Photography

Mickey Boston Photography

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Pushing Home. (c) Mickey Boston

Pushing Home (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Back in December 2006, The French anti-poverty organization Children of Don Quixote, began using Red tents as a symbol to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in Paris. “Pushing Home” is the photographer’s attempt to bring awareness to the issue of poverty and homelessness not just exclusively in Montreal but around the world. The Children of Don Quixote launched their campaign to bring about a visual reminder that there were over 100,000 people who were homeless in France and that government shelters did not have adequate space available for those in need. The city of Montreal in the year 2010 had reached a homeless population of 20, 000 in which the issue of mental health falls under large scrutiny. This particular unnamed homeless individual in the photograph does suffer from mental health issues and schizophrenia. The photograph in itself is a testament to the struggles of the homeless both physical and psychological and stands in solidarity for the application of more government funded programs to accommodate them.

Horizontal Angel. (c) Mickey Boston

“Horizontal Angel” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Hailing from Queens, NY, Angel Rodriguez and Mickey Boston each identified with one another in context of their respective adoration for funk and soul. Mickey Boston sees the absolute necessity in supporting the urban cause and in this case capturing the vibe of the Montreal urban sphere by means of having b-boy Anhel/Angel break with a fresh mural painted by Montreal graff writers on behalf of Under Pressure. Rodriguez moved to Montreal in pursuit of a degree in Mechanical engineering with a specialization in hydraulics. The b-boy is featured in Mickey Boston video clip, “Trashcan Felonies in a Boombox” which chronicles the demise of Old School Hip-hop embodied by a homeless man’s memories played by Montreal Jazz musician Rocko P.

She. (c) Mickey Boston

“She” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

“She” is a photograph snapped in the lobby of the W Hotel. The subject is that of a female who awaits for someone, who this person is unknown to the photographer and the audience. The photograph in itself attempts to capture anticipation, impatience and excitement.

Champions. (c) Mickey Boston.

“Champions” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Montreal in itself is a city known for its champions. In context of hockey, the Montreal Canadiens are a dynasty franchise undeniably familiar with the tradition of winning championships. While the Montreal Canadiens franchise celebrated its centennial celebration in 2010, the Montreal Alouettes themselves celebrated their championship victory of the Grey Cup. The photograph is an attempt to capture the balmy feel of a late November/early December feel in context of the photograph’s dim lighting due in large part to the fall climate of Montreal. Despite the cloudy ora of the photograph itself, the photograph captures a victory parade via the disposition of newly crowned champions on a float looking down at their devoted fans. In Montreal, hockey is religion. The presence of St. James United Church in the background suggest the possibility of a religious following for the beloved Alouettes which is a phenomena already engraved in the souls of Montreal Canadiens fans.

Manhole Sunshine (c) Mickey Boston.

“Manhole Sunshine” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Montreal is a city that has assumed the name of “city of festivals” on an international scale due to its overwhelming amount of summer festivals. “Manhole Sunshine” is an attempt to simply personify this. Nothing more.

Obsesión. (c) Mickey Boston.

“Obsesión” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Via Tadamon: Photographer and hip-hop artist Mickey Boston captured a couple striking portraits of celebrated Cuban hip-hop group Obsesión performing at Artists Against Apartheid during the Quebec/Canada-wide BDS conference in Montreal on October 23 2010. Obsesión performed along side members of Montreal hip-hop group Nomadic Massive, also taking the stage during the concert was Detroit based hip-hop artist Invincible and celebrated Montreal MC The Narcicyst, who performed to a packed house with hundreds gathering for the rising Artists Against Apartheid concert series.

Rough Draft. (c) Mickey Boston

“Rough Draft” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

A photograph of Rough Draft performing at Shaika Cafe in July 2010. As a contributor to the hip-hop and spoken word scene in Montreal, Rough Draft is captured in a photograph laden with the dim lighting of an intimate show in the sticky humidity of a Montreal July night. While strumming to the tunes of the Deftones as well as tracks from his EP Portrait, Rough Draft is captured in a medley.

Amine. (c) Mickey Boston.

“Amine” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

As b-boy photography is one of Mickey Boston’s specialties, there was no hiding the fact that B-boy Golden Legz, Amine Awad, was to be photographed. The two had met on set of a hip-hop video shoot featuring Montreal Jazz musician and Just For Laughs comedian Rocko Paolo. The bond between the meeting of photographer and hip-hop artist Mickey Boston and b-boy Amine only grew as Amine Awad was to be studying med at McGill where Mickey Boston was also studying. The photograph is set upon an urban layout in which the b-boy displays one of his signature moves. B-boy Amine developed his skills as a break-dancer in Saudi Arabia before having arrived to Montreal and pursue a degree in the sciences.

