Storm Jonas | Touch Radio 121

Storm Jonas

Over 18 people have died as over 40 inches of snow fell on the eastern seaboard of the United States. It was the second largest in New York City, where over 29 inches fell, since 1869… This recording was made in Williamsburg, Brooklyn using a Zoom iQ6 microphone and iPad Air 2.

My debut episode of Touch Radio was released today. A 25+ minute field recording of the winter storm Jonas, this was recorded inside my apartment whilst snow battered the window in front of the microphone.

Please visit the Touch Radio site to download this episode:

Long Wave 12 – The Cap Report on Resonance 104.4 FM


Since early October, Mike Harding (Touch) has been presenting Long Wave, a radio programme on London’s Resonance 104.4 FM. Mike kindly gave me the opportunity to produce an entire episode of the series, which I naturally took. My episode, Long Wave 12 – The Cap Report, airs on December 24, 2013 at 10.30 p.m. GMT (5.30 p.m. for my NYC friends, 4.30 p.m. for my Chicago friends and so on).

The Cap Report features a selection of field recordings that I collected in Japan during September and October 2013, as well as an extended freak out on the Otamatone and the Korg Monotron Duo. What started out as an intention to present a few of my field recordings along with a DJ mix, turned into an entirely original 90 minute audio piece. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed producing it.

Whilst I encourage you to listen live on Resonance 104.4 FM (which you can do online) with your friends and family as you await the arrival of Krampus, the episode will be made available on the Long Wave site in the near future. I’ll also be sure to upload it to various dark recesses of the internet so that it may haunt your nightmares for years to come.

Happy holidays!

Psychic NYC at the Impossible Project Space NYC


When I moved to New York City, one of the first things I noticed was the sheer number of psychics in the city. Everywhere you turned there was an opportunity to get a $10 reading. How did they all stay in business in a city with horrifyingly high rent prices? Was this piece of the NYC landscape, like so many others, doomed to fade away? And, more importantly, where did they get those wonderful signs?

I’ve spent the past year photographing the exteriors of these businesses entirely on film. It started out as a coincidence, because my passion for film photography grew immensely in 2012, but it quickly became a core tenet of the project. An analogue process felt naturally more intuitive and more capable of capturing the borderlands of perception. There is nothing psychic about digital methods.

Although I used a variety of films for this project, most of it was captured using The Impossible Project’s instant film for Polaroid cameras. I love my SX-70 and the instant gratification it provides, but I truly love how this particular medium adds its own voice to a photograph. Whether it’s PX or PZ, black and white or color, old generation expired film or the latest Color Protection Film, these materials play their own role in the final image. This extra thing that becomes a part of the work that I don’t control is… extrasensory!

The kind people at the Impossible Project Space NYC asked me to kick off their new (212) Impossibles showcase with Psychic NYC. I’ll be showing 15 original photographs shot on their film starting tonight, January 17, 2013. The show runs for roughly one month.

Psychic NYC at The Impossible Project Space NYC
425 Broadway, 5th floor, NY 10013
January 17, 2013 – mid-February 2013
Monday – Friday 11:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm

If you want to see every shot in this project that I’ve scanned thus far, check out my Psychic NYC set on Flickr. It’s an ongoing project, but I’m hoping to wrap most of it up later this year so that I can start planning for a print publication. And, of course, if you see any great psychic exteriors in NYC that I missed, please get in touch. I’m always looking for more. Thanks!

Update: You can read a brief interview with me on The Impossible Project’s blog here:

Out of the Blue at the Impossible Project Space NYC

It should be obvious to anyone who has seen my recent photographs how much I love Polaroid cameras and the new film that the Impossible Project makes for them. Although I’ve enjoyed the unpredictable light leaks, mottling and divots provided by their previous emulsions, the latest Color Protection iteration of their PX 70 and PX 680 films are their best work yet.

This Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 6 – 9pm, the Impossible Project Space NYC will host an opening reception for Out of the Blue, a group show featuring this fantastic new film. I’m incredibly grateful to have had one of my shots chosen to appear in the exhibition and hope that you can attend the opening. In addition to my image, you’ll be able to see the work of 29 other very talented photographers whose company I’m honored to share.

