Resource Magazine is dedicated to the subculture of the photo production industry. It explores all facets of the business, from the mundane to the illustrious, through interviews, photographs and articles.
With the recent launch of the Sony RXO II, I began to think about the tools we all use to create the photo and video content we share with the world. While DSLR cameras sales have been stagnating lately, there has been a rise in the popularity of the lighter, smaller and often more portable cameras. The trend seems to point to people wanting more powerful devices in smaller packages, myself included. These smaller packages are ideal for travelers who would rather focus on the experiences than having to carry out a heavy photo kit in order to document their travels.
So, with as often as I am traveling, when Sony launched the tiny RX0 II, I knew I wanted to pick one up. With it’s 15.3 MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor, rugged and waterproof body, support for internal 4k video and a brand new built-in time-lapse mode, I knew I couldn’t test it just anywhere! I had to find a place that not only allowed me to see what it was capable of capturing, but that challenged the device as well. To me the answer was obvious! I needed to take the RXO II with me one of my favorite mountainous ranges in the world, Southern Patagonia.
After using the camera extensively for weeks, I really felt that the RXO II is an ideal camera for travelers who wish to pack light, yet want strong photo and video quality. Below is just a few of the reasons why I loved traveling with the Sony RXO II.
Small, Lightweight Package
One of the first things I noticed about the RX0 II is just how small and portable it truly is. I can easily fit two or three RX0 II’s in the palm of my hand. Weighing just 4.7 oz, it is also incredibly light, although it feels solidly built. Because of its size, I was able to bring it with me just about everywhere throughout my travels around Patagonia, without even thinking about it. Often, I would just throw it in the pocket of my winter coat. To me, it is one of those devices that is so portable, that I have to actively think of reasons why I wouldn’t want to bring it with me, which is in stark contrast to how most photographers think about their gear.
Throughout my time in Patagonia, I paired my RX0 II with a small, lightweight Joby tripod, which allowed me to unobtrusively position the RX0 II anywhere I needed it to go. With a tripod mount on the bottom of the camera, it was incredibly easy to attach. The addition of the rear articulating LCD screen helped make this a perfect combo, as I could still see the screen from just about any angle.
Impressive Photo and Video Quality
While you are limited to a fixed 24mm f/4 lens, the power of the 15.3 MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor is pretty amazing, which shouldn’t be a surprise as it is the same sensor found in the popular Sony RX 100 series. The AWR Sony raw files coming out of the RX0 II give you a lot of room to play with in post processing and offer tac sharp results as you can see below.
Professional Looking and Easy to Use Time-lapse Video
One of the things, I am most excited about with the RXO II is creating time-lapse clips. With Sony’s new built-in Intervalometer, I now have the ability to easily shoot a variety of different kinds of time-lapses with ease. When coupled with its unobtrusive size, I found myself setting up time-lapse much more than I normally would with my larger Sony mirrorless cameras.
Sony Rx0 II Time-lapses from Patagonia - YouTube
The Articulating Rear LCD
One of the most requested features with nearly every Sony camera is to have a rear LCD that not only articulates, but that fully flips as well. While some people might get excited about this feature because it allows you to easily take a selfie, I think the more exciting use case would be for Vloggers that hope to use the tiny RX0 II for their portable daily travel camera.
WiFi Transfer on the Go
When you are on the road, there are times when you want to get the content you just shot right away so that you can upload it to Instagram or Facebook. When you pair the RX0 II with your smartphone using the Imaging Edge App (Android & IOS), you can easily transfer JPEG and Video files (even 4k) to your device of choice. It is important to note that you currently can not transfer your Sony AWR raw files using this method.
So, all in all, I loved my time with the Sony RXO II. While it can never replace my full Sony mirrorless kit, the camera delivers stunning quality in a tiny package, making it perfect to take on almost any adventure, whether it be as your main camera or a secondary camera to capture quick wide angle photos on the go, time-lapse video or to take selfie or record a Vlog.
With the rise of sexual misconduct accusations towards President Donald J. Trump, photographer Allaire Bartel uses her platform to illuminate on his unaddressed behavior through representation via photography. Upon the 22 accusations of sexual misconduct against Trump, many involved his positions throughout his life, not limited to pageant owner, golfer, campaigner, and now President. From her website which you can find here, Bartel writes in regards to her latest project, Boundaries II.
