Photo by James Cope
Photo by James Cope
Help your old pal Erica out — I’m going to go with rose hibiscus. Sounds like it would make a nice flavor for a tea.
Photo by Robert Fernandez
Melanie Abramov is a Brighton Beach native who is quickly carving a history of pushing the envelope in the film world. Sheepshead Bites featured an interview with Abramov in 2011 concerning her life and her short film Dame Factory. Now Abramov is back, relying on Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to film her latest movie, No Milk, a bold dystopian feminist tale that explores themes concerning women’s bodies. Here is a summary of the interesting concept.
AMERICA, 2036. BREAST MILK IS THE KNOWN CAUSE OF A DEADLY EPIDEMIC, AND A REBELLIOUS TEEN GIRL IS ABOUT TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE.
Sasha is beautiful and tough. When she’s not at school battling bullies, she spends her days hanging out with friends and challenging authority in standard hormone-fueled fashion.
But Sasha’s world is anything but standard; it’s an alternate futuristic world where breast milk has become unfit for human consumption and is strictly regulated by the militaristic medical arm of the government.
Until now, Sasha’s main concerns in life have been BFFs and boyfriends, but boys find her ample cup-size revolting and her friendships are dissolving before her eyes.
Suddenly she’s facing a bigger, sharper problem that cuts deeper than teen angst and could alter more than just flesh.
Can comfort be gained at the edge of a surgeon’s knife, or should Sasha choose a whole-bodied future? In a state that grants only the illusion of freedom, does she even have a choice?
Wow. It is worth noting that any funds raised beyond the 25,000 goal will be donated to a breast cancer foundation.
It is also worth noting that once fundraising is completed and filming begins, Abramov will be filming across Southern Brooklyn and at Murrow High School if given permission. Fascinating I am looking forward to the hopeful completion of this project. If you would like to donate, click here.
This image actually reminds me of a painting done by JMW Turner.
Photo by George Burshteyn
I wonder if the name of the boat — yet another Sandy casualty — is an homage to H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft. One almost expects to see Cthulu lurking about in this Pompeian sea of sand.
Photo by Barbara Pearson
A clever headline, courtesy of the photographer, and shot, rather nicely I might add, with a Nikon COOLPIX L810. Yes, I know, it’s a a bird. You’re all tired of birds, and swans and the train station (I like the train station shots, but I am in the minority here, I guess).
Think you can do better?
Email your fabulously unique and one of a kind photos to email@example.com. They needn’t be only of Sheepshead Bay. The Morning Mug can be a photo shot anywhere in a public place, from Seagate to Marine Park, from Gravensend to Midwood — any neighborhood in our general vicinity, which either touches Sheepshead Bay or is a stone’s throw from Sheepshead Bay.
You get the picture.
Photo by James Cope
Or in this case, shadows and tall bamboo, on East 22nd Street. For all the fans of old U2 out there, here’s a live 1980 version of Shadows and Tall Trees. It’s really amazing how they have achieved mega-status, since this performance really sucks pond water.
Photo by Robert Fernandez
Perfect for a springtime Monday morning. And shot beautifully, I might add, with the iPhone 5, in case any of you were wondering what lens he used to achieve such buttery bokeh.
Photo by Roman Kruglov
The famous scene that line of dialogue comes from always creeped me out, a testament, I suppose, to James Cagney’s acting skills.
Photo by Brian Hoo
We received the following e-mail this morning, forwarded by the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association. The project seems cool. We’re going to try and get in on the action; you should too!
Here’s the e-mail, which we’ve edited a bit:
There is an incredibly exciting moment in art that you can be a part of.
It’s not often that artists approach people from all walks of life and ask them to help them create their vision. Art is most often a solitary process that is an expression of one’s inner most thoughts and creations. Sometimes there is collaboration with peers. Sometimes artists involve others as a form of outreach or to make social commentary. When this happens it is exciting both for the artist and the people involved.
The artist JR has created a project the scope of which I have never seen before. He started out as a simple graffiti artist working the streets of Paris, and has quickly grown to be one of the most influential minds of our generation. You and I have the opportunity to join him in the project he calls ‘Inside Out’. hasIt’s currently in place in Times Square for the next few days, and he’s done this all around the world. He also did a TED talk a year into the project,where he speaks of the impact he made through it.
His goal in coming to NY is to reach all five boroughs. I am inviting you to join me in helping him out. I’d also like to send a message with our community hanging to show how resilient we Brooklynites are.
If any of you were effected by Hurricane Sandy, helped someone in need during that time, or just want to show your support for victims, I’d like you to have your photo taken so that we can hang it in Manhattan Beach and send a visual message of strength. We will be helping JR make artistic history and also be making history of our own.
Here’s what to do:
- Go to Times Square any day from now until May 10th to have your photo taken (NO CHARGE). The photo truck will be at 47th and 7th Avenue (from 12-8 PM) every day and will print your photo out on the spot.
- Once you have your photo, bring it back to Brooklyn to hang yourself. Wheat paste is the glue used to hang these photo paper posters. There are also instructions on how to make wheat paste online. It’s very simple. I believe that they might be giving out wheat paste at the Times Square truck too.
- We will be hanging the photos on the corner of Hastings Street and Shore Blvd. in Manhattan Beach (see photo above). The family whose house was devastated by Hurricane Sandy has been gracious enough to allow us to hang these posters on the shed that is barricading their house. Their home was badly damaged during the hurricane and they were forced to leave.
Hanging these posters will also serve as a message of support to this family who were abruptly forced to evacuate their home.
The sooner we hang the posters the better. As they go up we will need to document what we have done through photos that we can share with JR. He will post these on his site for all to see and we will be added to the community of people that are part of Inside Out all over the world.
You can get a PDF of the project guidelines here.