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.
There’s an infinite amount of pictures you can take here.
Like how does this suck?
Maybe you suck.
Maybe Times Square is actually the best thing in nyc.
Maybe not. Here’s a picture that I like.
But here’s one that you like better.
I mean it’s a great picture. But there’s a lot of great pictures here.
That blur a e s t h e t i c.
Why is it blurry? Here have one without the blur.
Completely out of place transitional photograph.
You hate Times Square but how do you feel about the Brooklyn Bridge? Is it also too touristy?
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.
And oh snap, what is this? The bridge series is actually happening?
But for real, am I really shooting bridges?
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.
Shout out to jim.
Ok, I think this is the final of a five part series.
Be careful people.
Who’s really watching what.
I don’t like this picture but it’s here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of cool lighting here.
And some more.
Hang man lights.
But seriously if you have an issue with like chairs being art you’re not going to like this place.
I’ve been crushing everything in the blacks lately.
Running out of words to type.
Look at the patterns that these windows create.
Put a person in the frame for added interest.
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.
There’s a lot of really cool stuff here.
And more of the building. The black top and bottom of this frame were not added. They were done in camera.
Lots of lights. People like lights.
Except when it’s Times Square.
One view of two rooms.
This just looks so sexual to me.
Kill all focus.
I think people won’t like this image as much as I like it.
Did I say the lighting here is good? Because it’s better than that even.
Here’s some stuff.
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.
Crouching spider by Louise Bourgeois. These are some sp00ky a e s t h e t i c s.
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.
If you’ve ever been outside at the gardens here then you’ll know the noises that are dubbed in are fire.
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.
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.
I hate this next picture.
Creepy boi A E S T H E T I C S
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.
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.
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.
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.
And one more time.
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.