The Last Straw for Williamsburg (pt. 2)

Shot on a Contact TVS III

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Don’t Be One of Many Thousands…

The Last Straw for Williamsburg (pt. 1)

Shot on a Contax TVS III

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You Must Write It…

Aug. Test: Contax TVS III

Summer in New York City (pt. 1)

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Student Photographers Refine Young Talent

A Student Showcases from R Culture: Mixtape Blue

R Culture (2) Mixtape Blue Photo PAGEPhotographers in New York City are a-plenty—from tourists aiming at the tall buildings to the inspired-semi-pro who just enjoy shooting up the city. And, of course, there are the true professionals who chose the most beautiful city in the world as their home.

Sometimes, within the 35mm and DSLRs, you find some green gems. It is truly incredible how these gems can be so young in age and in experience, yet blow your mind with their composition and passion. This is the story of four high school students and their journey growing up photographers in their city:

Sydnie L. Hyams, 16 years old, 10th Grade
Canon Rebel T4I & Vivitar 35mm.

“I have been doing photography for fun for about six years, but I’ve been doing it seriously for three. Photography is a way to capture moments. A box of film is full of potential memories, and I like to capture those. Certain songs can bring back memories, and I would like my photos to do the same. Some photographers I like include Petra Collins, Annie Leibovitz circa 1970 and Lauren Greenfield. My favorite thing to photograph is people.”

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“I do photography for myself.” – Sydnie

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There’s Nothing To It…

Batman: The Killing Joke – A Review

Comic vs Animated Movie… Two Sides of the Same Coin?

IMG_4422Days before the 2-day theatrical release of Batman: The Killing Joke, all the headlines pointed to one huge mistake the filmmakers made when adapting such a major comic story into an animated film: the fact that they changed the whole story. Okay, okay, that may have been a bit hyperbolic, but once rumors got out of the Batgirl/Batman sex scene, the nerds readied themselves with pitchforks and fire to rage-complain on the internet. Unfortunately, this animated film became the victim of overcompensation of past critiques, but not so unfortunate for the fans who can look past the first 30 minutes, it was still a very entertaining experience.

Batman: The Killing Joke is a 1988 one-shot story written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland. The story focuses on the Joker’s origin, as well as his latest plan to cause mayhem to Gotham. The story is pivotal for many reason: Joker now has an origin story, Barbara Gordon is shot and paralyzed, Batman and Joker are juxtaposed as “two sides of the same coin,” and Batman has a dark monologue about the ultimate fate—maybe fatal—of the Batman and Joker rivalry. This story is quick, gritty, and shows many of the vital characteristics that both characters grow on.

And on the other hand, we have the animated film. Directed by Sam Liu and written by Brian Azzarello, but, more importantly, featuring voice acting from Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and the Joker, respectively. The film was intended to be released directly to home-video and as digital download, but the studios then decided to premier the film at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, followed by a 2-day theatrical release in select theaters. Read More

My Cultural Identity Look

Be culture, love your culture, keep your culture.

Argentina Celebration (80)Culture. History. Identity. Heritage. Blood. Lineage. Ancestry. Roots. Birthright… I could keep going on-and-on-and-on with different names for the same concept. I could go on-and-on-and-on about what it means to me and how I show mine… well, actually, I will. Because it took too many years for me to realize the importance of my identity—my culture—numerous years that I am embarrassed to admit here now, but will.

My journey first took me from Tucuman, Argentina, to Damascus, Maryland. I talk about this first move a lot. The change in scenery, in cultures, in attitudes, was big. Not something I totally understood as a 10-year-old, but something I now look back on and see with astonished eyes. I partly blame my surrounding, and partly my incapability to understand the importance of my culture, for the way this all happened.

Growing up in a vastly contrasting places in the States, I had been beaten down to loose my culture—my identity—throughout the years. “Beaten” might be a strong expression, but throughout the years I was made to feel like I had to hide it because it was outside the norm, outside the uniform of the United States of America that I was growing up in. But my name kept my strings close to my lineage, my name kept reminding me who I am, and my name kept me grounded to the roots that were embarrassingly close to withering. Read More

July Test: Contax TVS III

Alex. Surrounded.

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The 22 Push-Up Challenge

To raise awareness about veteran suicide rates.

Push-Up ScreenshotI usually don’t take up challenges like this one, or even causes like these, but the 22 Push-Up Challenge—to raise awareness about veteran suicide rates—resonates with me on a different level. It’s hard for me to put into words my feelings towards suicide, once I start to think about it it’s hard to think clearly, but it’s something I now actively try to not ignore anymore. If you start to educate yourself on suicide rates in the U.S., and in the world, it’s a troubling path with numbers that astound. And although the numbers given in this challenge aren’t totally factual (22 veterans do not commit suicide daily), the rates for veteran suicide is 50% higher than of those who never enlisted, and that is troubling for many reasons. Read More

A Writer and A Critic

R Culture Magazine #2

R Culture: Mixtape Blue — Be Culture.

R Culture is a quarterly culture and art web-magazine, aimed to show-off the amazingly creative people we are lucky to meet. We also hope to provide a platform for students to take part in their culture, art, and social movements.

MIXTAPE BLUE features A Cultural Identity Look from R Culture co-creator Nahuel F.A., some student photography, write-ups from our very first intern, the start of our Food Corner spot, and much more.

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A Successful Man…

R Culture Magazine #1

R Culture: Mixtape Red — The Art Responds to OUR Society.

R Culture is a quarterly culture and art web-magazine, aimed to show-off the amazingly creative people we are lucky to meet. We also hope to provide a platform for students to take part in their culture, art, and social movements.


