Snug Harbor Presents Starda's Stories Of Staten Photo Essay by Adam Smith © 2016 by Adam Smith

On April 30th I attended the “Flash” Photography Meet up.  This was an open photo opportunity for photographers and models to network and work together to create.  The meet up began at 3 and was a part of the Snug Harbor Presents Starda's Stories Of Staten hosted by Charlie Rock and William Perry of Staten Island.

Larry Anderson, Director of Performing Arts & Public Programming at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden spoke to us as a group before we went on a tour of the grounds.  Larry informed us of the history of the grounds, the buildings that were built and those that still remain.  Snug Harbor, located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY is an 83-acre park with many gardens and theaters.  The building we started in was Building C and it was home for many sailors years ago.  

So our tour began; we walked through the galleries that Stories Of Staten displayed of many Staten Island artists. The first place we stopped was in a garden by the farm.  Spending maybe 20 minutes here many of us set up shots with the Forever Live Fly Models in the grass and behind flowers. 

Making our way over the the Japanese Garden many of us stopped to take photos in the bamboo stalks.  This was awesome and made for a really nice portrait.  This was my favorite place we stopped and this is where I did most of my shooting.  

We took lunch at the snack bar and finished shooting group pictures in the plant tunnel.  At 6pm we went to watch a performance by a African dancer.  His moves were bold and full of energy.  I was eager to photograph him; his vibes were inspiring and very profound as he moved through the spaces. 

May 14th, 2016 is the last of the Snug Harbor Presents Starda's Stories Of Staten event series; closing out with a King of My City (#komc) Concert.  It starts at 7pm at Snug Harbor.  For more information and to stay connected visit #storiesofstaten #flashsos


Adam Smith