Young Brooklyn Creatives
What I love most about the creative process is the actual process: the journey and intention behind creating a beautiful image through a lens—and collaborating with women who have a similar passion and vision. Those tense, precious moments of mastering that perfect shot, when all hands are tugging, pulling, adding, taking away, to capture a moment, fill me with insane joy. It’s so many things, but at the center, it’s that union that I love.
In the past year as EyeSwoon has grown, I have been surrounded by people I might not have otherwise connected to, but to whom I am now tied in this invisible circle. New ideas, new people, new points of view—that’s what truly excites me.
This stunning shoot was one of those moments. Four women whom I did not know well, but who all also call Brooklyn home, dove into their respective crafts to create a swoon-worthy visual, content-rich photographic piece: Floral designer Lisa Przystup of James’s Daughter Flowers, c0-creator of Upstate textile line and prop stylist Kalen Kaminski, ceramicist Helen Levi, and photographer Alpha Smoot to capture it all in pictures.
The intention behind this shoot was to bring together hard-working, like-minded artists to feed each other’s separate crafts and showcase their talents, collectively. The resulting images reflect that collaboration—and the sharing of a similar aesthetic through different materials—gorgeously.
We all borrow from and share ideas with one other, and that exchange elevates us and makes us feel a little less alone on our creative paths. Making all the decisions can be a lot of pressure, and having partners in crime can be welcome! There’s also something refreshing about allowing the process to be a little loose, to leave some things up to chance in the hands of someone else. Plus, there’s the support factor: having other women to turn to when you’re starting a business in the creative world, whether for advice or inspiration, or simply to be reminded that there are others who are also figuring it all out along the way.
“I am constantly learning from other creatives, which allows me to evolve and grow,” says Kalen, the textile designer and prop stylist. “It is a small, supportive community here in New York, and I feel lucky to be a part of it.”
And I do, too. The sharing of creative energy is invaluable to me, and Brooklyn, home to so many remarkable creators, plays no small part in that exchange.
Photography by Alpha Smoot