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.

Murals Two

I have a whole series of mural shots I did this past weekend that I will be peppering into the blog in the coming days.

Here are the first two that I think mesh nicely, if for no other reason than they are both vertical.

 
 

No Right Turn - I like this one for the photograph as much as the mural. I think I added something great to the artist's initial intention. More so than the graffiti artist with the orange/red spray can.

 
 

In addition to the center painting, I was attracted by the texture of the wooden shingles and framing etc. I'm just not getting the pink bit above the door. Is it a pink fish with tendrils floating from its face or is it a dead chicken lying on its side?

BW or Color

Sometimes I shoot black and white and sometimes I shoot in color. I love both, so my choice depends on subject, style, etc. Ninety percent of the time I know when I shoot. I often shoot in black and white mode but since I shoot raw the color remains in the file and can be brought up. If you shoot in tiff or jpeg you lose the color information in the file.

Today I was walking around Bushwick to shoot the murals, which is what I planned to post. Then came my conundrum. The first one I picked stymied me on whether it should be color or black and white. I planned color because the mural artist painted it in color but then in post I looked at it in black and white. So for the past half hour I have been going back and forth...black and white or color?

You decide.