Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Looking At Great Work

I spent some time this afternoon at the Breuer extension of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's the old Whitney Museum building. There's an exhibit of the early work of Diane Arbus. I was curious to see the work because so many of her later works have become established as icons of quasi-documentary work from the late '50's and '60's. It was refreshing to see works by her that are so unknown. Her work so reminded me of Garry Winogrand's from around the same time. Arbus went out to explore the world around her and shot, shot, and shot. Everything and everyone. Just like Winogrand did. Looking at her work reminded me of my early days shooting film with my Leicas. And I was excited to hit the street for the rest of the afternoon. Not with the intention of looking for great pictures, or the perfect shot of the day. But to just go out to shoot - and let my instincts take over, trust my intuition. I walked down Lexington ave, across 47th street, and down Seventh ave to Penn Station. It felt wonderful.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Topless Day In NYC

What can I say? It was "Topless Day' in New York, with a rally at the UN for people to 'Free your breasts and free your mind!' The demonstrators/marchers were your average New Yorkers, no Playboy centerfolds (thank heavens!).

Friday, August 26, 2016

It's All About The Eyes

I've been back from Israel for more than six weeks now, but been so preoccupied with working through those photos that I haven't had much of a chance to do much street work in New York. I went out with that in mind on two different occasions this past week. My 'street muscles' need a serious workout. I have to get back into the groove of seeing what's around me and then exercising my index finger to push the shutter. But I did happen to get one good shot yesterday.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Israel 2016 - The Last Day

On the final day of my visit to Israel the group of artists with which I was traveling had an arts fair in Arad. The artists had mini-workshops for those who came to try their hand at some creative skills. And I had an opportunity to photograph more kids.

I departed for home the next day. But leshana haba b'yerushalayim!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Israel 2016 - Shabbat

Almost shabbat. Can't shoot on shabbat, but one of our host couples made a Kabalat Shabbat for us before sundown so that we could have a kiddush. Shirah and Gadi Segal were a very interesting couple.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Israel 2016 - Arad Day 4

We had lots of free time on our fourth day in Arad. We were turned loose to do what artists do, art. And I photographed them doing it. I was deeply impressed with these two.

Anne could take any material and find some creative way to make art out of it.

Marilyn never stops. When she's not turning seemingly indiscriminate blobs of watercolor on paper into flowers or landscapes, she's a sketch machine.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Israel 2016 - Arad, day 3, part 2

The best part of the day for me was spending time with the school kids during their art class. Such beautiful young faces! They were fascinated with my camera. Wanted to use it to take pics of me with their friends. I'd love to go back and spend time teaching them about how to take great photos and how to use images to tell a story. But since this was the first time for an artist exchange, our trip was more exploratory and experimental. We didn't have much of a chance for any substance.