If you’re not a tourist, you almost never go to Times Square. I was very surprised at how packed it was on a hot summer Thursday night. Marketing was everywhere—on neon, on billboards, and on foot, in the guise of TV characters, especially Elmo. And just about everyone was taking pictures, including me.
I took the bus up to Port Jervis to visit my friend Marcy Pesner, the legend behind Beagle & Potts Woodworking. She now owns no less than 5 vehicles, some soon to be mobile homes (including the Blue Bird school bus above), a few dogs, and lots of lumber waiting for her next project. Marcy is now working on her Buddhist practice, teaching locals the art of woodworking, building toaster lamps, and starting up a tiny house construction teaching workshop.
The beautiful Delaware as seen from “Hawks Nest,” not far from Glen Spey, NY.
While visiting the neighborhood Lowe’s, I wandered into Roy Vaccaro’s Salvage Yard, which is under the elevated F train at the 9th Street Station. A fantastic place for the brownstone fixer-upper. Lots of old irons stuff and more: radiators, bathtubs, sinks, gates, tin ceilings, gates, etc. I was much more interested in the mannequin parts, placed and dumped everywhere.
Just received my Nikon D800E body and am testing the quality. So far it hasn’t disappointed. Great sharpness, lots of pixels, and a great dynamic range.
Photo by David Burnett, 1972
There’s an interesting article in the Washington Post Magazine by veteran photographer David Burnett about how he missed capturing one of the most famous photographs of the 20th Century. That image--you may recognize the boy who’s in it as wel,l on the right above--was taken by Nick Ut. Turns out, Burnett was struggling to load his Leica, which if you are familiar with Leicas is not at all like loading a Nikon with a motor drive. Nick Ut’s Leica was ready and he got thePulitzer Prize-winning shot of Kim Phuc and her brothers before hustling the burned kids into a car for medical attention.
The owners of the Monti Building, where my studio is located, have a trio of beehives that actually produce a small crop of honey each fall.
It looks like a Matthew Brady image from the Civil War, but it’s acutally an entirely fictional landscape captured by Irish photographer Karl Burke. What he’s done is converted color screenshots from inside the multiplayer video game Battlefield 2 (altered by Project Reality) and converted them into tintypes. The landscapes with burning tanks and wasted corpses are reminiscent of scenes from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, only the dead in these are virtual. It’s a very interesting project, linking the history of war photography with new meta-experiences of violence. The romantic, static quality of the images removes us from the adrenaline rush and horror of real war. It underscores how war, too, has become just another aesthetic product to be consumed by both civilians and veterans alike. The original story appeared in the NYT’s Lens Blog here.
Mr. Rathner’s British bank named arena is now about 3.5 months from completion. Across the street, at a Modell’s sporting good store (also on the Atlantic Yards footprint), sits a giant inflated t-shirt welcoming the team (owned by a Russian billionaire) and introducing the latest logos and Adidas t-shirts already available at the “official sporting goods retailer of the Brooklyn Nets.” Never a supporter of this vast and ill-thought project, I can’t say I’m eager to see how traffic and life in Prospect Heights will change come opening night, which will feature Jay-Z, a part owner of the Nets.