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Summer Virtual Blog Tour

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on August 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

It always amazes me that a concept or idea, when enough people get behind it, becomes an awe-inspiring reality.  My good friend  and respected colleague Kevin Michael Reed, asked me to join just such an idea.  It took me a few weeks before I was able to fully understand how extraordinary this idea really is, as it comes from the genuine support of fellow artists doing what they believe in.  As in any successful community, celebrating each of our differences makes us stronger as a whole.


So let’s get started!

First I would like to introduce and celebrate Kevin Michael Reed, the artist that invited me to the tour.

Kevin is an award winning fashion photographer and cinematographer; most recently his film ANDROGYNY is now an Official Selection in the Chelsea Indie Film Festival! November 20th in Chelsea NY. (That’s now THREE film festivals that this film has been selected for!)

I’ve known Kevin for about 3 years-we met as new members of the ASMPNY Board.  It’s been an amazing journey since.  Kevin is talented beyond words.  Whatever he creates is truly a work of art, a style that is unique and precious.  Over the past year he has been dedicated and focused to take his work to new levels, including a step into the realm of video story-telling.  The word “admire” is no-where near what his work has inspired in me, but his dedication and focus demonstrate that perseverance, passion and hard work can surely make dreams come true.  I wish nothing but success to this talented artist and thank him for taking me on this Virtual Blog Tour!


Self Interview

The next part of the virtual blog tour is a self interview.

I’ve been a professional photographer since 2006-a second career if you will.  Through exploration, I have found that I am drawn in 2 directions:  Documentary and Architectural Photography.  I thought these 2 were diametrically opposed, but the more I delve into each I find they are more and more connected.  The beauty of this journey is never over.  However the work I do for myself, the documentary story telling, is where I find myself heading more and more.  There is so much to discover/uncover/explore that as my confidence grows I am willing to take greater risks to tell the story unfolding in front of me.

1. What am I currently working on?
I currently have 3 projects on deck.

  • The Summer Solstice Project, celebrating summer in NYC.
  • NYC Strength celebrating the men and women that work behind the scenes rebuilding our city infrastructure.
  • The Domino Sugar Factory; a beautiful old building that will be luxury condominiums within the next few years.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I find that I am really intrigued by history.  When I look through the lens I am capturing a current moment in time, but feel the layers of history that make the circle complete as I stand on that spot wherever it may be.  Before I can complete a story-tell it to its fullest, I need to understand historically what has happened up until that point in time.  The further back I can get, the more interesting the project becomes.

3. Why do I create what I do?
As much fun as it is to use new hardware and software, I find the simplicity of a manual camera (where I hear the film advance each time I shoot a frame) gives me the most satisfaction as an artist.  I embrace the adventure of life and want to share it with the world.  There is so much to discover in my own “back yard”; this is where I currently keep my focus.

4. How does my creative process work?
I hear something in the news or in conversation.  If it has an interesting twist, I’ll put the date on my calendar.  This has become more and more how I approach project.  If I have missed the opportunity in the current year, onto the calendar it goes for the following.  This has been successful for a few of my recent stories:  Elephants heading to Madison Square Garden or Coney Island Polar Bear Swim to name a few.

Last summer after reading an article in the New York Times about Broad Channel being one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Sandy, I visited the Rockaway’s multiple times to understand the destruction of that community and how they were rebuilding.

I’ll shoot rolls and rolls of Tri-X when I’m out exploring.  Then it’s off to the lab for developing.  From there I scan every negative. Depending on what I see on the contact sheet will determine the size of the final project/story.  If I feel that what I have is incomplete for the story, I’ll go back and shoot a second or third time.  When I started the Summer Solstice Project I was surprised to see 7 years of images in my archives of negatives.  Once the frames are chosen for the project, the “digital dark room” edits begin.  From there it’s finalizing the images and creating the flow for the story.


Three More Artists


 Gail Mooney

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Gail Mooney

I met Gail a few years ago through ASMP; she is a National Board Member.  She is incredibly talented as well as supportive for the Photographic Community both with education and artistic rights.

Gail along with her partner Thomas Kelly, run Kelly/Mooney Productions, a visual communications company in New Jersey.  Gail has 30 years of experience in still photography, shooting for international magazines, major corporations and advertising agencies. Gail started shooting 35mm motion footage for stock in 1996, and in 1999  started producing and shooting video projects. Since then, her company has become fully integrated with multi-media. She has also produced three short documentaries: Freedom’s Ride – a story about two diverse groups of high school students retracing the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s,  The Delta Blues Musicians and Through the Hearts and Hands of Children –  a film about the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

Gail sees many opportunities for still shooters to expand into video and feels that this is just the beginning of how technology will transform how we, as visual communicators will deliver our message in the future.


Mitch Waxman


Mitch Waxman

I learned about Mitch through my work with WEEKS Marine.  My research into how the Rivers and Harbor of NYC impact the environment and economy, brought me to Mitch.  He is passionate about his Creek; he keeps us updated on a regular basis and speaks out on behalf of the area.

