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Photographer: Fernando Colón

Author: Tafari, Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 11:12 PM Mindspill

I met New York photographer Fernando Colón backstage at the BCBGMAXAZRIA Mercedes Benz Fashion Week show back in September 2010. Initially, I hated on him because his hair is 'ALMOST' better than mine but I got past all of that because Fernando was one of the first photographers that I met who was actually real & cool at MBFW. Fernando’s hard work in front of the runways of NY, studio & street scenes are totally inspirational. And I got hype when I learned that he was the house photographer for Venexiana, one of my favorite MBFW shows to photograph. He grinds! You can get a glimpse of Fernando’s work here & here. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

The Boy With The Blue Hair

Author: Tafari, Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 10:35 PM Mindspill

I would crack a witty joke about Little Boy Blue but I will let the photo speak for itself. I thought his coat was pretty cool, strange but cool. Later on the same day, I saw a white chick rocking the same coat. Should have taken a photo of her to examine who rocked it better like fashion blogs do… Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

A Little Street Drag

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 10:59 PM Mindspill

So, I’m in NYC, had fresh rolls of film & was taking photos all over the place. Next thing I know, the metering on my little Mamiya started acting funny. I was in full sun, yet the meter said there was not enough light. I was lost but I tried my best to compensate. Slower shutter speeds, aperture wide open etc. I just hoped that the photos were useable. That’s the cost of using film. Then I had a moment of clarity…. The camera battery was dead, so I swapped out for a new one & I was back in business. After processing & scanning the film, the affected images turned out to be cool. A little shutter drag never hurt anyone… Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

In Them Orange Pants

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 9:55 PM Mindspill

After picking up our Mercedes Benz Fashion Week press credentials, my assistant/Cousin Dee headed to Lincoln Center to oooh & aaah at the façade of the tents that we would be camped out in for 5 long days. This was 3 hours before the NY Sip & See… And 1.5 hours before the Gretchen Jones (Project Runway) presentation... And 2 hours after we had a free Thai curry at the MoMA... But this is all another story. The zone was chill, the fountain was calm & Cousin Dee just knew she was killing it in her all-purpose outfit, which has a story that would crack you up but I know if I told it, I would be murdered…. She was looking fly so I had to document the moment because with all the work that he had ahead of us at fashion week, neither one of us was going to be looking like a winner. With that out of the way, Cousin Dee was a lifesaver! As always, we made a killer team and had so much fun along the way. The week that we spent in NYC was magical for many reasons. Nothing beats spending time with those who genuinely have your best interest at heart, who make you laugh till you pee on yourself a little bit, cuss you out when you’re ordering too much Garrett’s Popcorn (cheese and cashew caramel crunch) & stop you from ordering a bacon flavored milkshake at 3 in the morning while wearing church shoes. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

The Girl in the Christian Louboutins

Author: Tafari, Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 8:58 PM Mindspill

So I’m back with the final round of photos from my NYC Analog series…. Feels good being back with fresh images, new looks & a new vibe. I guess you can call it some kind of evolution of sorts. While making my way to Lincoln Center a few weeks ago, I spotted lifestyle blogger Sai Sankoh sashaying near the fountain & I mean she had a serious sashay & everyone was watching. And I don't use the word sashay but it seems so appropriate for what she was giving the world that moment, that day! It was actually really cool watching her move in dramatic fashion wearing the fuck out of her thigh high Christian Louboutin boots. She could not be stopped & to top it off, she has a killer smile! She mos def got me hype at the kick off of my Fashion Week experience! Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

NY Sip & See

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 11:42 PM Mindspill

Everybody knows... that no trip to New York City is complete without having a Sip & See! I've been in countdown mode since yesterday! Counting down the days, hours and minutes left before I board that plane for New York to do my Mercedes Benz Fashion Week work. Oh and fun and museums and hopefully at least 3 good meals. Oh and hopefully some mental downtime. The Black spirits know that I need some mental downtime! Lastly, about this time next week, I will be arriving back at my hotel to get some rest & HOPING that I don't twist my ankle again like I did last September just before heading to my first show of the season. Just in case, I will be carrying an Ace Bandage!!! If you're in NYC, consider this an invite & hope to sip with & see you at the Thom Bar!

Throwback Looks

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 9:29 PM Mindspill

She had a serious throwback look going on. Reminded me of some Audrey Hepburn type stuff kind of, sort of, not really…. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Finding Random Girls

Author: Tafari, Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 9:50 PM Mindspill

I was walking out of Foto Care after picking up a camera rental when I spotted her.  I think it was the glasses that arrested me. She was reluctant to take the photo but I always have a way with words to get random strangers give in to my lens. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Street Photography Mystery: Who’s That Girl

Author: Tafari, Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 12:09 AM Mindspill

I don’t watch many shows on television. Maybe like 4 or 5 shows weekly and then, I’m mostly watching via DVR. When I bumped into Marshana Dahlia Ritchie pictured above, I believe she told me that she was on “The Bachelor.”   I never watched the show so I was totally out of the loop about her but I can now say that she was pretty nice and had great teeth. I like nice teeth! I did do some web surfing on Black contestants or lack there of on the "Bachelor" & "Bachelorette." Pretty interesting reading on the diversity front. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

The Girl With the Big Earrings

Author: Tafari, Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 2:24 PM Mindspill

About 1.5 years ago, we saw Erykah Badu aKa Fat Belly Bella aKa Medulla Oblongata aKa Low Down Loretta Brown aKa Analogue Girl in a Digital Girl aKa Manuela Maria Mexico rocking pair of “ear wings at Lollapalooza with a golden Mohawk. She pulled off the look like no one else could. Then we learned that she was going to be producing the ear wings along with other accessories. I thought, what regular woman could wear them & look that fly? A random sighting in NYC proved that my assertions about a regular woman rocking the ear wings were wrong. You can tell by these eyes that she knew that she was working these ear wings. She KNEW! And, I don’t think Erykah ever launched her line of jewelry. I’m just saying. Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Pause for the Cause: June Ambrose

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 11:04 PM Mindspill

June Ambrose may be one of New York's busiest fashion stylist but she is always smiling & will pause for the cause and give a photographer the time of day. That's why she is my boo in my head. Just in case, 'you aint know,' June has her own reality show coming to VH1 Feb 2012... Wonder if it will hit before the start of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week??? Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Photographer on the Scene

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 10:30 PM Mindspill

When at Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, you run into many fashionable people out and about near the fountain. Many are there to be seen, many are there to work but most are there working it. And like anywhere, some just don’t do it well, especially some of the photographers. In this case, I spotted photographer Megan Graham working it while working as she snapped photos of the fashion savvy for Stylesight. When I saw her working, she reminded me of a summer breeze. She looked cool, yet warm. Maybe, it was her fair glow, soft curls & that 70s dress. Maybe it was her smile… You know that I am a sucker for a beautiful smile. For the record, I never look fashionable when at Lincoln Center. Typically, I look like a mess but I am always working it. You know how I do... Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.