Hurry Up And Wait

Boring, boring, fucking boring… then something happens. That pretty much sums up the life of a photographer involved in day-to-day news coverage. The moments that lead up to a shot can be agonizing but inversely seen as a chance to discover and capture unplanned occurrences. This set of images was taken over the course of several years during down time on humbling daily assignments. They have little to do with aesthetic but do evoke mood, in turn creating their own aesthetic. Roaming the landscape of New York City with one ear plugged into a police scanner while the other listens to the street noise. Occasionally the skies open up and pictures fall out. Many hours can be spent staring at a building or sitting in a car watching the world pass by. Most people are skeptical of your camera and the weather hates you. At night you’re isolated and locked out. The nagging feeling of getting a call to respond keeps you from ordering a beer and builds up the anxiety. You see nature coping with its surroundings in urban landscapes. Reflections and shapes appear in beams of light waiting to be frozen in time. You’re immersed in the world with a task to create something by chance. Work at it long enough and chance fades away to probability, probability kills chance and you’re left with definitive proof that you exist. Make something out of nothing and time doesn’t feel wasted. “An artist is always alone if he is an artist.” – Henry Miller

Explosion, Fire and Building Collapse NYC

A reported gas explosion set off a chain of events that caused a massive fire and building collapse. Incident happened at 116th street and Park Ave in Manhattan. A number of deaths and injuries have been reported.

The Art Of Campaign

This image collection is primarily associated with the 2013 New York City mayoral campaign and includes various political events from 2012. Sometimes you have to look closer than policy to understand the politician. Physical traits can exploit a underlined viewpoint and inner thoughts manifest through gesture and facial expression.

Pro Ukrainian Integration Protest

Ukrainian protesters gathered Sunday afternoon in front of the Ukrainian United Nations Mission in midtown Manhattan. The protesters are calling for the resignation of Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich after failing to sign a crucial trade agreement with the European Union. Pressure and sanction threats from Moscow are believed to be the key reasons Yanukovich chose not to move forward with the deal. Though this protest lasted only an hour, thousands of protesters in Kiev have been holding mass anti-government demonstrations in the streets and taking over government buildings.

Prague, Berlin, Cologne, and Amsterdam

Photographing Despair

 

Tibetan National Uprising Day

“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess” -The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Over sixty years have passed since the once sovereign country of Tibet was invaded, brutalized, and occupied by the Chinese government. The movement to free Tibet from communist rule continues to present day. Over a thousand Tibetans and their supporters marched through the streets of NYC on 3/10/13. This was one of many protests taking place simultaneously around the globe. March 10th marks the 54th anniversary of the 1959 uprising in Tibet. A long line of Tibetan flags held by the oppressed and those sympathetic to the cause swept across town from the United Nations to the Chinese Consulate.

Quantum Portraiture: (1st phase)

One example of an ongoing project I’ve been working on the past few months. Series is another project humbly attempting to bridge scientific theory and photography. Brief summary below, much much more to come next year.

Quantum Portraiture
By: Michael Hicks

The way in which human brains process and eventually perceive reality is only accepted after visualization occurs. Countless occurrences stimulate the senses every millisecond while the brain chooses to focus on single moments at any given time. What this portrait series conveys is the other occurrences around the person being photographed. The specific movement choices of the person being photographed reflect the outcome of his or her perspective within that moment of time. These “other options” so to speak could have materialized given the viewers choice to perceive other outcomes. In some instances character specific distortion relates to personality.

SAMPLE

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: The Rockaways, Queens

All neighborhoods in the Rockaways were heavily affected by hurricane Sandy. A large percentage of homes were either destroyed or badly damaged by the storm. The people of these communities were forced to rely on each other until federal help finally arrived. Temperatures have been dropping making life without utilities a nightmare for many families. Philanthropic groups and concerned citizens from all over the country came to aid in distributing survival supplies and food. The National Guard and FEMA have begun to deploy in the area. Incidents of armed robbery and looting have been reported. The once popular boardwalk tourist attraction was reduced to splinters destroying all in its path as the sea and sand pushed inland.

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Breezy Point, Queens

These images show the devastation caused by hurricane Sandy in Breezy Point, Queens. More than one hundred homes burnt down as a result of high winds and flooding which made battling the flames nearly impossible. Members of the community along with civil servants relied on each other until federal help arrived. The National Guard was eventually deployed and helped residents cope with issues ranging from food, shelter, and supplies to medical emergencies.