Take a walk with us on our summer photo shoot. Story by Lexy Funk, Brooklyn Industries CEO and head photographer.
Here in Brooklyn, you can feel a little landlocked. We are close to the water, we see it from our windows, but there are few access points. In search of wide water scenes and the sea, we headed to Red Hook for our summer shoot. Below are the locations we hit along with our running commentary. Enjoy the cranes.
1. Imlay Street. Behind this street is the dock for the Queen Mary and Elizabeth 2 cruise ships. What interested us is the way the light hit the intersection at 5:30PM and the huge amounts of trucks that came barreling upon us as we shot in the street. The Obama building was a welcome surprise and provided a nautical and political backdrop to our Dot Dress. Cattycorner to the metal fence pictured is a green wall of a shop that was perfect for the Pigeon? 2 M t-shirt.
2. Baked. We love Baked’s Scandinavian and chocolate brown décor. A beacon of design and originality, this coffee shop come bakery is one of the best reasons to get on your bike and head to Van Brunt Street. We bought a Baked cupcake for our model here in Exotic Burst Skirt and Beach Fleece. Check it out at www. Bakednyc.com, 359 Van Brunt Street.
Here is Anderson across the street from Baked. He is wearing the Melange Zip Hoodie and some fierce Crystal Mirrored Aviators.
3. Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. This park has a small pebble beach. Ordinarily, this is a perfect sun-catching, fantasizing that you are not in a metropolis kind of spot. But the day of this shoot it was 50 degrees, the wind was blowing a near force gale and we shot our pictures rapid-fire, diving into the car in spurts for warmth. Here, Susy is in the Chevron Dress. Just north of the pier and beach is a closed FBI-looking building with strange cars entering at the end of the day.
4. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie. Okay, we haven’t actually tasted the authentic Key Lime Pie yet, but we have photographed in their parking lot a couple of times. There is a neighboring nursery, lots of trees, a water fountain and of course Key Lime Pie for when you are not on a hectic shoot. Views of the water included. http://stevesauthentic.com, 204 Van Dyke Street.
5. Wall. Now this is the wall of all walls. The perfect color of blue-grey, a yellow stripe, quite a bit of garbage and deterioration…perfect. We are not too sure we want to fully divulge this one, but let’s just say its the Cornell Paper & Box Company. Anderson is wearing the Silas Short Sleeve Shirt and the Lincoln Slim Fit Denim.
6. NY Water Taxi and the Pier at end of Van Brunt Street. We have been kicked off this pier a couple of times for photographing so we were pleased that the gale force winds kept interlopers away. We almost had visions of Amsterdam and house boats. Behind Susy wearing the Rope Trim Knit Dress is the free water taxi that runs from IKEA to Wall Street.
7. Back of IKEA, by Beard Street. We stumbled upon the parking lot in back of IKEA. We were trying to avoid the ubiquitous yellow and blue box, but the sculpture park/open walkway behind the retailer is pretty magnificent. You have perfect views of cranes, the waterfront, ships and general industria (Okay, we made up that word). There was also a gaggle of geese that appeared and disappeared. Here, Anderson is wearing our Deerest sweatshirt.
8. Red Hook Recreational Area. We hear there are terrific food vendors here on Saturdays. We liked the massive industrial backdrop and the field of green. We had the models run in circles to keep warm and the shoot became an exercise in running laps rather than perfecting clothing.
9. Fort Defiance Café and Bar. We wrapped up our day at this quaint café-bar on 365 Van Brunt Street. Fort Defiance is named after a fort built in Red Hook during the Revolutionary War in the weeks leading up to the Battle of Brooklyn. Here, Anderson is ready for battle in the Swift Track and Miami Driver.