Photoing

We got one last New New York Photography Corps assignment at the end of last week—to photograph street life (people, too, not just buildings!) and each of us got a far-flung neighborhood to tackle, to expand the scope of the show (which now looks to be set for April) to the far reaches of the sprawling megalopolis that is New York City. My assignment is Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, Rosedale, and Brookville—all just beyond JFK. I have to take the LIRR to get there. I’ve never taken the LIRR to get somewhere within the city before. Huh, should be interesting.

The street life part of the assignment is not so easy, either. For one thing, people generally don’t hold still. For another, many of them have terrible fashion sense. Compositions full of shifty people around are harder to control, too. Wish me luck!

I took a few preliminary street life photos on Saturday, but I spent most of the day doing other things, including stopping by the Saarinen show (I’ll tell you about it later) and hauling kittens on the subway to Hell’s Kitchen to get their vaccinations. Wily Mojo Jojo figured out how to escape from her carrier, just to keep things interesting on the N train. Luckily I spotted her escape attempt and thus ensued a furious but gentle game of Whack-a-Mole, uh, Stuff the Kitty Back in the Carrier.

Sunday I spent at work, so I didn’t get much photography done. Next weekend, if the weather is decent, I’ll have an exciting journey to the far reaches of Queens and, hopefully, the photographic evidence to prove it.

Speaking of architectural photography, the New York Times had two interesting articles recently, one in the Lens photography blog about the drive-in theater photographs of Carl Weese, the other in the Art & Design section about architectural photographer Iwan Baan, who unlike most architectural photographers doesn’t shy away from including people (other architectural photographers generally stick to a couple of well-placed models, blurred just a bit) and other bits of messy real life in his photos. Nice slide show with that article.

 

 

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