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Respect the Shooter Interview with Wilmer Martinez

Amanda Giordano

Wilmer Martinez

Wilmer Martinez

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in New York City and in the Dominican Republic. It was a bit difficult since I would have to keep switching schools every year until I entered High School.

How did you get into photography/videography?

i’ve always liked taking photos on my phone but never had a real DSLR camera until about 1 and a half years ago. Even looking back at the mobile shots I would take, I always felt that I had a bit of understand of what a “photo” should look like. Growing up I admire people who were good at taking photographs and could navigate the menus of their camera like the back of their hands. One of those people was my Uncle. He had a knack for taking landscapes and street photos with is Canon AE-1 Film camera.
Right before he passed away, it was given to me as a gift and I’ve kept it ever since as a reminder to never stop exploring and to keep being creative when it comes to taking photos.

What did you first use to take photos?

I first started with my iPhone 6, but eventually I saved enough money to buy my first DSLR camera which is the Canon t6i. I’ve been using this camera for about a year and a half now and I truly love everything about it. Like everything in life it has its pros and cons, but once you learn proper composition and exposure, you would then be able to use the cameras to it’s best capabilities.

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@Jessica__saldana

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I have a technical background and went to school for computer science. A lot of my photography training/knowledge is all self taught. I like to practice what I study and sort of go at my own pace. I use a lot of reference videos from youtube and look at online courses such as Lynda. 

Practicing different techniques at different hours of the day is a huge part of my training. I set goals and challenges for myself each time I go out shooting. Example for one day I may only look for a specific shape, color, pattern and only shoot that for the entire day. Some days I challenge myself to shoot in the day time which is out of my comfort zone.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

As of recently my friends have started to call me the "Cyberpunk Kid", since most of my inspiration comes from Cyberpunk films, books, and art work. I’m forever building reference boards on Pinterest, so they always catch me looking at Cyberpunk images.

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

- Harrison Ford

- Ryan Gosling 

- Ana De Armas

These are the cast members to my favorite film Blade Runner 2049. Everything about that film is perfect to me. The story line, the music, and the cinematography are all masterpieces. 


If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

-Chris Farley

Growing up I used to watch a lot of films by Chris Farley and his SNL skits are something you could never truly forget. If I could have photographed him as the lunch lady, I would have been happy for the rest of my life.

- Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon is the creator of one of my most favorite animated movies called Paprika. It’s visually stunning and the story is very thought provoking.

-Steve Jobs

Who wouldn’t want to take photograph of Steve Jobs?

@muah_lay

@muah_lay

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

- Guangzhou, China

- Macau, China

- Kobe, Japan

These 3 cities are what my childhood dreams are all about. Busy streets, Neon heaven, and tall buildings. I would be most excited to take photos in Kobe since it was the inspiration behind Ghost in the Shell.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My main goal is to make sure that the person is completely comfortable and relaxed. Secondly I aim to capture something that has a fantasy element but that can at the same time be very realistic. 

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I mainly listen to Vaporwave, Synthwave, Lo-fi, and chill step when I am editing or trying to think of new concepts that would work well with my photos.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

That’s a tough one. Lightroom Mobile would be my favorite app…but my most used is Instagram and Reddit lol.

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Neo Times Square

What is your dream as a photographer?

To be able to travel and take the types of photos I love around the world. Continue to collaborate with amazing artist from all walks of life.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Don’t pay too much attention to the negative comments/remarks people may say to you when you first start out. As you continue to practice, with time you will improve and you will find your own style. Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you that the photos you take is not real photography. What I love most about photography is that, YOU can bring YOUR vision to life. Wether it be fantasy or reality.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

instagram.com/wilmer.lens

Respect the Shooter Interview with Jessica Yesenia Photo

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I can trace my interest to photography, since I was about 5-6 years old. I received my first digital camera around the time I was eleven years old as a Christmas gift and ever since then it was a hobby that slowly turned into a passion and a small business. 

What did you first use to take photos?

I first used a camera from the Canon Rebel series. I believe it was a Canon Rebel T3i. 

