~SERGEJ VUTUC & LELE LIVE FROM USA/OPENING PIX !!
from left: photographer SERGEJ VUTUC, with 2 pals: photographer LARS GREIWE, originally from Germany, now Barcelona-based. and DAVID COULIAU, a French documentary photographer currently working on a project in NYC.
SERGEJ VUTUC was born in Bosnia, lived in Croatia, the area we know as the Balkans, and currently resides in Germany.
we finally settled on burgers – on the Rockaway boardwalk steps – looking out towards the ocean !!
DAVID COULIAU and LARS GREIWE – were fun . . . small world I actually meet them on the way over. can you believe – sitting directly opposite to me – on that damn A train. what are the odds on that. I had them pegged for the event, Lars had a skateboard and looked pro. I was determined to remain NYC cool – but when they started talking to each other in heavy accents, (sorry dudes. it’s true, but it was total charming) – I did actually say: are you on the way to ELK ? and, Lordy, the answer was: yes.
so I got to hear so much about their scene . . . LARS had just completed a month long skateboard jaunt across the USA – while David is a cameraman/photog with wonderful tales of Paris, told with the flourish – only a documentary photographer could sketch out. He is currently up in Harlem – working with his brother on a documentary about street basketball culture – in NYC.
David had seen Ondi Timoner’s first Sundance winner – DIG! – while Lars had heard tell of WE LIVE In PUBLIC.
up a short flight of stairs – there was a zine wall – of SERGEJ VUTUC publications – to be sampled.
on the left: that’s photographer/zine maker PHIL JACKSON, out of Philly in the cape – who I heard is pretty good. with friend Lee.
see: PHIL JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY
on the long way back. LARS GREIWE . . . on the shuttle bus.
miles and miles of new construction look-alike suburbs all around – really, unbelievable.
we were all wondering: what the hell was there, before ?
all in all – a real nice night.
even the traveling – was fun . . . so fun to be a tourist – in your own hometown !!
ALL PHOTOS BY – AND COPYRIGHT OF: NANCY SMITH.