Tuesday, June 22, 2010

keep walking


Sometimes when I walk through Manhattan
or elsewhere looking for pictures
I haven't yet taken I walk into scenes
that make me uncomfortable.
I don't know what makes this guy
deserve his position in life.
Or why he deserves being the subject
in a sneaky photographer's collection of images.
I normally avoid taking pictures of the truly down and out
when they're asleep.
In some sort of respect for their integrity.
Most homeless or alcoholic or drugged out bums are not bad people.
Some are just unlucky.
Or too weak to cope with the complexity of modern life.
Some may even have chosen that life.
However, this scene is strangely beautiful
despite the sadness of the place.
I've often found the worst looking places some
of the most interesting ones to photograph.
(This is on 30th street far west in Manhattan.)
And if not else, this reminds me that the step from
the comfortable kingsize double mattress and down pillows
at home to a card board bed in the street isn't that far.
We've got to keep walking.

Friday, June 18, 2010

penn station cops


Penn Station and Madison Square Garden
on top of it adds up to one of Manhattan's
most crowded destinations.
There are police and heavily armed
military guys all over the place nowadays.
It is a very vulnerable hub.
Certainly a dream target for ill-meaning elements.
I pass through there twice a day most of the year.
But unlike many other heavily guarded places
around the world
the cops in NY don't say a word
about being photographed.
This was about 11PM the other night.
Plus they are genuinely helpful
if you ask a question.
Good guys generally.
Thanks for keeping an eye out for us.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

can you hear me now?

stripped


And I just went in
to Starbucks
for a quick coffee....
...New York, New York.

rats on wall street



it appears there are
some people working on wall street
that does not get multi million dollar bonuses,
or even the minimum wage per hour.

Monday, June 14, 2010

dark



A very early morning
a while ago
down in the wall street area
of manhattan.

Sean, why?


"First, losing fear, I could live.
Last, losing guilt, I can die.

Sorry, friends; none of you are to blame.
Give my green book to a scientist, and burn the rest.
So long, and thanks for all the fish. – Sean."

He left this poem as his final words on face book.

A programmer and coder among other things.
A very, very intelligent guy.

We knew demons visited him sometimes.
I don't know if I could have done anything to
help him live instead of his taking his own life.

We will never know.

(I took these photos about a year ago i think.)

I quote

Pilar Rahola


Pilar Rahola is a Spanish politician, journalist and activist and member of the far left. Her articles are published in Spain and throughout some of the most important newspapers in Latin America .


"Why don't we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London , Paris , Barcelona ?

Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?

Why aren't there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection?

Why aren't there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs?

Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in Sudan ?

Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel ?

Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?

Why don't they defend Israel 's right to exist?

Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism?

And finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn't care.

And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro Palestinian European forum, I hear the left yelling with fervor: "We want freedom for the people!"

Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of Syria , or Yemen , or Iran , or Sudan , or other such nations. And they are never preoccupied when Hamas destroys freedom for the Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press.

The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don't inform, they propagandize.

When reporting about Israel , the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about Israel , that there aren't any accusations left to level against her.

At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating violence against Israel ; the indoctrination of children and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with disdain.

And let me add on the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties in Spain has just expelled one of its members for creating a pro-Israel website. I quote from the expulsion document: "Our friends are the people of Iran , Libya and Venezuela , oppressed by imperialism, and not a Nazi state like Israel ."

In another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian Nabka Day, which mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus showing contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Or in my native city of Barcelona , the city council decided to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70's and current leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization so described by the European Union, which promotes the use of bombs against Israel .

This politically correct way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of president Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the lunatic left, and on issues of the Middle East , he is unequivocally pro Arab. I can assure you that in private, Zapatero places on Israel the blame for the conflict in the Middle East , and the policies of foreign minister Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the Lebanon conflict is no coincidence; it is a symbol.

Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe and it is in the crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote before, they kill us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected to the Middle Ages.
And yet the Spanish left is the most anti Israeli in the world.

And then it says it is anti Israeli because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to denounce in this conference.

Conclusion:

I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not anti- Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and currently against the hatred for their historic homeland, Israel . To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews.

As a journalist it is my duty to search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and manipulations. The truth about Israel is not told. As a person from the left who loves progress, I am obligated to defend liberty, culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the laws that the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal principles.

Principles that Islamic fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say that as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty, I have a triple moral duty with Israel , because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed too.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Your friendly New York food vendors




The pretzel guy looked like he would kill me.
So I didn't buy a pretzel.

The other guy a little farther down the street was all smiles.
He didn't have pretzels.
But good falafel.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Penn Station 7 AM.



I sometimes go in to
Manhattan
early in the morning
so I can walk around
photographing NY waking up.

Penn station is always a mess.
And because of the constant fear of
terror attacks it's packed with uniformed police,
heavily armed military guys, and of course
plain clad detectives we don't notice.

This is the sad reality of extreme islam.
The police force and the military are not there
to protect us from good old fashioned muggings.
It's not gun slingers from Kansas that threatens New York.
It's not local Blood or Cribs gang members from south Bronx and east New York,
even though they can be nasty enough to meet late nights in the wrong hood.
It's not the child molesting catholic priests.

It's islamic religious fanatics.
I don't know if they really are as deeply religious as they are fanatic.
Fanatic about saying good night to as many of us as possible.