Mitch Waxman was raised in Brooklyn, attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and worked for many years as a comic book writer and artist. He also worked in advertising production and as a photo retouching specialist for several advertising agencies. He has always had a certain fascination with historical material.

After a health scare several years ago, medical personnel advised him that he should start running to improve his health. Having grown up, as aforementioned, in Brooklyn – Mitch cannot run unless something is chasing him so he began to walk the earth and brought the camera along to keep things interesting. Soon, he found the occluded reality of the Newtown Creek and hasn’t left the place since.

Mitch started the Newtown Pentacle website in 2009 to document his adventures along the Newtown Creek(and in the greater harbor and city beyond). He has served the City of New York as a Parade Marshall three times, has been named the Newtown Creek Alliance’s group historian, is a Steering Committee member of the Working Harbor Committee, and offers regular walking, bus and boat tours of the Newtown Creek Watershed. He resides in Astoria, Queens, with his wife Catherine and their little dog.

His photography and unique point of view have attracted no small amount of attention, and Mitch has appeared in several documentaries about the Creek and is often quoted in news articles about the subject.


Frank Rocco ( & Barry Rosenthal (

Both of these men do not have blogs, but I think are totally worth sharing with you.  Both are dedicated artists; they set their sights to make things happen.  And they have inspired me with their passion, vision and focus.

Frank is the President of ASMPNY and puts his heart and soul into making sure that the photographic community has current information-education to keep members abreast of the ever changing business.  He is a talented Fashion Photographer, and balances his time between his work and the organization.

Barry is a fine art photographer that focuses his work on “found trash”.  He stayed the course with his art, and began showing in galleries.  From there his work continued on a path where more and more people became aware of his vision.  He has been on the cover of National Geographic, featured in the New York Times, and continues a journey to greater and greater success.






A Fall Art Show in The Rockaways

In historic places, NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 28, 2013 at 11:06 pm

As mentioned in an earlier posting, I spent a good part of the summer exploring The Rockaways.

While roaming through Fort Tilden, I discovered the Rockaway Artists Alliance.

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This organization has 2 beautiful studios here, where they hold a variety of events throughout the year.

I was asked to participate in their exhibit “ArtSplash” with 4 of my fine art prints.  The show runs through October 13, 2013.

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Until next time.


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Splashing in The New Year Polar Bear Style

In NYC History, NYC Today on January 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I spent New Years Day on Coney Island.  An annual event had sparked my curiosity and I wanted to experience it first hand.

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Since 1903 the Polar Bear Club has been holding it’s annual New Year’s Day Swim.  I traveled the distance with camera in hand.  Clothed in my ski gear and feet protected by my yellow wellies, I figured I would be “water proofed” to get as close as possible without actually going in.

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As I waited for the event to begin, my toes started to freeze up.  Standing in the ocean, they actually began to warm.  The outside temperature was about 38˚ F, the water temperature was about 45˚F.

The first group raced to the water at 1:oopm.  It was such a rush to watch-truly driven by adrenaline.  Such enthusiasm and zest for life!  Incredibly contagious!!

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As I watched the bathers come back to shore, some had shear delight in their expressions, some had shear pain.  I myself was in about calf high and experienced just a bit of the salt water rush I was witnessing.

I wish everyone joy in the New Year.  To a fabulous 2013-take the plunge!

Until next time.


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Finding Christmas

In NYC Today on December 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

For as long as I can remember, my family had a tradition of “finding” Christmas.  We would drive around the neighborhood seeking out the beautiful decorations of the season.

Living in New York, I now walk through my neighborhoods to discover beautiful, peaceful moments that get me closer to “finding” Christmas.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or a holiday I do not know, the joy in this season is the celebration of light and hope.

Throughout this time of year, I hope you too will “find” your Christmas.

This video was put together with images I have taken over the past few years walking from Central Park to the Upper West Side, down to Washington Square Park, up to Rockefeller Center and then on to Cape Cod.

Brooklyn based musician Derek Daisey provides this beautiful holiday song:  “Can You Help Me Find My Christmas?”  (available on iTunes.)

I wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season!

Until next time.


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A Big Thank You!

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on July 11, 2012 at 2:09 am

I just want to thank WordPress for Freshly Pressing my “July 4th, NYC Style” story.

And an even bigger thanks to all of you that have taken time from your busy day to read, comment and follow this blog.  I am overwhelmed!

I promise to do my best; to continue to bring you interesting and entertaining information in each entry.

Thank you again to everyone in the WordPress Community!

Until next time!

teresa, 51art

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July 4th, NYC Style

In NYC History, NYC Today on July 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  “Summer in the city…

It is also the day that I kick back and see the world in a different way.  It’s a day I seriously “people watch” as you will find many wonderful things going on all around you.

Children acting without a care in the world-just relishing the  joy of being a child.  Families laughing, playing games, having picnics together.

It is also a day for hot dog lovers.  Enter Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.

