The Bridge

Oscar-Winner Fisher Stevens Narrates an Homage to the Poetic Landmark on New York's East River

“It hath cables and it does one good to cross it every day,” wrote Jack Kerouac in his 1956 poem “Brooklyn Bridge Blues,” inspired by the New York monument that also attracted the likes of poets Vladimir Mayakovsky, Marianne Moore, and even Walt Whitman, who immortalized the part-built landmark back in 1878. The neo-Gothic symmetry of one of the city’s most recognizable structures is honored in this short by filmmaker Harrison Boyce, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor and director Fisher Stevens. Today potentially overlooked as an object of mere utility overshadowed by the imposing skyline of Manhattan, here the Brooklyn Bridge’s aesthetic appeal is reinvigorated some 130 years after it first opened in 1883, when it was one of the tallest structures in the city. The 1.1 mile steel-wire suspension bridge was originally designed by German immigrant John Augustus Roebling and took 14 years to complete, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn across the East River—a cultural connection that continues to flourish today. Boyce filmed the ode to his favorite landmark in between shooting the titles for Saturday Night Live and working on fashion and music projects for Dazed & Confused. “What I really love about the Brooklyn Bridge is how many different elements were brought together to build it,” he says. “While the other bridges in New York are made primarily of metal, the Brooklyn Bridge has stone, wood, steel, cement, and all these old signs and doorways; it has a lot of mystery to it.”

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    Cass Bird x Daria Werbowy

    The Versatile Supermodel Stars in a Gender-Bending Animated Short

    Daria Werbowy morphs from skater to rocker, businessman to dancer as she shape-shifts through an array of different characters in this stop-motion animation by photographer Cass Bird. The pair were inspired by a series of black-and-white cut-out collages made in the early 70s by Cindy Sherman, an artist famed for her fascination with identity and gender. “I’ve always been interested in how clothes can override our identity,” says Bird from her home in Brooklyn. “How they can change our posture completely, or even how we feel about our sexuality.” Since their first collaboration over a decade ago Bird and the Ukrainian-Canadian Werbowy have traveled the world capturing some of the most distinctive images of the chameleonic model. Bird is celebrated for her spontaneous and intimate photographs of celebrities including Cate Blanchett and Viggo Mortensen, as well as personal projects like recent monograph Rewilding, which portrayed androgynous girls in the Tennessee wilderness. She brought a similar uninhibited freedom to this latest session with her close friend Werbowy, who holds the record for opening and closing the most runway shows in a fashion season and has graced the pages of everything from Vogue to V magazine to the Pirelli Calendar. “I laughed the whole way through it,” says Bird. “I’m always taken with Daria’s physical range. She pushes herself physically and emotionally and has this God-given gift to be able to channel masculine and feminine energy quite genuinely.”

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    Yeasayer: About Brooklyn

    Capturing The Experimental Art Rockers' Own Private Borough

    The off duty Brooklyn lives of Yeasayer’s Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton and Anand Wilder are canonized by their close friend, fashion and portrait photographer Anna Palma. The band is often associated with abstract visuals that reflect the hallucinatory complexity of their music, but Palma’s images show them hanging out in their natural habitat, in diffuse sunlight and hugging. "We don't like posing for photographs," says frontman Keating. "But with Anna we're just working with a friend." Often swapping roles in the studio—from vocals to drums, Harmonic Octave Generators to cellos—the trio is gearing up to tour their third album, this summer's Fragrant World, for which they recruited additional musicians to add strings, melodyne and kalimba to their psychedelic pop vibe. The result sows layer upon layer of digital and analog sounds to form lush symphonic gardens. Expanding on the latest album title, Keating cites how certain aromas can trigger sudden, emotional memories of the past. Fragrant World taps that nostalgia and complements it with an at times melancholic take on how our day-to-day lives are changing. "When you write a record certain themes naturally come to the front, and I was certainly interested in the consequences of new technologies," he explains. That curiosity is made audible in the twinkling melody of single “Henrietta”, with hypnotic, droning melodies set to the refrain, “We can live on forever.” 

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