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.
My favorite window on St. Marks. That Rasta with the joint on his penis on the lower right is pretty ridiculous.
1/100th at F5.6, ISO 800 (28mm).
I can't seem find the article right now, but I was recently reading about an idea called the 'poor tax' or something similar to that. It stated that the poor often end up spending more money on things like shoes because they can only afford the cheapest $30-$40 shoes, which end up falling apart in 3-4 months, while a $100 pair would last for years.
Over the 30 years that I've been alive, it's seemed that the quality of everything has declined and it's only made life more expensive. Fashions change so quickly now and clothes fall apart so easily. It almost doesn't matter if you buy a cheap shirt that will fall apart in a year because there will be a completely new trend next year. The amount of checkered shirts in my Facebook feed these days is unnerving.
I've recently noticed that neon is suddenly in fashion and being marketed. Does anyone have anything neon? I think that's the point, cause then you have to go out and buy it. Furniture too - it breaks after a few years. The level of consumption is incredible and it certainly can't be sustainable in the long term.
End of rant.
1/50th at F2.8, ISO 3200 (54mm).
I don't usually put portraiture up here, but here's one that I want to share.
This was done for an interview released today with longtime East Village punk rock musician, artist, and producer Paul Kostabi. It's a fascinating story, so take a few minutes and read it through.