A B O U T
- New York City
- concert/event/street/portrait photography
- Contributor to: BrooklynVegan, We All Want Someone to Shout For, and Full Time Aesthetic.
- Current clients: The Bowery Presents, Live Nation, BAM, Kings Theatre, Symphony Space, AdHoc Presents, Pioneer Works, and BRIC.
- Past clients include: Variety, Knockdown Center, Brooklyn Made Presents, Songtrust, Rough Trade, Murmrr, Sonos, Blackwing, Live From Here, Cafe Carlyle, (le) poisson rouge, Brooklyn Museum, Savor Your Senses, Race Like A Girl, Little Water Radio, Animation Nights New York, and Out To See.
Hello, my name is Ellen and I am an Asian American woman. I'm a freelance photographer based in New York City.
No, Qbertplaya (kyoo-bert-play-uh) isn't my actual last name. I'm like the little orange creature from the '80s video game who jumps around a lot.
You can find examples of my recently published work here.
I picked up a camera due to my lifelong devotion to music. I found inspiration in concert photography and learned how to use a camera as a tool to capture the emotion and the energy of a specific moment.
I've shot performances in people's living rooms, on sidewalks in the streets of New York, DIY spaces and venues that hold a few hundred people, for 3-day festivals with multiple stages, and in places as large and legendary as Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.
My photos have appeared in several publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Variety, Billboard, NME, Downbeat, TheaterMania, and Vice.
I also write reviews and have hosted a radio show, and have DJed at weddings, birthday parties, and festivals.
If you think you've seen me before at a concert, you probably have. 📷😀