My hope is that these photographs cast these accusations in a new light and show the gravity of them in a way that a news story can’t. They are my plea to everyone who sees them to not only go out and vote, but to vote armed with knowledge, empathy, and purpose.
Here at Resource Magazine, we asked Bartel on her thoughts surrounding her most recent Boundaries II piece and more.
Resource Magazine: Your intention is very clear regarding how you decided to approach your project. It’s a difficult intersection, politics where politics should not be an issue, and art. With how impartial and far-reaching the content matter is, have you received any responses that attempt to shut down or debase what you demonstrated in Boundaries II? If so, how have you responded to them?
Allaire Bartel: I did receive the response that the project is essentially partisan propaganda and that by only focusing on one political figure it doesn’t look at the whole picture or acknowledge the sexual assault/harassment allegations leveled against Democrats. In a sense that’s true; taken literally, the series illustrates the many allegations against Trump, that is so consistent his guilt hardly seems to be a question, and yet he’s faced no consequences and remains in office. I hold Republicans responsible for that. But in a broader sense, the series illustrates putting politics before people and only believing or pursuing action regarding sexual assault allegations when politically convenient, and I think representatives and voters from both parties are guilty of that. So I believe the photos can be commentary on the man, the party, and the problem as a whole simultaneously.
RM: At what point did you decide that this project is something you wanted to pursue? The deferred public and media response concerning sexual misconduct here in our own government is very disturbing, let alone anywhere around our nation and the world. I was wondering if there was any other motivation that led to this project?
AB: I think it was when I learned, not too far into the #MeToo movement, that a majority of Trump voters did believe the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, but an overwhelming majority did not believe or were uncertain about the allegations against Trump. This report stuck with me and got me thinking about the phenomenon of only believing survivors when politically convenient, and I knew I could represent this is a powerful way.
RM: With how frustrating the subject matter is, did you find it difficult to move into some territory based on your own reactions to his actions? Did you find reacting to his actions personally a pivotal part of Boundaries II?
AB: I think my personal point of view must be crucial to an extent because while there are plenty of people who disapprove of his actions, I don’t think as many would say so in such an overt way. It’s a combination of my strong belief in the subject matter and, I think, willingness to create work that’s openly challenging, kind of shocking and difficult to look at, with the precedence of the first Boundaries project already having a format available for me to build on. But while the project was sparked by frustration, the process of putting it together took a lot of careful consideration and planning and doesn’t feel anything like a knee-jerk, emotional reaction.
How to present the subject matter, what to include and leave out, the technical execution of the photos, and what responses may come up and how to react to them were all factors to consider. Additionally, I experienced a fair amount of negative backlash to the first Boundaries, and it takes some mental discipline to know that you could potentially be setting yourself up for that again and to follow through anyway. On top of all of that, I needed and absolutely relied on a great team that had to both feel strongly about the subject matter and be willing to put themselves out there in the same way. So to summarize, I think my beliefs and background were crucial to the project, as well as those of my team, but all of our combined skills and hard work beyond our beliefs were equally crucial.
RM: Finally, I know Boundaries I dealt with a similar theme of sexual misconduct and harassment via different personal lives and normative roles of women, ranging from a woman at home or in public. It’s frustrating and unsettling how issues of sexual misconduct especially in the workplace are seen as a partisan issue. With this subject hot in politics and debated by both men and women alike, will there be a Boundaries III in the works? If so, what will it envision for a 2019 audience?
AB: I don’t have a concrete plan for my next installment just yet, but I do think I’ll continue to expand the project. Unfortunately, it feels like I could continue Boundaries indefinitely, keep exploring new subject matter, and it will always remain relevant. My interest is to continue to focus on instances of sexual assault and harassment within institutions, where the power of the institution takes precedence over the well-being of the people affected. With that in mind, I’m currently considering the Catholic Church, ICE detention centers, and the American prison system…and I’m open to suggestions!
