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I photograph all things... but rather than show the world itself in a mirror, a god complex perhaps, compels me to twist the reflection a bit and show the distortion I see. My personal stamp lies in this and not in subject matter, you can see a bit of me in all of my work. With the reckless abandon of a mad scientist my constant experiments leave me scarred, charred, and smarter for my clients. I photograph all things... & in doing so, I make a clear image of myself.
August 2011 / № 070

“The Deadly Bells”

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composed of metamorphic sedimentary mudstone that has hardened into rock over millions of years

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1965, eight people died in five separate accidents

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mudstone is weak and fractures readily

Screen shot 2011-08-24 at 11.14.25 PM“downsloping, loose, rotten and unstable”

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the lake, a basin sculpted by glaciers, dammed by landslide debris from above the valley floor.


Posted by Eric Vogel Categorized: KDU

July 2011 / № 062

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The stage was set perfectly for a cop movie.

Inside the neutral colored car, two tired looking guys, ashtray full of butts, and empty coffee cups rattling around our feet.

Outside it’s a gloomy, rainy, Tuesday in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.

“This is where I usually see them”, Jon Melemed, Editor of Overflow Magazine tells me, “but I wonder if the rain will keep them away”.

My thoughts drift towards filling up my newly freed up day  along with which one of my image making counterparts are sipping a cappuccino in a climate controlled studio, surrounded by fragrant smelling models today.

“There’s one, let’s get a few blocks in front of him” and with the lurch of an engine and some spilt coffee, we are off.

It takes the hulking man pushing a full shopping cart with a fishook scar an astonishingly quick three and a half minutes to clear the span of 3 blocks.

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We get out of the car, perhaps a bit too eager, and unintentionally spook him, he takes a few steps back and looks around for a way out.


“….hey………..OHHH, Hey there”

He says eyeing a $20 we are offering per portrait.

With the calm of someone feeding wild bears, we slowly and deliberately tell him the story we are working on about the scrap collectors of Gowanus.

Funny, sometimes people just want to know that there’s someone, anyone, that gives some semblance of a damn about them.

It’s like he has been waiting to get things off his chest.

Not whiny tissue heavy high priced daddy issues, just simply, what he does.

That this hulk, with the scar, pushing a 700 pound cart 3 blocks in less than four minutes is actually, well, kinda a regular blue collar cat.

He works harder than most, knows all his spots (he was coming from Fort Greene because “that’s where the copper is”), and has got to have brains.

Are you involved in an ALL cash business?

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That day, we met all manner of scrap guys, the substance abuser with a temper, the guy who is saving for a van to expand his business (he scheduled an interview with us on his blackberry), and yes, the scarred gentle giant who was our, fitting, introduction to this world.

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That was the beauty of it, this shoot was the quintessential NYC experience of being put in direct contact with all sorts of folks.

Hurt, dangerous, benevolent, friendly, confusing, or just working their ass off, it’s all here in millions of tiny little worlds that make up one, big, metal apple.




Posted by Eric Vogel Categorized: KDU Photography The KDU

February 2011 / № 060

Designer: Rochambeau

Model: Luca Schmitz

Studio: Sandbox


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Joe Avedesian and his latest creations from  Brooklyn Machine Works shot at the KDU mothership.



December 2010 / № 039


E.W. Bullinger wrote that the signs of Scorpio and Orion represent the enmity placed between the serpent and Eve’s seed in the Garden of Eden.

This natural aphrodisiac can be found in some Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Laos Cambodia.


December 2010 / № 009

She ran aground in 1968 off the coast of Rockaway and forever changed Maritime history.

Now she is ready to do it again in her little corner of the Big Apple known as Red Hook.

The story, written AND photographed by yours truly, for Overflow Magazine, can be read here, titled “Whalen on Red Hook”.

The MAry Whalen in Red Hook


December 2010 / № 024

My favorite mad scientist of the fashion world is back at it again and more fierce than ever.

Keep and eye on Cheng-Huai Chuang so you can say you heard of him before everyone else.


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September 2009 / № 007


The above 4 images of Shawn Ross were shot at the KDU in Brooklyn with David Gensler’s art direction and treatments/typography by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic.















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