:: Brooklyn Buzz ::
February 22, 2013
Brooklyn Buzz by Gaia Light and Alessandro Cosmelli
Named One of the Best Photography Books of 2012
by Pictures of the Year International
Brooklyn is country. It is the country of the greatest city in the world. It is the place where New York’s energy stops for a breath and exhales itself back into the Universe. It is the place where all the vibrations of Manhattan resonate at their own frequency. It is a place that is at once wholly itself, unlike any other energy on earth.
Brooklyn Buzz (Damiani) is by Gaia Light and Alessandro Cosmelli, take us on a stroll up and down the avenues and across the side streets and on the sidewalks and stoops and anywhere there is public life. The book is beautifully produced, four-color photographs on uncoated paper, creating both a raw and unvarnished glimpse at this energy, while also mediating its sharp edges.
The denseness of the color and the images is sustained by the way the action and non-action they capture. There is a double page spread of a neon sign that says “Psychic,” which recalls a certain je ne sais quoi to these images. There are the people and their spirit, and then the energy that is in the air, and as that blends as the camera lens softens its focus, the photographers successfully capture the feeling of what’s in the air.
Life is hectic but slow, measured at a pace that defines itself. To live and work in Brooklyn is to have access to all that is New York without ever getting swept away. And though life is slower that does not mean it is less intense. The people of Brooklyn have their own flow. They walk and skate and drive and ride the trains, taking care of just what needs to be done.
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Le Journal de la Photographie