Saturday, January 30, 2010

This one's for Janco


A truck off-loading equipment at Madison Square Garden
one early morning a couple of days ago.
The dog in the driver's seat caught my eye.
It was only when I went through my images just now that
I realized the name on the truck's door is Janco.
Janco was a very good friend of mine.
One of the best.
He drowned in a boat accident many years ago.
They found the boat with his young son in it but Janco missing.
He turned up later.
Dead. Drowned.
Janco was a photographer.
Top league.
I'm not so sure he would have thought much of this photograph as such.
But hey, Janco, this is for you anyway.
It says so.
I miss you dear old friend.
It doesn't totally surprise me you would come back as a truck driving dog.
It's just like you.
You loved driving.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

what happened to my coffee joint?


Okay, so it wasn't the most fancy place in NY.
But they had fresh bagels and decent coffee.
And the korean guy who ran it was nice and friendly.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Obama, the poster boy


He may need more protection than a weatherproof coat can offer,
the way winds have blown the last couple of weeks.

Yes, it's a real ad poster, near Times Square.

Of course they didn't ask for his permission to use him.
He won't sue. I guess.
But they will have to take it down and they will likely
have to agree to pay some good money to a charity.

That will be worth it.

Friday, January 15, 2010

on my way to manhattan


Industrial New Jersey.
Through the train window.
Stuck there for half an hour this morning.
Signal problems.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

run with the flag


I have no idea why
this guy was running around with a flag.
And it was cold, really cold.
I guess he could always wrap himself in it
in case he got too cold.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

ellis paul in maplewood


Full house. As it should be.
Albeit a small house. This is Maplewood.
But just half an hour from New York City.
A world class performance.
Worth a trip from NY.
Ellis Paul and his bassist; guitarist; friend; Michael Clem, gave us a wonderful evening.

Michael was also the warm-up act.
A brilliant songwriter and performer in is own right.

www.ellispaul.com
for those of you who are not familiar with Ellis Paul's music.

And thanks Nat, my band buddy, guitarist and singer, for arranging it.
Totally cool.

Friday, January 8, 2010

music under new york: ron gibbs


This is New York.
If you can make it here,
you can make it
in any subway anywhere.

Ron Gibbs.
Jazz and Funk guitarist.
Part of the program Music Under New York.
A brilliant musician.

I don't know if I should cry or laugh.
I love music.
Getting this quality of music
for a dollar in a hat
is amazing.
As a listener.

As a father of kids with extra-ordinary
talents for music I'm not sure.

Got to rush, got to rush.
Can't miss that train.
That's what keeps the kids in clothes.
That's what keeps the kids off the street
and above the ground.

But, please, stop, for a second
and drop, a dollar, in, that, hat.

And don't forget to listen
to the music.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

portrait of an actress named Megan


I've been a bit lazy with
my private photography recently.
I have thousands and thousands
of images not published.
But I kind of like to keep it current.
Everyday stuff I see on my way to work or such.

However, as I haven't posted anything
for a few days I hereby throw in a portrait
I took of one of the actresses in a series of tv spots
we're just finishing.

The shot was taken
in the corridor outside the set.
Very low existing light.
Handheld.
Rather long exposure.
Sometimes it doesn't take a studio
full of lighting equipment,
assistants, and a lot of time.
Just a good sitter.