Exploring DUMBO

I spent last summer photographing Paris, and every child in it!© Phoebe Boosalis

“Brooklyn seems to me the closest thing in America to Europe. The neighbors and locals are beautiful people. It’s like a village,” Heath Ledger. I felt transported back to the Latin Quarter of Paris as we walked down the cobble stone roads in Brooklyn towards VII Photo Agency. I am a rising junior at Saint Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco. I love to explore big cities and to discover new places.


VII was created days before 9/11 by 7 photojournalists that wanted to make a difference in the world. “VII turns its gaze with equal intensity to more subtle forms of conflict and documenting the changes and development of society and culture worldwide.”(VII website). On display at VII were the winners of Lense Culture which consisted of 31 Contemporary artists. There was a large range of photos about the Vietnam War, life growing up, and documenting a impoverished american family from the eyes of a foreigner.  The story behind every series of photos were incredibly thoughtful and were supported with evidence backed by intensive research.

After VII we had lunch at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was such a beautiful view of the Brooklyn Bridge. We all ended up taking refuge in the shade where it was a little cooler to eat our lunch! Once lunch was finished up we went to a nonprofit art organization called Smack Mellon! They displayed a variety of abstract sculptures and paintings that were interactive. After we visited a few more galleries before our beautiful walk across the Brooklyn Bridge! We were able to shoot a wide range of ISO’s today all the way from 100ISO (outside) to 3200 ISO (in the galleries). To top the day off we enjoyed seeing Harry Potter in Times Square! It was amazing to be out late in such a busy city! Overall, today was a successful day, and can’t wait for tomorrow!

– Phoebe Boosalis

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