Arts, Culture and Happenings in Oaktown

 

Although I hail from New York, a center for some of the world’s most renowned art institutions, it wasn’t until I relocated to the West Coast, that I truly began enjoying and appreciating art.  New York has an extensive art world that runs deep but it can also require deep pockets and projects a very subdued and pristine attitude.  After attending a few Art Murmurs and other various art shows, I was delighted at how affordable and diverse the concept of art is out here.  Beautiful hand crafted pieces aren’t hidden behind secured panels of glass and I don’t have to spend the day in hushed silence as I cautiously maneuver around large intimidating museums.  Art is everywhere in Oakland.  On the street, in pop up shops, in galleries no larger than my apartment and in renovated parking lots.  I can touch the art and speak to the artist, all in the same moment.  It is in a word gratifying.   
-Bincy Stephen, Photographer

Although I hail from New York, a center for some of the world’s most renowned art institutions, it wasn’t until I relocated to the West Coast, that I truly began enjoying and appreciating art.  New York has an extensive art world that runs deep but it can also require deep pockets and projects a very subdued and pristine attitude.  After attending a few Art Murmurs and other various art shows, I was delighted at how affordable and diverse the concept of art is out here.  Beautiful hand crafted pieces aren’t hidden behind secured panels of glass and I don’t have to spend the day in hushed silence as I cautiously maneuver around large intimidating museums.  Art is everywhere in Oakland.  On the street, in pop up shops, in galleries no larger than my apartment and in renovated parking lots.  I can touch the art and speak to the artist, all in the same moment.  It is in a word gratifying.   

-Bincy Stephen, Photographer


East Bay Monthly’s Photo Theme:  Welcome photographers!  Each month we will be posting a photo that ties to a new theme.  We will explore many different avenues and encourage all of our followers to post their contributions.  Photography is an art form that can be captured with any type of equipment, even a camera phone so please don’t be shy and let your inner Ansel Adams shine!  
April Photo Theme: Reflections:
In photography, a great picture can happen by accident.  You intend to create one image and end up producing something completely different and beautiful.  I wanted to name April’s theme Reflections because often times, the best images or part of an image are the reflections that are captured unintentionally.  It could be your shadow in a puddle after a rain shower, or how your glass of water reflects light coming in from the window.  The play of light on surfaces produce amazing photography.  My Reflections piece occurred while I was walking down Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.  I passed an antique store that had intricate and gorgeous furniture on display.  In the midst of the treasures was an art deco lamp with a metal base.  The rounded shape of the lamp created a “fish eye lens” affect, adding to the overall composition.  
Now that I have shared my little masterpiece, I hope to see some of yours.  Happy Shooting!
Bincy Stephen, Photographer

East Bay Monthly’s Photo Theme:  Welcome photographers!  Each month we will be posting a photo that ties to a new theme.  We will explore many different avenues and encourage all of our followers to post their contributions.  Photography is an art form that can be captured with any type of equipment, even a camera phone so please don’t be shy and let your inner Ansel Adams shine!  

April Photo Theme: Reflections:

In photography, a great picture can happen by accident.  You intend to create one image and end up producing something completely different and beautiful.  I wanted to name April’s theme Reflections because often times, the best images or part of an image are the reflections that are captured unintentionally.  It could be your shadow in a puddle after a rain shower, or how your glass of water reflects light coming in from the window.  The play of light on surfaces produce amazing photography.  My Reflections piece occurred while I was walking down Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.  I passed an antique store that had intricate and gorgeous furniture on display.  In the midst of the treasures was an art deco lamp with a metal base.  The rounded shape of the lamp created a “fish eye lens” affect, adding to the overall composition.  

Now that I have shared my little masterpiece, I hope to see some of yours.  Happy Shooting!


Bincy Stephen, Photographer

Students, parents, and other supporters of Santa Fe Elementary School at 54th and Market streets in Oakland—one of five schools slated for closure in the Oakland Unified School District—gathered March 28 to speak out against the closing of their school.

Students, parents, and other supporters of Santa Fe Elementary School at 54th and Market streets in Oakland—one of five schools slated for closure in the Oakland Unified School District—gathered March 28 to speak out against the closing of their school.