Friday, March 25, 2011

this is america - new york city street corner

5 minutes on a corner and 20 or so exposures of ordinary,
I think, new yorkers and visitors.
Three of them here.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


There were some
fears the world was going to end

It was around 18 years ago since the moon
last came this close.

The world was about to come to and then too.
Trust me, it will.

Maybe not next time the moon get close again.

But it will.

Because nothing lasts for ever.
And a million years is a millisecond.

Monday, March 14, 2011

this is america - bar mitzvah party

When you have kids turning 13 and are jewish you suddenly get to go to all those bar and bat mitzvahs and the parties that follow.
Those parties are more often than not extravagant affaires taking place in fine luxury hotels complete with dj's, magicians, entertainers and pizza bagels.
More affluent families can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on these things.
Even the less wealthy spend a not so insignificant sum of money on it all.
Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs are keeping the hotel and restaurant businesses afloat in many parts of the country.
Problem is of course that the kids suddenly go to 5, 10, 20 of those parties.
So it's a race to have the most fun, most extravagant, and most original bash.
In the end I wonder if the kids really enjoy it that much.
Or even appreciate it.
They often seem more interested in playing games on their iPhones than partying.
That the parents go through hell and their wallets to throw these parties is beyond doubt.
The pressure is huge.
Soon it's our turn. Oy Vey.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Young women wearing
designer clothes.
A project I took part in recently.
basically just for the fun of it.
click on the link for more images.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

nature's fireworks

An image taken with
a good old fashioned
Hasselblad film camera.
The only digital about it being
the necessary scan
and the fact that it's now online.
Yesrterday's image was also shot
with Hasselblad.
If you crop in camera
the square format
gives you a different
eye somehow.

Monday, March 7, 2011

reaching for the sky

like arms and fingers
towards the sky
lifting the nest
with eggs soon to be laid
and leaves on the trees
the winter is long
soon gone

Sunday, March 6, 2011

this is america - music

I didn't include the Alan Paul gig in my 'this is america" series.
I do now.
Because I'm not out to show
only the sad or mundane sides
of the so called American dream.
Almost all my photos are "this is america".
This is why I have decided not to make it a series
in the way of a specific technique.
Or a specific view point.
It's more about what's going on where I am going.
With my camera.
There are many different Americas.
Each as different as the individual living it.
You will see black and white shots,
pine trees,
whatever I happen to come by.
Hopefully there is a bit of humor in most of it.
Even if it's sometimes dark humor.
Life without a laugh is not a life worth living.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

andy aledort, blues, beijing and maplewood, new jersey

Andy Aledort has played with them all.
And now also with Alan Paul,
the guy from Maplewood,
who's the biggest blues star in China
according to his own book "Big in China",
that was just released.
The concert at the restaurant and music joint
Highland Place, in Maplewood,
was rather brilliant i've got to say.
Mike DeMeo on keyboard.
I have to ask who the others were.
all brilliant musician.
Jon Kempner, whom I know, did the second set on drums.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

a touch of style

so it's not an original.
Normally you'd see
an old padded
office chair.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

this is america - pillars

It's kind of weird, when I took this photograph
I did so because I saw some beauty in this actually rather ugly place.
A railroad underpass in South Orange, New Jersey.
The camera eye sees it differently than a person's eye.
Where the human eye sees gloom and neglect,
the camera picks up on different aspects of the place.
Do they say the camera doesn't lie?