Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Capturing The Spirit Of Coney

It wouldn't be much to argue that Coney Island could be on a list of the most photographed places in the world. Many photographers from Coney lovers to professionals have fallen in love with this place, capturing its every nook and cranny from many prospectives. Something we would could only wish had been done all along Coney's rich history.

One of those enamored with it is not only a talented photographer but a really nice person as well. He spends a lot of time coming down to Coney Island and has even conducted workshops here.

This summer
Kevin Downs, originally from Birmingham, Alabama and based in New York, begins another workshop in Coney Island starting June 7th. The Kevin C. Downs Photography website has many wonderful samples of his work.

Using equipment that encompasses everything from the latest Canon equipment to his vintage Speedgraphic camera, Kevin's photographs capture the older "good-ol'" days: vintage signs, the Lollipop Hotel, greasers at a Rumblers Car Show and candied marshmallows and the Sideshow at Coney Island. His work contains in them, a medley of cultures, peoples and places, from Mexican wrestlers to the shrines of Tokyo.

The Coney Island USA website states:

During this workshop, students will be documenting the changing conditions of light and weather, interacting with the environment and architecture of Coney Island. The natural elements and all of the remaining details tell the story of its history beginnings as the people's playground to the present. Students will be shooting the icons of the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, Astroland and the Mermaid Parade, boardwalk denizens and personalities, the beach, Nathan's, the tourists, etc., from the water to Mermaid Avenue, developing their powers of observation and their techniques.

Coney Island: Different Perspectives
With Kevin C. Downs

Saturday afternoons/evenings
13 Sessions Total
June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26;
August 2, 9, 16, 23,
September 6

For more information visit the Coney Island USA Gift Shop

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