Friday, December 28, 2007

Solstice ends

The December light has been so beautiful. This year instead of trying to photograph it, I just let the light was over me, selfishly. Here is one of the few pictures I took. I love how December light brightens everything it touches, even a chain link fence.

It glints off of metal in the distance. This is one of my favorite things about December light, but it is very hard to capture.

This rusty door caught the gleam a little.

The days are now a few minutes longer, the young sun is shining briefly and bright.

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Subway Outside

I love when the subway comes out of its tunnel. The car is filled with light and a view appears. I really like the trains that ride over the Manhattan Bridge. There is often scratchitti on the windows. I love the way the scratched window alters the view.

The Williamsburg Bridge is in the distance gleaming in the December light. It was one of those icy cold days. There was a lot of wind blowing huge clouds around.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


There is so much I would like to do with this; the impossible views, the motion...

I love the way the traceur interacts with the architecture.

I have many more pictures which I will post once I have printed them. I am working in black and white negative film, it is a slower process than digital.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Autumn Leaves

There is a moment in the autumn when the tree colors seem to pop. And then it rains and everything glows under the greenish light. I usually just enjoy watching the colors. But these leaves fell on those mysterious writings one often finds on the sidewalk which inform city workers of what is lying underground. The yellow spray paint went so well with the rain slicked leaves, I could not resist.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Installation 2

I wanted to play around with hanging the transparency strips from the ceiling some more, like the last time. This time I was a little more orderly, less chaotic. The red strips descend as they spiral around the center. It is a little hard to see in photos. The image below gives a sense of it.

And here are some other views...

Friday, October 12, 2007

October Light

It has been warm for October, and humid. Somehow it didn't feel right to wear sandals, but shoes felt so hot. Ugh. Then on the morning that the weather changed, I saw this light slanting through a gate. It was just before the clouds rolled in. Sunlight is often best right before it disappears.

This is the Bleeker Theater, it has been painted metallic copper for some reason. It caught the light nicely.

Here is a close-up of the light.

I am working on another installation. Hopefully I will have something to photograph next week.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Biking in NYC

Bike Lane Near the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn

In the summer, I do a lot more bicycling. I am what one might call a fair weather biker. Once winter sets in, I put the bike away. I don't like to have cold feet, or fight the wind. It usually gets to me by Christmas when the city also seems filled with tourists who stand in the street waiting for the light to change and the glare of the low-hanging December sun blinds my eyes. But now while the sun is high and the wind falls flat, I am out and enjoying this very particular New York experience.

There are lots of new bike lanes all over the city which is wonderful. There are stretches of lane that are really fun like this bit between some venerable housing projects. It is flat and curvy and there is enough room for the cars. At places, the trees are everywhere and it smells like the country, grass and hay kind of country. But just painting a white line along the road does not really ensure a useful bike lane. Even in my blissful project paradise there are potholes. People use the bike lanes to park in.

The fun ends quickly anyway as the bike lane leads into a heavy construction area. It starts with the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway overpass. There is roadwork going on up there that seems to require a constant shower of water.

One of the sidewalks is closed causing the rare pedestrian to puddle through the water while cars and bikers surge past. Then there is the intersection with giant holes.

The holes are on both sides of the intersection and a third one is in the middle covered by slippery metal plates. Sometimes there is a traffic cop guiding the cars and trucks through the disarray. But often they are on their own. I usually turn onto a bumpy uphill side road where the earth movers prowl. The cars are a little destabilized by all the rubble and large vehicles, a biker has a slight advantage.

The bike lane leading up to the Manhattan Bridge is the craziest part of my trip. The lane goes two ways, up a steep hill, under another BQE overpass and around a blind curve or two. The other side of the road are entrance ramps to the BQE. Some bikers choose that side, it is closer to the bridge. Others ride right down the middle of the road. I have tried those ways, but I had too many near death experiences. Not that this bike lane is without its hazards. Cars at the bottom of the hill speed upwards in the bike lane to pass the cars that make illegal turns onto one of the ramps. The sidewalk is closed at the underpass and sometimes pedestrians walk in the bike lane. The road is hideously potholed. And some cars park right before the overpass, or they come in and out of a hidden driveway near the top of the hill.

And here is a reckless person who walked on the bike lane, in the darkened underpass, down the potholed hill oblivious to the dangers of the traffic.

After another blind curve and an overpass, I make it onto the Manhattan bridge bikeway which is worth all the effort.

It curves around a grassy field and up onto the bridge. The rooftops of dumbo give way to the East River and the Manhattan skyline. It is a small oasis from the stress of the traffic. Nothing to do but climb the hill and admire the graffiti.

This odd green triangle in dumbo is new. I cannot figure out what it is all about. From the bridge it looks as if someone painted a snot green triangle on the street and put some tables down with some shrubs and parasols. It just feels so uninviting, so concrete. I think the problem is that particular shade of green, it seems to mock the plant life.

Once I get to Manhattan, the ride becomes even more agressive. I did
take photos because I need to concentrate hard just to stay safe. I wish it were a little safer to ride in the city. If the cars would slow down and their drivers would pay more attention, if my fellow bikers were more considerate towards one another and the pedestrians, if the pedestrians were more aware of their mortality, it would be a much better ride. But it is still pretty fun.