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.

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