I am a diarist of ordinary moments that move me. I gravitate towards black and white photography but still celebrate color. I love the candid capture but respect the power of the choreographed moment. I study the rules of phos+graphis but am compelled periodically to ignore them.
Inspiration: I like photographing inside tunnels. They often provide intense contrasts between light and dark, which I love. See here and here and here and here for some other tunnel shots I've taken in the past, some of which are of the same tunnel in this photo.
Inspiration: I am a lover of tulips, originally known as Laleh in Turkey. They signify springtime and happiness to me. I thought tulips originated in Holland. Not so. They are native to Turkey and Central Asia. In fact, the Dutch saw them first in, and imported them from, Turkey in the 16th century, and eventually took the lead in the commercial cultivation of the flower. As much as I love tulips, it's wild to believe that they are responsible for wars and the financial ruin of thousands of people! If you are interested in the history of Tulips, you might wish to read "The Tulip" by Anna Pavrod. It is the "story of a flower that has made men mad. . ."
So, on cold, rainy Sunday, I walked to Gramercy Park (one of my favorite little gems in the city, even though I have no access inside) to practice some macro photography. The center and edges of the park are filled with some of the biggest tulips I've seen in a while. They literally pile through the iron bars enclosing the park. I spent about an hour or more crouched over these magnificent beauties getting soaked by the rain. It was worth it. Raindrops provide such a natural sparkle and glow.
Inspiration: His name is Skater Bob and he is a master of the board. The skateboard, I mean. The last time I photographed him, the best I could do was to catch him in repose. I caught this action late in the day yesterday - around 6:30 to 7:00 pm. I was returning from a photography class at ICP. For the class, I chose to bring my 85mm 1.2. As I've been favoring my other prime lenses lately, I thought that it was 85's turn to get out of the house. After class, I couldn't resist hanging out in Union Square before going home. So, it was with the enormous, slow, but beautiful 85mm that I took these shots. I could not have picked a worse lens for action photographs. How was I supposed to know that this dude would be performing wicked stunts at that moment? The only benefit of having this lens in this situation was its wide aperture, which allowed me to obtain light and some modest speed without having to resort to high ISO. By the way, here's someone else's video of some brilliant tricks by Skater Bob.
Inspiration: As I walked through Poet's Walk a few days ago, I heard the rhythmic beat of drums near Bethesda Terrace. Of course I had to check it out. When I got to the spot, it was so happening. The music was powerful. People crowded the drummers and jammed to the sounds. A few steps away from the drummers, this woman rocked the hula-hoop to their beat. And I mean ROCKED it. She was a total showgirl . . . so utterly and completely into her moves. It was awesome to watch. Even when I look at these photos now, I smile.