Thursday, August 20, 2009

biker, new york city.


Bicycles are getting
more and more common
in New York City.
As it was once named New Amsterdam
it may become more
like old Amsterdam,
where everybody bicycles.
That'd be rather nice.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

side tracked


I've been so busy recently
that I haven't had much time to take
my usual long walks in
New York City or elsewhere.
Which meant that I've posted old pictures
now and then just to make sure
there isn't too much of a gap between posts.
Here's one through the train window.
Near Newark.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

wired


I shot this a few years back in Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
I just came across this weird looking guy pulling up a fat pipe....

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Oh, what a party.


The newly opened high-line park
offers a new perspective
on parts of New York.
This lovely art installation for example.
No admission fee.
The park itself is wonderful as well.
It can be a bit crowded when the weather
is fine and the tourists are in town.
Go early in the morning if you want to see
more of the park and less of a crowd.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

photography today


It's never been easy to capture
a truly good image.

It is, however easier
than ever before in history.

Technically speaking.

And by that I've found that we all
tend to capture more or less the same stuff.

Why do I say that?

Well, we all publish more
or less the same stuff.

That's no big deal as far as a everyday
amateur photography goes,
it's been the same ever since we got
the Kodak Instamatic.

What's more bothersome is that
almost all so called professional photo books
include all and every type of photo possible nowadays.
Of course I'm wrong. Nature photographers do their nature thing.
Celebrity lens persons do their thing. Etc.
But rarely in a single minded way.
Anton Corbinj comes to mind as one
of the rare few who's kept his style.

Which just taught me a lesson.

My site is shite too.
I'm all over the frigging place.
Okay, I can, it's my site and it's not meant to be a portfolio,
but I seem to have no point of view.
(I do, but it's not that easy to figure out.)
I will think about that.

t.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

This is old school thinking


Old.
The trees
and the landscape.
Been there for a while.
The photo?
Ancient technique.
Not as old as the trees,
not even as old as the guy in the shot.
This is not a digital photograph.
And who cares?
You're watching it on a
computer monitor for heavens sake.
It's shot not on b/w negative film either.
The film I used is no longer in production.
It is a 35 mm polaroid b/w positive film
and you have to develop it in a proprietary
developer.
I have the machine, a developer canister for the film,
and a few rolls left.
I'm probably the only one
on this globe with that stuff left.
Oh, I'm sure you can simulate the look
in Photoshop,
and I might.
But sometimes, having to make those
hard decisions before you shoot,
rather than leaving all opportunities open
till later make for some interesting results.
It kind of focuses you.
You have to figure out what film
and look
would best suit the situation.
You have to think ahead.
Or had to.
Because it's no more so.
So perhaps we don't think at all?
We just do.

Monday, August 3, 2009

more from the upper west side


A lovely backyard,
artfully arranged.
It's like someone REALLY cares.
hey, it's the upper west side
after all.

upper west side still life


I walked into
this intriguing composition
on a sidewalk on the upper west side.
Someone must have dropped a bag
with a potato and an orange
mixed with all sorts
of inedible stuff.
Or perhaps it was just swept
together and left there?

(By the way, by clicking on images
they can be viewed slightly larger.)