Posts from the ‘Street’ Category
Behind the busy streets
A back alley of Xintiandi. This X-Pro 1 at ISO 3200 is just an amazing walk-around tool for streets at night.
Brooklyn Waterfront Looking East, July 2012
Early morning, Dublin, Ireland, January 2013
More from that morning walk in Venice, January, 2013
On the Santa Monica Promenade
I remember when I took this shot “I can’t wait to blog about this.” Well, here we are, a year+ later, and I’m blogging about it.
This guy was near my hotel, selling fruit. It’s NYC, mid-town, so I’m guessing the fruit was more than likely overpriced, but very, very tasty. He was a friendly guy, and as I walked to the downtown subway, I would pass him each morning and chat about the day, his fruit, and where I was going with my camera.
On the third day, I simply asked him whether I could take his portrait, he shrugged his shoulders and said “sure, but I don’t see why you’d want to.”
Well, for me, asking him whether I could took a lot of courage. I always feel like when I ask someone that question, I’m really imposing on them, injecting my habit into their lives.
That’s why I asked; just to have the courage to DO the asking. I’m normally pretty talkative to people on the street, but I hardly ever summon up the courage to ask them to let me take their picture. That’s why this was such a big deal to me.
I took a couple frames, nervous as hell as I focused, and we shook hands and I walked on with my rasberries or whatever. I saw him a couple more times before that trip was over, he was always smiling, always happy.
I remembered this image when I was walking around the Marble Arch and taking pictures of all the people. There, that young man saw me taking pictures, came up, and asked if he could pose. I think, honestly, that he came to that place in order to BE seen. But there I was, taking his picture, just as nervous as I was that day in NYC.
There is a street photographer who is the exact opposite of me, who enjoys the talking to people and the taking pictures combo , Peter Turnley. He often talks about seeing someone, taking their image, then going up to them, showing them their image on the back of his Leica (always a Leica) and asking whether he can send them a copy. He’s totally at ease with that situation, and his work shows that comfort. The workshop I want to do is the one he gives in Paris; there, he has access to a b&w lab so the participants can shoot either film or digital; the film gets dropped off at the lab at night and you see contacts the next morning. Then you select some prints and off they go and you see the prints the next morning. Ah, bliss.
In his other workshops, they are digital only. I wouldn’t mind doing them, of course, but the ability to do the entire week shooting film would be bliss for me. In Paris, yiper.
A walk around Brooklyn in the summer of 2012. Roll just scanned in tonight.
I was scanning some of the negatives from the first roll from the Ikon (this image is not one of them, btw) and I think I uncovered a flaw in my scanning process that would effect the quality of those images, so I’m not posting those images until the weekend, when I have this all sorted out. Meanwhile, the above image is from a roll of Acros I just scanned two years after I shot it. Don’t know why it took so long, but there you have it.
Have a great day!
As I mentioned in a previous post, there were 100′s of young people congregating around this north east corner of Hyde Park. I spoke to a couple of them, and asked whether this was something they did often or just that day. “We just hang out here,” was the reply. Some of them welcomed me taking their picture (see below) others were indifferent.
This guy chatted with me a bit, and asked me to take this shot after we talked. The girls on the right were his friends. This was the end of May, and it was a bit chilly, as you can see.
There was a recent trip to London involved with my business, and I stayed at a hotel near Grosvenor Square. At the north-east corner of Hyde Park is a landmark called the Marble arch, and on this Saturday a number of teenagers gathered in a huge flock on steps near the arch. They were amazingly happy and friendly, and I captured a number of them while I wandered there.