Monday, May 31, 2010

Bushwick artist and friend

As soon as people say yes to having their picture taken I start work - always afraid they will change their minds. This means I have to do them more or less where they are standing. However tempted I am to ask subjects to come with me and stand by the magnificent foxgloves in Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, I have never asked, and I doubt if I would get anybody to agree.

I also assume that everyone is on their way somewhere so this cannot turn into a morning's work. I adopt a certain speed but no rush. This couple were on a street with too much distracting contrast in the background. I didn't know what to do. Casting around I spied a
good background a hundred yards down the street. All was well: they were going that way.

You can't ask people you meet in the street to go home and change if you don't like what the are wearing. I did like what this couple were wearing though it was puzzling. We have a woman in a summer blouse but a woolen winter skirt and carrying a leather jacket on an 85 degree day.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Girl with floral earrings

Spotted on the steps of the High School on the way from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to where our car was parked. She is a 9th grade hip hop dancer.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Chef who would

We revisited Prospect Heights and failed with the chef at Bristen's Eatery. Adamant about not having her picture taken. People either say yes or they say, "No thank you I'd rather not, or, wagging their finger, they say, "No pictures." There is no persuading them. Money would do it, I suppose. I've never tried.

Go up the road to Breukelen Café. Have a coffee and Caroline nips outside to make friends with a woman and her spaniel. Five minutes later I follow. Never mind the spaniel, the owner is special. "I'm not shy, go ahead." she says. By coincidence she is a chef. Cooks at the attractive place next door, Dutch Boy Burger.

Man from Jamaica

He was outside his apartment building on Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. "Take it!... Take it!" he said, "and send me a copy." To the question of where he was from originally he replied, "Jamaica, and that's not Jamaica, Queens".

Woman cradling a Rolleiflex

She was given it by a photographer she worked for. My favourite camera and format, the square. I must follow her example and use mine again. Film is still plentiful.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Monica, Mania and Michael

Monica was delighted at the thought of having her picture taken. I explained that I had been photographing Newburgh for the last fifteen years for a book. I pointed to a wall and asked her to stand in front of it. She shuddered when she saw the name ........ Gang scrawled on the wall. "I don't want to be affiliated with them," she said. "Stand away from the wall and you will cover it," I replied. After I had done the two of them together I asked Monica if I could take her alone. She released Mania without a qualm and posed by herself. Mania stood riveted by the dog and the camera's click and whir. Here are the two pictures.


Here is Monica alone without her child.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Man in hat and mac

The hat was the first thing I noticed, then the firmness of push that he exerted on the baby carriage. He was on home duty, it was Sunday, and although he spends the week testing his inventions to destruction at his laboratory, he is more than happy to push and nurture his son on the weekends.

Anything that has to be demolished on stage in a theatre he builds. He tests it to destruction ten times to see that it works properly.
"Left it late for the first child."

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Poodle walker meets friend

Are they talking dogs?

Tender moment

A day of extremes - high winds, bad lunch, then purchase of Louis's favorite dog food and reuniting with Daniel at Botanica in Red Hook for a Hemingway. Discomfort, annoyance, satisfaction, sadness and joy. It was a sad day for this couple on the stoop of his house in Carroll Gardens but they did not turn me away.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Couple in grey

I said, let's just go to the bus stop under the raised section of the F in Gowanus. I'd had luck there several times. Nobody at the bus stop but low and behold along comes this couple as we continue on our way. They run a business making chalk boards and slate boards for arranging food or anything you feel like, and often dress like they are here, in grey.

Georgi at Caputo's Bakery

She stepped outside for a smoke as we past the bakery, Caputo, on Court Street, Brooklyn. Been there one hundred and four years - the bakery I mean. Caroline bought a bag of biscotti and finished them before we got home.