Shot for Shot: Eian Kantor + Ryan Madison // Coney Island and Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Shot for Shot: Eian Kantor + Ryan Madison
Coney Island and Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
August 26, 2018

Ryan and I have been Instragram friends for quite a while. I think we found each other through street photography circles on IG. Any time that he visited NYC or I visited DC, we attempted to meet up and shoot, but never could make it work out. Ryan was en route home from a few months in Italy and had a few open days in NYC. He met me at my apartment in Park Slope and I suggested that we do a Shot for Shot.

We chose to do this Shot for Shot in Coney Island and Brighton Beach, Brooklyn on August 26, 2018. It's well known among my friends that Coney Island is my favorite place in NYC. Ryan had never been to Coney Island and Brighton Beach, so it was a no-brainer that this was where we needed to shoot. Coney Island and Brighton Beach are a street photographer's dream. There are so many wacky folks from all wakes of life wandering down the likes of Surf and Stillwell. There are many scenes to capture, especially on a hot Sunday at the end of summer.

Ryan is from the Baltimore area of Maryland. He is a freelance photographer and creative, and is the founder of the DC Street Photography Collective (DCSPC). He is on instagram as @ryanmadisonnn.

These photos were taken with digital cameras. Click an image to make it larger.

We hope you enjoy the photos and the commentary!

- Eian

EK: I was struck by this woman as soon as I got off the train. Her painted nails were all chipped and she looked forward with a face of dejection. I couldn't tell if she was going or coming. She almost seemed stuck in time, her suitcase frozen at an angle, holding a bedazzled hat.

RM: One day when water is scarce this might be an important photograph, but for now I’m drawn to the the fact that this person’s skin isn’t being shown in this photograph. It was an extremely hot day and this individual had multiple layers on with the addition of gloves and the obvious poor choice of pants.

EK: The juxtaposition here is fun. On the left, you have a Hasidic Jewish man wearing a long coat and long pants. On the right, you have a NYPD officer in shorts and a short sleeve shirt. They're looking at each other in an odd way.

RM: Catcalling is difficult to express through photographs, but I’ve been trying to document with them in that mode none-the-less. As someone who has never had the urge to do something like that, I want to try to understand why; perhaps the answer could be found by continuing to document it. On a separate note, I was surprised the green crocs didn’t have a bigger effect.

EK: I shot this photo over in Brighton Beach. The way this old woman in red meshed with the yellow and green and Mister Softee truck of her surroundings was striking. She stood out. After taking this picture, some folks started yelling at us in Russian. It was kind of exhilerating.

RM: Back when I was growing up off of Caravan Court, playing with remote control cars, skateboarding, and jumping bikes off of plastic x-factor ramps, I had a neighbor that lived about 5 doors down. He’s had hair like this since the 90’s and I’m still not even 100% sure that it wasn’t him; I never looked at his face.

EK: It was very, very hot. This man wore a coat with an extremely elegant fedora, one that donned a red feather. What I loved most about lining up this photograph was all the people blurred in the foreground. This man was just watching them have fun in the sand or in the water while he sat in the baking sun, in a coat on a boardwalk bench.

RM: This was somewhat of a busy pier but these two found a space all their own.

EK: This presumably father/daughter duo was adorable. She kept hopping around and falling back into her father's arms. It was very endearing. You could tell they both cared for each other deeply.

RM: This photo was made on the “Russian” side of Coney. This guy made sure to have footwear options.

EK: I watched this dude for a good 7 or so minutes, wondering what the heck he was doing. He had two other folks with him. It looked like he was summoning some sort of deity. In any sense, he looked angelic with his full white robe. I feel like this capture adequately represents his spirituality.

RM: I’d like to think this is more comfortable than it seems.

EK: This couldn't be a more perfect outfit for Coney Island. The red outfit of the woman on the right matched the dyed red hair of the woman on the left, and the text "PLAY DIRTY" just fit.

RM: I like this photo. It’s not like most of my street photography where one or two people are the subject. This photo reminds me of some of work of Youngjae Lim. For me they are something I would describe as mathematical reoccurrences. A pine cone looks like a pine cone just like this photo looks like this photo.

EK: This man is a presence. He's big. The white socks, sneakers, dark shorts, and shirt wrapped around head combo couldn't be more perfect. He stood there and watched. I have no idea what he was watching and I really don't care what he was watching.

RM: I like to play around when the opportunity presents itself. I like that this man was putting his shoes on with only one arm. Does he have two arms or just one? How can we really be sure about anything? Where am I?

EK: This picture is hilarious to me. This man was selling a towel with a print of a $100 bill for like $10. I don't think it needs much more explanation than that. The dude selling it probably hasn't left Brighton Beach in 20 years.

RM: This man must have felt her presence because the sidewalk only belonged to one person, and one person only.