Being at home and also being a creator of whichever field; there is always a space for you to create or even brainstorm. Sometimes the space can be hectic and different paperwork can pile. Also, there would be instances where you will get un-motivated to do some of the work you have to do. There are many ways for you to revamp your workspace in order to get that motivation back on track with the many projects you may have pending.
Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Organization is definitely key for changing your space. You may have items from months back and you have loads of piles- cleaning is what’s best. There are many interesting ways to reorganize your workspace. But you have to clean in order to go forward in your plan revamp your space.
Find inspirational words for your Desk
Words can do a lot for a person- even give motivation when needed. Once you gotten rid of all the unnecessary junk from your desk, you can now look for quotes to inspire you. There are many quotes on the market that you can choose from. You even have the option to create your own quote and “DIY” if you will. This will be a good way to get creative and let those juices flow.
Don’t Add a Clock
In your field, you have to do some projects on a timely manner but have a clock or even contently looking at it will stress you out. As an alternative, don’t get one. Try and make it a habit to just produce content and be creative on your own pace, so you don’t become a little crazy.
New Desk Chair
Lastly, after you gotten everything above situated on your new workspace- you’re going to need a nice chair to sit on. Having a space where its spacious and comfy will really get your creative juices flowing.
Instagram is one of the most used social media in the world. In this list we will be discussing who are the most followed people on this social media site. Also going in a little in depth of why they are the most followed.
Of course, why wouldn’t this account be on the list? The official Instagram account has over five thousand post and has over two hundred thousand followers. What’s very interesting about this account is that it will highlight the Instagram users, so it’s not necessarily people from the Instagram office posting around the office. Each post is different; either if it’s from influencers, videos, eye-catching photography, makeup and a lot more. Be sure to check the different people they feature.
The first celebrity on our list and his feed does not disappoint. Cristiano Ronaldo is a famous Brazilian professional football (soccer) player with over one hundred million followers and have over two thousand posts. His feed is mostly showing some game highlights from his football match, he also takes pictures with other celebrities and even of his family. He also showcases some paid promotions of different products.
Getting her acting career started on the Disney Channel, Selena Gomez has over one hundred forty million followers and over one thousand posts on her Instagram feed. She has posts with friends, other celebrities, different projects she works on, charities she works with and other posts. Some of her posts include her collaboration of her Coach collection- she has had two major collections so far. You will see a lot of different post from her.
Another actress that had her acting/singing career on another kid’s network which is Nickelodeon, Ariana Grande has over three thousand posts and over one hundred followers. In each of her posts, you are able to see all her different adventures and even new music that she works on. Some of her posts include shots of the billboard stats of her different singles. Her feed is different every time.
The last one on our list is non-other than the Rock himself. Dwayne Johnson first started his career first as a wrestler but now he’s one of the famous actors out right now. Being Maui from Moana and agent Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, he has over one thirty million followers; showcasing his new acting projects and beautiful pictures of his family. You’ll will get a cuteness overload from his cute daughters, trust us.
Are you in need of plans for a weekend or even an adventure after work one day? Well you are in luck because pop ups and different exhibits are definitely worth a visit. Pop-ups are mostly associated with computers and the internet, so they are temporary, they can be closed out. But in these different cities that have these popups, it is temporary. These are a few of the popups that you should definitely check before January is done.
This exhibit is probably the most colorful you’ll ever visit. Each of the rooms are dedicated to a different color. You are able to have different experiences hidden inside. What’s cool about this is that each room will have cameras and they’ll send you the pictures to your phone, so you’ll be able to have lots of pictures of this experience. This pop-up is located in Soho New York City so check it out when you get the chance.
Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
Now here is an exhibit you definitely need to see if you are a Disney fan or just if you love art- this exhibit is dedicated for Mickey Mouse’s 90thBirthday celebration. With this being a milestone for Mickey Mouse himself; different artists came together to have an exhibit with art featuring the mouse himself. You get see sculptures, paintings and also other interactive areas you may experience in this exhibit. They also have an amazing gift shop as well with items such as pins, t-shirts, and even customizable items. This is located right next to the Chelsea Market, 14thStreet and 10 avenue in New York City.
