cigarette lighter phone charger #6

Fun fun fun, party

Well it’s a new year so it seems like a reasonable time to post up some of the pictures I’ve been messing around with.

Most of my time has recently been taken up by converting old black and white negatives to digital format.

More on that will likely come in a future post.

I’ve been able to sneak away from those images to mess around with some of my own pictures.

You’ll notice a continued trend here to move more and more into abstraction.

I think that’s been driven by a dissatisfaction with the majority of photographs that are being taken today, as well as many of the pictures that have been taken over the course of the history of photography.

Historically photography has had success in some realms of documentation and science, but I think there have been major missed opportunities.

Product photography, for example, is as boring as the products that they push. Technically a McDonald’s commercial is rather well done. But it looks like everything else. There’s a complete lack of passion and interest.

Even things like fashion photography is devoid of interest.

Everything is formulaic.

Everything is the same.

No one is being bold or making interesting things.

Art is dead.

Cultures are dying.

It’s hard to find things of interest.

We’ve been bombarded by an infinite amount of stuff.

Our senses are overloaded.

Content in many cases is technically well done.

And some of it even looks great.

But we’re bored of it.

Everyone’s a follower.

Every image you see and song you hear is kind of the same.

How can you make an image look interesting when there is an infinite amount of technically well done images, created by people who have decades of experience?

This is the question, and I attempt to pose some ideas here.

Sure, learn the techniques.

Study the greats.

Plug in and absorb.

Disconnect and forget.

Try anything different.

Try to listen to the little voice of your soul that you crushed so many years ago.

Hand your life over to it.

Think a bit.

Why are you doing what you’re doing?

It’s likely that you’re just copying something, from some famous photographer, or influencer, or some kind of social norm, or environmental construct.

Who are you though?

Don’t click the camera the next time without asking yourself why.

Pictures are best when they are in focus.

Wrong.

Try to intentionally make your pictures out of focus and see what comes out.

Pictures have to have a meaning.

No.

Life doesn’t, so why should our art?

The best pictures tell a story.

Nah.

Maybe the story can be made up from the picture.

Use your imagination for a moment.

Disregard reality completely.

It won’t be possible, but just sit.

Or lay.

Do nothing.

Within minutes you will probably be up and doing something.

The same robotic pattern that you’ve fallen into.

Go sit or lay back down.

Try to visual something in your brain.

A rose.

Or a dragon.

Or a princess castle.

A color.

An emotion.

Anything.

You used to be able to do this as a child.

Very easily.

You did it all the time.

You can’t do it now?

Don’t worry. There’s not many people who are capable of doing this.

That’s fair.

It’s all been beaten out of us.

Life has yielded its massive hammer and smashed everything of value from us.

We used to be kings and queens in our mind.

Now we’re just a lost smashed pile of mass.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Listen to the soul.

Imagine.

Explore.

Play.

Have fun.

Don’t have fun.

Just know that you have a brain.

And a heart.

And a soul.

And the ability to imagine.

And create.

And destroy.

And all sorts of wonderful things that I would love to see from you.

In your products.

Or your fashion.

Or your photography.

Or your writing.

Or your love.

Or your life.

From the most monotonous.

To the most extreme.

It would be nice if I can see you.

And not another boring copy.

Don’t be different for the sake of it.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the classics.

But there are major issues with not exploring.

Yourself.

The world.

Whatever.

We have enough robots.

We need more humans.

We need more of you.

There’s about a hundred pictures here.

Pictures of some extremely boring things.

I hope that maybe these can inspire you in some way.

To imagine.

To see.

To explore.

First up, storm king art center.

There’s a lot of cool sculptures to look at here.

Mark di suvero's frogs legs
Mark di suvero’s frogs legs

It’s a beautiful place.

Flower power
Flower power

This next imagine is one of my favorite that I have ever taken.

I think it’s both an extremely complex and simple image. Full of a ton of reflections and transparencies.

For a moment this was my favorite picture
For a moment this was my favorite picture

Another view of that subject, from a different angle.

The field station of the melancholy marine biologist
The field station of the melancholy marine biologist

I like the expression of this buddha.

Zhang huan's three legged buddha
Zhang huan’s three legged buddha

There is a very famous mirrored gate installation here.

I often used to dislike popular art pieces.

But I think now I like them.

Rather deeply.

Anything that can draw people in should probably be celebrated.

More often than not we make fancy art that people can’t relate to.

Popular art for the masses is actually kind of dope.

I used to hate it. But I eventually love everything I used to hate.

Alyson Shotz's Mirror Fence
Alyson Shotz’s Mirror Fence

You can sometimes find filters and lenses to use in the environment around you.

Sometimes you can find a lens
Sometimes you can find a lens

Pretty much all of my images are captured in camera. I use lightroom for the expected changes, but I don’t use photoshop for any of my effects.

This isn’t really important, but maybe you’re wondering about how some of this stuff is captured.

I think there is a lot of unbelievable things in the real world.

Artificial lights, and studios, and photoshopping are all fine. But they are often so much more boring to me than reality, or imagination. When they are done well, they of course can be exceptional.

