Riding the train from Rockaway to Harlem everyday to get to Music & Art High School took 2 to 2.5 hours a day, each way. The move to LaGuardia shaved 30 to 40 minutes off my commute of love. Let’s not get into track and field and volleyball matches, where we were sent uptown, the South Bronx and Washington Heights, for our after-school games. Sometime I would get home at 10pm or later and have to be up by 5am to get to school on time. I was not alone, there were several of us from the Rockaways all dedicated to art and music. Good times… Now the subways are safer than ever. What does your commute look like?
“On June 26th, Feature Shoot hosted the second edition of The BlowUp, a new quarterly event in which we ask a selected group of NYC photographers to each tell the stories behind one of their favorite images. This time, the theme was Subcultures, and Gillian Laub chose this shot, titled Prom Prince and Princess Dancing, from her work in Montgomery County, Georgia, which she has since published in the book and documentary film Southern Rites. Her journey began in 2002, when she first learned about the community’s segregated proms, in which teenagers were divided into a “white folks prom” and a “black folks prom,” and extended into 2011, when she was finally allowed—after being run out of town several times—to document the now-integrated prom in Lyons, GA, a hard-won victory fought for by generations of youngsters who dared to challenge the status quo.
Enjoy our beautiful chaotic city this week!