as you were

the life and lies of matthew craig

i wonder

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Suggested listening: “Graduation” by K. West

and i wonder.. if you know, what i mean. *repeat* this album is hot.

back in boston for a bit.. headed to san francisco on friday to see god spin for hours. if anyone wants to boogie on the 7th.. get at me! cant wait to see the bay area fam.

starting work on tuesday.. back to class and on a new foot. will be making some big announcements soon on several fronts.. remember: fuck now, whats next?

i had my first real encounter with the fundamentalist religious fanatics that plague society earlier today. One of the many drunk asshole red-sox fans that frequent this town took time out of his morning to get close enough to me to smell the champagne of beers on his breathe and share his thoughts: “The Yankees Blow.” i love my ny cap and will wear it to spite any haters. love the hate.

so 323 photos later, i’m back to work/class.. but damn.. what a summer. and i have more than enough images to recount the best of it all.

i send my love to all the residents of marcy projects and of course to the ten eyck fam and my hassidic landlord.

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hollerback.

anybody else feel like this season of entourge is all about E? what the shit.  also caught up on weeds: wow.
i miss you

Written by Matthew Craig

September 2, 2007 at 8:43 pm

Posted in general, nyc

familiar ground

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Suggested listening: “Ma Fleur LP” by The Cinematic Orchestra

my time in new york city is nearing a very imminent close.. currently with 5 days to go, including the one i’m currently spending in front of a computer screen. i’m not devistated, panicky, or frustrated. my time here has shown me where i am headed in the future, and where i will eventually make my mark. i feel that i’m working my way through a tangible dream, one so much realer than the pipedream i was cruising through just 6 months ago.

it has been a great experience showing this town to the people i care most about, and i’m thankful that you all had the chance to make it out. i jus finished up an amazing 4 days with JM3 and RA at the pad, doing what we do best. the shoot was an overwhelming success and i hope to make an annoucement about its future very soon. i’m excited to see what happens.

a week prior to that was spent indulging in all fine things with a very fine lady. i miss you, but there is so much more in store-and i’m excited for whats to come.

back in boston on saturday. back in new york august 08.

here are some photos

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wash square park

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central park

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houston st.

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lower east side

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<3boocusoon

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union square

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++++ SUMMER RAYNE OAKES – DEPDEF.com – AUG25th Brooklyn NYC ++++

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Leo Crews, Hair Stylist

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Robert August, Photographer

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told you i’d get it crews.

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shotcalling/haircut

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internationally recognized sign for “balling out of control”

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atypical.

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“we could do this shit every day.”

“word.”

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the end

stay tuned for a bunch of film.

best,

.m

Written by Matthew Craig

August 27, 2007 at 7:41 pm

Posted in nyc, photos

the prime time of your life. now.

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suggested listening: “Homework LP” by Daft Punk

i will start off by saying simply, see Daft Punk live.

it will change your life, and most likely your playlists, forever. i was fortunate enough to see the Rapture open up for Daft Punk at Coney Island, the last summer it will actually be “Coney Island” on a misty summer night and it was the best show i’ve ever seen. show reviews across the blogosphere are also having trouble relating it to any previous live experience.. i’ll never forget it!

tomorrow is my last day at the vii photo agency. not only do i feel that it has helped my photography progress, but the entire experience has afforded me an invaluable context that i am coming to frame my life around. i know how things work, where i want to take my career, and how to do it. thanks to ron, chris, lauren, gary aleks, david, sarah, nadia, frank, nick and the janitors at 236 w27th st for making this summer so amazing. its over. one blink. a few shutters. days turned into weeks, and now 3 months later i feel like a completely new person.

a beautiful girl is flying in thursday to quell the pain of ending at vii.. cant wait to see her.

big shoot is coming together for the end of the summer.. it will be huge.. great minds are converging on brooklyn to produce one of the most thrilling ediorials the world has ever seen. real talk.

here are a bunch of photos from life etc

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ralph lauren mansion, madison ave w/chris morris

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busy p the roommate

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the view from my roof is better than yours.

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just because.

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q: what happens when you put two photographers on a roof wih a 50/1.2L ?

a:

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i really like this image.

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raw excitement before daft punk.

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during.

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complete audio/visual flood

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essex, lower east side

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nataboo

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hope this finds everyone well.

leave thoughts and well wishes

best,

.m

Written by Matthew Craig

August 15, 2007 at 4:12 am

Posted in nyc, photos

defdeezy

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suggested listening: “Soft Money LP” by Jel

saturday 7/5/07

currently sweating in brooklyn. its hot.

i guess its like a tax for living here, dealing with the heat in new york during the summer. dues paid. although the heat underground in the tunnels is unbearable.. hey nyc metro: fans. the sweaty millions thank you.

been shooting a load of film lately.. went to ground zero today with dave and rob.. its really nice to have them in town and things are peachy.

apologies, to anyone who cares, for the sporadic posting.. been carpe diem’ing it lately and have been loving the m6.

****

monday 7/6/07

no longer sweating. in the middle of posting, the roommate p walked in with a small circus of people.

this post is going to be a beast.

first and foremost.

I NEED TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY BOY PHILLY DUTCHMASTER AND HIS NEW BLOG.

stop reading. go to his blog, and leave him some love b/c he’s a war photographer trapped in tampla florida. and he’s rad.

speaking of florida, might be working with chris morris on a shoot this upcoming week. life is good.

this is a huge post, and i havent been posting regularly which sucks.. so heres what i have done since we last crossed paths.

