She’s set up shop on Atlantic Avenue in a storefront space lent by Atlantic Assets and Art Assets (praiseworthy programs that aim to attract retail tenants with the lure of temporary exhibitions and the foot traffic they bring). For the past three weeks, a hundred or so visitors have posed for Taveras—friends, couples even a kindergarten class. The best part: no megapixels. She uses a large-format 4×5 view camera, lights and a backdrop. The cost is old-school too—only $5. For me, it was a nerve-racking experience. What am I wearing? Should I sit or stand? Smile or just look “normal”? But minutes after the flash pops, you walk away with a good-looking print—something you could even put in a frame, or send to your in-laws.
The Caroll Taveras Photo Studio, 539 Atlantic Ave between Third and Fourth Aves, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Tue–Fri 1–8pm; Sat, Sun noon–5pm. Through Sat 14.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I just read about Caroll Tavera's Photo Studio project on Time Out New York's blog, and I want to go and get my portrait taken. Here's the description of her project, which is taking place in a storefront on Atlantic Avenue: