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One of my best pictures

Times Square, Brooklyn, Harlem, Dia Beacon, Rain

Well I should probably throw these pictures up as I’m off for a quick bit of travel.

The photography continues. Mostly exploring bad weather, reflections, human form, and intentional out of focus.

Everyone hates Times Square. Tourists suck. Blah blah blah. I hate having this interaction with people who think there are actually cool parts of new york left. Like Times Square sucks but the village or upper east or west sides are actually cool?

Just embrace it. Hug it. Love it.

The coolest thing about new york is the people.

Times Square still has the ability to provide some great images.

Back in times square
Back in times square

There’s an infinite amount of pictures you can take here.

Been messing with reflections
Been messing with reflections

Like how does this suck?

I mean come on pt 1
I mean come on pt 1

Maybe you suck.

Been messing with out of focus
Been messing with out of focus

Maybe Times Square is actually the best thing in nyc.

Dream/nightmare like af
Dream/nightmare like af

Maybe not. Here’s a picture that I like.

This might be more what I like pt 1
This might be more what I like pt 1

But here’s one that you like better.

This might be more what you like pt 1
This might be more what you like pt 1

I mean it’s a great picture. But there’s a lot of great pictures here.

I mean come on pt 2
I mean come on pt 2

That blur a e s t h e t i c.

This might be more what I like pt 2
This might be more what I like pt 2

Why is it blurry? Here have one without the blur.

This might be more what you like pt 2
This might be more what you like pt 2

Completely out of place transitional photograph.

Private property, no photographers welcome
Private property, no photographers welcome

You hate Times Square but how do you feel about the Brooklyn Bridge? Is it also too touristy?

Probs my favorite picture I took of BK bridge
Probs my favorite picture I took of BK bridge

Because it both is and isn’t. And it doesn’t really matter. Enjoy it if you like it. Enjoy it if you hate it.

On a side note peep the ridiculous in camera effect going on here. The layering of this from messing around with focus is impressive. The detail of the fence on the left completely disappears as you move to the right. Not the best shot but the effect is cool.

In camera ability
In camera ability

And oh snap, what is this? The bridge series is actually happening?

Underneath bridges, the series pt 3
Underneath bridges, the series pt 3

Carousel.

I both like and dislike this picture
I both like and dislike this picture

But for real, am I really shooting bridges?

Underneath bridges, the series pt 4
Underneath bridges, the series pt 4

If you wanna be a good street photograph just wait for someone to walk in front of the camera and take a picture. As much as I hate this, it is effective.

I'm a street photographer now
I’m a street photographer now

Shout out to jim.

Jim morrison reference bc i still love you
Jim morrison reference bc i still love you

Ok, I think this is the final of a five part series.

Underneath bridges, the series pt 5
Underneath bridges, the series pt 5

Be careful people.

This was quite a bad crash
This was quite a bad crash

Who’s really watching what.

Dave and co
Dave and co

I don’t like this picture but it’s here.

meh
meh

Harlem was frustrating to photograph. I expected to end up with a lot of cool shots but it was hard to find them. I walked around for a couple hours here, taking a break in between for a craft beer. I know New York is a mall. But I was hoping Harlem would be spared.

It’s a great place to go if you need to go to banana republic or the gap. It’s frustrating how the only thing that seems to be marketed are fried chicken places and black hair places. We all need those places in our life but it was frustrating because there’s a lot more here than these generalizations. There is all sorts of different creative ability in Harlem. But when you walk around there you would never be able to tell. The stereotypes being propagated are offensive.

Like anywhere else around here or in the world, the place is full of amazing people. The shitty facades and mallification of the world are only surface level (although they’re not). When you get a chance to explore the people, the place is often rich and full of all of the things the exterior is lacking.

I know this next picture might not seem like it’s the best, but it is. The reflection off of a window shows the Apollo Theater. That is the most iconic thing in Harlem. If you think of Harlem you most likely have this image pop up at the top of images in your brain. Look how close the banana republic is. They may as well just call it the Apollo Theater, brought to you by banana republic. Also in this image you will notice a group of four white tourists. Most important to this image is the view through the glass of the window. It shows an empty storefront that is currently for sale. What business or type of place will this be? It won’t be the gap or nike. Those are next door. Probably not even another fried chicken place. It’s going to be something shitty (I suppose you or I could try to make something cool happen).

I understand my perspective here and your questioning of what the fuck I know about a place from just strolling through it. But that’s kind of the point. I’m not black. I haven’t lived in Harlem for thirty years. That point of view is in the following link. The End of Black Harlem. The fact that you can stroll through this area and immediately see how fucked Harlem is is sad. Harlem is one of the great jewels of this country and we killed it and made it a shitty mall.

All of that is conveyed in the picture below.

Harlem
Harlem

Welppppppppppppp, time for some art.

If you are the type of person that gets tilted by like a white canvas hanging on the wall (“I can do that”), then Dia:Beacon is not the place for you.

But for those who like this sort of thing it’s one of the best places. It’s a little distance north of the city, but it’s one of my favorite museums. There’s a lot of cool lighting exhibits.

Dia beacon is lit
Dia beacon is lit

And the building itself is fantastically beautiful. You don’t notice it at first. It really lets the art shine, but overtime it kind of demands to be noticed. It’s so understated but so brilliant.

All rise
All rise

When you’re taking a picture of a yellow wall and then a person who has all sorts of complementing colors walks into your frame.

Colors
Colors

Lots of cool lighting here.

Lights
Lights

And some more.

Column, lights, colors
Column, lights, colors

Hang man lights.

Dicks out
Dicks out

But seriously if you have an issue with like chairs being art you’re not going to like this place.

I also like this in black and white
I also like this in black and white

I’ve been crushing everything in the blacks lately.

Yea
Yea

Running out of words to type.

Dia creepin
Dia creepin

Look at the patterns that these windows create.

Lighting in here is top notch
Lighting in here is top notch

Put a person in the frame for added interest.

Put people in your frame
Put people in your frame

This next image (which isn’t really visible much, but it’s there below) is a play on one of Anne Truitt’s pieces. She is known for making very minimal sculptures. Like a square hollow seven-foot beam that seems like it’s one single color. Like stuff that is so minimal and basic that a lot of people would walk by it and say it’s stupid or they could make it.

I recall seeing one of her works when I was at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC, not realizing at that time who she was. If you look at her work for a long while you will see all sorts of complexities going on. It might be difficult to slow down, and you don’t even have to, but doing so might reveal a bit more to Truitt’s work than at first seems apparent.

I decided to riff on her take on minimalism by taking a picture of one of her works. I crushed the focus to blur the edges and remove the detail from the work. So the outcome of the photograph is a white sculpture with a white wall in the background. Once you add in the lack of focus the sculpture disappears. True minimalism. I tried what I could in photoshop to actually make the sculpture more visible, but it’s pretty much gone forever. You’ll just have to trust me that there is an image below. And in the middle third or so there is a sculpture. It’s just that the photograph is so minimal that you can’t tell if it exists. Or if I’m being serious or not.

I was hoping Truitt was still alive. I would have loved to ask her what she thought of the image. I think she would probably say it wasn’t in the true spirit of her work. She wanted to remove unnecessary details, but not all of the details. I imagine an older lady telling me it’s shit and to fuck off and that makes happy.

Out of focus picture of Anne Truitt's White: One
Out of focus picture of Anne Truitt’s White: One

There’s a lot of really cool stuff here.

I love this museum
I love this museum

And more of the building. The black top and bottom of this frame were not added. They were done in camera.

Dark top and bottom are a natural frame
Dark top and bottom are a natural frame

Lots of lights. People like lights.

Dan Flavin hype confirmed
Dan Flavin hype confirmed

Except when it’s Times Square.

Light stuff
Light stuff

One view of two rooms.

The center is a wall that creates two rooms
The center is a wall that creates two rooms

This just looks so sexual to me.

This light in a corner creates so much texture
This light in a corner creates so much texture

Kill all focus.

Out of focus so damn nice
Out of focus so damn nice

I think people won’t like this image as much as I like it.

Perfect
Perfect

Did I say the lighting here is good? Because it’s better than that even.

Lighting is some of the best I've seen
Lighting is some of the best I’ve seen

Here’s some stuff.

Stuff like this
Stuff like this

I hope the crack in the floor is intentional to this building’s design. Bc it’s intentional in this picture. Blow out some highlights, sure, let’s get it.

In case I haven't said it, the lighting is good here
In case I haven’t said it, the lighting is good here

Crouching spider by Louise Bourgeois. These are some sp00ky a e s t h e t i c s.

Probs time for a quick pic of myself
Probs time for a quick pic of myself

I think the following picture has potential as a serious or to be the next stupid photography trend. If taking pictures of yourself bossfighting things replaces the jumping in the air pictures then I’m all for it. But we must kill bossfighting pictures immediately after that. Bossfighting pictures are OVER.

But really I have to bossfight this mfer (pls don't make this a trend)
But really I have to bossfight this mfer (pls don’t make this a trend)

If you’ve ever been outside at the gardens here then you’ll know the noises that are dubbed in are fire.

I love the sounds outside
I love the sounds outside

I think this is one of the better pictures I’ve taken. I debated for a long while whether this should be black and white or not. I really like reflection pictures.

One of my best pictures
One of my best pictures

And that’s it for Dia:Beacon. If you didn’t like that the here’s some more out of focus blurry pictures for your enjoyment. These were taken over the course of a couple days of bad weather driving on the New Jersey turnpike. This next one is just stunning.

Man come on
Man come on

I hate this next picture.

This is bad but I can't not include it for some reason
This is bad but I can’t not include it for some reason

Creepy boi A E S T H E T I C S

Dystopian nj
Dystopian nj

I like taking pictures while driving shooting through dirty windows because some photographers would say that it’s not P H O T O G R A P H Y.

Decently framed for a driving picture
Decently framed for a driving picture

I think I understand rothko a bit more. Get rid of everything and leave something that evokes emotion. The following picture needs many renditions before it would ever be something as polished as a rothko, but it’s ok to just kind of have some colors. Or better yet just some emotions on your canvas or your photo.

Emotional feels
Emotional feels

Slowly getting better at messing with weather and focus. It seems like when I combine multiple elements of interest is when I take some of my better shots.

So excellent
So excellent

A post isn’t a post without some pics you probably should have thrown away but you leave here because for some reason they made the cut.

Mehhh
Mehhh

And one more time.

Rawr
Rawr

Just barely was able to get this typed up and posted in time.

Should be swinging out for some quick travels and if all goes well hopefully I’ll have a grip of photos to post here.

I’m not sure exactly how the travel will go. I’m not sure what kinds of pictures I’ll take. Where I will or won’t be. How I will use words to talk about it.

I anticipate a different sort of a writeup than the usual travel writeups I’ve posted here. We will see.

One of my favorite sculptures ever

New York City, Hoboken, and Philadelphia

This post has pictures from New York City, Hoboken, and Philadelphia.

I don’t have too much to say. Most of the time my posts are related to some more interesting area of the world or concept.

This is really just a collection of local pictures.

Messing around with some ideas.

There have been a lot of things happening in my life, but this blog and this post were never intended to be a documentation of that.

So let’s get into it.

I last left off with Vegas.

Vegas decided to follow me home.

I matched with someone out there who decided to book a flight to come out and see me.

Life was great for a few days. Photography, food, art, connection.

We no longer talk. As is tradition.

Pictures of food are back
Pictures of food are back

Strolling around the city.

Not a museum, on the street
Not a museum, on the street

And some more strolling.

