A view of the George Washington Bridge over the Hudson River Parkway.
At a house party somewhere in Brooklyn–not last summer, but the summer before–these guys were shooting air rifles to these targets they’d set up on the neighboring rooftop.
I would never have remembered this if it hadn’t been for this photo. What I would have remembered more was that I had a couchsurfer with me and he almost got arrested on the JMZ platform for smoking. The police were really aggressive, but what was worse was that we missed a train and had to wait a long time for the next one.
This is my favorite view in all of New York City. It’s the Renwick Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, the narrow strip of land in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Behind the hospital, you can see the 59th Street bridge, which spans the island but there isn’t an exit, which is weird. You can’t drive to the island; you can only gain access to it on the subway (F) or the endlessly fascinating funicular.
This photo was taken in February, 2009. The ruins of the hospital were under renovation for the preparation of South Point Park. (Last I heard, it was going to be turned into a café.) My friend and I sneaked in to shoot this photo just as the sun was rising, and we had the entire tip of the island to ourselves. It was a truly amazing feeling to be alone on an island wedged between two boroughs.
I went to see my friend’s hardcore band play Tuesday night, and tested a new (well, new to me) camera that can shoot at 3200 ISO. This number refers to film sensitivity, meaning that it can make images in very low light. And that’s important because I shoot a lot in bad light and don’t like using a flash.
Let’s geek out for a second. Here’s a photo I shot Tuesday night in Chicago. I have clearer ones, but I like this the best. Not sure what produced that green flare spot.
So, that one above was shot with the Canon Mark III. Compare that with this shot of Sugar & Gold I took in New York last year with the Mark II.
See how much grainier the second one is? It was also shot at 3200 ISO, f 4.0, with a focal length of 24mm. This first shot was exposed a touch longer (1/15 as opposed to 1/25 of a second, but I never said this was a scientific comparison. The lighting conditions were also different–probably equally crappy, but different.)
In any case, I approve. I would have loved this sort of low-light resolution during the blackouts in Buenos Aires.
I was redoing my website and came across one of my old favorites from the summer, when I shot this amateur boxing match in New York. These were adolescents, and while some of them were quite fearless, I think the huge crowd (a warm evening on Pier 84) made a lot of them nervous. And the horrible bankers there screaming obscenities at the kids fighting probably didn’t make it any better. I had some sweet press access–elbows on the ring–and their anxiety was palpable.
This was my first photo assignment for Issue 3 of Norman Einstein’s Magazine.