Hipster hood

Bushwick is one of a few very hip neighborhoods in New York City! It is a combination of residential and warehouses. Not that many years ago it was a neighborhood that most New Yorkers would not go to. I have a Bushwick Street Art & Creative Photography Workshop on Sunday 14 May. We discover the amazing street art there. Many of the walls are curated just like museums and the street art is made by street artists from around the world. We experiment with some creative photography techniques and we are able to get some street photography as well. There are only a few spaces for this workshop so don’t wait to register! This photo was taken 26 March 2017 during a workshop. There’s always new street art there and we always have fun!Hipster Hood

shooting the street

If you want to shoot street photography as a beginner or advanced, I have a workshop in El Barrio aka East Harlem on Sunday 21 May! It is limited to 6 people so I am able to work with people one-on-one as well as a group. The number one biggest complaint I hear from people who take street photography workshops is they don’t receive any personal interaction. Not in my workshops! Because they group size is small they tend to fill up quickly. So don’t wait to register. East Harlem is a very cool neighborhood. Fabulous neighborhood with so much character and great for street photography. You can see reviews on my website from previous attendees. Chinatown tagging-2.jpg

Street Photography in Soho

Street photography comes in many flavors. For me, it’s about capturing the human element in the urban environment. The combination of that which is man made and how people respond to their environment. Typically I aim for my shots to be candid. For my presence to go unnoticed. Not always an easy thing for me to do! People tend to notice me. And often people will continue on their way without looking at me with a little smile and an expression of acknowledgment. I came upon this brick wall and the sunlight hitting it. Oh and the sign “hollow sidewalk.” Yikes! Then I just waited for someone to enter the frame. Photo taken on a photo tour of Soho and Greenwich Village, 1 November 2016. hollow sidewalk

Astor Place rainy day

Rainy days are fabulous for photography! With Spring upon us we tend to get a fair amount of rain. Capturing umbrellas and raindrops are right there on the top of my list! No matter the weather, I try to find something to shoot whether it’s street photography or more abstract. Are you looking to up your photography? I have 3 workshops coming up in May – Coney Island, El Barrio and Bushwick. From street photography to composition to creativity. – Astor Place rainy day, 31 March 2017.Astor Place rainy day

More than one method

What is it about technology and technically perfect photos that appeals to people in general and photographers more specifically? We already know that in many ways technology is a big distraction. Is there truth in technically perfect photos? I throw these questions out there because I have become disillusioned with the idea that a photograph can replicate reality or even that that’s what I’d like it to do. Recently I was giving a photo tour in Dumbo and taking photos that I’ve photographed so many times before and I decided then and there that I was going to do it differently. I have a photo that I did a number of years ago there that is more a “realistic” photo. Whatever that means. I think a photograph should reflect the photographer. And when a photo does that it doesn’t really matter if it is a truer representation or a more creative view of the place. Photography is always personal. Photos from 15 April 2017 and 4 December 2010.

Street Photography & Motion Blur

Every once in awhile I am able to combine both street photography and motion blur in the same shot. Two of my favorite kinds of photography! It was a rainy afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A very cool neighborhood in the city. I started taking intentional camera movement photos while walking and talking with a friend. Without stopping. And simultaneously moving the camera to create blur. Perhaps I can call this action photography. I do enjoy trying out new things. I was prepared to throw out all the photos that I took that afternoon. But I was pleasantly surprised with a number of them. If you are interested in street photography and/or creative photography, I have 3 workshops coming up in May. – b&w in Greenpoint, 22 April 2017.B&W in Greenpoint 2

Photography as language

In Greenpoint 3This is an excerpt from a book that I’m writing on photography. “Photography is like learning a new language. In the beginning you are constantly aware of grammar, sentence structure, verb conjugations and vocabulary. It’s all very conscious. It takes awhile to learn the different parts of language. To learn how to communicate with photography.” You’ll have to wait for more! – Photo, In Greenpoint 3, 22 April, 2017. https://www.shootnewyorkcity.com/blog/2017/4/26/photography-as-language