Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Young potter

This photo is from a series of shots of a pottery program for youngsters. It was held at the Manhattan YMCA. I love the intensity of the young artist. The photo dates from 1969 and was shot on Tri-X with the Canon FT and the  Canon 50mm F1.4 FL lens.

Another archival shot

This photo dates from 1972 and was shot om Mulberry Street in Manhattan's Little Italy. The camera was the Leica M-4 with the 50mm Summicron lens and naturally the film was Tri-X.Such displays were possible then. Now the Board of Health would prohibit this. Too bad we must live under this nanny state of mind.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I do not know about you, but this scares me.

Google has applied for a contact lens camera patent. Nobody is now safe nor is there any privacy left. Very serious business.

If you are the kind of person who gets really pissed off and uncomfortable  at the thought of somebody recording you on Google Glass, the search engine company's latest patent application will probably make you feel even more pessimistic about the future. In January Google announced its smart contact lens project and now has filed a patent application for a micro camera module to be added to with the smart lenses.  
We are seriously screwed. This is a departure from this post's avoidance of any political or ideological stances, other than in  the photographic ambit. of course,  but this is very serious as it will totally violate any residual privacy that is left. Not good news.

Portrait from the archives

This shot is from a story I was covering for Migration Today magazine and it dealt with the wonderful Haitian artist community in Flatbush, Brooklyn. It was shot  on Tri-X with the 35mm Summicron on the Leica m-4. I love the entire composition. Using the 35mm, and getting close. one can photograph the environment in which the subject works.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Summer should be here soon, we hope

And with summer come the nice local fruits and vegetables that can be bought at farmer stands.

Night shot

Digital photography is really too easy. This shot of the old station in Mystic, Conn shows how the lack of reciprocity failure in digital makes a photo like this possible with relative ease.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014