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: Times Square

If a door is open, I’m inclined to take a peek. If the door is not open, then I’m inclined to wonder what lies behind it. When the National Park Service commissions me to create artistic photographic collections of their historic houses, that’s part of the charm. All the doors are opened for me andContinue reading “Street Photography: Times Square”

Street Photography: Times Square

I first saw Anthony last year. He was wandering about in Times Square holding a sign and hollering about some dispute he was having with his landlord. I was running late to catch my train at Penn Station. And, as he was turning to walk in the opposite direction, I did not have time toContinue reading “Street Photography: Times Square”

Street Photography: Expression

Some forms of expression don’t need a T shirt, sign, poster, or billboard.  In fact, they don’t even need words.  One glance and you can sense a state of emotion from the eyes, mouth, hands, and postures. For this photograph, I’m not going to reveal the location although you are welcome to leave a commentContinue reading “Street Photography: Expression”

Street Photography: Expression

Not all of the messages encountered on Times Square are political or weighty.  Every day, the estimated 380,000 to 450,000 people that walk through the area are bombarded with advertising.  You can double those figures for the number of eyeballs that corporations are vying for. It has provoked an arms of race of advertising thatContinue reading “Street Photography: Expression”

Street Photography: Expression

When I think of yesterday’s photograph in the context of the image above, it reminds me of the Newtonian law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  I was not sure if the sign was meant to be tongue in cheek. Is there really an organized political constituency of witches? Various mainstream mediaContinue reading “Street Photography: Expression”

Street Photography: Expression

The collisions are one of the many things that I love about New York City, especially in Times Square. It’s more than the near misses as one navigates through the crowds during rush hour. It’s also the collision of disparate cultures, languages, ethnicities, eccentricities, and political views. It makes sense. In 1904, the area wasContinue reading “Street Photography: Expression”

Street Photography: Expression

Town squares, town greens, and other community centers have a tradition of attracting those who wish to express themselves to a large audience through which those ideas have the best chance of getting widely disseminated. Think of the political or religious street orator perched on a soapbox. That age-old practice continues today at Times Square,Continue reading “Street Photography: Expression”