Photos: Memories of Lake Champlain, NY

A few years ago I went upstate New York and visited (among other locations) Lake Champlain. I found an adorable motel that sat right on the lake, and I rented my own bungalow for the night. Because I was right on the lake, I was treated to a gorgeous pink and purple sunset while looking at the Green Mountains of Vermont in the distance. Enjoy.

 

 

Pastel pinks abound at Lake Champlain at dusk

 

 

A lone kayaker on Lake Champlain

 

 

 

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Photos: The Dakota and Central Park Reservoir

Today was a great day, the weather was beautiful and clear and warm enough to be comfortable. I spent the afternoon going to a few museums in New York City, and I walked through Central Park. The Dakota has such a great presence on the reservoir.  I was on Central Park West looking east, and got some reflective shots in the water.

The reflection of the Dakota in the Central Park Reservoir, NYC

 
I also loved how the light was casting long shadows at the time I walked by, so I caught a shot of two women walking together and talking while their shadows follow along behind them.
 

Shadows of New Yorkers

 
 
And of course depending on your perspective, you can take a picture where the entire city looks so small in comparison to the reservoir, it almost disappears…
 

Central Park Perspectives

 
 
 This shot shows more of the architectural beauty of The Dakota building, I think it’s spectacular.
 
 

Photos: “16” and other Abstracts

 

16 - Montreal, Canada

Yellow Dot - Montreal

 

Rock - Grand Canyon, AZ

 
My Shadow – Woodstock, NY
 

Abstract Sunset - Shenandoah Natl Park, VA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Humans of New York – I salute you

Brandon Stanton is roaming the streets of New York looking to shoot people.

And at present count, he’s shot over 1800 people. 

I’m personally rooting for him to shoot more and reach his goal – of taking 10,000 photographs and represent people from all over New York City on Humans of New York.

And while Brandon does say that his goal is to take all these photographs, what he lets you find out for yourself is that he is an amazing storyteller or photo-journalist documentarian, or a bit of both.  Some of the photographs come with a back story about how he got the shots and the story behind the person (or people) whose photograph he took.

In The Protector we learn about a homeless man who sees himself as protecting street-newbies – an image that is juxtaposed with this person’s drug and alcohol abuse and unpredictable behavior.

In The Chess Hustler we get an inside view on how one homeless chess player from Washington Square Park gets a read on his marks by observing which chess pieces they decide to discard.

Brandon is honest enough to insert his own thoughts and feelings about his subjects to his readers, even when he does not express these thoughts to the object of his interest.  For example, in the Chess Hustler, Brendon thinks about the guy he is trying to interview, who is high on crack:

This is going nowhere, I thought. I’m wasting my time.

Like I don’t have eight million other people to choose from. Fuck this guy.  I’m going to pay him $5 dollars, he’s going to talk nonsense for a few minutes, then ask for more money. I almost didn’t go back.  But I knew Harry had very interesting things to say.

In the end, he does go back and he does capture the observations and he is rewarded for his effort.  There are several such dicey situations Brandon puts himself in to get his stories, and I admire that. 

Even though he comes across people who are trying to hustle him or are extremely suspicious of his motives, he has respect for his fellow humans that help him get his story and his shots. It’s this essential respect for the subject that makes his work all the more compelling.

Brandon just has a nose for people who are hiding something that will make for an amazing story.  He’s patient enough to cultivate his journalistic leads, and he doesn’t turn away from some of the most difficult people and situations that the streets of New York has to offer – and the rest of us are so much the better for it.