Out of the Blue at The Impossible Project Space NYC
425 Broadway, 5th floor, NY 10013
October 25, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Opening Reception:  October 25, 2012 from 6 – 9pm

Dave Knapik Photography at the 2012 Verge Art Fair NYC

The 2012 Verge Art Fair opens tonight at 159 Bleecker Street in New York City. I will be showing a selection of my photos, including my latest work with the Impossible Project’s integral film for Polaroid cameras. My friends Leif, Maja, Edmund and Adam are showing as well. We’re all in the basement, so if you’re in NYC, come check us out, and take in all the amazing work on the two other floors of the space, too!

Tonight’s opening runs from 6pm until 10pm and admission is $10. The show runs through Sunday, May 6. A preview of the work I have on display can be seen below.

Touch Radio 64 and 74

I’ve been so remiss in posting lately that I’ve not only had the honor of contributing a photograph to Touch Radio 64, but the just-released Touch Radio 74 as well. The former is a fascinating field recording of the songs of wolves by Yannick Dauby, whilst the latter is a piece by one of my favorite electronic musicians, CM von Hausswolff.

Please take the time to listen and enjoy these recent instalments in a fantastic podcast series. You can subscribe to Touch Radio via iTunes or you can stream all episodes directly from the Touch iPhone app (which I helped make—sorry that I still haven’t posted about that!).

Many thanks to Mike Harding for his continued encouragement of my artistic pursuits as well as to Jon Wozencroft for always having been a visual inspiration to me.

Touch Radio 60

Do you like pubs? I like pubs. Who doesn’t like pubs?

When I lived in London, I spent most of my time in them. As you do.

The good people at Touch have just released the latest installment in their exceptional Touch Radio podcast series, Pub. They were kind enough to pay me the honor of using the above photograph of mine as the visual counterpart to this episode. As a longtime follower of their always brilliant releases, I am massively thrilled to have my work presented alongside theirs.

The recording is of secret origin, but I do know one thing that I am permitted to tell you: it was recorded in a London pub. It’s Friday, so have a pint of ale, listen to Pub and allow yourself to enter this pub. It’s a friendly, lively place.

Another pint of Adnams, please!

Music Photography: October 2010

Tristan Perich

Tristan Perich

October turned out to be quite a busy live music month for me. Covering more than two gigs in any given week is a bit overwhelming, but this past month had almost the perfect amount of activity: enough to make me feel like a healthy, socially functional member of society, but not so much so that I fell behind on Boardwalk Empire.

From the classic indie sounds of The Vaselines to the plodding terror of Swans and from the dark new wave pop of Gary Numan to the 1-bit electronic minimalism of Tristan Perich, a diverse range of talent passed in front of my lens. Although I shot all these events for Gapers Block: Transmission and my photographs appear in the respective reviews there, here’s a quick look back at the highlights:

Gary Numan

Gary Numan

Christoph Hahn

Christoph Hahn of Swans

Eugene Kelly

Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines

Frances McKee

Frances McKee of The Vaselines

Michael Gira

Michael Gira of Swans

On Haters And Dick Riders

A conversation this morning on Twitter with Dave Quam focused largely on the topic of dick riders. Since you can’t have the yin without the yang, I naturally expanded the discussion to include haters. Every city in every country on this planet has haters, but here in Chicago, we have them in abundance. Dave was moaning about all the dick riders in town, but I warned of that far more dangerous threat to life, creativity and general all-around good vibes: haters.

Since Mr. Quam indicated that he’s planning on starting a badass music night soon, I took the opportunity to prepare this graphic for him. It projects the growth of both dick riders and haters across the lifespan of any creative project you may choose to execute. My chart assumes that you’ve got a good idea and you’re executing it well. Don’t worry too much about the haters: due to the principle of Haters Gonna Hate, the number of haters will eventually stabilize and should remain relatively constant throughout the duration of your efforts. Don’t be discouraged if, at one point, it seems like you have more haters than dick riders (note the blue dashed line in the above graphic). Jesus started with only twelve dick riders and look how famous he is now. If you keep on track, your number of dick riders will pick up and hopefully one day approach infinity.

Don’t like dick riders? Good for you! You keep it real. Nevertheless, it is the dick riders that will come to your nights and tell everyone that you’re the man. Dick riders form the foundation of your fanbase. Don’t hate on them. If they really annoy you, simply pay them no mind. Keep on doing what you do best and be thankful someone is interested in your shit.

Now then, anyone know where I can get some dick riders for my photographic work?

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