This pop-up is dedicated to the tech lovers or even people who love looking at technology- this is called Dolby Soho. This features different video installations that you can look at. Since this is a Dolby location, they have some products on display so you are able to try the different products and see how you like them. This location is also in Soho New York.
A food blogger is mostly person who loves food and is able to write about their different adventures. These adventures can be taken place in different countries or even in your hometown. There’s one city that stands out above many others; it is far away then usual but it’s worth the trip. This city is Seattle, Washington. There are many reasons why we suggested this city.
Pike Place Market
Now this place is the foodie’s paradise; you everything you can ask for- a farmer’s market and also home to many different cuisine restaurants. This market was founded in 1907, as mentioned on their website, by a councilman to make a farmer’s market. Throughout the 1900s- 1970s, the market went through hardships, they remained open. Even with much deliberation and voting that happened because of its visitors wanting the market to be renovated after all the years of it getting mistreated.
The Birth Place of… Starbucks
This will be a coffee lovers paradise- you’re in the birth place of this famous coffee company chain. It all started in Seattle with three students at the University of San Francisco- they all had a common, they wanted to sell high quality coffee after seeing the process of roasting coffee beans. The word “Starbuck” came from the famous book, Moby Dick. Now Starbucks has stores all over the world. So why not see the store where it all started.
Of course, why else would you go to Seattle if you don’t try the seafood? You will try different cuisines when you visit the famous market, but seafood is number one. You’ll have some salmon, halibut and others on the menu. There different restaurants that serve seafood, but we suggest by the water.
Their Famous Dogs!
Lastly, you have to try their dogs. These dogs can have different combinations in it and also different condiments. What’s cool about these dogs is that you can get them really late in the night- it would be a great midnight snack if you are out and about.
Panasonic is launching their newest interchangeable lenses for the LUMIX S Series Full-frame digital single lens mirrorless cameras.
There will be three new lenses based on their earlier L-Mount system. The LUMIX S series gives attention to professionals and their specific needs not met or questioned with the earlier series.
From the newest series, here are the newest LUMIX S series lenses.
LUMIX S PRO 50mm F1.4
This lens is focused on a large-aperture fixed focal length that forms the core of the LUMIX S Series lenses.
The LUMIX S PRO 50mm includes:
Versatile use with 50mm focal length
F1.4 high speed
High resolution and descriptive performance despite large aperture
Smooth defocus gradation
Describes point light sources as impressive, beautiful bokeh
Clears LEICA standards
LUMIX S PRO 70-200MM F4 O.I.S.
This lens is also a part of the LUMIX S PRO lens series. The LUMIX S PRO 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens provides high-resolution, high contrast images across the entire zoom range.
Here’s what you can do with the 70-200mm F4 O.I.S.:
Wide-ranging to portraits to sports
Compatible with Panasonic LUMIX’s image stabilization system 5-Axis Dual I.S.
Clears LEICA standards
LUMIX S 24-105MM F4 MACRO O.I.S.
The LUMIX S 24-105mm F4 MACROS O.I.S. boasts a versatile standard zoom lens that covers wide-angle to medium-telephoto.
Heres what the 24-105mm F4 MACRO O.I.S. does:
High descriptive performance across the entire zoom range
Versatile wide and long zoom range
Enables 0.5x macro shooting with a minimum focusing distance of 0.3m
Compatible with Panasonic LUMIX’s image stabilization system 5-Axis Dual I.S.
A little history on the L-Mount series, it was launched by Leica to suit both APS-C format and full-frame cameras. From Leica Camera, Panasonic, and Sigma, users are offered to ‘mix and match’ any of the manufacturers’ APS-C and full-frame cameras with any of the lens from each manufacturer.
LUMIX S PRO lenses are certified and cleared by LEICA and their strict standards. By 2020, Panasonic hopes to further expand their S Series lens by ten or more lenses focuses on their PRO series.
Being a creator can be tough sometimes- tough as in, it can be hard to produce new ideas. As we see in many influencers and vloggers, they get overwhelmed with everything in their way such as their audience and people around them. They also get overwhelmed by doing the same stuff day after day-getting away may be the best option. There are many places to help you in your journey for finding inspiration. It is most important to unwind every once in a while.