Love strolling new york
Love strolling new york

Get the stuff.

Stuff for sale, pic 3
Stuff for sale, pic 3

Mary Corse’s A Survey in Light at the Whitney.

My picture is better than the exhibit
My picture is better than the exhibit

I don’t love the Whitney. But I find myself here. I do love Feeling Whitney by Post Malone though.

Doesn't look like this irl
Doesn’t look like this irl

“Have you ever heard the song New York by Saint Vincent?”

“Here we go now with this.”

Actually this song is so good I’ll post it here.

Sigh.

Selfie stick life
Selfie stick life

Oysters at grand central.

Looking up at grand central
Looking up at grand central

Taking the pics.

Yup
Yup

Let’s take some pictures for posterity.

For posterity
For posterity

Ok back to irl. Just me and the camera.

Washington square park
Washington square park

Grinding pics.

Arch you glad I didn't __________
Arch you glad I didn’t __________

All of the parks.

Upside down at Madison Sq Park
Upside down at Madison Sq Park

All of the art.

Diana Al-Hadid's Citadel from Delirious Matter at Madison Sq Park
Diana Al-Hadid’s Citadel from Delirious Matter at Madison Sq Park

Stuff outside world trade.

Update your tinder profs
Update your tinder profs

Thought it would be a good idea to stroll over to Hoboken to take pictures. I like going to areas that I hate and seeing if there is anything interesting there.

Artist's workbench
Artist’s workbench

One of my favorite pictures from this set comes from there.

Who knew Hoboken had interesting shots
Who knew Hoboken had interesting shots

This is bleh.

Sun reflecting on the hudson
Sun reflecting on the hudson

I wasn’t in the mood to take pictures of the skyline again. I was literally turning my back to it on purpose to look away from it for more interesting things.

And then life laughed at me and gave me a better picture of the skyline than I would have ended up taking if I was purposefully trying.

Tried to turn my camera away from the skyline
Tried to turn my camera away from the skyline

There’s a couple pictures I don’t want to include here but I can’t seem to delete them.

Definition of meh
Definition of meh

I took this walking and just clicking pretty aimlessly at this sign. Didn’t expect it to be all that decent.

Didn't think this would turn out
Didn’t think this would turn out

Someone needed a ride down to Philadelphia. I’ve been meaning to get down there to hang and take pictures so I used it as an excuse to swing down.

Popped into the Rodin museum and for the first time in my life I understood sculpture.

Rodin, the morning after
Rodin, the morning after

How dope is this stuff?

One of my favorite sculptures ever
One of my favorite sculptures ever

I used to love the thinking man the most. But these days I love the loving man.

Used to be my favorite
Used to be my favorite

Messing around with lighting.

I finally understand sculpture
I finally understand sculpture

And some more messing around.

Rodin with that sauce
Rodin with that sauce

This is another bad picture that I wasn’t able to exclude for some reason. It’s possible I just need a dash of blue to brighten up the blacks, whites, and greys that have taken over these posts.

Don't know why I feel I have to include this
Don’t know why I feel I have to include this

Bricks.

Room with a view
Room with a view

Is this the best picture of the Ben Franklin bridge ever taken?

Probably not but I’m rather fond of it.

It reminds me of a huge alien ship.

I almost want to do a series of underneath bridges from this exact perspective. This work has already been done though, so I won’t feel bad when I don’t that.

Underneath bridges, the series pt 1
Underneath bridges, the series pt 1

Turning around and taking another picture of it.

Didn't expect this to come out well
Didn’t expect this to come out well

Voyage of Ulysses statue was super frustrating to photograph. It’s on the left in this image and I’m happy enough with how this came out. There’s so many ideas you could apply to this thing and almost none of them worked for me.

Ok picture from a frustrating piece on the left
Ok picture from a frustrating piece on the left

There was a suitcase that had books on the corner that anyone could take.

Free books on the corner in phili
Free books on the corner in phili

Ok back to ny.

Food's back, uni at sushi yasuda
Food’s back, uni at sushi yasuda

Roosevelt island tramming it up. Dope time. Super hot fire.

Roosevelt island tram
Roosevelt island tram

Oh snap. The series is underway! Jk. It’s probably going to stay a two part series. But maybe not.

Underneath bridges, the series pt 2
Underneath bridges, the series pt 2

Sliding around the city sometimes surprises you.

I love some of the subway art
I love some of the subway art

Been kind of getting more interested in the human form so messed around with a couple self portraits and nudes one night.

Oh here we go
Oh here we go

Messing around with some lighting.

Messing around with lighting and self portraits
Messing around with lighting and self portraits

Lol. These pictures are just whatever but I don’t often post pictures of myself.

Hair getting long af
Hair getting long af

I like this image a decent amount.

Messing around with some self nudes
Messing around with some self nudes

Alrighty, back to commuting around.

Grove st path
Grove st path

Back to some art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s expensive at $25 but you finally get your money’s worth at a museum. There is a tremendous amount of stuff to see here.

Edo peoples, 16th to 17th century Nigerian brass
Edo peoples, 16th to 17th century Nigerian brass

Some fire pieces here.

Between Earth and Heaven by El Anatsui. Fire
Between Earth and Heaven by El Anatsui. Fire

There is so much going on and not going on in this picture.

Thomas Hart Benton's America Today
Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today

Palette.

Paul Klee's May Picture
Paul Klee’s May Picture

On that O’Keeffe and Stieglitz.

Gray Line with Lavender and Yellow by Georgia O'Keeffe
Gray Line with Lavender and Yellow by Georgia O’Keeffe

Giacometti.

Three Men Walking II by Alberto Giacometti
Three Men Walking II by Alberto Giacometti

How the guy who was capable of making that was also capable of making this… This is a portrait of his wife. I looked at this piece for a while. While I was viewing it two older women came up. The first comment was how dark the piece was. Then they read the placard and noted out loud how it was his wife, and made the assumption that is must have been an unhappy marriage. I think it’s stupid to assume that. Things can be dark. You can have a good relationship.

