Wednesday, July 16, 2014

We Are Divorced!

I was hanging out on the corner of Spring street and West Broadway when I heard this loud yacking female voice approaching me. When I turned this is what I saw. She was telling her husband that on no uncertain terms they were divorced. And she was waiting for the check ..... life is good.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Garry Winogrand At The Met

Brutal heat in NYC makes shooting street a bit intense. I went into the city yesterday to have sushi with a friend and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to cool off a bit. The Garry Winogrand retrospective that began in California and traveled to Washington DC is now on exhibit at the Met museum. Here's a few shots I took at the show. Fuji X-T1 in low light performed quite to my satisfaction. I had to use image stabilization with the slow shutter speeds, and that bought me two extra stops.

Looking at each other:

I couldn't resist this one:

Checking out the exposure (yeah, right!):

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hot Summer Day with my X-T1

Hard to do much walking in NYC in this heat. After wandering for a while yesterday, I found a good spot on Spring Street and let the action come to me.

Excuse me?

Excuse me(2)?

Think about it ....

Mmmmm ....legs .....

Doo Wop Singers


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Crown Heights - Day 3, A Cool Dude

As I continue my exploration of the Chabad-Lubavitcher cultuyre in Crown Heights, I continue to be surprised by the differences with the Satmar Chasids of Williamsburg. The Williamsburg community has sought to crete an insular community sealed off from the rest of the world except for the contact that is necessary to bring in resources to allow it to flourish. When I walk the streets in Williamsburg, except in a few instances, I'm eyed with suspicion and condescension. The culture of Satmar is very inwardly directed. They've created their own shtetl and want to be left alone.

The Chabad-Liubavitcher, on the other hand, are very outwardly directed. They work to bring the teachings of their rebbe, Menachim Schneerson, to other Jews and are much more open and accepting of those that don't quite see spirituality the same way. When I'm in Williamsburg I suspect the Satmars look at me as though I'm not even Jewish because I don't live their way. The Chabad-Lubavitcher reach out to meet others on some common ground and draw them in. On this most recent visit to Crown Heights, when I visited the synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway, a young man approached me to ask about my cameras and why I was taking pictures, not to dissuade me from shooting, but out of a curiosity about my mission. And by the way, he asked me if I had put on tfilin that day, a daily practice that they encourage, and when I answered that, indeed, I had (honest, I did) he was genuinely pleased. I look forward to going back there.

Some photos I was given by the people that day:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sacred Moment

Some things are just so important .....

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Crown Heights - Day 2

This past Tuesday was a very special day in Crown Heights. It was the yahrtzeit for their beloved Rebbe Menachem Schneerson. His . Jews who follow his teachings, members of the Chabad Lubavitch, traveled from all over the world to Brooklyn to be part of the observance of his passing twenty years ago. Not a sad occasion, it was more a celebration of his life and teaching and an opportunity for the children of the community to see videos of him and learn about his spiritual principles.

In strong contrast to the Satmar sect living in Williamsburg, the people were open and welcoming to anyone who wanted to experience the occasion. I had many invitations to put on tfilin. One day I may actually do it. Usually I post only a few photos from each day I visit a neighborhood, but there were so many wonderful opportunities, and I expect to be returning there tomorrow and hopefully will have many more to show. So here's a batch:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Crown Heights/Inspired Eye Magazine

At the bottom of this post is the link for Issue 11 of Inspired Eye Magazine in which I was honored with a featured few of my street photos and an interview. 

Yesterday I explored an area of Brooklyn which I hadn't yet visited - Crown Heights is the world home of the Chabad-Lubavitcher chasidic movement. The synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway was the seat of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson's ministry. He was a beloved leader and his presence is profound throughout the neighborhood. It is an entirely different community in comparison to the Satmar chasidim who reside in Williamsburg. The Satmars are very closed off and inward directed. Not at all hospitable to outsiders (and photographers trying to work their way in .... ahem). As I walked the streets of Crown Heights the people were friendly, easy to talk with, and quite a few suggested I visit the main synagogue, fondly referred to as 770. I was told that Tuesday of this week was the 20th anniversary of Rebbe Schneerson's passing, his yartzeiht, so I intend to go back tomorrow afternoon for many more photos.

When I went inside 770 I was struck by how many people were there - studying, reading, chatting, eating, davening (praying). I took many pictures, had quite a few conversations, and showed my earlier work from the Lower East Side and Williamsburg which I have on my iPad. So many wonderful pictures there, and more coming tomorrow. Here's a sample of what I've worked on so far:

Here's the link for the magazine: