Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hmm......or Stories.....

There really hasn't been too much going on lately. A gray time of year --post festivities. Of course, I wander around a lot, phone in hand to capture....


the descent to the subway


 the wait on the platform


 the roll right along in what looks like the interior of some spiny fish.



And then there's the bus. People getting on leave their cups behind on the bench. I think the dirty glass accounts for the brown ectoplasm.....maybe.


Smoke/steam is good for 'atmospheric' effects. If everything is very crisp and bright there isn't any mystery. A nice thick fog, smoke and mirrors, candles, shadows (weird filters!)


Things coming in and out of focus.... Each person has a story, of course....


Like  the woman passing the newsstand. Can you see the man on the right? I think he runs the news stand. 


You can see him better here. All these people rushing about 


and some sitting still


and Jasper the dog looking very blobby indeed.


Then there are the buildings -- London Terrace looking oddly Gatsbyesque...


and soaring loftily.


The leftover wreath's shadow very early in the morning cast sideways on 22nd Street.


On 22nd Street too they have been scraping the posters off the wall to reveal all sorts of layers of meaning...or not. 

I'm teaching a workshop with Seth Apter and Roxanne Evans Stout in March called The Need to Tell Stories,* but haven't yet decided what story I'm going to tell then, so am using old photos to generate ideas. So these are sort of lesson plans for myself. 

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12 comments:

angryparsnip said...

Love these everyday nothing to special but that is what is special, walking tours.
So completely different from where I live !

woof from The Square Ones
cheers, parsnip

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I've learned to love this time of year.
Regeneration time.
xo,
p

Liz said...

Love your photographs - so atmospheric!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Willow said...

You've captured the look and feel of winter perfectly. I shivered.

A Well Styled Life said...

I thought I remembered the gray of New York, but you've brought it more vividly back to me. Yes, we all have stories. Mine just seem happier with the sun shining.
Jennifer

Em Parkinson said...

That poster one is particularly gorgeous. It would look fabulous in a frame!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Love the way you captured the 'feel' on the streets Elizabeth - and I enjoyed the cold walk, as its so hot here!!

Seth said...

Your pics always capture the city so well. Always!

Lily Hydrangea said...

I don't know how you did it but the effect you've applied to your photography is lovely Elizabeth.

E Wix said...

Should anyone be remotely interested, the app I'm playing round with cots 99c !
Hisptarmatic Tinto Lens with C_Type plate.
I think it's cool but it may wear off....

rochambeau said...

Looking forward to hearing about the story you and Roxanne and Seth will tell~ In the mean time, enjoying your photos.
xox
Constance

JoeinVegas said...

I like the out of focus look, it works for a post like this. Nice