“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
I took a walk along the river early today from 23rd to 42nd Street. I decided that I was going to play and decided to shoot with the intention of going black and white with the images.
Once I imported them I decided to play a bit with the Lightroom effect filters.
Once upon a time this is how we “looked” at the world. For too long, in my opinion, photographers thought something along the lines of:
“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!”
“I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.”
It snowed on much of the eastern part of the United States yesterday. To hear people freaking out you would think this has never happened before. One long ago example…New York City schools closed in 1982 on April 7th when close to 10″ of snow fell. Still it was an odd way to celebrate “pay your rent” day (taxes were due yesterday.)
On April 16, 2012 I wrote the following…”It was a beautiful summer day. True it is only April but I don’t know what else you could call a sunny day with temps in the mid/high 80′s.”
On April 6th, 2014 it was close to 70 degrees. Many people were doing naughty things…
A silly factoid. It is palindrome week in the US. What do I mean? Check the date heading on my post.
“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.”
I thought today I would do a little flashback to April 15, 2011 when The Quotidian Hudson was but a toddler. I hope you don’t mind. Follow the link back to the childhood of this blog!
Oddly enough, given the title “Time”
After I finished my Lightroom Tutoring session yesterday I figured I would walk across Central Park to get home. I had not been to the park in quite some time. I also figured it would be a good day for me to play with the camera and wander a few places I don’t get to often enough in the park. So, the first thing I did was play with
the multiple exposure function. This is not something I often do and I have (had – they are gone) a LOT of truly crappy pictures but I kind of like this hot dog cart on 5th and 73rd. Then I walked up to the Metropolitan which was drowning in people.
I don’t think this even remotely touches on the population just on the stairs by the entrance but I again sort of like the shot. So after that I wander through the park until I came to The North Wood. I really don’t get there enough.
While I was there I made a few friends.
but after awhile I wore them out with my attention and my camera and I got the idea that it was time to go.
So I did and headed on home.
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. -
Rainer Maria Rilke
Last night it felt like spring. Almost everyone on the streets had clearly made a decision to dress as if it was 5 degrees warmer than it was and the wind was blowing 5 mph less. I just decided to wander around with the camera and play a bit.
It was a beautiful spring day in the city. High somewhere in the low 60′s, partly sunny or partly cloudy depending on your point of view.
(Digression – Why the internet can be great. So which has more sun a partly cloudy or partly sunny day? Off I go down the google hole!)
I’m back. So…while you waited did your glass become half empty or is it half full?
It seems that officially, meteorologistly speaking…partly sunny and partly cloudy mean the same thing! It depends on the speaker. Now, I always assumed that a partly cloudy day was less sunny then a partly sunny day but many people out there in internet land make a convincing counter argument. If your glass is partly full or partly empty which has more liquid in it? I would say the partly empty glass is more full then the partly full glass so isn’t a partly cloudy day therefore more sunny than a partly sunny day?
Could be! Who knows?
Anyway. The temperature at the river was the same as the rest of the city but…
the wind was blowing in the high teens or low 20′s so it felt a bit brisker. That didn’t stop these kids from PS 75 who took an art trip to the river
to make their own driftwood and flotsam/jetsam art! I didn’t ask what grade they were in because I just assumed second or first. If it was a third grade class they almost certainly would have been trapped in a classroom being taught the finer points of taking a bubble test, – sorry I mean learning the math and english appropriate to the grade level of their required make or break test - which is being given shortly. They certainly would NOT have been wasting time on such frivolity as Art (or for that matter History or critical thinking or deep reading).
As they headed back to school for dismissal I headed up to Riverside Park and shortly thereafter the fun continued with a wider range of ages.