Archive for July 2013

People in the Park   Leave a comment

One hot summer morning, rich portraits of life in and around Washington Square Park in New York City.

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Posted July 25, 2013 by ~ Bruce in People, Street

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Urban Geometry   Leave a comment

Before this past weekend I had never heard of the High Line walk in New York city.  And I really had no idea what to expect when we set off across mid-town toward the 30th Street access point.  What a great photographic treat it turned out to be!  The High Line is a public park built on an old elevated freight rail line, a funky and fun walk above the streets along the lower west side of Manhattan.

The elevated platform is approximately a mile long and put us at rooftop level with numerous warehouses and apartment buildings all the way down to the Meat Packing District.  This allowed me to indulge in one of my favorite forms of photography — architectural details.  Or as I prefer, “Urban Geometry”.  Take me somewhere with bricks, graffiti, fire escapes, and a good dose of glass and I’ll find images worth photographing.

Here are some favorites from a 45-minute stroll on the High Line.  Next time I think I’ll walk it from south to north to see what I missed!

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Posted July 24, 2013 by ~ Bruce in Architecture, Street

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“Don’t f***in’ move . . .”   Leave a comment

“Don’t f***in’ move.  We’re not insured.”  The last instruction directed at five audience “volunteers” by one of the Tic and Tac twins, street performers in Washington Square Park, New York.

These guys are funny (unless you’re way uptight and offended by racial jokes), talented, and really good at parting you from your money.  “The average donation for a show like this is $20.  If you can’t afford $20, $10 will do.  If you can’t afford at least $5 . . . People, get a job and do something productive with yourself!”  That said, the show was easily worth the $15 we threw into the bag.  A bargain by New York City standards.  Can you see that giant T-for-tourist tattoo on my forehead?

Oh yeah, these guys have their own website with an online merchandise store and a Facebook page.  Not exactly your average weekend buskers.

Here are some images from the show:

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(Above)  The drums sucked me right in, just like they were intended to do.

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(Above)  A few dance moves to warm things up and draw in a bigger crowd.

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(Above)  A couple of tumbling runs.  I set the camera at 800 ISO to freeze the action.  Most of the photos ended up at 1/750th to 1/1000th sec.  Plenty fast enough to freeze the action.

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(Above)  A no-hands head stand on concrete made me wince.

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(Above)  The split really made me wince.  No chance, not even in my younger days.  Ouch.

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(Above)  I couldn’t tell for sure but I think this guy did 3 full 360-degree one arm revolutions.  Unfortunately I’m not talented enough to photograph and count at the same time.

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(Above)  Another tumbling run.  In mid-air and eyes wide open.  I love this shot.

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(Above)  And another mid-air shot.  (Did I mention that these guys are really, really athletic?)

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(Above)  One twin spinning the other on his head.  Tough head, solid abs.

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(Above)  Final instructions for the grand finale.  The girl in the middle was a bit concerned.  “You are about to see something you’ve never seen before — a black man running at full speed and not being chased by a cop!  Don’t f***in’ move.  We’re not insured!”

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(Above)  With a landing on a hard concrete surface to boot.  Tough way to make a few bucks.

Posted July 23, 2013 by ~ Bruce in People, Street, Travel Photography

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