Firstly; Get Moving and Get to the Street
It doesn’t help being stuck indoors all day; you have to get moving. You find beauty in the uncanniest of places- even outside your front door. Walking is a very fundamental exercise for everyone to do and its very good for you to do so why not just go out to get some fresh air. Not only is this get way to get some ideas but it’s a good way to get some exercise in without having to put in the extra weight of a regular gym.
Not only is walking one of the fundamentals in having deep thoughts or even getting ideas but you can go different places in around where you live. Different places such as parks or even coffee shops are bound to get those creative juices flowing. Here are a best places to go to.
This place is the place to find some inspiration. Museums offer so much as in old artifacts, old artwork or even different exhibit. If you are a photographer, you can practice your skills here. If you are a blogger you can write a post about that experience. They are many possibilities in a museum. It always reminds us of how everything was in the world in times before we were born.
This is also really good to by when you’re trying to get some ideas for your next project. The bookstores we suggest are the ones you never even heard of. Independent bookstores are the ones that are hidden but are an amazing experience all on its own. This will be way better than a Barnes and Noble chain store, trust us.
NewYorkNico a.k.a. Nicolas Heller is dubbed by many as the “Unofficial Talent Scout of New York City” by both friends and followers. What began as something of a passing moniker became a reality when many New Yorkers and visitors alike began recognizing his characters around the city as local personalities.
Evolving throughout his filmmaking and documentary style, he began to casually shape characters from people he noticed around his neighborhood. From full-on performers to the everyday guy grabbing a cup of coffee, his vision evolved into a time machine throwing everybody back into the old-school New York City Nico was born and raised in. Whether it be Big Mike at Astor Street Hairstylists or Tiger Hood, Nico has a special relationship with all things old school and neglected by the toils of everyday NYC.
Here at Resource, we catch up with Nico and ask him about his latest documentary, what he’s working on now, and thoughts on filming in the city.
Resource Magazine: You’re doing so much in regards to your commercial, personal, and recreational work. I would hate to call your social media stuff work, but with how much you probably invest time and content into it, do you feel at any time in obligation to keep up with your characters?
Nico: That’s actually a really good question. I don’t feel any pressure. Like you mentioned, I have my real work which is the commercial stuff and that’s how I depend on making money and the Instagram has been always just for fun. I committed to it just being something I had fun with and kind of use to uplift other people. To help people in my city and make a name for myself in that world.
Nico: So, I don’t feel any pressure to keep up with people. I know that people kind of expect to see these recurring characters, but I’m not going to do it for other people, I’m going to do it for myself. They’re all my friends. Obviously, I’m making everything public so people can see it and enjoy it. But, I can’t make it about them, I have to make it about myself and my friends who I feature. I don’t feel any pressure. If I go a week without posting anything, I get a little anxious, but that’s because if I’m not posting anything it probably means that I’m at home working on a day job so I just want to get out there and see what my friends are up to.
RM: I feel like you really care about these people. As a follower, your characters make your stuff candid. You bring out this authenticity in the city that I feel like is lost now in just a mecca of gentrification. You’re a local New Yorker. You’ve witnessed the everyday change coming in now since your upbringing. Does the different tides of diversity you experience help define your style of documentary?
Big Mike Takes Lunch - Vimeo
Nico: I feel like that directly impacts the work that I’m doing, that is, seeing the change in New York City since I grew up here. Everything that I document has this nostalgic New York feel whether it be a character or place, you know, I’ve gotten more into transitioning into using my Instagram and turning it more into documentary. Basically combining my skill sets as a filmmaker and as a street documentarian. That’s what I did with my Big Mike Takes Lunch documentary. I’m currently editing a documentary on Tiger Hood and I’m going to do something similar to that. You know, the first event, we had a screening at Astor Place Hairstylists along with Mike’s first art show.
RM: Yeah, unfortunately I missed that.
Nico: It was incredible. The mayor showed up. It got crazy coverage and gave so much to Mike. He was able to sell a lot of paintings and get more gallery shows. It felt really good and boosted me as a documentarian. I do the commercial stuff and it’s how I make my money and it’s fun, but I’m working for somebody else. And it’s more their vision and it’s usually corporate. The reason I did this Mike documentary is because I wanted to do something for myself whether that meant self-financing it and taking a little loss there. I just wanted something to live on beyond the Instagram videos.
