1/400th at F8, ISO 1600 (28mm).
The issues of fashion, advertising, and female self perception fascinates me. It's one of those things you see most when walking the streets of New York. With all of the high-end shop windows, billboards, bus shelters, and taxi and bus advertisements, you can't escape the grasp of the advertiser for more than a couple minutes at a time. Mix that with the highly competitive and stressful nature of the city and it becomes a toxic environment of self-consciousness and neuroticism.
Whether she knows it or not, it's clear this beautiful, fit woman is being influenced by these images. It's almost surreal to compare the size of her legs to the stick-figure legs in the advertisement. Perhaps trying too hard to look that way is why her foot is in the boot. And then you also have the boring greens in her hand and the comparison between the stripes in her outfit and in the advertisement.
1/200 at F3.5, ISO 400 (43mm).
You ever sit back and think about what the future's gonna be like? If ever I've taken a photo that sums up my fears for the future of NY, this is it - Shoes and Trash.
Here's the article from the Daily News last Friday on an 'up and coming' neighborhood in the Bronx a few blocks from Yankee Stadium. Lots of tourists, Yankee fans, Grit, Beauty, and an occasional 'Spider-Man' coming through your window and stealing your electronics. View this article large.
I have an interesting article coming out tomorrow in the Daily News (in the center if you're interested), about a neighborhood a couple of blocks from the new Yankee Stadium that is starting to go through a lot of change. Anyway, here is a funny interview that unfortunately there wasn't room for.
Name: Raul Santiago
Occupation: Visual Merchandising Consultant
Lives: 164th Street and Sherman Ave
“I moved here from Hunts Point, which has also come a long way. When I moved there five years ago, the first week that I was there, I was coming out of my apartment and saw five police vans and the police were coming out of the building across the street with shotguns. Prostitutes were running out of the house; there was basically a whorehouse right across the street from me. I had an idea because I would come home at five in the morning on the weekends sometimes and the whole street would be lined up with cars, Cadillacs and Mercedes, with people coming back from the clubs. The girls would come out and jump in these guys cars. After the police came it all stopped."
1/60th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (46mm).
The most famous street in Chinatown, once called the "Bloody Angle" because of all of the gang fights and murders that occurred here. Apparently, there is also a network of tunnels that were created to allow for easy escape.
1/320th at F11, ISO 800 (17mm).
I once met a person who sold ice cream out of an ice cream truck and he said his favorite part of the job was picking the right flavors to give to drug addicts when they came to purchase ice cream. I forget exactly what he told me, but he would give the stronger flavors, such as a spicy hot pepper ice cream to many of the addicts because their taste buds were shot from the constant drug use. Their eyes would light up.
For the more paranoid people he would give vanilla, because vanilla is a very comforting and 'homey' flavor.