Meet #FMCoronaPark18 Co-Host - Roy Martinez


I first met Roy Martinez years ago, in the early days of Queenscapes. Roy has not only been a faithful follower of our Instagram page for a long time, he has also attended some of our most memorable real life events that we have organized in the past.

Although Roy is much younger than I, I have always thought of him as being much wiser than his years suggest. He has a real appreciation of Queens history and is prideful of his hometown. Roy is also an amazing photographer, who has a knack for capturing the nuances in architecture and landscape photos. To boot, Roy understands the value of community and how the stories of the folks who live here make for richer, fuller photos. He understands that photos that provide both depth and context can be used to enrich the communities we live in.

With that being said, we are extremely happy to announce that Roy will be collaborating with us, serving as one of our co-hosts to this month’s #FMCoronaPark18 Photo Walk at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Roy will be on deck to help folks focus on the photo categories that will ultimately decide whether you will be eligible to be featured for a two day pop-up exhibit at the Queens Museum on July 21st & the 22nd.  

I figured a good way to introduce Roy to you guys a little early, would be with a #CapturedInQueens profile. People of Queens, meet Roy:

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Roy Martinez @corrduroy, is a photographer and currently a student attending York College majoring in Communications. Roy is Mexican-American from Elmhurst, Queens New York. He attended P.S. 19, I.S. 227, and High School for Arts and Business before being accepted to York College located in Jamaica, Queens. On his spare time he enjoys casually reading and educating himself in historical New York events and listening to underground Hip-Hop. Roy believes both of these things have a strong correlation to his photographic style. His favorite sport teams are the NY Mets and the Mexican National soccer team. Most people don’t know that he is a perfectionist, and he constantly goes back to tasks that he has completed to make sure everything is just right. Roy says of his vision of Queens, “It’s the foundation. From its dynamic presence of ethnicities and cultures to its deep roots in Hip Hop. In the words of the late Prodigy - “Meanwhile back in Queens the realness the foundation If I die I couldn’t choose a better location.”

Click on the link below to register for the #FMCoronaPark18 Photo Walk on Sat, June 30th

Words and photo by Adolfo Steve Vazquez