Sunday the 17th of July @ 65th St. and 5th Ave...
 

Here is the excerpt from my journal. I've written it once, so why reword it? Lazy, you ask? Shutup. Here goes it


After 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....


Third week of July - Bag of goodies...
 

We 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, goto drycreekphoto.com 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.

Thurs. July 14th - Danielle visits NYC...
 
Thursday 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.
July 9th - 12th - Escape to Boston...
 
Took 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!


Friday July 8th @ the Art Pool...
 
Friday 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!