From the New York City Collection

Recently, I was back in Greenwich Village. It’s where I went to law school at New York University. Walking along Broadway, I came across this empty storefront, which signaled that the tradition of artsy protest was alive and well in this iconic neighborhood. Ironically, someone – an NYU student most likely – scrawled “No MoreContinue reading “From the New York City Collection”

Street Photography: Looking Down

A while ago I was reading up on San Francisco in anticipation of a visit I was making to the city. I read about how it is one of the most populous US cities and other statistical facts. What caught my attention though was that the city was dealing with a chronic problem of humanContinue reading “Street Photography: Looking Down”

Street Photography: Still Looking Up

If you read yesterday’s post, then you’ll know about how I’ve been working at creating different kinds of photographs of familiar buildings by looking for architectural details above my head that may otherwise go unnoticed. You’ll also know about a particular building in Greenwich Village featuring an emblem of a seahorse above its doorway. ThatContinue reading “Street Photography: Still Looking Up”

Street Photography: Looking Up

I was near Stonewall National Monument in Greenwich Village. I lived in the Village during law school when the neighborhood’s artsy bona fides were still vibrant and less corporate than it is now. There is a building with its entrance right on the corner of West 4th Street and Grove Street. I’ve walked past manyContinue reading “Street Photography: Looking Up”

Street Photography: Radio City

This expression is a mystery. In my last two posts, I presented photographs of the comedy and tragedy masks adorning the grating above Radio City Music Hall’s stage entrance on 51st Street. Those masks are based on theatrical symbols from Greece. In Greek mythology, Thalia is the goddess of comedy and poetry. Melpomene is theContinue reading “Street Photography: Radio City”

Street Photography: Radio City

In yesterday’s post, I described how I issued a photo challenge to myself to create images of familiar and iconic structures in a fresh way. To do so, I decided to look up for small architectural details that might otherwise go unnoticed. The metal grating above the stage entrances of Radio City Music Hall alongContinue reading “Street Photography: Radio City”

Street Photography: Radio City

I recently started a Facebook Group as a way to extend the experience of my workshops for the benefit of my attendees and others in my circle who love photography. Periodically, I post a video to the group where I issue a photo challenge. It’s an exercise designed to stimulate critical seeing in a wayContinue reading “Street Photography: Radio City”

Street Photography: Eighth Avenue

I was walking along Eighth Avenue between 44th and 43th Streets and it was as if I made a wrong turn onto Memory Lane – or I should say Bad Memory Lane. I was surprised to see that The PlayPen was still around. As far as I know, it’s the last such establishment of itsContinue reading “Street Photography: Eighth Avenue”

Street Photography: 32nd Street

Some time ago I read a quote from Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). He explained, “I photograph to see what something will look like photographed.” There are many images I create that don’t have any particular meaning or are lacking of any specific statement or symbolism. They are just moments with random elements that intrigue me. And,Continue reading “Street Photography: 32nd Street”

Street Photography: Lower Manhattan

Paul McCartney sang “I’ve just seen a face, I can’t forget the time or place.” For me, that lyric is embodied in this candid portrait. It’s all about the face. I see kindness, sincerity, and total attention to the subject of her peaceful gaze. It’s the calm, caring, trusting, and gentle expression I would wantContinue reading “Street Photography: Lower Manhattan”