Annette by Alberto Giacometti
Annette by Alberto Giacometti

Shadows make this a pretty solid picture.

Bohemia Lies by the Sea by Anselm Kiefer
Bohemia Lies by the Sea by Anselm Kiefer

The met is wild for this one.

Lilith by Kiki Smith
Lilith by Kiki Smith

Colors.

Hanging with Spectrum V by Ellsworth Kelly
Hanging with Spectrum V by Ellsworth Kelly

There’s some good newer stuff all over the museum.

PixCell-Deer#24 by Kohei Nawa
PixCell-Deer#24 by Kohei Nawa

Overcontrasted metal and shadows.

I forget the name of this piece
I forget the name of this piece

Unbelievably well done.

Louis Comfort Tiffany Autumn Landscape and Column
Louis Comfort Tiffany Autumn Landscape and Column

I don’t often post multiple pictures of the same thing, but look at this thing.

Autumn Landscape by Louis Comfort Tiffany
Autumn Landscape by Louis Comfort Tiffany

Love letters.

My body will always belong to you
My body will always belong to you

And freshness.

African American Portraits exhibit
African American Portraits exhibit

Have been trying to get out into the rain and bad weather to take pictures. Had a chance to do this while I was driving home one day.

Took these pictures while driving
Took these pictures while driving

Got some decent shots.

Drive by shooting
Drive by shooting

This borders on cheesy. Raindrops on windshields is kind of a bad photographic cliche. But this is better than most shots that I never took while driving.

Not bad for the ride home
Not bad for the ride home

Meh but alright.

Power lines
Power lines

Was getting dumped on with rain but ended up with some decent concepts. I might need a bigger sensor to take these kind of pictures. And I probably have to find a way to set the tripod up. I was mostly worried about damaging the camera, but in the future I’ll know how to operate a bit better.

Complete downpour (hi oculus)
Complete downpour (hi oculus)

Yeesh this grain though.

Nyc faded
Nyc faded

Better than not going out.

World trade disappearing
World trade disappearing

This is kind of what I had in mind when I went out. When you getting soaked and you’re operating a camera and umbrella (which ended up breaking after using it for two decades) you don’t take time to get a perfect shot. Even in these conditions I need to slow down and spend some extra time framing and getting the shot.

These pictures are so hastily taken
These pictures are so hastily taken

What a bad shot for such a cool subject.

This should have been a lot better
This should have been a lot better

Not too much here.

Meh, a series
Meh, a series

And getting worse. I think I can’t throw this away because of going through the rain to get it. But I should have tossed most of these pics.

Umbrellas outside the club
Umbrellas outside the club

And finally a decent one.

I likey the terrible weather lately
I likey the terrible weather lately

So that’s about it. Been grinding pictures. It’s all I really want to do with my free time.

I like this a lot

JC, NYC, Coney Island

I’ve been spending most of my free time messing around with the camera. Strolling around fairly locally, seeing what I could find.

Not much commentary, which has been a growing trend as the pictures have been taking precedence to the words.

These next few pictures are within walking distance to my place.

When I was younger I remember thinking about street poles and all the staples that were stuck in them. So many long forgotten messages about what to see or buy.

Childhood memories
Childhood memories

The Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery is nearby. It was abandoned in 2008, but a volunteer organization has been slowly repairing it back to a well kept condition.

Any cemetery with a weather beaten Lowrey is fine by me.

An instrument graveyard perhaps
An instrument graveyard perhaps

And of course every good cemetery needs a cemetery cat.

Cemetery cat
Cemetery cat

It’s somewhat hard to figure out what some of these graves might be. I’m not sure if this teddy bear signifies a child was buried here, but someone cared enough at some point to leave this here.

Just a weird thing
Just a weird thing

Apparently in the summer there are goats here that are used to control the weeds. I cannot confirm that is case as it’s only the spring.

There’s some pretty dope graffiti out on 13th street.

Pretty cool
Pretty cool

I love the pack of wild dogs running along the sidewalk.

Pack on the hunt
Pack on the hunt

Some nonsense.

Blah blah blah
Blah blah blah

Razor wire.

Different than I remember
Different than I remember

And here’s a picture of plastic in a tree that I think looks kind of nice. I don’t exactly love the picture but I think it’s cool how closely the material and the branches intertwine together, forming this almost angelic figure.

Trash tree
Trash tree

Walked out to Liberty State Park one day. There’s an abandoned rail station here. You can get to some parts of it, but other parts you can’t access.

You no go here
You no go here

Stuck behind the gates.

Bars
Bars

It’s a rather beautiful sight.

Would be nice to stroll about here
Would be nice to stroll about here

You can of course get some good shots of the skyline over here.

City
City

Back inside offers some symmetric shots that shoot themselves.

Station
Station

And anotha one.

Umm ok
Umm ok

I’ve also been strolling around New York a bunch taking pictures all over.

This next picture is the building next to Boston Consulting Group’s New York offices.

Forgotten words
Forgotten words

There is some pretty nice housing over looking the High Line.

Yup
Yup

Oculus? Why not. It’s one of my worst pics of it but I love this building.

So basic
So basic

Brookfield Place, also known as World Financial Center, is a pretty terrible shopping center.

Meh
Meh

St. Paul’s Chapel and One World Trade. Not the best picture but I’m including it anyway. At one point (back in 1766 when it was completed) St. Paul’s was the tallest building in New York City. Now it’s the building behind it.

Meh part 2
Meh part 2

The cemetery at St. Paul’s.

Proper
Proper

Down underneath the FDR Drive.

Colors are nice
Colors are nice

With views of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Bk
Bk

I don’t think this picture translated well, but guess what, I’m including it anyways.

