...rainy streets, neon signs, disused stations and broken lines...
Thursday, August 06, 2009
New York street photos
New York street scenes. Some photos of graffiti, skylines, neon shopfronts and fallout shelter signs from our travels around Brooklyn and Manhattan last winter
More photos here: New York street photos
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC photos
Last winter we paid another visit to Red Hook, Brookyln ? a down-at-heel, former industrial port which was once dubbed the 'crack capital of America.'
Monday, January 26, 2009
One of the largest and oldest institutions in the US dedicated to contemporary art, we checked out the non-profit P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center during our winter stay in New York.
Situated in Long Island City in the borough of Queens, New York City, it's a really fantastic gallery, and some of the work was exceptional.
Created by the Buenos Aires artist, Leandro Erlich, the Swimming Pool is a devilishly clever installation that gives the appearance of fully clothed people moving under water.
This fantastic piece by Norwegian artist BØrre Sæthre was fantastic, with a beautiful white unicorn displayed in a glass box. As you moved closer to the box, that glass would turn opaque at certain angles.
Danish-Iceland artist Olafur Eliasson had installed a piece involving a large, slowly spinning circular mirror suspended from the ceiling (similar to his excellent Weather Project in the Tate Modern in London in 2003.)
This was my favourite piece. You enter into what looks like an ordinary room, and at first it seems that everyone is looking up an opaque panel.
It was only after a few moments that I realised that I was actually looking straight up at the open sky, so that the artist had effectively turned the sky into a piece of moving art.
More photos here: P.S.1 MoMA Contemporary Art Center
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Americans go berserk for their national flag - wherever you look in new York, you'll see a giant size Stars and Stripes or two flapping away in the wind.
Here's a few from central Manhattan.
New York photo gallery
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Union Square, New York, 28th Nov 2008
On the day that a Walmart worker in Valley Stream was crushed to death by a stampeding mob of frenzied shoppers, the Rev Billy and his motley group of elves held an anti-consumerist gathering in Union Square.
The Reverend, looking dapper in an all-white suit, delivered his sermon a the circle of listeners, all holding hands.
The Revd told the crowd that he'd been to Macy's at Herald Square and noted that the Black Friday shoppers were twenty five per cent down from last year - news that sent the crowd a-whooping.
"Something very exciting is happening," he bellowed. "This economic system... is stunned, in retreat."
A brief prayer was held for the killed store clerk, before the Rude Mechanical Orchestra started up, "turning Union Square into a dancing zone and not a shopping zone" as the band lead a conga line around the perimeter.
More photos here: Reverend Billy Buy-Nothing event, Union Sq
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
This is well cool: every Sunday in December, New York City Transit run a 1930s subway train along a regular route, so startled passengers might find this old beauty rumbling into their station.
It's a lovely old train too and it was a privilege to take a ride in such a fine vintage carriage.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Allow me to introduce a youthful photo of me near Rockaway Beach, Long Island, New York City, circa 1986 - a trip taken in homage of the mighty Ramones. It had to be said there wasn't a lot to see at Far Rockaway, but that didn't matter. I was treading where The Ramones had been!
It took vast amounts of Extra Super Hold AquaNet to maintain that plumage, although in the humid September heat of NY, there were several quiff-collapsing disasters, with the spiky black barnet being replaced by (oh the shame!) curls!
Have you ever gone miles to photograph yourself at a musical landmark?
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I'm slowly getting through the huge backlog of photos from our December 2007 trip to New York. Here's some updates - hope you like 'em!
New York street photos part 1
New York street photos part 2
New York street photos part 3
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Canal Street NYC: photos
Visitors keen to find a piece of untamed New York should check out Canal Street, in lower Manhattan.
It's stuffed full of counterfeit handbags, suspect jewellery, fake Rolex watches, knocked off goods and other iffy merchandise, with 'nuff dodgy, suitcase-toting blokes lurking about.
Here's a couple of snaps:
Canal Street shops and street traders
Friday, January 18, 2008
New York subway scenes
Some more photos from last month's New York trip...
And here's how it looked when I first visited New York in 1986. Scary or what? I was terrified!
New York subway scenes