It started with Anthony Gaskins’ website, PCP Media, where he curates art, writing, and more, and from there he brought the idea to me to turn it into a magazine. I love the concept, so we ran with it from there. In a short two weeks we ended up with what you see here today. Please give it a read, and share it if you love it, because we’d be ecstatic if it became something more than just a labor of love. Also, please give us any feedback you may have, we’d appreciate hearing what you truly think.

If anyone wants to give us more content, don’t hesitate to reach out at, and we’ll be starting to feature content on Instagram at @RCulture_Mag.

Thanks for reading.

Monsters in New York City

Look to the monsters around you to fuel your creativity.

Gray Crowd MonstersThe monsters can surround you or hide deep inside. They can be the height of the tallest mountain or the little bug that keeps buzzing by your ear, keeping you awake. The monsters can be in your closet at night on just in your head, the wild imagination that keeps you uncomfortable in the dark. At the end of the day, monsters are anywhere and everywhere, they are big and small, they are physical and metaphorical, but what you have to remember is that the monsters are around to keep you in constant fear, to halt you in your tracks, but they should never keep you from doing what you need to do.

I left Los Angeles on January 1, 2014. This was a fearful time, as it was a step away from comfort, but more importantly, it was a step towards a dream I should have been following long ago. Hell, comfort can be the worst monster out there, but that’s a tale for another page.  Read More

November Test: Canonet QL17 GIII

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New Work, New World

It took ten months, but I’ve found my bearings and the thrashing waters of life have settled.

Screen Shot 2015-09-05 at 1.25.58 AMThe winter over-stayed, the spring was nonexistent, and the busy summer scorches through into eternity. With time having its fun, the weeks flew from tomorrows into todays, todays into yesterdays, and all-too-quickly, into last months. I studied the downtown and the midtown, the east side to the west, and the uptown is next to conquer.  New York City, 2015, becomes mine. New York City, 2015, resembles the gentrified skyline of my Brooklyn streets: many lows and few high-rises. But as the heat rays start to hint at taking their many-month nap, the new high-rises fill the neighborhood with shadows, and life’s ups start kicking where the sun don’t shine.

Just last month I took a new job. You are now looking at the new Communications Manager at a private school in the Upper West Side. Not just any private school, but a progressive private school. What does that even mean? I don’t know yet, I guess I’ll find out (and I guess I’ll tell you all about it). But, what’s important is that in this crazy world of kicked up dust and pushy streets, I’ve found a place for the specs to settle, I’ve found a balance that shapes everything around me into an uncharacteristic calm. It’s kind of nice. Read More

The Inner Music Words Make

Random Blog Post #12 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Jack Kerouac.

They say Jack Kerouac is one of those writers who reinvented literature. Influencing countless writers, and ushering in the 1960’s counter-culture movement, Kerouac is known for novels as The Dharma BumsBig Sur, and On the Road. Kerouac shared his thirty essentials to writing in what he called Belief and Technique for Modern Prose.

Jack Kerouac’s Belief and Technique for Modern Prose

kerouaccor4601. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy

2. Submissive to everything, open, listening

3. Try never get drunk outside yr own house

4. Be in love with yr life

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The Rule of Three

Hello again. Enjoy some of my pictures from this year

The tunnel vision:

Ride, and ride, and ride. Straight into the clouds. Don't stop.

Ride, and ride, and ride. Straight into the clouds. Don’t stop.

I have a shitty part-time job, I'm struggling to pay my bills, I've lost 10lbs from sheer poverty, and the struggle gets to me daily... But then I take a walk around the city and I forget all my problems... This city is a mystic, a gypsy, a mind reader, and a sorcerer all rolled into one. #nyc

This city is a mystic, a gypsy, a mind reader, and a sorcerer all rolled into one. #nyc

One of today's moments #nyc

One of today’s moments #nyc







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Random Blog Post # 11 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Neil Gaiman.

Hailing from England, Neil Gaiman has written novels, short fiction, comic books, graphic novels, and more. He’s done some great work, notably the comic book series The Sandman, and novels American Gods, Coraline, and Stardust. Here, Gaiman gives us his eight good writing practices.

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Good Writing Practices

Neil-Gaiman-21. Write.

2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

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The Other Side of Rockmeadow, CT

The Other Side of Rockmeadow, CT


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Caress the Details…

A Year With St. Ignatius of Loyola

And his oh-so perceptive daily thoughts.

St. Ignatius at Georgetown PrepFlashback to 2007, my high school graduation from Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, MD, where I had spent 3 years under their Jesuit heavy teaching, learning all about the Society of Jesus, St. Francis Xavier, Ad maiorem Dei gloriam, being a man for others, so on, and so on. As part of Prep’s going away care package for all the students in the graduating class, I received a copy of Thoughts of St. Ignatius Loyola: For Every Day of the Year, and like most other things from this blur-of-a-day, the book was set aside for future reminiscing and not given a second thought. Now flashback to just the beginning of 2014, while I am packing up my things in LA and ready to make tons of changes in my life, and what do I come across in my huge box of books but my copy of St. Ignatius Loyola’s thoughts. Like an act of faith, paths lining up for a greater message, I took upon the new year with one morning task to never break: pick up these insightful daily thoughts and take the time to read, understand, and contemplate each day.

From the very beginning of my education in a Jesuit institution, I took interest in the subject. Starting with their penetrating work through education, to their wise promotion of social justice and ecumenical dialogue, something about this society stood out to me and made me want to get involved. Service, retreats, and daily worship ensued for a few years, but then college and time in Hollywood took me under and kept me at arm’s length for a while. Of course, like fate tends to do in troubling times, a random sign came through in the way of these sagacious daily thoughts, which brought be back and birthed a new daily routine to keep me close and welcomed. Read More

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