Reflections through the lens

It's all about life and love
Fine-art

Dreaming of flight

Boy running on a beach with a towel like wings, pretending he is flying

Take off

Boy running along water with a blue towel as air-plane wings

Flying over the beach

It was a windy day on Fire Island and you would want to fly against that wind, I’m quite sure. It was real fun! I clearly remembered myself being a boy and doing the same :) Unfortunately I didn’t have ocean around.

Urban view

It’s one of the best spots to look at shiny NYC’s skyline – across the river from Manhattan you got to Brooklyn. There is a beautiful pier with water taxis and infamous Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. And there is that view :).

As times change something we lose and something we gain. It was a great place to go for wedding pictures, on any given day you’d see a few weddings coming there. Not anymore, because parking is prohibited there now. But they built there really nice Brooklyn Bridge Park.

photograph of Manhattan skyline at dusk / night from Brooklyn side

It's always crowd there especially at night, eager to see the city's glory

Skyscrapers Manhattan downtown  financial district at dusk reflecting in the East River waters

Reflections of shiny beauty of New York City

Tourists and travelers watching NYC skyline at dusk

Golden time to look at NYC's skyline

Looking at Brooklyn Bridge at dusk

Photograph of NYC view at dusk

Once on a foggy day

It was unusual morning on Fire Island where we go quite often. Fog was covering everything. Beach, swimmers, fishermen, gulls…

Quite fairy vision.

Photograph of Fire Island's beach

Beach on Fire Island located off south shore of Long Island

And actually it was really sunny, could you believe? Just a couple of miles away from the shore it was perfect hot summer day.

Girl doing acrobatics on the beach

Having fun on the beach

What we love most about Fire Island is incredible mix of ocean air with smell of vegetation, it’s just so exciting.

Morning fog on Fire Island in June

Illusory morning fog

Photograph of people enjoying ocean waves

Atlantic ocean waves in the fog

Man standing in front of ocean waves

To boss around :)

Fog covering shore of Fire Island

Children playing in waves of Atlantic Ocean on Fire Island

Sunbathers on the beach of Fire Island

Young sunbathers on the beach of Fire Island

Fishermen's rods in the morning fog on the oceans coast

Really foggy morning

Children ballet headshots

That was extremely funny and easygoing photosession once.  It happened during rehearsals at Russian Brighton Ballet School in Brooklyn. I simply fixed paper seamless backdrop to a wall and set a couple of strobes, one in a softbox and another one shooting through white umbrella.

Girls were doing the rest of my job, except pressing the button maybe :) But at some moment I found them photographing each other with point and shoot cameras on my backdrop, they were definitely having fun.

Portrait of a girl in a costume on white background in studio

Isn't she bright? Posing in a studio-like setup.

Girl ballet dancer posing at Russian Brighton Ballet School

Excellent model! She knew perfectly how and what to do in front of camera.

2 different worlds

I was wandering around Battery Park City the other day and ended up at World Trade Center Ground Zero. And there was a perfect modern urban picture waiting for me:

Big colorful truck in front of commercial skyscraper building with metal facade

Still-life

But before I got there I was stunned by another view, more pleasant to my eye, quiet and calm on lovely Sunday morning:

Street life photograph of a Lower Manhattan neighborhood

Isn't it timeless?

Can you tell me what year it is?

These 2 photographs separated by just a few blocks, but what a difference! I love to travel around the globe and find these amazing small gems, pieces of life we live and sometimes don’t appreciate. That’s why I got here almost 4 years ago, and fell in love with this city, it’s diversity and craziness!

Orange city mood

Just a couple of glimpses :)

Double-decker for Mersedeses  at 3rd World Trade Center building.

Luxury top range passenger cars ready to be transported on a truck

Luxury Mersedes passengers cars as passengers on double-decker

Did she realize this match of colors? I guess not :)

Girl with orange bag talking on a cell-phone next to a display with haystacks and pumpkins

I think she had very bright mood

Theatrical portrait session of drag queen Lavinia Co-op

Lavinia Co-op aka Vincent Meehan was Martha Graham and Ballet trained at L.S.C.D. in the U.K.

He has performed in New York since the 1980’s as a founding member of the legendary Bloolips, an all male, gay, English music hall drag theatre troupe. Bloolips shows include Lust in Space, Sticky Buns, Living Leg-ends and later Bland Motel, Get Hur and Island of Lost Shoes.

Portrait photograph of Lavinia Co-op as The Diary of Anne Frankenstein

Portrait photograph of Lavinia Co-op as Diary of Anne Frankenstein

Diary talknig

Diary talknig

Portrait session of actress Jessica Caplan

Are we pretty?

Actress Jessica Caplan as Sylvia Beasley.

“This is Jessica Caplan‘s New York stage debut, having recently made the leap to New York after a six-year stint in Hong Kong.

She started performing in her native Montreal at the age of five. More recently, in Hong Kong, she co-founded theater company bigbox theatre, co-creating and performing in their original productions, including a poetry-based show that toured local and international schools. Hong Kong theater credits include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Janet in Rocky Horror Show, Josie in Godspell, The Queen in The King of Time, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Laura in The Glass Menagerie. She also played the Fairy Queen and Mrs. Darling in ABA’s Pan-Asian tour of its original musical Peter Pan. In Hong Kong, Jessica was the voice of cartoons originating from Hong Kong, China, Japan and France.

