The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Saturday was the fabulous Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This year the parade also had a message.  As one sign put it: “Fuck You BP, Save the Mermaids.”  “Performance artist  (Tigger) Ferguson told the Daily News, “Today is a celebration of sea life trying to survive in the gulf. The Mermaid Parade is a celebration of marine life, mythical and real.”

Still, the parade was as colorful and festive as ever. Lou Reed and wife Laurie Anderson served as the parade’s King and Queen, and everyone including the large group of  inventive photographers had a great time. Along with the amazing mermaids and mermen and their creative costumes , the array of photographic gear is always inspirational. Every unique flash contraption, medium and large format film cameras and  polaroid cameras and more are  on display.

Coney Island is filled with new rides and the Circus and music on the boardwalk every night. I am definitely going back for a sunset visit to photograph more of the scene.



Venice

” This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty – this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose air the arts once voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.”  and where we began the romantic  wedding celebration festivities of Justine Burnside and Nicolo Magni.

Venice

Venice

Justine -the beautiful  bride-In Murano

Justine -the beautiful bride-In Murano

Minnie in Venice

Minnie in Venice

Venice

Venice

Murano

Murano

The group In Venice

The group In Venice

Minnie in Venice

Minnie in Venice

The Mermaid Parade

As the summer solstice approaches, along with the gift of longer days and more light, comes The Mermaid Parade. The wonderful Coney Island Mermaid Parade occurs the first Saturday after the summer solstice. Hundreds of mermaids, Neptune’s, mer-men and thousands of spectators and photographers descend upon Coney Island to celebrate the beginning of summer and the official opening of the Atlantic Ocean. Part Mardi Gras, part art festival; the Parade is a New York tradition. I have been photographing the Parade for 15 years whenever I am free-this year I am shooting a wedding that day so I am posting images from previous years and I encourage anyone who wants to begin the summer with spirit to join the festivities.    For more information : http://www.coneyisland.com/mermaid.shtml mermaid_08-69mermaids08-127mermaid csmermaid_08-13-Edit2 mermaids-1

Fairy Godmother: First Communion

In Bridgehampton I recently photographed the first communion of Cecilia   the daughter of a wonderful family from Mexico that I have known for 16 years now.

My friend Susan is the godmother and I loved this shot we captured on the trampoline. It made me realize we all need fairy godmothers…

First Communion

First Communion, Susan Godmother

Minnie at 16

I’m really excited to post these images. Not only because Minnie holds a special place in my heart but because turning 16 is such an exciting moment in one’s life. Everything is ahead of you – life holds so many possibilities. It’s a wonderful rite of passage and worthy of spirited celebration… and it was.

Minnie at 16

Minnie at 16

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Minnie at 16 cake