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Good Afternoon Esteemed Parenting Colleagues of the Internet,

If you have a moment, would you do me a favor and pop on over to Amazon to leave a review for the hilarious ILTKU book, “Parenting is Easy: You’re Probably Just Doing it Wrong”?

That is, if you own a copy of course!

If you don’t, would you pop on over to Amazon, purchase one, (or 12, totally your choice!), wait dutifully for its arrival, rejoice in its succinct and refreshing look at the trials of motherhood through the lens of modern marketing, and THEN leave a review?

You’re the best.

XOXO,
ILTKU

“Beneath your burdensome regrets and who you think you are through the lens of past mistakes, there is someone beautiful who wants to emerge. You are not your mistakes and your mistakes are not you. You are so much more than your mistakes. Allow your truth to emerge. Your truth cannot emerge buried under a mountain of guilt and regret. Your past is like a bag of bricks; set it down and walk away. Quit collecting every painful word, memory and mistake. Collect hope. Hope is lighter.” — Bryant McGill

ya know a lot of young lgbt+ people on here, myself included, don’t know shit about our history, especially if we grew up in places where it was severely homophobic and transphobic and we’re probably way 2 fucking scared to look up “gay rights” in google in case our parents or siblings saw us and most of us never learned about the aids crisis or the way women were locked up in asylums for being gay or how conversion therapy was a norm and that’s only looking through my own US centric lens like lgbt+ people existed long before the concept of us as a unity group and people just dont know it and its so hard for young kids these days to know that and to know that our history is so much deeper and so much more complex than what the media or your school wants to believe. we exist and we have always existed and theres so much history in between

Honestly my biggest tip to anyone doing my degree would be write essays on the nichest, most obscure bits of media you consume and theories you find covered in dust in the library or in one weird online journal with a readership of 3, or if you don’t have many obscure interests then mix and compare the most unlikely mixture of things you can think of. 

Like the best marks I ever got outside creative writing were essays on: Types of Intertextuality in A Very Potter Senior Year, Presentation of Gender roles in The Secret Garden compared to Journey to the River Sea, An analysis of this Nigerian play we read through the lens of one guy’s theory about shakespeare tragedies that got debunked about 20 years ago, a thing about death of the author and novel-length fanfic, An analysis of an article from The Toast using feminist fairytale theory and an examination of the form of “lady blogging”, an article about the online shakespeare reading group I’m a part of and reviews of some webshows/webcomics/podcasts I like with tiny fanbases. Depending on your marker It also means you can pad out a good ¼ of an essay explaining what the hell the thing you’re writing about is, and if you can do that in an entertaining way that makes it look like you’re sharing the cutting edge of storytelling with whoever’s reading it they get really enthusiastic. I think anything you can do to help cut through their boredom just does pretty well.

Oh and if you care about marks, don’t submit abstract/kind of dadaist feminist short stories and scripts when you have one of the male markers. Unfair but true. You should be okay to do that if you have Emma though, but then you need at least a bit of speech in it because she’s really into that.

Oh and also go to any lectures/workshops the head of the course runs because there’s just a chance that not doing that will escalate into them hating you and then you have to get a reference from them when you’re applying for grad jobs and… its just not good.

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Through the Lens: Mr. T-Michael

Undoubtedly one of the most stylish and influential personalities in the current menswear scene, T-Michael makes an impression wherever he goes.

During a recent visit to Portugal, I got a chance to team up with Filipa Alves for a relaxed photo shoot among friends, featuring the bespoke tailor and Norwegian Rain designer. The unexpected rendezvous resulted in yet another record of his flawless aesthetic.

Keep an eye out for his full collections at Pitti Uomo, Liberty Fairs, Tranoi Homme and Norwegian Rain’s showroom at Rue Charlot, Paris.

Ph: Filipa Alves and Beyond Fabric

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NY Through The Lens - The Book!

I am super excited to announce this news!

My New York City coffee table book is currently available for sale worldwide!

All of the photos in this post are in the book. For all press coverage and book reviews, check out my media page for up to date coverage.

Here are some Questions and Answers about the book:

I live in the United States or Canada. What is the link to use to order the book online?

