This Spring, my photography students at School of Visual Arts in New York took advantage of the recently warm temperatures that are now smothering the city to go forth and photograph tourists and locals on the islands that surround Manhattan. Traveling to famous locales like Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and Staten Island, as well as the potentially lesser known destinations of City Island, Roosevelt Island, and Governor's Island, the students styled tourists and locals with luau accessories and new fashions from Spring/Summer 2015 collections in an effort to turn municipal New York into a tropical paradise.
Fashion Editor: Miyako Bellizzi
Special thanks to Party City for all tropical accessories
Photo by Erin Carr (Ellis Island)
Photo by Anthony Costa: Tommy Hilfiger dress (Coney Island)
Photo by Crystelle Colucci: Vintage sweater and top; Patagonia jacket, Kangol hat, Ray-Ban sunglsses (Liberty Island)
Photo by Emma Castelbolognesi (Roosevelt Island)
Photo by Emma Castelbolognesi: Vintage hoodie, Hanes top, Gap shorts, H&M socks, Doc Martens boots, Komono sunglasses; Levi's jacket, vintage top, Forever 21 t-shirt, vintage skirt, Asos pants, Converse shoes, Komono sunglasses. (Ellis Island)
Photo by Crystelle Colucci: Levi's jacket, vintage top, Forever 21 t-shirt, Asos pants, Converse shoes, SPRZ NY x Uniqlo bag, Komono sunglasses (Ferry to Ellis Island)
Photo by Alberto Inamagua: Absurd top, H&M pants, Vans sneakers, New Era hat, Komono sunglasses, G-Shock watch, Angola bracelet (Randall's Island)
Photo by Crystelle Colucci: Hanes top, Levi's pants (Roosevelt Island)
Photo by Jessica Frankl: Vintage coat and top, AG overalls, Adidas shoes, Celine sunglasses, vintage jewelry (Coney Island)
Photo by Erin Carr(Liberty Island)
See more photos by Matthew Leifheit's SVA students here.