Last 4th of July, I braved the beaches and crowds of Coney Island.  Little did I know what lie ahead.  I parked myself on a bench and watched through my camera lens.  Fascinating. But then again, people watching always is….

I then ventured down to the waters edge.  And walked toward the main beach.  As I got closer and closer, the density of sun worshipers increased.  It seriously reminded me of being on the 6 train during rush hour.

Children and adults alike, did not seemed phased one bit.  Instead they were having a heck of a time rubbing suntan lotion on loved ones, digging holes and building sandcastles. Exactly what one does when at the beach.

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Tomorrow, I will probably find myself back at Coney Island once again.  Why not?  It’s how we celebrate July 4th,  New York City Style!

Have a Happy!


Until next time.


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Space Shuttle Enterprise and Kodi George

In NYC History, NYC Today on April 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

As I woke up this morning and began the typical routine, I heard something in the news that took me from a casual approach to the day to the “photographer” mindset that kicks in anytime there is something worth noting.

Brian Lehrer, of WNYC was talking about a historic event going on right at that moment.  The Space Shuttle Enterprise would “fly over” NYC as it makes it’s way to JFK Airport.   [Early summer it will be transported to its final home at the The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.]  It would fly over the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee Bridge and then circle around Queens.

Do I run across town?  Do I dash out of the house without walking Kodi?

I let a few minutes pass for logic and reality to set in.  If I were to get anything of value, there should have been a bit more planning on my part.  So I got myself and puppy dog dressed for our walk.  I took my trusty iPhone with me to document this historic flight, hoping I would be able to catch a glimpse from the East River.

As a few of us gathered at the corner of the East 78th Street Footbridge, we discovered the flight pattern and that from our vantage point the Shuttle would be crossing by the Triborough Bridge.  As we waited, Kodi also made a few new friends.  It was a joyful morning!

The Shuttle flew over at approximately 11:10am.  It was a beautiful site.  The sky was bright blue with just the right amount of clouds.  The Shuttle shimmered in the sunlight.  What I saw with my eyes was amazing.

I’ve attached a few links to close ups.  As you can see, I was a bit too far to get the details of the flight.  But I share with you what I saw, to give you a sense of the spectacle of these few historic moments.

Until next time.


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Main Bridge Span Demolition: East 78th Street

In NYC Today on August 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Main Bridge Span Demolition: East 78th Street from teresa kruszewski on Vimeo.

In the overnight hours of July 30-31, a team of 26 men removed the 70 year old footbridge at East 78th Street. The FDR Drive was shut down from 2:00am-7:00am. During that period the bridge was lifted in 2 sections by one crane.

These men worked with such precision and sense of timing, a perfectly choreographed dance.

I had the privilege to work with this team, photographing the total demolition. This movie has been created from 1000 still images.

Thank you to all the men and women who participated in this historic event including Ferreira Construction Co., INC, The NYC DOT and the neighbors at East 78th Street.


Until next time.


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Celebrating 5 Years

In nyc photographer, NYC Today on June 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thank you to all clients and friends of 51art for an amazing five years!

On New Years Eve sitting along the East River,  a wonderful idea came to me.  This moment would define my new goals for 2011; two projects centering around the activities of the Upper East Side. Both based in photography; both based in community.

-The first is 51art flavor, an online-magazine which brings together food, wine, art, photography-the “flavors” of the neighborhood.  There is so much creative energy in this part of town.  My goal is to bring it together here.  Bernadette who is interning this summer, will be writing fabulous articles about her discoveries.  Check back monthly for updates!

-The second is a project which documents life on and along the East River.  Most recently I’ve had the privilege of working with the men and women who are rebuilding the East 78th Street footbridge.  Rain, snow, heat, these folks are out there everyday making it happen.

I continue to photograph the work of some of the most talented interior designers here in New York City.  Their designs inspire and transform.  Truly amazing.

I have also expanded my photography to portraits and headshots.   Clients include actors, musicians, singers, dancers, business owners and more.

And when there is down time, I work on my fine art b&w’s where this journey began.

Each day for me is full of joy, of passion, of creativity.  I can’t imagine life any other way.

And could not do it without you.

Thank you so much!

Hold true to your passions and great things will come.


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Balloons, Music, CELEBRATE!

In NYC History, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

On Thanksgiving Day in New York City, a one of a kind celebration marches down Central Park West to Herald Square.  This Thanksgiving will mark my third year as a balloon handler…a new tradition has begun for my family.  But how long has this event been going on?  What was it like in the beginning?  Read on….

Balloons, Music, CELEBRATE!*

In 1924 the first holiday parade was organized by Macy’s Employees.  Animals were featured from the Central Park Zoo.  The crowds loved it and a tradition was born!

In 1927 the first helium-filled balloons were included in the parade.  They were released as part of the grand finale, but unexpectedly burst over the city.

The following year the balloons were redesigned.  A return address was included on each balloon in case it floated away and a reward was given to those that returned it to the store.

Rain or shine, the Thanksgiving Day Parade marches from 77th Street and Central Park West to Herald Square.

*information found at


Until next time.


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