Collections

One day in February 2004, out of sheer boredom, I went around the apartment with the Dimage A-1, still shooting jpegs and photographed collections of things. Occasionally, I suffer a brief twinge of nostalgia for collections of stuff, in serried ranks on the wall, but mostly I’m glad they’ve all been digitized and streamed. Only the books remain, and perhaps the CDs are moldering somewhere in a box.

The Lovely Margaret

Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn furniture store, back in January 2004, and mentioned in my last post, was big on screens and nets and meshes of all types. I photographed the whole family through some screen or other, directly as jpegs on the Dimage A-1.

Cubist Self-Portrait

Upper West Side, New York

So I’ve got the great 5MP Dimage now (Autumn, 2003) but what to photograph? There’s always oneself. Self portrait in a bathroom medicine cabinet mirror with today’s black & white conversion and post-processing in Capture One.

Double Double Life

Continuing with my homage to Crewdson I was inspired by Kelli Connell’s Double Life. Since switching to Lightroom for most of my post processing some years ago, and more recently to Capture One, I’ve lost all my Photoshop chops. I have no idea how I finally managed to make these work…

Hommâge à Gregory Crewdson

Observing the desolation of dust and tarpaulins wrought by plumbers and contractors in their reconstruction of my apartment in search of a leak in the ancient plumbing, I was reminded of Gregory Crewdson’s upstate portraits of anomie. No massive stage sets or smoke machines in this tableau, however.

Interior

Industry City, New York

Went out to Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, last weekend. They’ve turned several massive old industrial buildings into a massive, hipster (with kids) retail complex. We were intending to follow a self-guided walking tour which included artists’ studios on upper floors – they were all closed. So there was lots of Covid-style eating establishments and trendy retail, Halloween decorations, period architecture, public art (to come in future posts, but nothing especially galvanizing).