the 17th of July @ 65th St. and 5th Ave...
is the excerpt from my journal. I've written it once, so why
reword it? Lazy, you ask? Shutup. Here goes it
going to bed so late... it caused me to wake up quite late
too... I need to punch myself instead of pressing the snooze
button. Got up at 1pm - d'oh, talked to Danielle about meeting
at Central Park - took a while to finally get out of house
- got off @ W4th to use phone, print photos for Danielle &
figure out when to meet. Went up to 60th & Lex for Bastillie
Day street fair - twas a shame it got partially rained out
- lots of tents missing. Oh man was it crepes galore! Long
lines too for them. I finally got a baguette for $1 and a
pint or so of Gaspacho soup for $3... not too shabby. Ate
half of it then headed towards the park- called D when I was
a few blocks away & discovered that they had already left,
got drenched & rocked out. So I settled on a cement barrier
thing to finish my soup, looked forward and found I had a
front row seat to a show better than most TV. There was a
huge puddle on the corner, on the other side of the street,
right on the crosswalk. Upon 1st glance I saw someone(s) stand
right on the corner waiting for the signal as a taxi cab came
flying by, right through the puddle - causing a mini tidal
wave to fly out - soaking the lower half of this couple. They
backed up a bit... looked quite surprised, half pissed &
half humored- when another cab came by- hitting the puddle
less directly- causing a more distant, narrow spray- easily
reaching the victems again- this time their faces were only
filled with laughter as they took 5 big steps back, just out
of range from the third splash that would follow. The next
half hour was full of both sympathy & excitement getting
to witness the perfect timing of the red hand causing one
to stop at the corner, led by the taxi drivers conscious decisions
to hit or avoid the puddle. I suppose I was hopeful that the
drivers hit the puddle through accident or lack of careful
observation. It was when I saw the face of a driver looking
in his side rear view mirror & grin, that I began to side
with the walkers. Sadly, fewer got splashed than I would have
hoped- quite a few people had one person in their party who
saw the puddle & pushed everyone back... knowing what
would happen had they not warned their companions. Blast...
they must have been victims at one time. I did feel bad when
I saw a kid & grandmother approaching the corner- hoping
that they would make it in time to cross the street, or that
the taxi's would be kind to them. The thought of flagging
them away from the curb did occur, but that's a little hard
to do when you are steadying the camera to take a picture.
Nevertheless I only took 2 photos, as a slight sense of guilt
seeped into my nerves & I became a silent observer....
week of July - Bag of goodies...
begin this set with Ali and her computer woes one afternoon
at Bryant Park... if only she was using a Mac... then I would
be filled with sympathy... instead I will exploit it for photographic
purposes. As it began to sprinkle a bit, we moved under a big
red umbrella and discovered we were admist the NY Public Library
'Outdoor Reading Room. Such a brilliant idea! A few stations
filled with every subject of book, along with a station full
of newspapers and magazines. Pick up a book and enjoy a great
read outdoor in the (slightly sprinkly) sun! Here is another
installation of subway sleepers, I have been getting quite a
few lately as I master the proper camera settings, and technique
for shooting them. Put down book or journal, dig into bag, detach
wideangle lens, turn on camera and set to proper exposure in
bag, lift up, freeze, freeze again to ensure blurfreeness, put
camera back into bag and inspect sharpness of photo edges...
reattach lens, zip up bag and resume journal writing. Lapse
time is down to hmm about 20 seconds? or less? Tis fun having
someone observe the quick action, thus leaving them with the
curiousity as to whether they once posed for a sleepy shot.
Buwahaha. On a concious note, we have Ali and I attending a
New Orleans Jazz afternoon concert in Central Park. Later that
evening we saw Reverend Billy's 'Stop Shopping Sermon. I will
continue to never step foot into a Starbucks and have been nearly
swayed to avoid the great box stores... I'm sorry, but I just
don't think I'm ready to give up Costco. To anyone who likes
big prints.. Costco does 12"x18" photos from digital
for a mere $2.99! If only they would give me a kickback for
my endorsements... I could use it! If you plan on doing digital
printing from Costco and are hip on the use of profiles on photoshop,
to look up the exact printer they are using, this ensures excellent
quality control. Speaking of Costco, the one in Brooklyn has
TWO FLOORS! No space for a big ol wide building, rather normal
stuff on 1st floor and food on the 2nd, so very intersting.