Sterling. (c) Mickey Boston

“Sterling” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Under Pressure is under-funded. Graffiti Artist Sterling Downey was captured in Montreal’s N.D.G. area close to the No Damn Good Skatepark putting up another mural in order to raise funds for Under Pressure, Canada’s biggest graffiti fest which features a classic b-boy battle as well as emcees doing their thing on stage. The photograph is an attempt to capture the sweat and sacrifice that an individual may apply for the love of a sub-culture that had fallen under deep under-funding.  In essence, it is a family of devoted heads who keep the torch burning.

Escalators. (c) Mickey Boston

“Escalators” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Capturing the mechanical nexus is a conceit that fascinates Mickey Boston. The aspect of standing mobile yet still being in movement is what the photograph is attempting to capture despite the notion of the photograph being still and frozen in time.

le Seed. (c) Mickey Boston

“le Seed” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

A Seed was planted and fruits followed. El Seed and Mickey Boston crossed paths in March/April of 2010, the rest was history; a friendship and brotherhood that bloomed. Seed is an artist who captures calligraphy in it most raw form while simultaneously incorporating it to the graffiti medium. The above photograph is attempt to capture the artist in a moment between his unfinished art and a thought.

Banksy’s Stripes. (c) Mickey Boston.

“Banksy’s Stripes” (2010)
NYC
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

By now everyone knows of this artist. The photograph is simply intent on being able to spot a piece by Banksy on a busy NYC street. The truck driver of the Budweiser truck himself did not notice it. The grill of the truck was deliberately photographed in order to capture the element of being hidden. The Budweiser truck itself was parked across the street and in front of the piece, blocking it from view. Noticing street art requires a specific eye.

Gotham. (c) Mickey Boston.

“Gotham” (2010)
NYC
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Born in Montreal’s Little Burgendy on Quesnel street, Mickey Boston moved to Queens at the age of six with his father. He was to later move to Egypt to study Arabic. Over the past sixteen years was to develop a relationship with the city of ‘Gotham.’ In his hip-hop Mickey Boston would allude to NYC as Gotham city. This photograph was an attempt to capture the mainstream aspect of Gotham’s Seventh Ave. It was a shot taken via the backseat of a moving taxi as Mickey Boston would usually sit in the back of a friend’s taxi cab and occasionally snap a shot or two along the journey.

Small Business. (c) Mickey Boston

“Small Business” (2010)
NYC
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

“Small Business” is an attempt capture a small business amongst so many business’ established in the greater city of NY. In essence, the photograph is an attempt to capture a small business in the sombre lighting of the night. While the store windows shine bright in a rather invitational demeanour, the business itself is a unique one combining a bakery and the aspect of comic books all in one, this what what prompted the photographer to take the photograph.

Timbs (c) Mickey Boston.

“Timbs” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

One of the last b-boy jams of the year, Represent 2010, was organized by Montreal’s Deadly Venoms crew. This photograph had a significance in regards to footwear.  The photographer himself, Mickey Boston, was also wearing the same brand of boots and was poised on capturing the them on the Area 51 b-boy as he did his thing and murdered the floor. The boots are captured in motion. Much needs to be said here but for those who know b-boying and saw the battle between Legz and Area 51 know what happened next.

Security. (c) Mickey Boston.

“Security” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

The conceit of having to lock our items is rather universal. People, no matter of what race, creed, religion or socio-economic background are poised to “lock” their valuables and goods. Throughout man’s history, he has been known to be petty thief and is prone to sometimes steal, either out of necessity or otherwise. So long as man treds the earth, there will always be the aspect of required security and locks. Why do we need to lock? Because man steals. Why is it that man steals?

Suit Slushie. (c) Mickey Boston.

“Suit Slushie” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Two figures in suits walking down the alley sipping their slushies. Photo is an experimentation with lomography and attempts to play with the colour schemes of the stone façade of Old Montreal.

Conn’s Ramp. (c) Mickey Boston

“Conn’s Ramp” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

DJ Conn Shawnery is captured in the middle of a phone conversation in the middle of a skate ramp. The photograph was taken at Under Pressure’s Breakestra organized by Mickey Boston, a b-boy two-on-two battle DJ’d by Conn Shawnery alongside DJ’s Frankie BLVD and DJ Primate. Conn Shawnery is a DJ who moved to Montreal from out west and has been DJing for local hip-hop shows and b-boy battles as well as taking care of Montreal’s Kalmunity and not to mention opening up his very own recording studio in the basement of his apartment. Conn is always managing phone calls while also satisfying the rhythmic needs of so many. The photograph is an attempt to capture the DJ before a show and illustrate how busy things can get.

