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by Katherine Yaksich

September 11, 2014 
 For this photo I had to rest my camera on top of an external hard drive because my tripod got taken away. Photographing the Tribute In Light has become somewhat of a ritual for me. It’s a lot of work and many hours spent just to get a single image, but I never ever stop to think twice about it. 
 Copyright Reuben Hernandez. All rights reserved.

September 11, 2014

For this photo I had to rest my camera on top of an external hard drive because my tripod got taken away. Photographing the Tribute In Light has become somewhat of a ritual for me. It’s a lot of work and many hours spent just to get a single image, but I never ever stop to think twice about it.

Copyright Reuben Hernandez. All rights reserved.

by Katherine Yaksich

Sky Baby Freeze by dancer Christopher “Push” Costa 
 Push and I will be collaborating on a fun project this fall so stay tuned!

Sky Baby Freeze by dancer Christopher “Push” Costa

Push and I will be collaborating on a fun project this fall so stay tuned!

by Katherine Yaksich

“When I was really young, it inspired me to see someone dance and do something which at the time I thought was physically impossible. So when I see someone do something that looks crazy and abnormal, I’m the sort of person who likes to try things that no one else can really do.”   
  - Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer  
  This image is from last weekend’s Instagram hashtag project #whptodayomet. Thanks   @Instagram   for inspiring me to photograph this series and get to know Push on a much deeper level. 

“When I was really young, it inspired me to see someone dance and do something which at the time I thought was physically impossible. So when I see someone do something that looks crazy and abnormal, I’m the sort of person who likes to try things that no one else can really do.”

- Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer

This image is from last weekend’s Instagram hashtag project #whptodayomet. Thanks @Instagram for inspiring me to photograph this series and get to know Push on a much deeper level. 

by Katherine Yaksich

“My goal is to find myself and figure out how to spread peace and love to all mankind. Right now dance is the most meaningful thing for me because I can show love and share positive energy through it. I like to move, I like to be physical, I like to release positive energy, and I can grab it from people and pass it to other people through dance. 
 Dance changed me. Originally dance was an escape from a poor childhood where I was busy taking care of my little brothers. I came from a poor family with an abusive step father, so for me dance was an escape from school, family, and everything I didn’t like about my life. 
 I really want to inspire other people to love everyone. Everyone wants happiness and love. If I can inspire some people, they can inspire other people, and that’s how it spreads. We don’t need much, we just need to understand how to be kind, happy, and spread love. It’s an ultimate goal and I might not ever reach it, but it’s definitely something to push for.” 
 - Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer 
 I’m really enjoying this weekend’s @Instagram hashtag project, because it’s forcing me to be creative and get to know other people on a much deeper level. 
 #whptodayimet #dance #makeportraits (at PMT Dance Studio)

“My goal is to find myself and figure out how to spread peace and love to all mankind. Right now dance is the most meaningful thing for me because I can show love and share positive energy through it. I like to move, I like to be physical, I like to release positive energy, and I can grab it from people and pass it to other people through dance.

Dance changed me. Originally dance was an escape from a poor childhood where I was busy taking care of my little brothers. I came from a poor family with an abusive step father, so for me dance was an escape from school, family, and everything I didn’t like about my life.

I really want to inspire other people to love everyone. Everyone wants happiness and love. If I can inspire some people, they can inspire other people, and that’s how it spreads. We don’t need much, we just need to understand how to be kind, happy, and spread love. It’s an ultimate goal and I might not ever reach it, but it’s definitely something to push for.”

- Christopher “Push” Costa, dancer

I’m really enjoying this weekend’s @Instagram hashtag project, because it’s forcing me to be creative and get to know other people on a much deeper level.

#whptodayimet #dance #makeportraits (at PMT Dance Studio)

by Katherine Yaksich

A short and fun 25 second slow motion GoPro test clip from PMT Dance Studio’s Urban Renewal All Styles Battle featuring:

Push
Lil B
Firelock
Ida

As expected, the GoPro really doesn’t perform that well in low lit conditions, especially at high frame rates; all of the sequences in this clip were filmed on the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition at 120 fps. However, I was able to get some shots at angles that I normally wouldn’t be able to get with a traditional camera. I’m doing a series of tests before embarking on a major GoPro multi camera project. Stay tuned for more to come… Enjoy!

by Katherine Yaksich

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Today marks the one year anniversary of when Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on NYC, and we’re still going strong. It felt very apocalyptic, haunting, and eerie afterwards, and it’s a time that I will never forget. I’ve met people that literally lost everything, yet they manage to live life with an incredible sense of resilience. 

1. A haunting and eerie Manhattan skyline the night after Sandy devastated NYC, leaving millions and much of lower Manhattan powerless for days. This image was published by NBC New York and exhibited at Photoville NYC this year.

2. I rode my bike around Manhattan in the dark and took this photo in Soho. It was an incredibly difficult image to capture, took no less than an hour, and I still didn’t nail the focus.

3. A generator lights up this deli in the lower east side, in the midst of the darkness.

by Katherine Yaksich

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Late last night, I rode my bike around Manhattan with a tripod and camera taking photographs of the dark and eerie city. I felt like I rode through the Twilight Zone, and it was by far the most bizarre experience I have ever had in NYC. Life in lower Manhattan is completely different, as millions of residents are still without power and/or running water. This NY Times article describes the situation quite well.

All images copyright Reuben Hernandez. All rights reserved.

by Katherine Yaksich

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My photo of a haunting, dark NYC skyline the night after Hurricane Sandy devastated NYC was published on NBC New York today and broadcasted live on their morning show. Millions of residents and the vast majority of lower Manhattan still remain without power.