And, create a really cool event surrounding it. When I saw how well that went, I was like ‘sh*t I just got to keep doing this’. My next documentary is on Tiger Hood. Similar story, it’s like everyone knows him for one thing but he actually has an amazing talent that he hasn’t really pushed as far as one would think he should. So, I’m going to be doing a screening with him in conjunction with his first ever art show.
I feel like all of these subjects remind me of old New York in some way or another. Big Mike, for example, is the manager of Astor Place. Astor Place is where I’ve been going to get my haircut since I was 10. And it’s such an old school New York place like nobody can step foot in there and not be like “holy sh*t it feels like a time machine.” And, Tiger, is just super old school New York as well.
RM: I was curious about Tiger Hood. How did you get to the point where you’re sharing these nostalgic, candid photographs with each other? Like, I just saw the Seinfeld one and—
Nico: Oh, he actually didn’t take that one.
RM: Oh sh*t, he didn’t?
Nico: No, but it definitely looks like he would have. But, yeah, I was just going through all our old videos this morning and I saw the first video I ever took of him and it was funny. I hadn’t looked at it since I took it. He wasn’t opening up to me like he is now. So, we just built a friendship like anyone would. The only difference is I would document a lot of our encounters. He also saw that my fans really appreciated him.
RM: Yeah, and not just watching him to make fun of him or anything.
Nico: Oh yeah, for sure, and he definitely saw that and was like ‘oh sh*t’. He’s the best. He really is one of the most genuine people I know. I’m happy that we’re going to be doing this documentary and creating this event to expose his work for the whole world to see.
RM: I was wondering, do people come at you with these stories or do you initiate it? I’m sure it comes uniquely like interacting with someone like Matthew Silvers where they may be way easier to confront.
Nico: Usually their story is upfront and center. Matthew Silver for example. Clearly, he is this wild street performer. That’s right there for me. As opposed to Big Mike where he’s just this normal guy. He’s still a character, really funny, super old-school New York, but he’s the manager of this barber shop and has been doing this for 40 years. The fact that he’s this super skilled painter who only started two years ago and does it on his lunch break at the back of Astor Place hairstylists. That was something that didn’t come right away. We weren’t even friends. I would see him whenever I got my haircut, but I never really spoke to him because I just thought he was this New Yorker who wanted to get through the day. Until, I went to use the restroom and on my way I saw that the storage area was open and for whatever reason I poked my head in and saw him working on this Van Gogh-inspired Biggie painting.
That’s when I was like Oh Sh*t. There’s a lot more to this guy than I thought. So we started talking, we built the friendship from that. I would check in with him every few weeks or so, see how his paintings are coming. And then a year later I was like ‘Yo, I think it’s time to do a documentary about you.’
"Tiger Hood" by NY Nico (100% of proceeds go to charity) - Vimeo
And then there’s someone like Tiger Hood, where you see him playing milk carton golf and you’re intrigued and you start talking to him about that. And then that turns into finding out about this crazy, photography talent that he has. Getting to look at his archives of photos from the past for 25 years. Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s not so obvious, other times it’s obvious but there’s a surprise.
RM: Was anything in Big Mike scripted? Or was it all pretty impromptu?
Nico: I think the obvious stuff was scripted and that’s what I wanted. I had him introducing himself. I feel like the awkward parts of documentary are the most real moments. And its a documentary, so you’re expecting to see a candid portrayal of your subject.
I feel like setting up scripted moments that they come into trying to be somebody else and they screw it up and break, then you see them as they really are. The opening scene, he comes to the camera and he keeps screwing up. You’re like Oh! He’s cool, he’s just this big doof! Moments like that I really like.
RM: Wait, are you familiar with this 1975 documentary Grey Gardens?
Nico: Yeah of course. I actually haven’t seen it such a long time.
RM: It’s so cringy and genuine, I love it. You take such a Grey Gardens/vérité approach at times. Essentially just letting people act the way they want, however dramatic, however withdrawn. That pretty much revolutionized how documentary works. Trusting your subjects that they won’t do anything offensive that might get flagged online or whatever. Do you ever worry about anything like that?