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I'm a proud alumna of The University of Texas at Arlington. I studied communications and specialized in public relations. Some of my coursework involved digital photography and learning the Creative Suite. I also worked as a photojournalist for UTA's newspaper where we received some formal training from professional photographers. Even though I've been fortunate to have some formal training from extremely qualified individuals, I also started self-teaching myself Photoshop around age fifteen and have spent countless hours self-teaching.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

This is kind of embarrassing but I will be candid. My boyfriend started calling me "Chubby" a year or so ago and it completely stuck and I love it. And in case you are wondering, it came about because I am always saying I'm chubby. 

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

Chrissy Teigen

Michelle Williams

Beyonce

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Eddie Sedgwick

Freddie Mercury

Selena Quintanilla

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

Paris, France

Trang, Thailand

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

It's cheesy and it's simple but it truly just is to capture someone's "essence." I believe we rarely get to see ourselves in the best light with the true smiles that others can see us in. I get told so many times by my clients or models things like "omg thank you for making me look so good!" and that's exactly what I mean. What they see is how others see them and I think it takes a true moment in time frozen for them to see it as well.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I listen mostly to classical music. Anything with lyrics or intricate beats is too distracting. Sometimes if I'm getting bored of classical I will listen the "Lo-Fi" playlist on Spotify.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

Afterlight- I use this to edit all of my personal photos and some of my work photos.

What is your dream as a photographer?

I want to be "in demand" by clients in major cities and live off photography. For example some of my friends who now live in New York City have mentioned they'd want me to take their pictures there so this summer I'm booking a flight and scheduling some photoshoots. I want to do that in a lot of places, LA, Seattle, Mexico City, Paris, etc.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Practice practice practice! You will be nowhere near where you want to be when you first start, even with the most expensive gear. But make a plan to stick to it for at least a year and you will see a huge difference with just one year of dedication.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Website

https://www.jessicayesenia.com/

Instagram (business) 

https://www.instagram.com/jessicayeseniaphoto/


Instagram (personal) 

https://www.instagram.com/unepamplemousse/

Respect the Shooter Interview with Gabriella Iacono

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?
The medium itself caught my eye. I've always had a great interest in digital media, and my father also has a career in cinema, and it had a large influence on me ever since I was a child. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to pursue the art of photography for the rest of my life (as an artist along with the business aspect of it.)


What did you first use to take photos?
My very first camera from when I was really young was a film Barbie camera (I believe it was film), as I was just shooting my family, and my surroundings in my neighborhood. As I grew up in my preteen era, my grandmother purchased me a Kodak snap and shoot digital camera. Later on, along with other cameras in between, I finally purchased my first beginners professional camera (pre-DSLR) which was a Sony DSC-HX400V.


Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?
Was I formally trained or self-taught? Id have to answer with both. 
I go to school at the College of Staten Island, with majors in Communications and a minor in photography. I've also worked for photography studios, in which I've gained experience in the hands-on aspects of photography. This allows me to pursue photography as both a business and artist standpoint. Even though I've gained experience in these ways I do have my own techniques I use for my art to have the style I strive towards.I will always be learning as an artist (No matter what type I am doing).


Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

GabbleRabbles is my current nickname (though I do have many). I have with my friends and boyfriend. My boyfriend coined it and it just sort of stuck. Another nickname I have is Gubby. Gubby is how you say Gabby in Hungarian. Though it is spelled differently in the Hungarian language, they are verbally pronounced the same. Both my friends and some of my family have been calling me this since High School. 


If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?
Bethany Hamilton, Carrie Underwood, & Dick Van Dyke


If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, & Elvis Presley

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Tic tac toe your way through life 😊

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If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?
That's a hard one because there are many places I would love to go too. But my top three would be... Paris, France, Budapest, Hungary, Giza, Egypt


What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?
It depends on what kind of photos I am producing. If I am taking documentary photography it would be to capture a person position along with emotion to tell a story. If I am taking pictures for an event my main goal would be to capture the perfect lighting along with the beautiful moment they are trying to freeze in time because there will never be another. I've taken pictures of some heartwarming stories and captured moments that will last a lifetime. 


