The Photographic Journal

The Somnambulist

Essay 105 • Nov 25th 2016

Last summer, I went out after sunset in Cherry Grove, Fire Island, New York for several nights with my camera, tripod, and bug spray. Cherry Grove can be a party town but at this time there was silence, nature, twilight, the ocean - and a few strangers who waited for me to finish my long exposures. I returned home one night and my wife and dog were asleep. The moonlight was coming through the window. I rallied to take one more picture and to do it quietly so as not to wake them from their dreams.

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Allison Michael Orenstein is a New York City based portrait photographer. She has been known to also shoot architecture, interiors, and music.Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Esquire, BlackBook, New York Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Interview, Art Forum, The Guardian/The Observer (The Fashion), Spin, Real Simple, People, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Markets, Reader’s Digest, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Town & Country.

A/O resides in Williamsburg with her wife Simone and their long-haired dachshund Louie. (you can follow his cuteness @louiesaintlaurent on Instagram)

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