Mermaid Parade

Essay 320 • Aug 8th 2018

Living in NYC, you're exposed to a lot, daily: excitement, movement, chaos, color, love, disappointment. Being a resident for nearly six years, I am still in constant discovery of new things, especially being an artist. This year I finally made it to the annual Mermaid Parade, hosted at historic Coney Island.  It was a visual playground of colors, subjects, movement, excitement - again, all the things I love about the city. It was also a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and really experiment with color. I wanted to approach the project from a street photography perspective to help tell the story of the day. Some found moments, some posed. 


Colby Blount is a fashion and portrait photographer who grew up in rural Georgia, who now calls New York City home. He discovered photography as young as middle school and always knew this is what he was meant to do. It wasn’t until post college he hit his stride and really started to hone in his skills, but is still continuously growing and learning his craft. No matter what shooting scenario he will always find the quite intimate moments life has to offer.

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