Jonathan Mazaltov
Houston, TX
Canon EOS 6D | iPhone 6 

Do you find that your photography work influences your graphic design? Or vice versa? If so, explain how.

I actually started as a designer, which then led me into picking up my iPhone when Instagram first came out, in order to try my hand at photography. A lot of the ties between the two stem from an understanding of aesthetics. Things such as symmetry, and hierarchy are so prevalent in both that understanding those concepts helps drive either skill forward. In that same boat, one of the things I try to emphasize most in my photography is framing. Which I feel comes from a deep rooted love for UX in design. The way somebody perceives a photo has a direct correlation to how it’s composed, and that is something I have always strived for in any app/website I have been a part of creating.

What things do you typically look for when shooting in terms of location and surroundings?

The main thing I try to seek out while shooting, is places that appear unexplored. Even if I’m going to a high traffic area, I look for where the people aren’t heading. Some of the most spectacular places, and shots I’ve stumbled upon have been found using those ideals. Also, honestly, a lot of the locations/surroundings I seek out have a tendency of being driven by whatever music I’m listening to at that given moment. Music holds such a special place in my life, which motivates me to find spots that capture what a certain song, or album makes me feel (hence why majority of my pictures are titled based on a song I feel encompasses the mood I was going for).

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My name is Kevin. I am a photo student based out of New Paltz, New York. Generally, my work is a direct approach to looking at spaces. My work has started to become more formal, with detailed attention to the composition. Lately, I have also been documenting the local people and culture as I travel. I hope to travel the country and world after I graduate and build a large body of work. I shoot primarily in film with a 4x5 view camera or 6x7 medium format camera as well as digitally. Please take a look at my website at and my tumblr page at


Gourmet Pizza - Main Street in New Paltz, NY

I was in New Paltz over the weekend visiting Katie C. While she was in the shower, her one roommate John wanted to get pizza. Do you really think I would ever let someone go get pizza alone? No. Now, it was 1 am at the time so most people would expect all the pizzerias to be closed for the night. However, as New Paltz is a college town full of drunk college bros and college hoes, they have not one but TWO pizzerias open ‘til at least 2 am nightly. The one we settled on was Gourmet Pizza on Main Street. I got a chicken bacon ranch as it looked pretty cool while John got a sicilian and something else (I’m not really too sure what though, to be honest). My slice was above average, but still nothing to write home about. It kinda tasted like it had parmesan cheese on it even though it didn’t. John said his slices only tasted as good as they did because of how hungry he was, so that’s not very reaffirming either. He’s also said that he’s never gotten a fresh slice of pizza from Gourmet, no matter the time of day. Pretty solid for upstate pizza, but in the grand scheme of things it’s nothing worth going out of your way for. If you’re starving at one in the morning though, you definitely want to scope this spot out.


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