1/250th at F13, ISO 200 (42mm).
Anyone care to take a guess about what the hell is going on here?
To be honest, I almost didn't show it. It's almost too random. But, I wouldn't dare deprive you all of being able to see a guy in white-face and all white clothing with a cradled, snow caked pineapple, a Flavor Flav giant neck clock, and an old timey clock bag - on Bow Bridge at 9:30am - during the prettiest snow of the year.
My guess is this is the worst walk of shame that has ever occurred. This makes my brain hurt.
1/50th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (30mm) - with a slight fill flash.
Had a fascinating interview with Jacquelyn Gallo that ran on evgrieve today. The whole thing is worth a read, but below was my favorite paragraph. It's an important perspective. Things are changing fast here and it's unfortunate, but there are people like Jacquelyn still working hard to create and keep what makes the East Village special. Read the entire interview here.
I remember when I first moved here and everybody was like, “The East Village has changed so much.” It’s the normal gripe, which I understand, but am not a supporter of. Come in and do something here. We have an open forum. That’s the thing — it’s the people. There’s no building that’s haunted by the ghost of coolness. Yes, Mars Bar was great. I loved it and went almost every day. Amy who worked there now works across the street [at Sidewalk]. Plenty of the Mars Bar people go there. I mean, it’s not the same thing, you can’t get naked and light stuff on fire, unfortunately, but if you like that then create another space. Things change all of the time ... you can’t just kill the energy. You just have to keep blowing on the embers and eventually the fire will start again.
1/40th at F5.6, ISO 1600 (28mm).
I'm not sure how this Blockbuster has survived on the Upper West Side for so long but it's about to disappear any day now. It's funny that they had a chance to purchase Netflix and they laughed it off.
I just started watching House of Cards on Netflix. Fantastic show and equally fantastic concept of releasing it all at once. I desperately want to get rid of cable and just get a Roku or Apple TV, but the NY Knicks are keeping me from doing that. I waited a decade for them to be good again and I'm not going to miss out on that right now.
There's literally no way to watch a good quality legal stream of the Knicks without cable - for now at least. You can buy the full NBA package but they blackout every game in your local market and on national TV. That's half the games.
This idea is important to keep in mind if you run an online business. Facebook or Google traffic will never be a definite. Who knows if Facebook will be big in 7 years, or even in 3 years. Younger kids don't seem to care much for it. It's important to pay attention and adapt. A mailing list is the safest and most effective long term structure to build for any small business with an online presence because it is one of the few things not exposed to the whims and fads of the online world.
1/125th at F4.5, ISO 3200 (32mm).
Make sure to read this interview with longtime tattoo artist and East Village resident Mike Bataky, who ran an illegal tattoo shop out of his Bowery loft from 1976 to 1997, and then opened his tattoo shop on 1st street and 1st avenue after the city finally lifted its 30 year ban on tattooing.
1/50th at F2, ISO 1600 (28mm).
Many New Yorkers would starve without these delivery men and cooks. The blizzard was a busy night for them and the streets were pretty deserted except for these men running back and forth with their heads down.
1/125th at F5.6, ISO 400 (20mm).
There are a lot of good things about photography. It's a tool you can use to meet interesting people. You get to be creative. But by far the most important part of it is that it forces you to get your ass out the door when you otherwise wouldn't.
Happy snowstorm everyone.