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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 20, 2012

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window Display

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4327/Berdorf_Goodman_Holiday_Window_Display.jpg

1/500th at F5, ISO 1600 (28mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Architecture, Architecture
December 19, 2012

The Birds and Plaza Hotel

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4323/the_birds_and_plaza_hotel.jpg

1/500th at F9, ISO 800 (28mm).

136.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 17, 2012

Lady in Red

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4317/lady_in_red.jpg

1/320th at F5, ISO 1600 (28mm).

One of my favorites of the year.  View large.

Also, here's an answer to a commenter, Ged, who wanted to know why this was one of my favorite images.  Here's my answer from below.  I probably should have written this from the start.

One of the issues that I'm intrigued with is the effect of consumer culture on people.  I find this image so interesting because of the connection between the bright red, flirty image on her iPhone case and the real life woman shopping on 5th avenue, who looks almost robot like in her gaze, affluent clothing, and dark appearance. There's a disconnect here between the two, yet also an influence. It feels here like the woman is almost weighed down by her clothing and fashion and bags, and trying to live up to some standard that society holds for her. The red illustration looks much more like an alive, free spirit than the actual person does, and that contrast I feel says something about our society at large. 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Architecture, Architecture
December 14, 2012

The Future of Manhattan

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4315/future_of_manhattan_72nd_street.jpg

1/80th at F4.5, ISO 400 (28mm).

is here, and this is what it looks like.  Duane Reades, Banks, Trader Joe's and nothing else.  Well Starbucks and pizza and Hollister stores will survive.

Reminds me of that Wesley Snipes movie, Demolition Man, where Sylvester Stallone wakes up in the future and every restaurant has turned into Taco Bell.  It's scary how that's actually beginning to happen right now.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 13, 2012

Holiday Craziness on Spring Street

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4309/spring.jpg

1/13th at F10, ISO 400 (28mm).

Here's a holiday view of a fairly famous street corner in SoHo.  I slowed down the shutter speed to get some motion to show the movement of the crowd.  It's sharp, but I really needed a tripod here.  Will have to redo this if I ever want to make a good print.

Also, in case you're interested, I had an interview about street photography and my book on the This Week in Photography podcast, which is a great podcast for those interested in photography.  Starts at the 50 minute mark and it's pretty long, so you might want to download it from iTunes and listen to it on your next commute.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
December 11, 2012

Jesus, East Village

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4313/Jesus.jpg

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
December 10, 2012

Gauntlet, SoHo

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4307/glance_soho.jpg

1/320th at F5.6, ISO 3200 (28mm).

One window and the next window and the next.  It never stops.  I'm not a fashion photographer or blogger, but I find it so interesting how fashion plays with our psyche and wears us down over time.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
December 07, 2012

The Window

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4305/the_window.jpg

1/250th at F9, ISO 400 (70mm).

There's something poetic about this image.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
December 05, 2012

Tourist Excrement

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4303/tourist_excrement.jpg

1/160th at F7.1, ISO 800 (28mm).

Sorry for the gross title, but sometimes when I photograph tourist garbage I feel like an archaeologist sifting through dinosaur poo.

But... have you ever seen a more beautiful photo of garbage before? :)

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, Photography Business, Photography Business, Pretty Things, Pretty Things
December 04, 2012

Inspiration Street Photography Cork Board

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4295/corkboard.jpg

Street photography is such a unique form of art because the images play off each other so well.  They can be powerful alone, but sometimes the collection can be more important than the individual images themselves.  It's like a recipe, where the different ingredients enhance one another and it's why the book and street photography have such a powerful connection.

The problem is that it's extremely difficult to group the images, to figure out the themes, and to foster them over time.  I struggle with it and I have a lot of fun with it, so I thought it would be a good idea to put up a large 36x48 inch cork board on my office wall where I can mix and match and play around with images over time. 

It came out MUCH better than I expected and it will evolve over time.  I wish you could see it in real life on the exhibition fiber paper.  I'm going to put up two small cork boards next to this and put painting lights above them all to illuminate.

View larger here.

 


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