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Street Photography
June 03, 2013

Stolen Dream, 84E

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4638/eighty_four_before_dream.jpg

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This used to be my favorite window in the East Village.

 


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Street Photography, People
May 31, 2013

On Display, Chinatown

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4632/on_display_chinatown_blog.jpg

1/400th at F3.5, ISO 400 (28mm). 

 


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People
May 30, 2013

Welcome to Loisaida, East Village

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4636/welcome_to_loisaida.jpg

1/400th at F5, ISO 400 (28mm).

Portrait - not candid.

 

 


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Street Photography, People
May 29, 2013

Loisaida Festival

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4634/free_refill_loisaida.jpg

1/320th at F9, ISO 800 (28mm).

This one reminds me a bit of one of the more iconic shots of William Eggleston.

 


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Street Photography
May 28, 2013

Gentrification, East Village

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4630/gentrification_east_village.jpg

1/125th at F9, ISO 400 (28mm).

 


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Street Photography, People
May 24, 2013

Three Cooks, Doyer's Street, Chinatown

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4628/three_cooks_doyers_street.jpg

1/200th at F8, ISO 1600 (28mm).

View large.

 


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Street Photography, People
May 23, 2013

Red Wall, Midtown

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4624/red_wall_midtown.jpg

1/320th at F9, ISO 800 (28mm).

Nearly got run over for this one.


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People
May 22, 2013

Edward "Eak the Geek" Arrocha

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1/500th at F11, ISO 400 (32mm).

It's worth reading the entire story about 'Eak the Geek', one of the very well known Coney Island Circus performers, who grew up as a suburban kid in Mexico City to parents that were a lawyer and a professor.

And here's a fascinating side story that had to be cut from the interview due to the length of it:

"As I got to know everybody [in Coney Island] I was able to walk around and even stay the night there.  I would walk around late at night and soak in the sights.  One of my most interesting memories was when I saw this woman who looked like she had been a movie star in her day.  I was in the El Dorado, back behind the sideshow, late at night.  I was so intrigued because she looked so out of place.  She looked like Rita Hayworth walking right toward me in the middle of this area.  I thought, ‘What’s she doing here?’  And when she walked passed me I realized she was an old crackhead whore.  She had nothing in her eyes; she was completely vacant.  It was as if I had seen a ghost.  I could only imagine what she must have looked like when she was younger.  And it was that night that all the mole people were hanging out - all those people who lived in the subways.  They would go to Coney Island, kind of like on a holiday - a weird holiday.  Then, at some point this woman goes down by the awning under the El Dorado and starts having sex with this crippled midget, right there in the open.  It was like I was being privy to this very odd, strange world that somehow exists in front of all our noses, the sideshow during the day and desolation row at night.  There was a whole lane of all the male hustlers and the female hustlers.  Night and day were two different worlds.  As a writer of poems that was one of the most interesting places I could be in.  I felt I was witnessing this strange world. and privy to something that felt magical. "

Read the entire interview here.

 


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Photography Business
May 21, 2013

New Changes to the Site

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4620/chinatown_restaraunt_cook.jpg

1/80th at F2.8, ISO 1600 (24mm).

If you haven't noticed, as of last night I made some changes to the website.  While the design is the same, I did a big update to the application (so it shouldn't crash periodically anymore, knock on wood).

Most importantly, I added some new galleries to the site.  There is now a NY Neighborhood section, where you can search for photos by different neighborhoods.  So far I have added the East Village, SoHo, Chinatown, and Tribeca.  Building that up will be a big focus of the next year.

Also added is a gallery of East Village portraits and life stories from the weekly Out and About features that I do for evgrieve.  They're fascinating to see as a whole.

Finally, you'll notice that I changed the comment system to Disqus.  It was an inevitable change, but it's sad because I had to get rid of all the previous comments.  Oh well.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the changes and there should be many more coming soon.  Especially to the galleries.

 


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Street Photography, People
May 17, 2013

Jimmy Webb, Trash and Vaudeville

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4618/jimmy_webb.jpg

1/60th at F7.1, ISO 400 (28mm).

 A couple articles about Jimmy, here and here.

 


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