I followed around the fabulous Greg Cassese for a photo essay assignment. We had a wonderful time collaborating and exercising our creativity. Enjoy the final project below!
Greg Cassese, an Italian, was born in Singapore in August 1977. He moved to New Jersey at age five and at 18, left for New York City. It's now been 20 years and he considers himself a “city kid." Greg remembers his crazy club days of the '90s, and still loves to dance. If he ever leaves New York, it will be to live a quiet life, maybe on an island somewhere; a life quite opposite of the one he has now.
|Greg's first tattoo said "old soul," a phrase people use to describe him. His sleeve is a mechanical arm, designed by him and his tattoo artist. He believes if he is a machine, then nothing can break him.|
|Cutting hair makes Greg euphoric. He thrives on making somebody feel new again.|
|Greg trims a client's bangs on a quiet Sunday morning at Cutler Salon in SoHo.|
|Greg takes photos of his finished product on his iPad. He documents an 'after picture' on all his clients|
|After work, Greg walks to his gym in NoHo. He likes fitness and lifting weights, although more so when he was younger. Greg recently turned 37.|
|Lifting weights at the gym. Greg says if he ever leaves the city, he wants to live a simpler life.|
|Greg stops to look in the mirror. A tattoo across his heart says 'perseverance.' Whenever he sees it reflected in his own mirror at home, it reminds him to never give up.|
|Greg lives with his boyfriend of nine years in Park Slope. He calls himself a "city kid" after living in New York for 20 years.|