May Day

Lots of excitement in Bushwick last night. Some ass-dude was tearing down the street, plowing through intersections, his car going airborne until he lost complete control...he ran into a massive wood telephone pole completely taking out and finally stopped when his car plowed into a road construction barrier.

Not sure why there were so many fireman and trucks - I am not complaining. The odd part was the number of police that showed up...zero!

Note the angled STOP sign on the right of the frame.

Note the angled STOP sign on the right of the frame.

This is the same STOP sign on the right of this photograph, with the crashed car behind it.

This is the same STOP sign on the right of this photograph, with the crashed car behind it.

This is the aftermath this morning. The hanging wood telephone pole with the fire alarm box in photograph above is now laying in the gutter.

I love the posters on the concrete pole with the faces, but what really makes it work for me is the third face... the girl in the car checking out the carnage.

HB Klaus Voormann

When the huge outpouring for Prince took over the internet I thought it was a shame that how we feel about the musicians we love is massively put out there after the person dies. I think we should celebrate our icons while they're still here and can feel the love.

This is why I am celebrating the birthdays of musicians I've had the privilege to photograph, and in this case, also publish his artwork in Starart for the world to see.

Today Klaus Voormann turned 78. And it is my hope that he stays around for a long, long time. Check out the video below...it's perfect for today as he's recording and mucking around in the studio with his pal, P. McCartney.

 
 

KLAUS VOORMANN

From Klaus's A Sideman's Journey released in 2009, this video is like a birthday party. Enjoy...

 
 

Pick up your new copy of the trade edition of my first book, Starart.

 
 

Or better yet, the Limited Edition Starart book, signed by the artists.

 
 

And a print of his painting, Tushe, numbered and signed or a straight print.

 
 

Lower East Side - Photography Tip

I took this photograph two days ago, when I was reshooting the Houston St shots three years apart.

After snapping that one, I turned toward my friend who was holding my pup, Pumpkin. I loved everything I saw - my friend's body language leaning over toward Pumpkin, her blonde hair and black clothing, the placement of her boots and the three straps sticking out, Pumpkin's expression and body language with her white heart on her chest, wondering what Pumpkin's looking at, the sidewalk, the wet gutter, its reflections, the manhole cover, the sidewalk to the left, the posts, the construction walls, the NYC construction sign...and "BILLS". 

That may be a long list but that's everything I notice when I'm taking a picture. It's the details in a photograph that draw the viewer in and create a story for them to relate with the image. 

I took this from across the street and neither of them knew I was taking this photograph. I was lucky to catch Pumpkin concerned with something across the other street so she wasn't looking at me. It would be a totally different photograph if she was looking at me - and in my humble opinion it would not be as interesting.