In early 2013 I traveled to Austin Texas for the SXSW Interactive Festival in which I was invited to speak on a panel, Warhol Goes Social: Creativity In the Tech Age with artist Laurie Fricke and Christiaan Welzel & David Jones from Critical Mass. I was then fortunate enough to have studio time in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to write, reflect and wander the crisp late winter streets of Manhattan.
Hong Kong (2005)
In November of 2005 I spent three nights in Hong Kong. My first time abroad and my first exploration of vertical space with my first DSLR camera. I frequented electronic mega-stores, pondered currency exchange rates, greased my appetite from the steaming pots of street vendors and cleansed my system with a visit to an assortment of bars and “eateries” – a rather haphazard itinerary which was rapidly refined with each passing day: “Whiskey, sir?” “Please, and a Tsingtao to follow.”
As I traversed the business district by day and up the hill to catch World Cup qualifiers at night I lapped up all manner of contemptible conversations with other expats between fits of cigarettes. I was buzzing – not just from the booze – but the height, the claustrophobia – the heavy money of the glass and the steel. A strange and surreal experience to be sure. But with a camera and a stomach full of courage there were patterns, angles and meaning to be found everywhere.