Often my pictures are just visually interesting to me. I look for cool things and click a picture.

Tavares Strachan's Standing Alone
Tavares Strachan’s Standing Alone

This is an image that you could almost take anywhere. I love the look and feel here shooting through a window that is designed to cut down on external sunlight. It’s basically an nd filter.

Darkness and grain
Darkness and grain

There’s a couple in the bottom right shadows of this image that you cannot see. I think it’s one of the coolest things about this image. Sometimes there are things there that you cannot see, or that you cannot sense. Our view of reality is always an abstraction. We can never process its true essence.

Shovels and reflections.

Remainder by Ellie Ga
Remainder by Ellie Ga

An old couple walking on a path.

Such a weird picture
Such a weird picture

And a sculpture that I liked.

Alexander calder's the arch
Alexander calder’s the arch

And another picture of it.

And another angle
And another angle

Ok.

In between that picture and this next picture there is a month gap where I was staring at and editing black and white negatives.

Again, those I will show at a future time once I go through them all (there are probably 7000 negatives to process and I’ve made my way through about 5000 of them).

During that time I picked up a bunch of cannon fd lenses from my pops. Lenses kind of are unimportant for making these images. You can honestly take an infinite amount of great pictures with even basic cheap lenses. But it was fun playing around with a bunch of new gear.

The grind of going through those black and white negatives kind of had me starved to take my own images. This kind of forced the constraints of taking images in fairly boring areas (driving), or just kind of keeping the camera around my neck where ever I went.

That, coupled with the previous rant about exploration and abstraction, the typical winter cabin fever, the darkness, the complete chaos of the outside world, etc was all kind of prime variables for this beautiful mess of pictures coming up.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The start of a lot of nonsense
The start of a lot of nonsense

Lots of driving stuff.

More here for the effect
More here for the effect

And stuff like this.

Loopy
Loopy

I took a picture of Newark airport, just like you would take a picture of anything else.

A picture of newark airport
A picture of newark airport

I pointed that camera at the airport and clicked the button.

This is the reality of what my documentation device captured.

There will be a lot of this sort of nonsense in this post, and it’s probably more fun to let abstract pictures just be abstract.

Use the imagination and think that this is perhaps a microscopic shot of a steel fiber.

Or anything else.

I probably won’t comment too much more about what’s actually in these images, and rather just present them.

Stuff is getting pretty abstract
Stuff is getting pretty abstract

A quick swing out to Cold Spring to get out into nature. I’ve been missing nature a bit so a hike up breakneck ridge was in order.

This hike is no joke, and a bit more of rock climbing than a typical hike.

I’d recommend going with someone who at least has a little experience, and also wearing some proper gear. It’s likely to be packed with people if it’s a nice day, but there’s potential for some nasty injuries here.

There are also straight drops of hundreds of feet which would be a pretty certain death so do be careful.

But it is a beautiful place to check it out.

A bit less abstract
A bit less abstract

Shroomies.

Shrooms
Shrooms

And nice rocks.

Some beautiful rock
Some beautiful rock

And streamies.

Unfocused the waterfall
Unfocused the waterfall

And destruction.

Sometimes you just have to keep it classic
Sometimes you just have to keep it classic

And burned down mansions that you wouldn’t believe existed.

Can't make this up
Can’t make this up

And bad pictures.

Dislike but keeping it
Dislike but keeping it

And stacked rocks. This is pretty much the only photoshopped image in this entire set. Just some focus stacking, partially because I was playing around the new lenses and partially because I wanted this look.

Layers of rocks
Layers of rocks

And airstreams.

Airstream
Airstream

Cutting back into nyc.

Skating around
Skating around

Picture of the tree is kind of just bokeh balls for the sake of bokeh balls, but this picture is kind of like a guilty pleasure. Shouldn’t really like it as much as I do, but I do.

Bokeh balls for the sake of bokeh balls
Bokeh balls for the sake of bokeh balls

Reflections.

A white person
A white person

And museums in princeton.

A frame
A frame

And the more abstract version.

Abstraction
Abstraction

And drinking.

Pour up, drink
Pour up, drink

And driving.

Lots of this
Lots of this

And searching for a specific color red that I’ve had in my mind for a long while.

Been searching for a specific red
Been searching for a specific red

And brooklyn for dance. Shout out BAM and Halfway to Dawn.

Brooklynnn
Brooklynnn

And finally getting a red that I’m somewhat happy with.

I’ve tried to capture this color for a long time. Months of searching around for a color similar to this. Not completely happy with it, but I’m happy enough that I was able to get close.

It took me over two months to make this
It took me over two months to make this

From here on out it’s mostly a beautiful mess of nonsense.

Light stuff
Light stuff

Some minimal stuff.

Some of this
Some of this

And even more minimal.

Driving
Driving

And pictures of the cell phone charger in my car while I was driving.

