Big Bambú

I've been going deep into my archives lately to add a travel section to my website and came across some shots from a favorite experience from what seems like a past life.

In 2010, I was living in New York and made a birthday trip with a friend to the Met to see Big Bambú by Doug and Mike Starn. Seven years later, it still stands out as one of the most impactful and joyful pieces of art I've ever experienced.

The brothers commissioned rock climbers to help install and lash-together the 100 foot long rooftop sculpture made entirely of American-grown bamboo. Visitors were able to climb around paths and stairs and if any part of you enjoyed forts, treehouses, or unique viewpoints, it would have been hard not to be charmed by this beautifully chaotic piece. 


I've been lucky enough to know Toby since we students at Wesleyan and over the last 8 YEARS we've co-photo-edited the college newspaper, survived late nights in the darkroom, seen each others 1st (2nd...3rd...) New York City apartments, worked for fashion photographers, been on a never-ending quest for a reasonably priced post-work cocktail in Soho, spent the bulk of our 20's in New York and are now BOTH in San Francisco!

Toby's recent move to SF is not only an enormous friend triumph, it's also a huge boost for my personal photography, because Toby has always been a willing and excellent subject. I recently went through my archives to find just a few of the shots of  taken of her over the years, and am so excited to have the chance to take more now that we're back in the same city. 

Photographs © Kara Brodgesell