Last month serendipity allowed us to meet two gifted photographers, Astrid Toussaint and Noel Delacroix. We've asked them to engage us with their visual brilliance as guest photographers.
Astrid Toussaint, is from Harlem, New York, her photos reveal the complex milieu of inner city life, the devastation and ravages of urban underdevelopment, the beauty of the people, their style, flair, and eternal hope. Astrid’s eclectic artistic influences include fashion photographer, Richard Avedon with his ability to shape the idea of beauty in America, Civil rights photographers, P.H. Polk, Dan Budnik, and Gordon Parks with their skill in showing powerful images of African American life and Romare Bearden and Alma Woodsey Thomas for their respective abstract and expressionist motifs.
Noel Delacroix, is from Bretagne, France, and grew up photographing the overwhelming and unconfined beauty of his home province–reminiscent to that of his early inspiration, the American photographer Ansel Adams. Now, in America, Noel, has taken his natural eye for flora and fauna to atmospheric heights with photos of Brooklyn's bountiful exquisiteness. Along with capturing nature's splendor, Noel harbors an innate yearning to understand the zeitgeist through photography. Later this year, we'll showcase, more of Noel's work documenting the day-to-day life of The Outsiders: immigrants, users, prostitutes and wannabe hip hop artists.