July 14th - Danielle visits NYC...
night at Prospect Park was probably my most anticipated show
of the summer... The great Ozomatli came and put on an amazing
show for who knows how many thousands. The vibe was a bit different
though being a large outdoor stadium versus my previous experience
at Chico States auditorium. In the smaller setting they could
really get EVERYONE jumping and going crazy... Here, the first
15-20 feet from the stage was sectioned off for 'VIP'... Beyond
the gates were rows and rows of chairs, which got in the way
of creating a clasterphobic enviornment in which one loses all
sense of personal space. Their sound was great, and after the
show they still walked amongst the masses forming little circles
of accoustical jamming. I met up with Danielle and her friend
Billy at the show, both intown to visit their friend Taylor
from travels in France... and i suppose to kinda visit me..
if theres time... After the show we met up with Sam in Park
Slope, he was just closing up the Resturant/Bar he works at,
so we headed to the Patio Lounge, then eventually made it to
his rooftop for some nice city lights viewing.
9th - 12th - Escape to Boston...
a vacation from vacation and went to visit my Grandmother and
Aunt in Needham, Mass. After arriving from the Chinatown to
Chinatown bus in Boston, we went out to a Bennihanna like resturant,
where the making of your food is a show. They have their flip
moves down! Aside from getting to see your food cooked fresh
on the spot to your desired degree, my favorite moment was the
grilled onion volcano. Place onion layers atop one another creating
an upside down funnel, fill said funnel with some sort of oil,
light match, increase proximity, and WHOOOOSH! Had some very
tasty scallops. I did not avoid any heat while there, infact
I think it may have been more humid..? This great frog candle
found itself rather 'askew over the course of a day. Hm does
this inspire me to start up a 'PervertedCandle.com'? Quite possibly...
We went out to Lake Sharon, which gave me a wonderful tease
for the outdoors. Got to use a friends kayak and swim myself
tired. Wow, it was sooo beautiful out there... and look what
we have.. a PANORAMA!
July 8th @ the Art Pool...
afternoon I dragged Ali away from her political protest documenting
to join me on Grand Street at Art Pool.. (or was it Pool Art..?)
in which they closed 27 rooms of the Solita Hotel to host 100
different contemporary artists either representing themselves
or galleries delivering the ohsofuntohear hype on THEIR artist.
There was a whole host of amazing artists and works to be seen-
started at the 8th floor and worked our way down, which went
much slower than expected. It is such an intimate setting viewing
the artists work in this teenie tiny hotel room, that you can't
help but get into little chats and discussions with each one.
That is far from anything to complain about- but when the closing
time is soon approaching and you still have two floors to view,
one starts to panic. Unfortunately I can not find the artist
name of the first piece, but wonderful pastel creations, very
funny humor. The next is a great parody to the Janet Jackson
Rolling Stone cover, this by Fahamu Pecou- who 'Is The Shit'-
had lots of great flyers announcing such fact. In the next shot,
I asked him to strike his 'the shit pose- and luckily snapped
one before he was ready.. nice to see the before and after alter
ego. The following is a ceramic sculpture by a Brooklyn artist
who is represented by Ashley Gallery in Phili. - I left me Email
and phone# hoping he might contact me, and allow a showing of
his studio.. but no luck. Next is the work of Sandy Garnett-
this being a CAD to resin/wax 3d mold make of his family portraits.
He also does a lot with finger prints, and has done a number
of family commisions engraving their prints into stone and various
metals. Last we have our hungry peter rabbit, who is in an urban
gardenscape. I have been given a bit of flack for not showing
'the city'.. spending too much time posting photos of people
and events.. which is true- but they ARE what make up the city..mom..
but if its any bit of an argument, I have taken quite a few
outdoor scenic photos, just I tend to shoot them as multiple
frame panoramas, which then take a lot of time and effort to
stitch together- so keep bugging me, and I will get to it!