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this frame is actually from LA but i dont think i’ve ever posted it. man sleeping on Vine/Sunset blvd in hollywood.

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the standard, downtown

next few are from the powerHouse gallery which has an absolutely poppin every-other-friday shindig sponsored by brooklyn’s finest beer. powerHouse has been behind some of the most progressive books to hit the photo world in the last few years, releasing acclaimed collections like A Time Before Crack by Jamel Shabazz and Its All Good by Boogie amel Shabazz

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lower manhattan

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brooklyn

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mahri, wash sq park with the M6 + 50/2 Zeiss Planar T*

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red dress.

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rose, lower east side.

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afternoon prayer, upper east side

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caroliner, central park

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her first frame on a leica

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mustafah joined us for the sunday jazz with his fiance, lauri. congratulations to them both.. he’s a stud.

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andy rocking the dena for a bit.. great to see him.

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the standard downtown with ballers and champagne.

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fabi

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julius & lauren. he was really interested.

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jmthree

all color shots are from the 5diesel and the new 50/1.2 … which is absolutely stellar.

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david, canon 50 1.2/L outside vee eye eye

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dave came up from DC this weekend. shoes in wash sq.

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the end.

Written by Matthew Craig

August 7, 2007 at 2:58 am

Posted in nyc, photos

i’ll be around

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Suggested listening: “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cook

life is like a song. at last. damn etta really says it sometimes. things are good in the bk, hope this finds everyone grinning quietly to themselves about something glorious only they can fully appreciate. did anyone realize it was almost august. i didnt. days have been flipping past almost as quickly as the sidewalk traffic up broadway from chelsea to the condenast building at 4 times sq. which is where i was today. in my “about me” it mentions a little magazine known globally as the gentleman’s quarterly. i stepped inside the GQ office for the first time today.. took one of those long deep breaths that help put life into perspective. that deep breath was quickly interrupted by Andy, the online editor, who snatched up two cdr’s from my idle hands – and left just as quickly with a smile and a “good day.”

i need that feeling again. maybe one day i’ll get there. what is life without the impossible odds and goals?

mustafah was in town and crashed at the daieli. (dopest apartment i’ll ever live in)

he doesnt like terry richardson because he shoots porn. i like terry richardson because he makes money with a camera.

maybe one day i’ll get there. what is life without the impossible odds and goals? grin.

on a related note, i’ve begun to realize someone is going to have to tie my ankles to an 18 wheeler to get me back to boston. i dont want to leave.

here are some photos, shot on velvia 100 and provia 400f in new york city and the surrounding burroughs. the last ones are from the FTX

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Written by Matthew Craig

July 26, 2007 at 3:48 am

Posted in nyc, photos

hey saturday sun

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suggested listening: “The Campfire Headphase” by Boards of Canada

its been over a week since i’ve last posted.. the fourth of july was explosive in more ways than one. thankyou uncle T for the food, and the Metoyer’s for their unflenching hospitality year after year.

Jose Cuervo, Captain Morgan, and whatever that tequila was with a reindeer on the label – thanks for the date with Bud’s toilet.

had a chance to hang out with Mustafah Abdulaziz today and i know i’ve plugged him in the past, but i’ll say it again. This kid is one to look out for, and i wish him and his beautiful fiance Lori all the best that life has to offer.. really cant emphasize what a pleasure it was to spend the afternoon amongst excellent photographers, and of course, jazz music.

in other news, my iPhone is better than your wireless device.

here are pictures from my life. wherever you are, i hope things are well, and you’ve got either a smile or a laugh bubbling to the surface.

life is good.

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Written by Matthew Craig

July 16, 2007 at 2:18 am

Posted in Uncategorized

the most serene republic

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suggested listening: “Our Love to Admire” by Interpol

loving people is so easy when they love you back. good friends make every day something to look forward to, and i’ve been graced with the presence of some beautiful people this week. i hope she comes back here and “gets grown” … it will do her much good, and new york would definitely benefit from a rio roxanne. met some cool people this week.. dove into the williamsburg¬† scene a bit.. had a taste and cant wait for more. its occuring to me how fast the summer is moving.. we’re already in july, and i’m planning shoots for middle of the month.. i know those days are fast approaching, and soon enough i’ll be slumming through the snow in boston – thinking back on my brooklyn summer – and how god damn good it was.

cant wait for the 4th.. should be amazing.. really looking forward to it!

my hand hurts.. less type – photo time.

here are some images from my life.

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my roof

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iso50 is the only way to roll @ coney island

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freeway the pooch

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kensington, south brooklyn. russian jews everywhere…

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<3uboo

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tomo the tokyo jazz guitarist. his notes were so warm, i thought i was listening to a piano.

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my roommate speaks 12 languages (5), has lived in 35 countries (4?), and has a way with foreigners. i’m convinced p is a secret agent. if he didnt speak japanese, our adventures with mr tomo would have been cut severly short.

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eva the croatian import. she was cute, quiet, and i look forward to chilling again!

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oh you love it.

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lookat them burnzzzz.

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location: happy place

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… the frame

Written by Matthew Craig

July 3, 2007 at 12:53 am

Posted in nyc, photos