Had potential
Had potential

I’ve been working out in Times Square for some time now and finally got around to taking some pictures of it. Initially I wanted to shoot it in a way that I thought might be original. To look for things that others might not see. To take unconventional shots of it.

That mostly didn’t happen. What happened was the interesting subject was the people there. The mix of tourists and locals.

I experimented with kind of more traditional “street photography.” With being a creeper and taking pictures of people without them knowing. It’s actually quite difficult to get the focus down at these distances. People walk through the frame in a fraction of a second. So you need to get the composure, focus, and subjects all together very quickly or the shot won’t come out that good.

I’ve never really taken pictures of people much. I kind of always thought there was a lot more interesting subjects. But from this venturing out I think it’s something I might do a bit more of, or incorporate into my shots a bit more.

I think the annoying thing about a lot of people photography is the subjects that are chosen. Often photographers will look for a subject that looks “different” from them. This often leads to shots that photographers think are interesting that are really just offensive. Just because someone looks different than you, it doesn’t make it interesting, or even mean they’re that different. You’re just kind of conveying your ignorance.

It’s like a street picture of a “homeless” person. It’s more offensive than it is interesting. Homeless people look all kinds of different ways. And the fact that you went for the poorer looking person that you probably didn’t spend any time talking to or trying to understand the situation is annoying.

Idk. Photographing people is also intrusive.

It’s not very comfortable for either side of the camera.

And there’s questions of its ethics if you use it for your career or to increase your publicity.

Maybe I’m overthinking it all. Maybe not.

I didn’t expect myself to really get into it, and I’m curious how long this interest will last for.

So, that was a lot of words. Time for a picture. I like this picture. I remember capturing the classic local New Yorker in this picture. I had no recollection of the touristy mother and daughter in the background. The Times Square backdrop provides an interesting blend of colors. To me this is an iconic picture of the area. I’m old man dread deep in existential thought, while the absurdity whirls on around me.

I like this a lot
I like this a lot

This next picture is more of what I had intended to capture. I wanted to take lots of pictures like this of Times Square, but I only really every captured this one. You probably can’t tell where this picture was taken. It’s of temporary fencing that the police sometimes setup. The chain adds a gorgeous stroke of detail.

Times Square
Times Square

There’s a lot of pictures taken of Times Square. All the time. Even in terrible rain and snow storms. But I think very few people look for something like this.

More people. I think this lady was just blinking as she walked past the camera. She’s probably not as in thought as the picture might suggest. I kind of dig the backgrounds on these images. They’re like Vice City/Las Vegas trippy druggy mixtures of what my commute often reminds me of.

Blip
Blip

And one more, why not. I come back to this spot a couple days later and end up taking some better pictures.

Meh part 3
Meh part 3

I’ve been wanting to go to the Guggenheim for some time. For a long while I’ve thought it was a terrible design for a building. I’ve always thought the angled floors would make most art be perceived in ways that the artist hadn’t intended. And not in a good way. In a, rectangular painting hanging on a wall that has a sloped ceiling and floor and just looks terrible, sort of a way.

I end up walking up the museum’s spiraling staircase (idk what to call it). The walk up doesn’t work well. You often have to turn completely in the opposite direction to view a photo or piece of art that is on the opposite side of one of the short walls that breaks up the sections of spiral.

The decision to include the girl in this picture comes from the recent street/person photography I’ve been messing around with. I think she adds some depths to the picture.

Basic part 2
Basic part 2

One of my favorite things in the museum is this hanging metallic piece. There’s a lot of hanging pieces here, but the simplicity of this one and the view looking straight up is pretty awesome.

This is good
This is good

There’s a collection of younger artists’ work here, some as young as four years old. I like to spend time looking at this stuff in the same lens as the rest of the professional work. I’m not sure you could tell this elephant mask was done by an amateur, but I think it’s cool.

Elephant mask
Elephant mask

Also cool are these little guys. They were thrown on the ground by a professional artist.

La la laaa
La la laaa

As I head up the museum and get more into the natural light it feels like a crescendo of light. The sense of anticipation for what is to come becomes exciting. Finally, the design of this building (and the ludicrous $25 ticket) might all be worth it. Art has to be free and available to everyone. And while the Guggenheim does have it’s Pay What you Wish for two hours a week, the other 99% (this is the actual number) of the week’s hours are either paid or the museum is closed.

When I get to the top nothing magical happens. I snap a picture near the top. The building is beautiful, but I’m not certain it should outshine the pieces of art it houses this much. To be honest I think it speaks more to the lack of quality of the work within the museum.

When the museum is nicer than the art
When the museum is nicer than the art

I end up walking down and swinging out. The walk down is nice as it’s all downhill and easy enough on the feet.

Apparently I didn’t do this museum as it was intended to be done. You’re supposed to take the elevator to the top and then walk down from there. I kind of disagree that that makes sense as you’re eliminating that opportunity for the beautiful play on the natural lighting.

Idk, the beautiful architecture of the museum disappointed as much as I thought it might from a practical purpose. But certainly Frank Lloyd Wright knows more about how to build buildings than I do. It’s ambitious, and pretty beautiful inside, but it’s just a pinch frustrating. I would hate to be a curator here, although it’s challenges are what could make for some interesting displays.

Back outside the museum, where the King of Pentacles decides to show up again. I don’t think it’s the card for me, but there it is.

King of Pentacles
King of Pentacles

I love the colors in both the wall and on the lock and chain. These two colors (although I suppose there’s a lot more than two colors here) are ones that you will not often find out in the real world. These colors are beautiful and go very well together. And here they are at the end of a subway. A makeshift setup in which I don’t think the colors were even intentionally chosen.

Props to whoever did this
Props to whoever did this

And some more of Times Square.

Back and better
Back and better

Black and white looks good too.