If anyone tells you there’s not a picture to be found, just take a good picture anyway.

cigarette lighter phone charger #1
cigarette lighter phone charger #1

This is also a picture of the same charger.

cigarette lighter phone charger #2
cigarette lighter phone charger #2

You can make a fine art gallery exhibit off of just this one charger.

cigarette lighter phone charger #3
cigarette lighter phone charger #3

Imagination.

cigarette lighter phone charger #4
cigarette lighter phone charger #4

Thinking.

cigarette lighter phone charger #5
cigarette lighter phone charger #5

Trying new things.

cigarette lighter phone charger #6
cigarette lighter phone charger #6

I love those images.

Some more driving.

Tree
Tree

And stuff like this.

This thing
This thing

And more of this.

Another picture
Another picture

This pic is here more because I like this style and might want to reference it at some point in the future.

Sign, artist unknown
Sign, artist unknown

And this picture is a continuation of my continued obsession with rothko’s work. There’s a reason why people love his work, and I would love to see more photographs in his style.

Been trying to capture rothko in pictures
Been trying to capture rothko in pictures

And some of this. Sprinkled with some dada.

Le like bebo babo
Le like bebo babo

I borderline can’t even believe this image.

When you turn the swag dial all the way up
When you turn the swag dial all the way up

Bridge.

Over the bridge again
Over the bridge again

And this amazing thing.

I'm not even sure how I did this
I’m not even sure how I did this

Come on.

Good lighting
Good lighting

One thing I might mess more with is grain in pictures. It’s kind of really hard to even capture grain in your images. You can crank the iso on digital sensors and for the most part grain just doesn’t appear.

Messing with some grain
Messing with some grain

Really this stuff is cropped way in, but lowering the pixels might lead to some interesting things.

This is not what you think it is
This is not what you think it is

And some more.

Meh
Meh

Yea.

Street photography from the car
Street photography from the car

Wildin.

Lights and colors
Lights and colors

Dialed way way way up.

Everything is abstraction
Everything is abstraction

Boomin.

This picture
This picture

Dislike the colors but whatever.

Wish these colors were different
Wish these colors were different

Drippin.

That thing
That thing

This is just swag dialed way up.

Killing it
Killing it

Took a picture of a rainbow cloud.

Rainbow cloud
Rainbow cloud

Driving on the rainbow road.

Tough
Tough

With the drip drip wall.

Drip drip drip drip drip drip drip drip
Drip drip drip drip drip drip drip drip

This thing was there.

This is just a picture of reality
This is just a picture of reality

And it was cloudy.

More clouds
More clouds

Some of these colors are crazy muted.

Clack the camera
Clack the camera

Crush it.

Sky, water, neither, both, something else
Sky, water, neither, both, something else

Dial it back up.

Tpk putting up too many signs
Tpk putting up too many signs

This thing is reality.

Conductor taking a bow
Conductor taking a bow

And this thing is also reality.

Legendary
Legendary

And down to asbury for a night to check out some music.

Shady street band should use this for their album cover
Shady street band should use this for their album cover

Boomin.

Colorful lights, movement, time
Colorful lights, movement, time

Super happy with some of these pictures.

If you start a country use this as your flag
If you start a country use this as your flag

Wild wild.

Hey bruh bruh
Hey bruh bruh

Stuff going on.

Stuff happening
Stuff happening

I’ll hit you with one more.

Just one more
Just one more

This is so ultra wavy.

ultra wavy
ultra wavy

Often we have to make the decision between color and black and white.

I love this
I love this

But you can also just present both.

But I love this too
But I love this too

These little guys.

Photography b roll
Photography b roll

In case your eyes have melted from color, we’ll dial that way way way way down.

I love these these muted colors
I love these these muted colors

But keep it boomin.

Cranking it
Cranking it

Bridge, again.

I take a lot of pictures of this bridge
I take a lot of pictures of this bridge

We want some more.

I like taking pictures that I can look at
I like taking pictures that I can look at

Spooky dystopian.

That woozy dystopian vibe
That woozy dystopian vibe

You couldn’t even imagine the reality that was captured in this image.

Reminds me of a lab in chernobyl
Reminds me of a lab in chernobyl

Wild swag.

Cranking the texture
Cranking the texture

Loose.

Uncranking almost everything
Uncranking almost everything

Drip drip drip drip.

Super delicate
Super delicate

Skrt skrt skrt skrt.

Clickety clack
Clickety clack

Loco.

la la la
la la la

Que locura.

In camera
In camera

Sometimes I draw with pencils.

Stuff, pencil on paper
Stuff, pencil on paper

I love how gearlike this is. An imaginary gearscape.

Gear like wavy snakes
Gear like wavy snakes

And I super like how the moon looked this night.

Pictures of the moon
Pictures of the moon

I ain’t never done seen a moon look like this before.

Took a picture of the moon
Took a picture of the moon

And that always sexy new york city skyline.

New york city skyline
New york city skyline

Not sunsets.

Not a sunset
Not a sunset

So yea.

A glimpse into the absolute mayhem of it all.

If any of this is of any interest feel free to run with it.

Get crazy.

Hopefully this new year we can all get closer to the person that we truly are.

Make some cool stuff.

Be human.

Be you.

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