Saturday, November 7, 2015

Autumn in New York

Autumn in New York is a magical time and a Saturday in Central park at this time is splendid and very relaxing.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Have a beautiful weekend

Coney Island in the early seventies

Actually Coney Island in the early seventies at rest. I love this place when the people are gone and it assumes a very tense but peaceful appearance. These were all shot with the Leica M-4 with different slide films.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Things to come

Actually things to come from long ago. These images were shot on Tri-X Pan in the early seventies. They were scanned as to prevent deterioration.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Planting Fields Arboretum

The Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island's north shore is a true gem. Once a private residence it was made public and it's an ideal place to go all year round. It's especially wonderful in the winter because of it's green houses. These images date from the summer of 1970 and are the result of my attempt to digitize my archives. These are medium format slides that have retained their color well.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Little Italy

Little Italy actually existed once. That is when Italian immigrants still lived there. Now it's sort of a theme park for tourists sporting bad restaurants and other tourist traps. This photo was shot in 1986 when it was beginning to become Chinese but there still was a hint of the old days. Naturally this is a scan from an Ektachrome slide.

The Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes region of New York State, is famous for it's grape vineyards, They make wines from American grapes that give a very sweet wine, not the vinifera type that is famous in California, the North fork and all other wine producing areas of the world. There are hybrids here also and make wines with a degree of success. It is interesting to note that most grapes around the word use the native American plants as the base on which the vinifera types are grafted. This is because the native American grapes resist the philloxera a disease that affects the roots of the plants. Toward the end of the 19th century, this disease devastated the major wine regions of the world. They were saved by the use of American stock that is of the same genus so the grafting was possible. At any rate back in 1973 we took a trip to this region. These are scans from 120 Agfachromes shot with a Yashika  124.