I came across these identical twins on the steps near Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. They are somewhat notorious for doing their synchronized workouts there. I was told by a friend that they have been in ads for Nike and Adidas. I snapped a photo of them from the front. Then as I was passing behind them, I noticed their identical sweat stains and shirt wrinkles and had to laugh. I find it comical that they’re even synchronized in things they don’t plan.
Now in her mid 80’s, Norine continues to shoot fashion in her 4th story walkup studio. She friended me on Facebook not too long ago and finds full time interns through craigslist. Need I say more? Norine is one of the coolest women I know (click here to friend her on facebook).
Originally from Toronto Canada, she was literally one of the first North American models to “get off the boat in Paris” (she booked a prominent modeling campaign the day after arriving). She later founded a successful modeling agency and helped implement a voucher payment system for models, a system that is still used today. She moved on to being a clothing stylist, makeup artist and eventually a fashion photographer, which is what she continues to do today.
Having known her for several years, I can attest to Norine’s youthfulness and loveliness. She has all too many classic stories to tell from her various careers and experiences as a photographer. Just a year or so ago, police cars rushed to Norine’s 15 story apartment building to stop a woman from jumping off the roof. As it turns out, Norine was just having a photoshoot. The 911 caller saw the model near the edge of the roof wearing only a bed sheet blowing in the wind and thought she was going to jump.
These photos are in celebration of Norine’s recent birthday. After having breakfast together, we walked a few blocks to her photography studio, went up 5 flights of steps to the roof and did a few more shots on the fire escape.
Doctors are trying to get her to walk with a cane. Her response is that she’s too vain. I happen to think she’s too young.
Central Park is full of energy and life this time of year. Locals and tourists enjoy its beauty and springtime blossoms. I loved seeing people of all ages and backgrounds find simple enjoyment in these beautiful Cherry Blossom trees.
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MOZO Shoes recently held a press launch event of their signature chef shoes at the GE Monogram Design Center. Besides photo coverage of the event, MOZO also displayed my portraits and video of Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Samuelsson. I enjoyed working with the MOZO team again and seeing my work used for the event.
Last year, I had the pleasure of working with simplestation on a new website for New York City law firm Abraham Fruchter & Twersky. The two-day shoot involved portraits of the partners and associates, office candids, and an opening shot of the partners for the website (image 1). Image 2 is of me photographing one of the partners in the conference room. The view of lower Manhattan was incredible.