Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Anarchy in NYC

Fuckin' A, man.

Found this graffiti right outside a swanky building near Washington Square Park and took the picture with my Canonet.

It is a little blurry due to the slow shutter speed, however I recently made a purchase that could very well give me another full stop of exposure!

More on that later when I run through a roll of film to make a proper assessment.

Canonet G-III QL17
Kodak BW400CN

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Temple

My friend and I went up to Woodstock some months back and visited the beautiful Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Temple.  There was an ominous fog about the place and a few minutes after we got there the heavens opened and the heaviest rains I ever experienced poured down.

We took shelter under an eaves and I took this shot:

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Temple (2)

Despite the conditions, the atmosphere was incredibly peaceful.

Canonet G-III QL17
Kodak BW400CN

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Black Cat

A number of months ago I went to the NYC Comic Con and took pictures of all those I found to have exceptional outfits.

One such person was this woman in a Black Cat outfit:

 Black Cat

After developing the picture I looked at it again and again and I believe I may have taken a picture of Anne Hathaway in disguise.

For reference:

The nose is the same and the smile is dead on to other pictures I have seen of her.  Pretty cool if it is Anne Hathaway, but I just keep in mind that I took the picture because I thought she looked great.

Olympus OM-1
Zuiko 35mm f/2.8 (single coated)
Kodak Tri-X

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

For Squatters

For about a week after Hurricane Sandy hit, I was without power and work had been cancelled.  My mother got power back within a few days so I went and stayed at her house. There was not much to do so I walked around for miles and miles and took photographs of post-Sandy Yonkers. 

During my wanderings I happened upon this broken toilet under a bridge (which looked as if someone lived there) and framed it with some graffiti in the background. 

For Squatters:

For Squatters

Rolleiflex Automat
Zeiss Tessar f/3.5
Kodak Tri-X

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Dress Like You Are Going To Work

Tomorrow is my Christmas gift from my best bud and I do not know what it is exactly. I have a feeling it is a play or classical music concert because he said I should dress like I go to work (shirt, tie, etc.). 


 Anton and Invention
Anton and Invention

A little backstory on the photo (pulled from my Flickr stream):

I knocked over my entire basket of paperclips in the crevice between the desk and wall in my office at work. There was no possibility of my arm being long enough to reach the multitude of strewn about metallic paperclips. I thought for a moment and devised a tool to help me retrieve all of the precious supplies which was made of many extra large rubber bands, two ovoid promotional magnets, and a stick of hard candy. It worked like a charm.

I asked my coworker, Jessica, to take a picture of me with my invention in a victorious pose.

Yes, the patent is pending.

So now I am visualizing an outfit for tomorrow.

Photography has really helped me figure out how to dress.  I have found that understanding colors, textures, patterns, which is essential in photography, is also essential if you want to look your best. 

Not everything carries over repetition of patterns.  In photography you might want to look for a pattern that repeats itself three or more times, but that does not really work on a person.  I recommend you not be the guy who wears a striped shirt, striped pants, and striped tie.  I would typically say similar patterns should not be used more than twice, which often does not work in photography.  Notice how I weaseled out of making these statements absolute; really, they are guidelines.  The world is not so black and white :-)

Holga 120N
Kodak Tri-X
Bentley W-14 flash unit

Saturday, September 15, 2012



Plain and simple, Bermuda is beautiful.

I was there for part of my vacation a couple of weeks ago and I still look back on the time spent.

This picture was taken near Tobacco Bay in St. Georges - a spot that a local had tipped me off.  Every place I went to I chatted with some of the people from the area because, of course, if they think something is worth checking out, then surely it is worth checking out.

Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, is nice, but is just a city, so I recommend St. Georges.  St. Georges has more breathing space and is less off the beaten path, so that is the place to go if you want to get away from other vacationers.

One thing that bugs me about this picture is that there has to be a tiny light leak in the bellows which caused that magenta shift in the upper right hand corner.  Despite the leak, the Perkeo I is still one of my favorite cameras.  Great lens.  Light weight.  Small.  Medium format.  Pair it up with some Portra 400 or Tri-X and you are good to go.

Voigtlander Perkeo I
Color-Skopar 80mm f/3.5
Kodak Portra 400

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Instead of Drinking


I was out and about on a Saturday and happened upon a street fair - not an uncommon occurrence here in NYC - where I caught this guy doing some break-dancing, not particularly great break-dancing either.  I did, however, think he was most awesome for doing it because he wanted to do it and had to capture the image.  I busted out the Polaroid Land 100 loaded up with some awesome Fuji FP-3000B, focused, and took the shot.

+1 for street photography with large cumbersome cameras!

It is most unfortunate that the negative was damaged over the course of the day and use it for the scan.  The scan of the positive print is not bad, but I definitely prefer the look of grindy borders and the greater latitude of the original negative.

So, the title of the post really does not have anything to do with photography, it has more to do with a question I just asked a very good friend of mine concerning Friday night:

"Instead of drinking, would you be interested in a puppet show?"

I picked the image above because the man reminds me of a marionette.