Nico: No, definitely not.
RM: I also noticed on your Instagram that you highlight on everyday people who do “unsung hero” stuff. Like, Doris Diether, the Queen of WSP. Do you feel as though your social media has evolved to become this community to celebrate and laugh with the people who you film?
Nico: With the following I have and having New York in my name, I feel like I have an obligation to educate my followers. A lot of people follow me because meme accounts will post crazy videos and to backtrack, I will never post something that I believe is offensive to whoever I’m filming. It really bothers me when people will send me videos of people who are high on drugs, passing out on the subway because they think its funny or something. Like, when have I ever posted something like that? Everyone who I’m posting is loving life in one way or another. I would never show somebody super down and out, to disrespect them.
Instagram has taken something more than just me keeping up with the same person every day. With my schedule getting more and more busier, I don’t really have the time to go out and keep up to date with the people I post on my Instagram. Like, even though I didn’t shoot this video from 1993 about this kid who hijacked a subway car for three hours, this is actually a really cool New York story, I’m going to share that. Now it’s just a mix of my stuff and if Doris Diether is having her 90th birthday, then I really need to show her some love on the ‘gram even though she’ll never see it. It’s good for other people to learn.
"Larry the Birdman" by NY Nico (100% of proceeds go to charity) - Vimeo
RM: People definitely recognize the characters you create on the street. People like Matthew Silvers is now on Adult Swim, and Larry the Birdman always has so many people around him whenever I pass by him at WSP.
Nico: That’s all him. That’s Larry being Larry. He’s funny, like every time I see him, even when he doesn’t know I’m there he’s always like, “Google ‘#LarrytheBirdman,’ look at NewYorkNico’s page!” So funny. He doesn’t even have an Instagram or smartphone.
RM: He really trusts you! I guess for more intimate relationships, like Luca Two Times and Tiger Hood, do they get reported on without your presence now?
Nico: Oh yeah, I think its great. I don’t want to take credit for their success. Luca was just on Rachel Ray and I went with him to the taping of it. I’m not getting shouted out but I don’t expect to. Luca is Luca and I helped boost him. That feels good. Personally, I don’t need that recognition from other people. Him and his family show me so much love anyways. I’ll always look out for people who show me love as well. There’s a lot of people who I helped out on the page who kind of use me, nothing wrong with that.
RM: I think they use your platform, definitely.
Nico: Yeah, it’s fine, but it’s the people like Luca and Tiger who really show me love and who I’ve cultivated these real friendships with like I’d ride with ’em [laughs] like, beyond Instagram.
RM: So do you just talk to them without your phone on hand nowadays?
Nico: Yeah, especially now. I used to be all about recording everything, but now–maybe it’s because I’m getting older and I’m taking a more documentary approach, or, maybe I do need to record everything… these videos that I record on my phone come in crazy handy. I was hired by the New York Post to do a little day-in-the-life of Luca. We shot that last week and I’m editing that now.
All this footage that I got from him is coming in handy because I need certain videos to help supplement the stuff he’s talking about and I’m like ‘Oh sh*t, I didn’t film that. But, oh I have old footage of him!’ talking about what I need him to be talking about. [Laughs] So maybe I do need to film more.
RM: I feel like in Big Mike, you have the flashbacks. To the year that you met him. Stuff like that, where you’re not expanding the image or anything, it’s just a small iPhone screen and you don’t change it. You’ve been in contact with these people for awhile now, you’re not meeting them for the first time.
Nico: Yeah, yeah, totally. In the upcoming Tiger Hood film, I used so much of that kind of footage. And it’s cool to see him throughout the years from the same perspective, which is my phone, and I feel like its pretty obvious it’s from my camera. Like, I feel like it makes it more of a personal piece, it’s not just some filmmaker was hired by a production company to create a film. And, you’ll see it, but the ending is very rewarding!
RM: For our readers at Resource, do you have any tips on casual documentary without overplaying it? Like, advice for our readers who want to engage with these people, or even just people in their own neighborhood that they may feel too shy to engage with. I believe Snapchat and IG stories are arguably a form of casual documentary that’s super accessible to everyone. Do you have any advice for people who want to engage with people who they find interesting and not be exploitative in any way?