Jessica is a graduate of McGill University’s Drama & Theatre Program, holds a degree in law from the University of Toronto and is a yoga teacher. She’s thrilled to be part of this exciting new production.”

Portrait of an actress wearing red suit and hat, retro style

Portrait of an actress wearing red suit and hat, retro style

Portrait of actress Jessica Caplan

Portrait of actress Jessica Caplan

New feature at Blurb

Cool news from Blurb.com – now they allow to make books previews of more than 15 pages! So please check out my photography book an Halloween Parade here

Boo To You!
New York’s Village …
By Alex Kotlik
Photo book
Book Preview

It’s very useful to have the opportunity to show some most important pages in the book which not necessary are the first 15 pages :) And moreover you may allow the full preview of the book…

Damned

Damned

The most creative among scariest parade

Just to recall how it was back in 2007 and what was the difference between parades of 2007 and 2008 :)

In 2007 it was more about election on the one hand but more fun an less economic-pain-related on the other hand…

Vote for us

Vote for us

I luv you

I luv you

Wanna talk to me?

Wanna talk to me?

Zombies Party

Zombies Party

Sweet clown

Sweet clown

Nice Joker

Nice Joker

I could probably love you...

I could probably love you...

I see you... Beware!

I see you... Beware!

Hell is Joy

Hell is Joy

Halloween Band

Halloween Band

After party

After party

Tired angel

Tired angel

Spiderman and the pary

Spiderman and the party

Train to the Death Star

Train to the Death Star

Am I look familiar to you

Am I look familiar to you

Damned

Damned

Commuters ?

Commuters ?

I'm The King!

I'm The King!

The Wildest Parade

“New York’s Village Halloween Parade is an annual holiday parade and street pageant presented the night of every Halloween (October 31) in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Stretching more than a mile, this cultural event draws two million spectators, fifty thousand costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers, dozens of floats bearing live bands and other musical and performing acts, and a world-wide television audience of one hundred million.

It is the largest public Halloween event in the United States, and the country’s only major night parade. It has been called “New York’s Carnival.”

Red hood for adults

Red hood for adults

Superhero super girl

Superhero super girl

Licking the nippel

Licking the nippel

Walking in a city

Walking in a city

Lost angel

Lost angel

Wild Bee's family

Wild Bee's family

Clownade

Clownade

Good Halloween food

Good Halloween food

Joker in the crowd

Joker in the crowd

She-Joker

She-Joker

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Halloween Angel

Halloween Angel

Tired Bee

Tired Bee

Supervisor in the office

Supervisor in the office

‘Behind the Curtain’ series in the upcoming book of photojournale.com

Young ballerina awaiting to enter the stage

Young ballerina awaiting to enter the stage

Here is a great news for me: a couple of my photographs from my series ‘Behind the Curtain’ were selected for the first upcoming book of photojournale.com.

I’ll update on the status of the project of course.

Here are the info and photographs from the series:

These images are part of the ‘Behind the Curtain’ series about Brighton Ballet Theater School of Russian Ballet.
Ballet is a fairy tale told in dances and music. Every concert shines and fills spectators with excitement and parents with pride. Kids dream and wait for each performance impatiently. And moreover they work extremely, unbelievably hard to get onto stage.
Mainly this series is about the spirit, self-discipline and  power of dreams that help kids to go to the goal through all mistakes, physical pain and bitter of failures.

Easiness of Flight

Teacher

Tuturing

Happy Snowflake

Small Ballerinas

Teacher and students

Dance passion

Rehearsal

Classes

It's really tough...

Ballet classes

Mother and daughter

Makeup before a performance

Cellphone call

Ballerina's way to talk over the phone

Stretching

They are still just kids

They are still just kids

Young ballerina stretching, waiting to go on stage

Young ballerina stretching, waiting to go on stage

Exercizing before main rehearsal

Exercising before main rehearsal

Walking Gantry Park in the morning

Another family portraiture on-location photography session with great family of Noah, Sean, Ariane, Barry and David.

Gantry Park in Long Island City with the great view to Manhattan. They expanded park greatly and put a lot of cool things there. I just love this place even more!

Retro morning

Photograph of young mom and her son

Noah

Boy running on a boardwalk in Gantry PArk of Long Island City, NYC

family portraiture session in the Gantry Park, Long Island City, New York

family portraiture photography session in the Gantry Park, Long Island City, New York

Ariane and baby girl

Photograph of young soon-to-be-mom woman, Gantry Park, Long Island City, NYC

Wet and naked

Old story

It was a great photoshoot around the idea given by a client – reference to somewhat old pictures of Robert Downey Jr.

Amir was just an excellent model! He is not an actor but he was absolutely photogenic and didn’t need any direction for posing at all…

Smoking cool

Young man smoking cigarette

I'm quit

Young man smoking

Movie set

Young man with a cigarette

What do you mean?

Young man smoking cigarette, v-sign, f-sign

Walking-smoking

Young man smoking cigarette while walking

Just regular headshot

Headshot of a young man smiling, half-body

About love

Walking togetherJust loveI smell you...