Field Trip: Central Park

This spring semester at ICP at THE POINT, the Tuesday preteen class visited Central Park in Manhattan.

The theme of this term’s class is Natural World. The students have been learning different manual settings in their cameras. They exposed images combining the aperture and shutter speed. Through their photography, they have shown interest in capturing moments of urban nature in the city.

At Central Park, the students explored different areas, looking for scenes related to that Natural World: plants, flowers, animals, trees, clouds. We discussed terms of nature and ecology in relation with the parks in the city.


Mt. Sinai Final Presentation

On June 1, 2017, we celebrated our 14th year’s final presentation with our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center.  Each student shared their photo narrative with our invited guests.  Current students, staff, alumni and members of our community were so proud and honored to see the remarkable journeys each of our students made this semester.  We are filled with such pride for our remarkable students.

Student gallery of images – Photograph by Robert Johnson

Student gallery of images – Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Photograph by Robert Johnson

ICP Faculty members Jaime Schlesinger and Adam Melaney, alongside Director of Community Programs Lacy Austin, introduce guests to the final presentation, Shifting Consciousness. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Richard presents his work -Photograph by Robert Johnson

Michael presents his work – Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Shalon presents her work. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Ven presents his self portrait – Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Candice presents her work – Photograph by Robert Johnson

Students respond to questions from the audience after the presentation. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Current students, staff and alumni of our Community Partnership with Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center – Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Gabriel García Román’s visit


A couple of weeks ago, our advanced photography students had the chance to meet guest artist Gabriel García Román. Gabriel is a queer and Mexican artist living in New York City. His family immigrated to the states when he was a child to live in Chicago.

His portraits are not just a portrait, but a physical object to hold and contemplate. He explained to the students how he is constantly questioning the inherent flatness of photography. Through this process, he has developed unique ways of portraying a person by weaving, folding, cutting, interlacing prints, or collaging.

With the Defining You series he handles the subject’s childhood experiences that were formative or conjure memories to relive. To achieve this meshing of past and present, he weaves photographs from the subject’s childhood together with their portrait, creating intricate patterns that inform distinct and complex personal identities.

In Queer Icons, he decides to portray the many facets of the gender and queer spectrum, a community that is generally under-represented in the art world. He uses the language of Renaissance, Flemish, and Christian Orthodox paintings to elevate these figures to that of an icon. The portraits were prepared using a photogravure and chine-collé technique resulting in a single and unique print.

At the end of the talk, students had the chance to talk one-on-one with the artist. They shared some of their images and contact sheets, and discussed progress on their final projects.

All photos: Roy Baizán

Photograms & Central Park Conservancy Field Trip

Our ICP at THE POINT Monday preteen class recently had some fun nature-inspired opportunities outside of the classroom. First our students walked around Hunts Point, collecting specimens for an Anna Atkins-inspired photogram project. It was amazing to see the vastly different plants and flowers that were available just around this urban landscape.

Our class also had the chance to visit the Central Park Conservancy, a jewel in the city, often overlooked. The students devoured the landscape and close up details with their cameras, including the beautiful late-spring tulips. The first images of our outing are beginning to emerge and the images are striking and full of detail.

All photo credits: ICP Teaching Assistants Julianna D’Into, Lauren Marsh, and Corey Torpie

Central Park Field Trip

This semester the ICP at THE POINT Thursday teen class took a field trip to shoot in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden and the northern portion of the park. This class is themed My City My Voice, in which students are prompted to make images that observe the physical environments that surround them and ultimately allow them to explore personal ideas as they relate to growing up in the city.

Students were asked to observe what they felt drawn to shoot on the trip— to take note if they found themselves leaning toward street photography, landscapes, portraits and/or abstracted images. This trip acted as a companion to the week’s homework shooting assignment, which asked them to use their cameras to intentionally explore a specific environment of their choice.

All photo credits: Ifetayo Abdus-Salam, ICP Faculty

Mt. Sinai Studio Shoot

Last week we had our studio shoot creating portraits of our partners achieving their evolutionary goals.  The experience was truly magical.

Danny having his portrait taken.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

Jose photographing Ven.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Shalon preparing for her portrait with her daughter, Camille. Photograph by Robert Johnson

Chris sitting while ICP Teaching Assistant Robert reflects the light for his portrait.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Chris photographing Jonathan.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

ICP Faculty Jaime Schlesinger helping Jonathan.  Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Akela posing for his portrait. Photograph by Nan Sukaram

Candice photographing Richard.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

Richard photographing Candice.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

ICP Teaching Assistant Richard metering the light for Chris’s portrait.  Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Richard Burrowes

Guest Artist Nayland Blake

Our guest artist Nayland Blake came to our class to share his work with us. We spoke about the power of art as an activist tool and how artists express their life experiences through their work. Our students then shared photographs from their projects with Nayland.  It was an enriching and beautiful experience for everyone.

Nayland introduces himself to the class.
Photograph by Robert Johnson

Nayland shares his work.
Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photograph by Robert Johnson

Photography by Richard Burrowes