Wednesday, January 26, 2011

what is left behind

This is what's left
of a beautiful house on
Staten Island, New York.
The house sits right in the middle of an affluent
section of the island.
It's a big house, maybe you could call it a mansion,
but not bigger
than many of houses surrounding it.
And certainly not on the scale of all the new
McMansions that sprung up
before the housing bubble burst.

Judging from the two or more rather
luxurious cars outside the homes
the town is far from on its knees.

This house was once home to
a very successful businessman
and his family.
It's rather strange that this particular house
is left mostly empty
with nobody inhabiting it?

Sure, it would probably be a little costly in upkeep,
but show me one house that isn't.

After having spent a couple of days there
it feels as if the house is a happy house.
I couldn't detect any ghosts.
No bad vibrations.

This house should be active with
small happy feet running around.
And not an exotic location for the odd
fashion photo shoot or rock video.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

sail away passing ship

a mural left
in a house
with no children
no people
any longer
just passing

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

thin black line over red table

A scene from the Gustave A. Mayer House
on Staten Island. Built 1855.
Landmarked 1989.

Mayer is best known for making fancy sugar wafers.

And here's an exterior photo that is posted on flickr (the photographer is Emilio Guerra.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

back street new york

it's was a cold morning
in New York.
Only stupid photographers
and those who had to were out.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

me, the medical experiment

After years of doing nothing more useful than ads
i'm finally doing something for the humanity.
I think.
I am volunteering in a research project at Bellevue in NY.
They're trying to find support for the hypothesis
that regular blood letting leads to healthier arteries.
Which may lower the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
I won't go into the details.
Blood donors might benefit.
After a screening a few weeks backs I was considered
worthy of being a suitable subject.
I'm not the only one of course.
I alone wpuldn't be statistically reliable.
Yesterday I spent
7 hours establishing baseline data.
I've never been so thoroughly examined.
Or should I say, my arteries and blood
have never been so thoroughly examined before.
The immediate side effect
was a good one in my case.
They tell you whether you're at risk or not
for a heart attack soon.
Thankfully I am apparently in
pretty good shape internally.
I will not die from anything related
to the function of my arteries any time soon.
Which means I might have the strength to do
a couple of ads this year as well.
Just need to be careful when crossing the road.
Knock on wood.

the first one 2011

I have been a bit lazy
with my camera lately.
So here's a flower from last year.
Captured in Shanghai.