East Village Taxi

East Village Taxi from a recent street photography tour. With digital photography there is often an overemphasis on perfectly focused images. This photo is intentionally defocused. There are many different methods to capture a photo.

East Village Taxi

Night Lights

Night Lights. On my photo tours we often work on abstract photography techniques including abstract street photography.

Night Lights

Evening Blur

Evening Blur taken with a pinhole lens. Street Photography comes in many varieties. This photo is inspired by my love of the work of Saul Leiter and other street photographers who lean more towards an abstract style.

Evening Blur

Garbage Truck

Garbage Truck taken with a pinhole lens

Garbage Truck

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.

rainy day blues

Creative photography is my goal. It is always what I hope to achieve. Creativity in any of the arts is always an ongoing process. There isn’t anything scientific about it. It’s always about making mistakes and experimenting. Creative photography isn’t about technical precision. Even repeatable processes yield different results.My techniques are ever evolving and my tastes are changing. Sometimes they are dictated by my mood. I have been working on a new series with cinematic frames. Many are drive-by shooting photos on rainy days like the photo here taken on 16 April 2017 during a torrential rain. I give credit to my impatience as a source of discovering creative techniques. If you’re interested in learning more creative techniques in photography, I have a workshop in Bushwick on Sunday 14 May. – rainy day blues.rainy day blues

street photography

What is street photography? It comes in so many styles. There are many different ways to shoot street photography. Back in the early days of street photography there were many photos of men wearing hats, children playing in the streets and very cool looking cars. But most of that has changed. If you’re looking to capture street photography in New York City whether you have experience or not, in my street photography workshops we explore a number of different possibilities while immersing ourselves in the spirit of place. This photo was taken on a Sunday Street Photography Workshop in Chinatown 15 January 2017. I also customize my photo tours as a street photography workshop if you are unable to attend on one of the workshop dates. And you can see reviews on my site of previous workshop and photo tour participants.Chinatown tagging