Nico: This is a question I get a lot, especially in DM’s, people like, “yo, how do I approach this person I’m interested in.” Honestly, I don’t really have any suggestions because it comes down to how comfortable you are with the situation. Like, if you feel intimidated by somebody, you can’t really force that. And if you do, it might scare them away. Wait. Wait for the right time, there’s a lot of people who I didn’t approach for a while because I was pretty intimidated by them.
Big Mike being one of them. Mike was someone who I’ve seen since I was 10. He was just some guy behind the front desk who told you which barber to go to. He’s been there for so long, I’ve seen his face for like 20 years, but I was too intimidated to go speak to him. It wasn’t until I saw him working on something that he’s clearly passionate about that I chose to talk to him about that. Once I talked to him about his art, he was totally down to start talking.
Find something that this person is interested in that you have a common interest with and talk about that. Then you’ll have a natural conversation and maybe it will lead to something else.
RM: I was thinking that with Snapchat and IG stories, people kinda lose that consent to record someone to some degree. Like, you can definitely go behind someone like Larry without ever interacting with them and I guess that’s where the initial engagement becomes intimidating because it’s so easy to stand far away and be silent.
Nico: I do that too sometimes. If there’s a street performer who I think is really cool, but I don’t talk to them because A. Maybe they’re intimidating and they don’t look like they want to be spoken to or B. they’re busy performing so I’d film their performance and post it. Because I have a following, it’ll go back to them, and we’ll start a relationship through that. That’s okay too.
RM: Besides the Tiger Hoods documentary and screening, is there anything else you’re working on?
Nico: The Tiger doc is the big one, we’re gonna have a really sick event around it and people can buy Tiger’s work. Meet him, see the film. And then I have other little things that I’m working on, like a subway etiquette brochure. That’s coming up soon and that’ll be exciting. Yeah, but other than that, watch and see.
What NY Nico accomplishes reflects his personal New York City. By allowing his friends to act in whatever way they desire, he creates shared experiences with his followers on the cultural phenomena that regularly takes place here in the city.
Follow Nico’s Instagram, Youtube, and watch his stuff on his website. He also has a dope podcast where he interviews people he films and more.
Hate seeing pictures of you not looking like you at all? It could be the light, it could be the shadows, and sometimes it can be your skin. Not like anything is wrong with it. It might just need a little extra to match the shoot’s lighting.
Most of the time, we would just use concealer to hide our very human spots and tears, but let’s hear it from the professionals. How can we better prepare and walk into a shoot feeling and looking our absolute best? From models talking to different beauty magazines and interviews, we selected our favorites and listed them here.
Lea talked to Cosmopolitan about her recent 2019 favorites and must-haves for pre-photoshoot and photoshoot looks.
When taking off make-up to apply skincare the night before, BioDerma is highly necessary. BioDerma fights through the waterproof grease that most makeup removers leave behind on accident. When you have light flashing off your skin, your worst enemy would be smeared mascara from two nights ago.
When the makeup remover does its job, its always best to follow with a good cleanse. Kiehl’s is revolutionary in skincare and does a great job at refreshing the face afterwards. Its non-irritating so you don’t have to worry about any abrasive redness afterwards.
With occasional acne and zits, don’t pop it right before a shoot. Instead, apply this drying lotion as acne treatment. It dries the zit right off and you don’t have to worry about it bleeding afterwards.
Its really cold outside and for most of us our skin turns paper dry. Orgins’ comes through with their heavily moisturizing overnight mask. One layer of this before your desired 6-8 hour sleep and you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and hydrated.
Looking for a radiant concealer with lots of coverage to hide some dark eyes? YSL comes to the rescue. With their brightening color, this concealer makes sure the light will never hit you the wrong way.
Sarah talks to Cosmopolitan about what products she likes to use pre and during a photoshoot.
For an all-in-one stick, this Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate stick is great for blush and contour on-the-go. If you’re late for the shoot and need some quick color, pop on some blush and line up your cheekbones for a quick, restored look.