I kind of like this
I kind of like this

And then back again on another day. I’m starting to shoot this place too much. This is on the walk up Broadway, maybe around 39th if I’m to guess.

Design week (I think)
Design week (I think)

I kind of like the mix of yellows in this picture.

Yellow
Yellow

And a storefront that I kind of like.

Let it consume you
Let it consume you

Also was able to make it out to Coney Island. It was a rainy day but it made for some pretty good pictures. I also want to swing back here when the weather is nice and it’s the summer. I thought it would be a lot similar to Asbury, but it’s kind of more similar to Seaside Park.

This was a throwaway
This was a throwaway

I didn’t stroll around too much off the boardwalk, but a block or two inward seems a bit sketch. I don’t know if it was just the dreary day but there was trash everywhere. Weeds that were taller than me. Buildings crumbling. Cop cars nonstop patrolling. Housing prices seem fairly pricy from what I can tell, but that might just be because land is so limited out this way. I guess it’s just a microcosm of everything else. Everything is shiny in season when the sun is out and life is good. But there’s a lot more going on.

The white color of the sky is a lot more interesting than if this was the boring clear sky blue.

Reasonable
Reasonable

They were cleaning up the boardwalk of some tables.

Nineteen tables
Nineteen tables

The old Parachute Jump. Aka the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn.

Parachute jump
Parachute jump

A different view of it.

Sky was a beautiful color
Sky was a beautiful color

This is probably one of my favorite pictures of the group. It’s almost nauseatingly minimal and perhaps a bit Wes Andersonesque. The wind helped straighten the flag out just right. The red color is a gorgeous contrast for the muted greys, blues, and sands. I’m going to pretend the focus being on the beach is intentional. Having the flag be in the background of the image while at the same time being the obvious focal point is a kind of brilliant concept, but honestly I missed the focus. I don’t really know how I did outside of being lazy and putting too much faith in the camera, which normally is smart with its focus. I kind of prefer the picture better this way. The slight imperfections that we must learn to live with. I also love the desolation. The yearning. The desire for more. The simple beauty. How well a centered subject works here, when you’re taught to always put things on the thirds. No. I’m not doing that. I’m putting it right in the middle. The red catches your eye perfectly at where the edge of the world is. Look here. Look at me. Look at the vast emptiness. Except you don’t have to do that. Just look at me instead. Everything will be alright. We don’t have to contemplate the vastness right now.

Amazing
Amazing

I also like this next picture as well. It would be much worse with a blue sky and probably any more people. I love the whiteness of this. I love the dark contrast of the colors of everyone’s clothes. The almost annoying alteration of the lamp posts. I also maybe like the slight annoyance of me not lining this shot up. I feel like I’ve been so lazy with some of the little things with the camera. The lines the boardwalk makes should be a little more centered. But for now it’s an imperfection that I will learn to love. This picture reminds me of a similar looking one that I shot in Bali where the top and bottom thirds are whitespace, and the contrasting darker colors fill the middle third. It’s interesting how different the conditions where under which that was shot, but I’m curious if I can find more of these and put together a series of them.

Yea pretty good too
Yea pretty good too

More Coney Island.

La la laaa part 2
La la laaa part 2

This is why I thought Coney Island and Asbury were a bit similar. But really maybe it’s only in some of the older marketing.

Kind of thought it was Asburyesque
Kind of thought it was Asburyesque

I kind of like the background colors here.

Closed for the season
Closed for the season

Someone was braving the rain and wind to spend time reading.

There there
There there

And that’s about it. I’ve been jamming a lot of pictures lately and I don’t really think that will slow down too much.

Cheers.

Excellent

New York City Contemporary

Been busy messing around building software at my new gig for Viacom. It’s been fun so far. Working out of the middle of Times Square has been pretty trippy, but hopefully soon I’ll find some time to do some touristy things.

Prior to that I was messing around with my camera and have I some pictures burning a hole in my hard drive.

These pictures cover a variety of topics and it kind of bothers me that there is no real correlation. But I just want to get them up here.

Spent some time making pierogies for the first time with my sisters and my grams.

Whipping up those pierogies
Whipping up those pierogies

Fallen leaves and winter slush.

I like the blending of seasons and textures
I like the blending of seasons and textures

Swung through MoMA PS1. MoMA PS1 is a decent museum. For those who don’t know, it’s a different museum than the MoMA out on 53rd. One of the big differences is MoMA PS1 is a collection of solely contemporary art.

Here’s a shot of the basement.

All gold everything
All gold everything

James Turrell’s Meeting is an awesome space. It’s a room that has wooden seats set against the wall. You sit down and slightly recline to give yourself a view of the ceiling. The ceiling is an open rectangle which reveals the open sky. The walls and ceiling are lit up in changing colors. The changing colors make the sky look a different color. Sometimes the sky looks bright blue or dark purple or green. The room beautifully incorporates the sounds of the city and the sky to give you a gorgeous sound that couldn’t be created in any other way.

Blue sky
Blue sky

Cathy Wilkes has some great pieces. My favorite was this one.

Excellent
Excellent

I also swung through the New Museum but it was in between exhibits. There was one floor open and it was kind of a waste of time. I’ll check it out again at some point.

Swinging home through the World Trade reveals some beautiful architecture.

World Trade
World Trade

There’s definitely a series of shots out there related to pictures like the next one. I just don’t think I’m interested in taking them. This next picture is maybe one of the best I’ve taken. There’s a lot of things you can push with a picture like this, but perhaps I’ll present it here to you and allow you to use your mind and think about what it does or doesn’t mean.

Freedom Tower
Freedom Tower

I really love The Oculus. It might be my favorite piece of architecture.

The Oculus
The Oculus

It’s just beautiful.

Commuting home
Commuting home

Swung through the Whitney. There were some nice things on display. It was cool to see some older protest/struggle type pieces and how relevant they are to the current time.