Use this link if you have a United States shipping address:

(The book’s first edition sold out!!!! Thank you! Second edition is printing and it will be back in stock April 2016 but you can still order it and it will ship once it’s back!!) NY Through the Lens - Amazon

(Will be back in stock at Barnes and Noble in April of 2016!) NY Through The Lens - Barnes and Noble

I live in the UK, Australia, or New Zealand. What are the links to use to order the book online?

Thank you to the UK for making my book a huge best-seller!!

New York Through the Lens - UK Edition

Use this link if you have an Australia or New Zealand shipping address:

New York Through the Lens - Australian Edition

I live in other parts of the world. How can I purchase the book?

The book is available in the English language on Amazon throughout most of Europe (and parts of Asia).

If you go to your country’s Amazon and search for: NY Through The Lens, my book will show up. This is your own country’s option for purchasing the book. Just remember that the shipping will be local and the currency will be friendly to where you live but the book will be in English.

If you live in other parts of Europe, you may also be able to order the book from Amazon.co.uk which offers free or reduced shipping to parts of Europe outside of the United Kingdom.

What are the release dates for the book?

United States and Canada release date in stores (it’s available now!): November 24, 2014.

UK, Australia and New Zealand release date: October 7, 2014 (it’s available now!).

Can I find your book in stores?

Yes!

The book released in stores worldwide on November 24th, 2014.

You can find the book at major retailers in the United States like Barnes and Noble and Walmart. It’s also available at many indie booksellers like these locations in NYC: Strand Bookstore, St. Mark’s Bookshop, Drama Bookshop, Kinokunya, Tenement Museum giftshop, just to name a few.

You can find the book at major retailers in the U.K. like Waterstones, Foyles, The Guardian Bookshop, WHSmith, Blackwell’s, just to name a few.

Here is a page with an ongoing listing of physical retail and online locations to purchase the book:

NY Through The Lens - Book - Retail Locations

I really would love it if I could buy your book from my local bookshop. Is that possible?

Of course!

If your local bookshop doesn’t currently stock my book, just ask them about ordering and stocking the book. Most bookstores should be able to order copies for sale.

I really want a signed copy of the book. Is this possible?

Right now the only way to get a signed copy is via book appearances and events most of which have taken place here in NYC.

My publisher is still working on making a signed copy available. If that happens, I will definitely announce it and update this answer.

Any book events or signings coming up?

I had a few book signings in NYC. Thanks to all who came to them!

Is there an e-book edition of the book available?

Possibly.

I am press and would love to review the book. How do I get in touch with you?

Feel free to use my contact form.

Do you have any photos of what the book looks like?

Here is what the cover looks like:

The cover and physical book together:

Some sample pages:

View images of more sample pages and the cover over at this album:

NY Through The Lens Book Images

How many pages are in the book? What are the formats?

The United States and Canada version of the book is paperback and consists of 192 pages of photography and writing by yours truly.

The UK, Australia, and New Zealand version of the book is hardcover and consists of 192 pages of photography and writing.

***Edited this section. The page counts actually match but Amazon has the wrong info listed. For anyone who was previously wondering…

General questions:

What part of NYC did you grow up in? Where do you live now?

I was born and raised in a borough of New York City called Queens. More specifically, I grew up in Flushing, Queens. I have lived in Manhattan for the past 12 years. I currently reside on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

When and how did you start photography? What inspires you? And how would you describe your style of photography?

The beginnings…

In 2008, I was extremely broke and had very little money. I was also stressed out as I had quit my job to go back to school to finally finish the degree which I had abandoned nearly a decade earlier because I needed to work many jobs to support myself.

Living on my own since the age of 17 years old with no family support or safety net put me in the precarious position of working many jobs to keep myself afloat while living in New York City. I worked 7 days a week for quite a while and decided I needed to make a change in my life before my life passed me by and I barely explored my passions.

It took a huge leap of faith to put myself back in school. But I did. I decided to go back to school pursuing a pre-med path.

Without much in the way of material things or financial prosperity, walking became my number one way to deal with stress. It also became a way for me to experience the city like I hadn’t before. I would choose a direction and walk as far as my feet would take me; I still do this.

My walks opened my eyes to a New York City that I hadn’t experienced before. I knew that I wanted to capture the moments and experiences on my walks that made my heart swell. However, I was so broke that I couldn’t even afford a smartphone or a smartphone plan. I went on Amazon and purchased the cheapest point and shoot I could find. At $79, it was a huge investment at the time. That humble little camera had one button and a few settings (one of which was broken!). I didn’t care though. I finally had a tool to explore my view and vision of New York City.

In 2009, I decided to finally post the photos I had accumulated along the way online. I knew nothing about posting photography online and had heard that blogs were a great place to post photography. I literally googled the word “blog” one evening and Tumblr came up as the first search result. I decided to create my blog, NY Through The Lens on Tumblr purely for myself as a way to view my collected images in a beautiful way online.

Since I had no formal training in photography or in-depth knowledge of the rules and concepts defining the field, it didn’t occur to me that I’d have an audience for my work. I honestly didn’t think that anyone would be interested in what I was posting online to my Tumblr blog. However, within a few months of posting my photos to Tumblr, I amassed close to 70,000 followers and I was both humbled and touched by the messages I would receive on a weekly basis.

Inspiration and style…

Starting out in photography with limited tools enticed me to learn more about light, which in turn, has set me on a lifelong journey attempting to capture something as fleeting and vast as the transient quality of New York City and other places around the world.

That initial leap of posting my photography online to my Tumblr and eventually across social media started an epic adventure and led to photography and writing becoming my career. I am thankful everyday that I get to share my passion with an online audience of over 2.5 million. The ability to connect with people on a regular basis is something I never take for granted.

Currently, I am focused on distilling the essence of New York City and other places around the world into distinctive visual remnants that resonate in a variety of ways.

The fantastical elements of how I perceive New York City are something that I intend to keep on imbuing into my photography. The exploration of what is reality and what is perceived reality filtered through a variety of influences is a key focus of my work.

I have always harbored a dreamy, fantastical view of New York City which harkens back to my childhood growing up as a first generation New Yorker with a tragic, yet inspirational family backstory that has inspired me in a variety of ways.

Most of my photography is heavily influenced by cinema, music, and other art forms as I have a background in fine art (painting and art history).

I am also endlessly haunted by a sense of saudade and sehnsucht: a deep longing for a place that is unidentifiable but somehow familiar and indicative of what could be identified as home. I am on a never-ending quest to attempt to imbue my photography of cities and landscapes with this complex notion of nostalgic longing.

I am fascinated and interested in exploring how certain tones can produce feelings of different forms of nostalgia and how color or lack of color influences memory and desire.

Additionally, I am inspired by all of the things that different places symbolize for people and I try to examine and delve into these enduring symbols with my photography.

Where can I find out more about you?

My About Page

Published Work, Press Coverage, Media, Events, Appearances

Social Media Reach and Information about Brands

My Travel Blog

New York City Photography Collection

Travel Photography Collection

Where else can I find you online?

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Google Plus

Flickr

All about cameras:

The most common question I get every day is what camera I shoot with. The photos in the book and the majority of the photos on my blog have been taken with Sony cameras.

I started using Sony cameras when I first began pursuing photography professionally back in 2010 based on the suggestion of a very close friend and a lot of research. I spoke on a blog panel during a photography conference in the summer of 2012. It was because of that amazing speaking opportunity that I became acquainted with Sony since someone from Sony was in the audience during my panel. I partnered with Sony in 2013 and became one of 10 contracted Sony Artisans of Imagery worldwide in April of 2014. The choice to partner with Sony was a natural one for me since I had already been enthusiastically using Sony cameras for my professional photography.

Because this photography book is inclusive of my photographic journey from the start up until now, it also includes photos that I took with my initial no-frills point-and-shoot camera as well as some mobile photos since I am very passionate about mobile photography.

Every photo in the book has a caption that indicates what camera was used as well as the settings used.

I hope you will enjoy my book. It’s been an enormous labor of love.

I want to thank everyone involved in the process: my UK publisher: Ilex Press, my US publisher: F+W Media, and…

you.

None of this would have been possible without you.

Much love to all of you for inspiring me every day to follow my passion.

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