natalie kucken

forever young

from the day of my cousin korylette's funeral a few weeks ago,  today would have been her eleventh birthday. she was hit by a car.

you are forever remembered and forever young. 


new york city

i was flown to new york city for twenty six hours to accept an award at carnegie hall that i won for a photograph of mine. it was the first time i'd ever been there, i had been dreaming of it for months and months. my mind was lost when i took off at sunrise through the clouds. it's another world in the city. the streets are endless and i wanted to walk forever. i felt like i was in a dream the whole time, i couldn't stop staring at the people passing and the building edges and the tree leaf shadows. later in the night i met with photographers jordan tiberio, matt holmes, monika balazy, mary claire roman and sandy honig. it was so surreal to know them online and then to be surrounded by them, they were real. i remember sending a friendship bracelet to mary claire two years ago, and now she was standing in front of me. when i was staring out the back window of a car heading towards queens over the 59th street bridge, i knew i would be back. i plan to stay there for a week or two in august, if you live there and have a spare floor for me to sleep on for any time at all, email me. i will take your picture and tell you stories.

my first time on a plane since i was a child
the place of old films
mesmerized by the size and beauty of the ads
buildings buildings 
stranger in central park
me in central park with help from my father
the streets were lined with buildings as far as i could see
chanel display with window reflection
monika, jordan, matt, mary claire, sandy
mary claire, matt, monika
mary claire photographing jordan 
matt photographing jordan
mirror (monika, me, sandy, jordan)
jordan hugging mary claire goodbye 
couple in st. patrick's cathedral 
flying out of the city
i will return