Chocolatier. (c) Mickey Boston

“Chocolatier” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

In the back alleyway of Mickey Boston’s Montreal stomping grounds, Griffintown/Point St. Charles, was this head chef and business owner on her iphone. She is of Swiss origin and was on a brief cigarette break. The photograph was in attempt to catch the subject on break trying to clear her mind from another hectic day managing a small yet very successful business in a new area while trying to build new clients.

A Splash of Pristine. (c) Mickey Boston.

“A Splash of Pristine” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

“A Splash of Pristine” was taken from a distance of 55m. It captures water gushing from a fountain in Old Montreal as onlookers pass by. In essence, clean drinking water is quintessential and should be a human right. Access to clean drinking water is considered almost a rarity in other parts of the world. The photographer is attempting to capture the essence of water and how man in other parts of the world of the likes of a simple park in Old Montreal can manipulate the flow and distribution of it. Indeed clean drinking water is a necessity of life and immigrants arriving to the West from distant lands where water is scarce end up seeing the water in a very different perspective.

Gotham Hydra. (c) Mickey Boston

“Gotham Hydra” (2010)
NYC
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

In Gotham, where the city ceases to sleep, everyday street objects are overlooked as they are passed by thousands of local residents as well as tourists. This photograph was intent on capturing just one fire hydrant in Gotham amongst the thousands of them stationed in the city. They tend to go relatively unnoticed in the big city with exception of when one is in desire for a parking spot where they are cursed yet sought after when there is a fire.

The BX. (c) Mickey Boston

“The BX” (2010)
Bronx, NY
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

A simple park in the Bronx in the fall. Two subject sit in the park one of which is with his dog while in the foreground are the upper frames of a red bicycle. This photograph was to just capture one angle of the Bronx, the place where hip-hop all started.

Seed’s Thought. (c) Mickey Boston

“Seed’s Thought” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Mickey Boston and El Seed each performed at Mfest Mississauga in July of 2010. While Mickey Boston performed hip-hop on the stage overlooking El Seed’s masterpiece, he gave a shout to him from the stage. This photograph is a look at El Seed close to finally completing his West African themed and inspired masterpiece which at the time was the largest canvas he worked on. The photograph was focused on capturing a graffiti artist’s work ethic and exhaustion after two straight days of working on such a piece. By the end of this, the artist was fatigued. The photograph attempts to underpin fatigue, satisfaction, thought and pensiveness in summer heat.

Lens. (c) Mickey Boston

“Lens” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

The Montreal Jazz Fest attracts close to two million spectators every summer and hosted a vast array of jazz greats from Miles Davis to Tony Bennett to Montreal’s very own home-grown hip-hop talent, Iraqi MC, the Narcicyst. In order to close its 2010 edition, the festival signed off with a Mardi Gras parade. The idea of large heads is rather playful and satirical in some respects, while in others clearly an antithetical ideal. The construct of large heads either as effigies or otherwise undeniably brings humour to the fore. The lens of the large headed figures reflect within their given convexities their given allure of an onlooking and cheerful crowd. It is within the lenses of the four eyes that the convexity reflects the smiles and euphoria of sidewalk/sidelined attendees.

On a Garage Door. (c) Mickey Boston

“On a Garage Door Pt1.” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Taken on a balmy afternoon, the photographer attempts to isolate what is the expression of a multitude of individuals. Here the garage door has become its very own genre of grand canvas enabling the opening of feelings, emotions, frustrations and words to be expressed. The garage door as “vandal” medium is literally an amalgamation of human emotion. Undeniably, routine tags are throw alongside a bubble throw-up, however to the far left we read the words “God-Fearing” and what is a rather disturbed anecdote: “…breaking my will/ and controlling my food intake…I have to live/ with you but you/ do not care/ cause you are/ not real (alive)”

HONOURABLE MENTIONS 2010

The Jay-Nesis Swirlwind. (c) Mickey Boston

“The Jay-Nesis Swirlwind” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Mothly Illumination. (c) Mickey Boston

“Mothly Illumination” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

Second Floor Fire Escape. (c) Mickey Boston

“Second Floor Fire Escape” (2010)
Montreal, Qc
(c) Mickey Boston Photography

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