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Country music

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Let your mind ESCAPE 😁👣

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What's your favorite app on your phone?

I have the Galaxy s9. Within the photo app they actually have a pro version that allows you to physically change almost all setting that a camera has. I love this because just in case i do not have a camera on hand i can still use my phone if needed. Though the phone still does not have a photo quality that a camera has. I also love Instagram along with Instasize to pursue my social media.

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream would be to be a CEO of a photo studio. Along with having book publications on the photos I produce.


What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Always stick to what you believe in and create a style that works for you! Photography is about taking as many photos as possible to receive only a few great ones, but thats how perfection is made.


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

https://www.instagram.com/gabriellaiaconophotography/

Respect the Shooter Interview with Naheem Brooks

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

I got into photography a little late, it was a birthday gift from my wife. We would be at my parent’s house and she would watch me use my father’s camera the following year she surprised me with a canon rebel.

What did you first use to take photos?

I start taking photos of my different types of flowers and family. Flowers are still and beautiful to look at I figure it would be a great way to start.


Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I went to Mastbaum high school in Philadelphia it is trade school and my trade was graphic design/commercial arts. So I had some formal training but, I’m mainly self taught. I had to learn the meaning of iso, fstop and what the shutter speed can do for an image.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

I have a few nickname depend who I am with. My family mainly cause me Nah it stems from my name Naheem. I’m also called Heem by some of my friends and Nah-Nah (lol) by younger family members.


If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

The 3 people I would take photos of would be Childish Gambino, he’s beyond creative and one of my favorite artist. Kendrick Lamar would be another one for the same reasons and my last person would be Chanel Iman, she is unique and dope model.


If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

The 3 people I would take photos of that are no longer with us would be Martin Luther King that would a great honor. Huey Newton would be another one in his black panther gear and my last one would be Mac Miller just to witness what he was actually going through. 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goals when capturing photos is to capture that moment and make that moment last forever. Another goal is to make the client comfortable so every image is natural feelings.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

The music I listen consist of hip hop and R&B. Lately its been a lot of Mac Miller , Childish Gambino , J.cole , The Internet and  Sza. That’s just a short list of what I usually listen to when editing it puts me in a zone.


What's your favorite app on your phone?

My favorite app on my phone would have to be Instagram. I can share my recent work and just watch for laughs because the internet never lose.

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream as a photographer is to leave a mark in photography I want to do it all. I want people to remember the moment I capture for them, I want my images in people’s home and I want to spread light on different photographers in different areas. It beautiful world and I feel like everyone needs to see it and these different areas get out of the box.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

My advice is not to let constructive criticism discourage you and find your own unique style that make you different. The criticism will help you grow when you find your style you will standout amongst others.


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

People can find me on Instagram @snapshotace and Facebook snapshotacephotos

I’m working on a site that will be on my Instagram.

Respect the Shooter with BoatandBridge

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

I got into shooting photos and videos in High School. My friends and I use to sneak into the old abandoned Seaview Farm Colony. My friend use to bring along his point and shoot camera and we would take turns documenting our adventures there with that one camera. 

 

What did you first use to take photos?

My buddy's cheap point and shoot, pretty sure it was a Casio. When I started taking photography more serious, I started using my dad’s Minolta film camera.

 

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I did major in photography at CSI at first, before switching colleges for graphic design. I eventually dropped out altogether. The classroom environments wasn’t really for me. I wanted to learn at my own pace, create my own curriculum, learn through trial and error. Not trying to discredit going to school, but to each his own.

 

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

Lately, “Spiderman”. New Yorker, skinny dude, photographer, I’ll climb things just to get a shot…pretty self explanatory. 

 

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

FKA Twigs, is definitely top on my list. I love her style, her music, she has such a unique look, plus she’s a dancer.

Alanna Harrington, probably my favorite model in the industry at the current moment.

