Another year, a million more photos and 4 new hard drives. Once again, here is my year, in pictures.
Happy Bday Vicki.
Finally met Shay.
Travelled to Japan.
Cherry blossoms falling.
Hanami (Cherry Blossom celebrations.)
Dad got married.
Met brother’s fiance, visiting Florida from Israel.
Cousins visiting from the UK.
Happy Bday Julian.
Went to Jerusalem for brother’s wedding.
Attended a peaceful rally for Reefa, a young artist & skater who was tazed to death by cops.
Happy Bday Steven.
Happy Bday Giancarlo.
Worked on some great sets.
Went to NYC for Halloween.
Celebrated my bday in NYC.
Kaws at Mary Boone.
Mike Kelley @ MOMA PS1.
2013 was one of the best years to date. Looking forward to what 2014 has in store….
Earlier this year, I was invited to attend and document the Miami International Film Festival. A few weeks after making the post on my blog, the director of MIFF, Jaie Laplante, asked me to visit the MIFF headquarters to sign prints of my photos that were hung up. I was ecstatic. After hanging out with Jaie and brand manager, Rachel Bleemer, they took interest in my work. Jaie commissioned me to be MIFF’s 2014 poster artist.
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) has selected Manchester-born, Miami-based environmental portraiture artist & photojournalist Shayna Batya (aka Jenny Abrams) as the official poster artist for its 31st edition (March 7-16, 2014). For the 4th time in MIFF history, a photograph will represent the Festival.
Shayna’s image is an homage to that great element of cinema syntax – the Close-Up. The Close-Up tells us many stories – in this particular Close-Up, we can see a face that has been written on by time and many stories, the glory of experience. The photograph is a documentary shot from a fictional film set, using only natural light – which combines the 2 major forms that MIFF celebrates (features and documentaries). And finally, it embodies MIFF’s theme of “Every Character Under The Sun” – there’s no doubt, that this man’s character is as deeply ingrained as his “scars”.
Artist statement: “One can tell so much or so little from a portrait photograph. Photography allows a viewer to guess if an image is “real” or not…Like film, a portrait photograph mirrors reality in a way that can be so convincing, it feels ‘real’. Everybody has a story, everyone is a character.” – Shayna Batya
Shortly after the unveiling of the poster, NBC 6 asked to interview me about my work with the festival and my future endeavors. This was my first time on live TV! Check out the interview, here.
Can’t wait for this year’s festival, March 7-16.
Amliv (pronounced ah-meh-lee) came over to photograph some of her paintings, so we decided to photograph her, too.
Model / Artist – Amliv Sotomayor
Styling – Victoria Campilongo