Issue 7 of Contrast Magazine was dedicated to all things DIY and who better  to work on a project with than India Menuez and Tristan Reginato of the Art Collective "Lucky You"! Stylist Edda Gudmun of Kate Ryan made it all come together flawlessly using several NY based DIY designers and some of Tristan's own pieces. The designers and more on India and Tristan can be found at

Girl on Bike - Canal St. Martin

Over Thanksgiving I decided to forgo the turkey and spend the holiday tucked away with loved ones in a quiet cafe hidden on Rue Vavin in Paris' Monparnasse district. Behind the glimmering lights of La Coupole and Le Select that dominate both sides of Avenue Montparnasse you'd never even know the tiny Rue Vavin was there... unless you happened to have lived there several years ago as I did. As we walked back from Montparnasse through the Luxembourg gardens, with the Eiffel Tower on our left and the Hotel De Ville on our right, the city glimmered and shined as Im sure it always has capturing the hearts of so many photographers over the decades.
Night in the 11th

When we strolled over the Seine I recalled Brassai's "Paris At Night" collection and the famous "Kiss of Hotel De Ville" by Doisneau.. even the steps of the Pantheon ring with Avedon's famous photos. I walked around for 3 days without making a single photograph. On every corner flashed images taken by the late, great, masters. I was not there to reinvent the wheel, but I was never going to live up to Brassai's "Paris at Night" series in one short week... so I walked on.. and I noticed that the area I was in, the Marais, lacked all of the young people that used to thrive there between the slightly " dare- I- say-ghetto- at-the-time" 11th and the too posh to afford 1st.. Where had they all gone? I kept walking east toward my old never finished, hardly started, graduate school "Spéos" off of Rue Charonne in the 11th and all of a sudden, there they were and all of a sudden, Paris was new again.

Locks of love on the Canal St. Martin

Street and Canal


Young Love and Cigarettes

 Reflection in the Canal

Hangin' Out.. 
taken in homage to Joey.

Fall on the east coast is magical and the ladies at BWG magazine and I got together to share it with their readers! Check out the editorial on BWG Mag here.

Special thanks to:
Jessa Blades - Make Up
Laura Polko for L'oreal Paris - Hair
CG - Styling
Morgan and Hannah at IMG NY 

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