Obama, one of the most charismatic, influential figure of our generation.

 

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Chester Bennington, childhood idol, grew up listening to his music. I was devastated when he passed away.

Michael Jackson, legend.

Probably, Sid Vicious.

 

@sprayground Summer 2017 #TimeTravelCollection campaign

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If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

I would love to go back to Tokyo, I feel like I only scratched the surface with that city. It's such a photogenic city.

My homies have been going to Singapore a lot recently, and the shots and videos they took got me wanting to go.

Toronto is definitely up on my list as well.

 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Make them look cool.

 

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Depends on my mood and the shoot. I feel like music can subconsciously motivate your whole workflow process, so I’ll usually choose different music for different pics. Currently, I have Kids See Ghost on repeat. Deftones, Bloc Party, Ta-Ku tend to make up most of my editing playlist.

 

@steady.us Fall / Winter 17 Lookbook

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What's your favorite app on your phone?

I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram, but I can’t deny how useful of a tool it can be for a photographer. I definitely use it more as a portfolio versus the social media aspect of it.

 

What is your dream as a photographer?

I once walked into a Van’s store with my mom, just shopping around. She was looking around at all the campaign photos they had up all around the store. She then told me that she hopes my photos are displayed in stores, some day. That’s when I knew she accepted that this was the career path that I choose. It’s been a personal goal for me ever since.

 

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Do it for fun first. You’ll learn, develop your eye, and find your own style more organically that way. It becomes much harder when you start worry about chasing dollars and hitting deadlines.

 

Where can people find you? (social media, website)

You can find my work on my website, www.JMNZN.com and on instagram (@J.mnzn).  

Lately I’ve been pouring more of my creative efforts into a new creative agency that I founded called Boat+Bridge. 

Check it out.  www.BoatandBridge.com, @boatandbridge

 

 

Respect the Shooter with Giovannie Hankerson

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

I got into photography when my cousin let me borrow his camera. 

What did you first use to take photos?

I used a canon rebel t3i with a 18-55mm lens

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I still go to school, I go to College of Staten Island and I study Graphic Design. When it comes to photography it was mainly self taught along with some help from friends. My graphic design was mainly taught from my college.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

I mainly go by Gio, since my real name is Giovannie. Until I created the IG "Gii_Wizz" the name rapidly caught on and now people call me that or simply "Gii".

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

That would be Young Thug, Amber Rose, and Alexis Ren.

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Michael Jackson, Lil Peep, and Marilyn Monroe

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

Brazil, Italy, and France.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal when capturing photos of someone is to see something in them that they thought they wouldn't see. I try to bring out whatever they want to show in the pictures I take. Whether thats creative, sexy, or fashionable. I will help you reach your goal.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I mainly listen to a lot of hip hop music when I edit. Mainly 6ix9ine, Young Thug,  ASAP Rocky, Lil Uzi, Travis Scott, and Kanye West.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

My favorite app would have to be Instagram, with Facebook coming in close. 

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream as a photographer is to make an impact with my work. To the point where people know its my picture just from my editing, framing, and styling. I want to push people into not trying to be into a box with their photographer, by sticking to one specific aesthetic. 

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Always carry your camera on you because you never know what will inspire you in that moment. It could be a sunset, flower, a dog, a stranger, it doesn't matter, if it moves you take a photo of it. Also always keep shooting and editing until you get tired of it, forcing you to be inspired by new things and to experiment with your art. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

You can find me on Instagram: @gii_wizz

Respect The Shooter Interview with Greg Williams

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I got into photography haphazardly. I used to write for sneaker blogs and would get invited to a lot of events and stuff to cover them. So I would usually either have to sneak one of my photographer friends in to take pictures or wait for the brands press team to send over official shots for my event recap posts. One day I decided to just cut out the middle man and I went to RadioShack and bought my own camera. And from there, the rest was history. 

What did you first use to take photos?

My very first camera was a Canon Rebel T3. 

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught? 

