.

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All photos were shot on my Galaxy S8 using VSCO.

*SIDENOTE* I wanted to bring my film camera (Nikon N2000) however it was damaged from old leakage from the batteries and would need to money (which I couldn't afford) to repair.

Fun in the Beacon

 

A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to go to the Dia: Beacon which is a Museum that has two locations one in Chelsea, New York City and the one in Beacon, New York which is the most popular. While still suffering from the cold, I decided to get creative and some indoor shots of inside with my model, Badimir.

Despite being primarily there to shoot photos, we did take some time to look around and see the exhibition and love the museum. There will be a time I will go again.

Neighbors Cafe

 

I love stumbling places like this cozy, elegant eatery. I discovered this place in the Brooklyn Bridge Park Area after doing a shoot. The model I was working with decided shoot inside, and I completely fell in love with the interior, the brown leather chairs, the tall clear glass letting the sunlight in, giving us perfect light and a view of the park walkway.

After the shoot, we decided to come back and eat at the eatery. This place has restaurant type of set up with a lounging area to get work done or meet up for a cup of coffee. If you are looking for a place to eat organic and healthy food around the Brooklyn Bridge Park Area. I would recommend this place.

 

60 Furman St, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

(347)-696-2575

https://www.1hotels.com/brooklyn-bridge/taste

 

Portraits at The New Museum | Lower East Side

 

Winter is officially in full effect. For the last couple of weeks, the weather has been cold, dreary and wet, making it difficult to do anything outdoors. My friends and I decided an alternative course of action and went to a museum.

We went to the New Museum located in the Lower East Side. It is a seven-story white building designed by Japanese architects; Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA. My friends and I all got our cameras out and started taking photos of the Museum. We also got creative and began to take portraits of each other inside place.

The Pixel Forest (as I call it) is one of the main attractions of the museum. The cocoon shape crystals contain bright pixels lights emitting different ray of colors as they hanged down from the the ceiling. Stepping into this artwork fabricates the idea you're in a magical forest. You can see these photos all over Instagram when looking up the location of the museum.

The second main attraction is the Sky Room located on the seventh floor. This room is one of the most popular spaces at the New Museum. The tall windows allows the daylight to illuminate the white walls of the room. There is also a balcony where you get a nice view of the Lower East Side. Both areas are good for photographers and selfie junkies a-like. 

This is a good alternative for photographers who are looking to shoots portraits but don't want to be affected by the cold weather or pay massive amount of money for a studio. Plus it allows to be creative.

The New Museum is beautifully designed and the structure is absolutely mesmerizing. It has a satisfying atmosphere where everyone can relax and enjoy some of the art. Exhibits were easy to find. Some might not enjoy the dozen flights of stairs to get to each exhibit but it is good exercise for those who want to burn a couple of calories. 

Admissions is $18 with free coat check (prices may differ during the week). You can bring your bag but depending how big it is (like a book bag) it will be search.

Photos Contributed by Billy Sanchez 

New Museum

235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002