Coby, in Dumbo
(41/100 Strangers) I met Koby, who was working on a project in Dumbo. He's a street artists, and whe got to talking about the state of art today. "It's dead," he told me. "No one is doing anything interesting anymore." He told me about the decline of the works in Dumbo and Williamsburg, which have now died. He said that the few years preceeding the neighborhood changes, everything was unoriginal and stale. In Bushwick, where he currently lives, "things have already changed so much in the past year." He told me the only place left is East New York, "and no one's gonna move there." Coby gave me his card before we parted. You can find some of his projects at CobyKennedy.com. Thanks for taking the time to talk, Coby. -- On a technical note, I saw Coby, and knew I wanted to initiate a conversation. I saw a few other photographers approach him, but no one talked to him. He was really friendly, and had some interesting things to say about the conversation of the changing city, and the status of art. Because of my conversational style, I had difficulty with my 85mm lens, and maintaining interaction. I kept having to back away, particularly because I like to include my portraits in their environment. A 50mm would have been easier here, although I like hvaing the compression of a semi-zoom lens more and more. He also had a roller, but my only shot with that in frame came out blurry, because of the focus distance on the 85mm 1.2. That was my biggest regret here. I also tried a few where I turned him away from the sun, and stopped down, but those didn't work well. I wish I had more time with him, but as before, the distance I had to maintain really made engagement while shooting difficult. As always, I was near a loud source of noise, under the trains by the Manhattan Bridge. Over all, these challeneges did hinder me a bit.