I went to Troy University in Alabama. And I’m self taught with any and everything I know photography wise. 

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name? 

I’ve got a lot of nicknames lol just depends on who you ask. But my most common nickname would be Simply Greg. And the Simply Greg nickname game about as a byproduct of IG. My username used to be Almighty Greg and I felt that it was a bit ostentatious for who I am as a person and I wanted to keep it simple. And I’m keeping it simple, branding myself as Simply Greg really fit and spoke to my personality. 

That old thing.

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If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be? 

Barack Obama, Sade and Kanye West. 

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Muhammed Ali, Prodigy of Mobb Deep and 2Pac. 

Happy birthday

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If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be? 

Paris, Los Angeles and Tokyo. 

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone? 

To really capture that persons personality. I love capture the emotion attached to whatever activity the person I’m shooting is doing. My ultimate goal is to let the photos tell a story and to provoke some sort of feeling or thought in whoever looks at them. 

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What music do you listen to when you edit photos? 

I listen to a lot of Sade and different instrumentals from composers like 9th Wonder, Paul Hardcastle, Bob James, etc. Something about Sade’s voice and the instrumentation of the instrumentals just helps me lock in and really focus on what feelings I want to convey when I edit. 

What's your favorite app on your phone? 

Currently, I’d have to say that my favorite would have to be the Headspace app. All props go to the queen in my life, Shonica, for this being my go to app. She really opened me up to meditating and recommended this app to me. And after giving it a try and recognizing how I felt lighter and relaxed after a few sessions, I make sure I find some time throughout the day to just be still and meditate. 

What is your dream as a photographer? 

My dream as a photographer is to one day open my own creative space/studio to be able to provide a space for aspiring photographers to come and hone their craft and really delve deeper into their interests in the art form and fully explore the depths of their creativity. I also want to create a community outreach initiative that taps directly into the youth and would provide kids with the opportunity to pick up a camera and create. My ultimate dream is to just inspire someone/anyone with the pictures I take. Whether it be 100 people or even just 1 person, that would be the most gratifying and worth whole thing I could achieve as a photographer. 

 

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

I would say save your money, go buy a camera, figure out what it is that you would be interested in shooting and just get out there and put that camera to use. Don’t feel like you have to compete with anyone and buy the biggest and newest camera either. Start out small and work your way up to higher end more expensive equipment. Make sure you take the time to mess with every feature, setting, knob and button. Really learn your first camera in and out. Don’t rush anything. Take your time and trust your creative eye. Every picture you take won’t be crystal clear nor will it be beyond blurry, but know that the story behind each and every picture and image you capture will certainly be unique to you and that particular moment in time. 

Where can people find you?

You can follow me on Instagram @simplygregphotos and check out my website at https://simplygregphotos.com

Kamille Upshaw Photoshoot by Jahtiek Long

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Kamille Upshaw, is someone out there really following her dreams. You can find her in Hamilton on Broadway. Our very own Jahtiek Long linked up with Kamille for city vibe vibrant photoshoot. Check out the photos and be sure to check them both out

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The Commission drop a new Album, Documentary & Photoshoot with Stereotype Co

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We are proud to premiere their new album 'What Else 3', new documentar directed by Jasmine Freeman and The Commission x Stereotype Co photoshoot. Be sure to stay connected with The Commission @4thecommission. This looks like the beginning of a bright future for this group. Be sure to check out our shop and see our latest summer releases that are featured in the shoot.

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Respect The Shooter 👑 📷 @smithproductions (20+ Photos Gallery)

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To one shooter who's hustle doesn't go unnoticed. Adam Smith or to many of you who follow us on Instagram is @smithproductionsnyc. 

In honor of his birthday we picked 20 something photos to celebrate his hustle and the fact the he actively follows his dream. He has been a huge part of our visual collection and for that we are thankful. 

Enjoy some of our favorite photos by Adam

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Who's trying to race factory spec tonight at E Town? Looser buys burgers. 👊💥💯

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Rap your heart out @pmarz /// 📷@smithproductionsnyc \\\

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