New York

Face

Downtown _9260023

My flickr contact Keith Goldstein took this picture of a crumpled piece of paper on a sidewalk in Manhattan (NY) with a face on it.

For me, what’s great about this image is that it’s probably an advertisement but the face is a real person with a story (even the ad has a story) and here it is on a discarded piece of paper on the ground in a city where most people will step over it (or on it). That face is a real person with a life, even if she’s a model for an ad agency. The fact that the wall and sidewalk are grimy and that the paper is white helps the effect of a face peering through a wormhole in time.

I’m not really sure what makes all of this work for me but it does.

Lunch atop Rockefeller Center

The reason this particular construction project was so well documented was that it was Rockefeller Center.

No one, not even the photographers, is wearing safety equipment.

The subjects and the photographer are unknown, but the photo is one of the most iconic of all time. With Central Park in the background, 11 men casually have lunch 800 feet above Manhattan. In this short piece by Time Magazine, archivist Christine Rouselle explores the story behind this historic image.

[via Devour]

Central Park south

Central Park south

New York.

After seeing a show at the Guggenheim Museum we walked across the park to catch a subway on the west side. I have to say, Central Park is magnificent: the trees alone are out of this world and it’s such a special place, like being in Yosemite Valley with cliffs of skyscrapers all around.

This shot is looking due south from a large field right in the middle of the park.

New York is quite a place. I’m glad I don’t live there but I sure do like to visit.

Guggenheim ceiling

Guggenheim ceiling

New York.

We went into the city to see the László Moholy-Nagy show at the Guggenheim. I like to see almost anything Bauhaus but in this case, the head of my MFA committee, the late David Foster was a student at Moholy-Nagy at the Institute of Design in Chicago. So, I had to pay my respect.

Frankly, the show wasn’t all that great but I enjoy the Guggenheim and it’s always good to get into New York.

I’ve shot this ceiling before but never this close to the lower spiral staircase. I’ve seen a lot of people shoot it from here up on Flickr and so I wanted to give it a go. Frankly, it was a tough shot to get in focus, a bit too much depth and a bright skylight and dark perimeter.

Williamsburg

Bedford Ave

A young Hasidic boy reading a magazine on Bedford, Avenue. Note the payot (pronounced “payos” the Hebrew word for sidecurl).

My flickr contact Roy Savoy took these great images of Hasidic Jews in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York with his Ricoh GR II.

Bedford Ave

Two Hasidic boys on their bike with another reality in the background. Brilliant image.

Williamsburg Brooklyn

A confab of Hasidic men, two on cell phones.

Williamsburg

Two Hasidic men, one with an amazing hat.