William Copley’s painting was a protest to the Vietnam War in 1967. It might be 50 years later but not thinking is still a good option. It’s free and usually beneficial. I think this would make for a reasonable flag if we were to give the old design a reboot. Copley’s red, white, and blue variations might even be more beautiful.

Think
Think

And what is life if it doesn’t contain some time spent in Asbury Park?

Painted walls
Painted walls

It’s pretty much full swing gentrification.

The last time I was down here I was drinking cocktails priced equally with those in Manhattan, talking about gentrification and what options there were for doing it in a way that allowed everyone to enjoy massive infusion of wealth.

Idk why but people love these numbers
Idk why but people love these numbers

The answers to most complicated problems involve community and sacrifice. And at this time most individuals are not willing to embrace people with differences or give away portions of their current wealth away to create a fair solution.

Asbury Park
Asbury Park

Some stuff, like the murals (affluent approved graffiti), the boardwalk, and the ocean views remain free.

Strolling the boardwalk
Strolling the boardwalk

Think.

Introducing hmmworldview

hmmworldview

So.

I’ve been watching a ton of photography videos.

One that I saw the other day was a two hour forum on contemporary photography at the MoMA from February 2016.

It was just ok. I don’t recommend watching it. It’s long and I’m not sure if there are any takeaways for you. But it’s here if you must.

One of the things that was brought up was the role of photography in the current day.

What is photography.

How should photography be shown in museums.

Etc.

There was some mention of how technology is ruining or changing photography.

How photography is ephemeral.

How do you display images that might only physically exist in the world for a few seconds, like Snapchat.

How do you make sense of billions and billions of images that get glanced over within seconds and are forgotten about.

I guess I was thinking about the role of photography in the current day.

I’m not really sure what photography will look like.

Or what art will be.

But I do know that at the forefront of all art is technology.

The great artists have always used the best technologies available to them.

I’ve been messing around with my new camera.

And yet, sometimes the best images that you can make are not the ones that you take, but ones that others have taken.

There are a lot of photos out there.

And some really good ones.

By some really good photographers.

Who use really good gear.

After thinking about all of this I think there is a huge role for technology in photography and art.

Specifically I think software and the internet will continue to redefine all aspects of the world.

So what does all of this mean?

It just means my mind was wondering and I decided to take my ideas and bring them to life in the form of a quick project.

I wanted to do something related to images that are available.

I wanted to do something to show the rapid pace of photograph production and viewing.

How photographs are absorbed in gross amounts.

And maybe tie it all together in something relevant.

And possible provide an example of what photography or art can be in the future.

The internet in many ways is the new museum.

You must bring the internet to the museum.

But regardless, the internet provides tons of options for photographs.

I decided to write some software to go through the most popular news articles and parse out their photographs.

From there I overlaid the most popular news images from the most popular news sources on top of each other to create some pretty cool images.

I also parsed out the most popular words from these news articles and associated them with the image.

I created both a website to view the image and words, as well as a twitter bot that automatically creates and posts an image every hour.

So I’m the artist, even though I’m not the photographer. I’m the curator. And I’m also not any of those things. I’m not the artist. I’m not the curator.

And the craziest part is I’m the viewer. I have no idea what these images will look like since I have no idea what the news will be.

I’m excited to see what this thing produces.

And should I comment on these works then I think I will have been involved in all aspects of the art cycle. From creation, to viewing, to critiquing.

So here are some pics.

Introducing hmmworldview
Introducing hmmworldview

They are terrifying.

A dreamlike (or I guess nightmarish) creation.

All of the most popular news that gets shoved down your throat nonstop through the day.

Diversity of these is great
Diversity of these is great

It’s all here in one image.

Like a game of where’s Waldo.

Look deep into the images.

There’s a lot going on.

Sheesh
Sheesh

You’ll see the famous characters and topics of the moment.

I’m actually really happy with the execution of this.

The images came out as gross and disturbing as I was hoping for.

Anotha one
Anotha one

I’m excited to see what these look like going forward.

If you want to check out the website you can do that at the hmmworldview website.

If you want to see a list of previous images check out the twitter with the hmmworldview twitterbot.

And if you want to mess around with the code feel free to grab it from me at the hmmworldview github. It’s free to use for any purpose.

So I definitely don’t know what photography is.

And I never will know what art is.

But maybe this can provide some insight into what those two things can or can’t be going forward.

At the core of everything will always be technology and innovation. And most likely software.

It’s been fun but I need to sleep now.

Hopefully everyone else’s New Year has been as interesting as mine. We’re now a week into it.

Just wish this was a pinch clearer

Old and New

I guess this is an appropriate post for the day.

New Year’s is a time to both reflect on the past and look forward to the future.

Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about photography.

Initially it started with a desire to pick up some new gear.

After looking around I decided I wanted a mirrorless camera. The size and weight savings is important to me compared to the older DSLR technologies. The picture quality is just as good in most situations.

Surprisingly the leader in the mirrorless space is not Cannon or Nikon. It’s Sony. Cannon and Nikon fell asleep (they were arrogant and clueless) and Sony took over the market. I have no doubt that Cannon and Nikon will eventually make good mirrorless cameras, and people will stick around to support them because of the brand names and the amount of lenses available, but at the moment I am not buying any mirrorless bodies from them.

I initially thought I would want a full frame sensor. Bigger sensors generally lead to better pictures. But I decided to go with an APS-C sensor as in my opinion the difference between full frame and APS-C is negligible and the cost is significant.

If I want a bigger sensor I think the right move would be to go up to the medium format, but that’s not something I’m interested in at the moment from a creative perspective.

In the end you can talk about gear and specs forever, but it’s a lot more important to make a decision and get out to shooting.

I went back and forth and eventually picked up a Sony a6300 simply because I think it is going to allow me to take better pictures than any other camera (for myself personally). The lower cost of APS-C lenses and the money saved on the body allow me to pick up a couple lenses like the Sigma 30mm 1.4. I also have the Sony 16-50 kit lens and picked up the 55-210.

Almost everyone hates cheap kit lenses, but they are pretty versatile and useful. I shot many of the pictures on this site with my Pentax kit lens. That lens and the K-30 camera (which people also make fun of) taught me the basics of photography and allowed me to learn and grab some good shots.

Blah blah blah.

I debated selling my old gear but I might keep it around. The body won’t sell for much. And I don’t mind having my old zoom lens and macro lens. Both can be used on my current camera with a cheap adapter that I picked up.

I’ll post some pictures from the new gear later on.

But first, I decided to go through all of the older pictures that I took with my old gear.

I wanted to see what I was doing wrong. What I was doing right. What I overlooked. What I could have done better or worse.

I decided to grab some of these older pictures and edit them and present them here.

In my last post I said I took 10,000 pictures. But I was wrong. That number was somewhere over 20,000. Still not a lot, but closer to the amount that it felt like I took.

These pictures have not been included on this site yet. The intention is not to go through and make small changes or edits. But rather to look through all of the old pictures I had with a new mind and see if there was any interesting stuff that I did not previously post.

There were some pretty cool shots that I saw. Most of the more recent stuff is not included because I naturally feel those shots are shot and edited in a satisfactory way.

The first shot is one of the first that I ever took. It needs more room to breathe but I like the mood that the image portrays.

Mood lighting
Mood lighting

The next is shot from a plane as I was flying into Alaska. It was shot through a window that was overly blue saturated. I dialed that back a bit. I’m not happy with the colors here (it reminds me of the terrible coloring you see on a lot of instagram pictures), but it’s about as good as I can do.

You shouldn't like this coloring
You shouldn’t like this coloring

This next picture is one that I messed around with a while ago but was unable to make it work. It’s not as focused as I wanted it to be, but framing it this way allows it to be successful. I’m often torn with whether to make real life scenes that appear in black and white, to make them actually black and white. Usually it leads to a better image, but I think there is a beauty in keeping the natural colors. This image is a color image, although it portrays itself as a black and white.

Just wish this was a pinch clearer
Just wish this was a pinch clearer

Here is an interesting shot of some mountains and a glacier.

Glacier and mountains
Glacier and mountains

This next shot has amazing lighting. It was shot out in Colorado.

Lighting is great
Lighting is great

This next shot isn’t all that great. It’s of some steps shot out in Rome. It’s just ok.

Steps
Steps

These next two images are actually really cool looking. I was messing around with ISOs shooting a couple longer exposures one night out amongst the vineyards in Italy. The sun set late so you have this effect of a sunset and a starry night sky. The dandelions in the first picture give the grass a yellow color.

Really cool shot
Really cool shot

Surprised I missed these, but maybe I thought they were too similar to other pictures I posted.

Also cool
Also cool

This next picture is one from Casa Batllo out in Barcelona. I could see myself shooting something like this again current day.

Way too contrasted but I like it
Way too contrasted but I like it

This next shot is a mistake. But I really like it a lot. It looks pretty cool visually. But the cool part is that it’s a picture of the Eiffel Tower. It is common to see the typical pictures of the Eiffel Tower. But if someone showed me this picture I would like it. It’s not a common view of the Eiffel Tower. And I think maybe it’s more interesting than most pictures of it.

Better than most Eiffel Tower shots
Better than most Eiffel Tower shots

Here’s a picture of the Alps out in Switzerland. These things really just shoot themselves.

Nice rocks
Nice rocks

Redwoods out in Redwood National and State Parks.

Big trees
Big trees

A couple pictures from out in Chicago.

Alright
Alright

Should have posted at least one of these but never did for some reason.

Yea
Yea

And one from Milwaukee.

Yup
Yup

I took this out in Cambodia at Angkor Wat waiting for a lady to take a picture. She was taking forever to take her picture. I snapped an image of her out of frustration. To be honest it looked a lot better with her in the picture than with her out of it.

Better than the shot I was waiting for
Better than the shot I was waiting for

A shot out in Halong Bay in Vietnam of a cruise ship at night. I like to sometimes mess around with moving the camera during longer exposures although sometimes it’s looks cheesy or terrible.

Boat
Boat

Pancake Rocks out in New Zealand. It’s maybe my best picture of them although at first look through these pictures I didn’t think I really captured it.

Pancake Rocks
Pancake Rocks

And that’s about it. Those are a bunch of pictures from the past that I had initially overlooked. I think some of them came out rather well.

I noticed some patterns with some of the pictures that I had taken. I overexpose in bright light. I take a lot of pictures of oysters.

Overall it’s been a fun ride with my first DSLR. I’m excited for my time with the mirrorless to start. I’ve been messing around taking some pictures. The small size and weight means it’s been on me pretty much every day since I bought it.

Here’s some duck breast I cooked up. Was my first time cooking it and it was amazing. Also duck fat fried potatoes are a delicious side.

Kid knows how to cook
Kid knows how to cook

Here’s a box of white sage.

Kit lens yay
Kit lens yay

This next pic is a shot I shot messing around with connecting the camera to my phone. You can control the camera via your phone with an app. So for this picture I placed the camera down and activated the shutter with my phone. From there the photo is sent via Wi-Fi to my phone. I then edited my image on my phone with Adobe Lightroom. It’s not the best picture (it was probably 4 in the morning when I took this), but that is a very powerful workflow for someone if they have a need to quickly take, edit, and post their pictures to the internet.

Up super late
Up super late

And this final picture is a reason why I’m keeping my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Creamy bokeh
Creamy bokeh

So that’s it. Hopefully everyone is spending a bit of time reflecting on their pasts and looking forward to the future.

I hope every has had a great year and has an even better one coming up.