For more please head over to my collection on Flickr, Street Art Photography, an album containing over a thousand photos of street art captured over the past 15 years in NYC and Sacramento, with some images taken in other cities and countries. From tags to large scale murals, with everything in between… Some of this artwork has long disappeared, others remain, some are hidden between buildings, others are displayed prominently, proudly, on visible walls. Many of the photos in this album were taken in Bushwick in Brooklyn over a decade ago, an area which has undergone significant changes in the past few years, with more artwork going up, but, at the same time, a lot disappearing too. Art is everywhere, we just need to look around to see it.
I spent many a day roaming around NYC, snapping photos of buildings, signs, art, sometimes even people if I felt confident enough. There was always at least one camera in my bag, digital and/or film. New York City embodies art. NYC IS art. NYC is a huge, moving and continuously evolving piece of art and there is nowhere in the world quite like it (not that I have found in any case). Over the years I captured many pieces of street art on those cameras, from tags to full blown commissioned murals and anything in between. I moved to Bushwick in early 2008 and found layers and layers of amazing art during my walks, blocks of murals and tags; stencils and wheatpastes. Some work was obviously commissioned and legal, other just appeared overnight on an old wall, and left to stay. Some of the art that I photographed is long gone, other work remains in the same place today, but you never know how long anything will last in the city… Street art remains ephemeral. I have only two regrets, one being that I left shooting Five Points for too long and was too late, and the other being not capturing all of the artists names. If you recognize any please leave a comment and I will add the artist’s name.
This collection of photos spans over 6 years and three boroughs (Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens). I used the following cameras: Canon Rebel Ti1, Canon AE-1 (1978 and 1979), Holga and there are a couple that were taken with an iPhone. Artists include: Blaze, Dasic Fernandez, AWR/MSK Crew, TFP Crew, Jesus Saves, Russell King, Bushwick Collective, Goya, Dave-Foto, DYM Crew, YMI Crew.
The (large) collection of photos is up on Flickr HERE. The photos featured below are only a small example of all of the images that I have collected over the years!
I’ve mentioned in a few posts lately that I have been meaning to get back into photography again. I’ve recently been looking through all my albums full of scanned film prints, all of the street art and street photography I have done over the years. Those feelings that you get when you capture that perfect image came flooding back, the same type of feelings that I get when I write something that makes my heart sing. I want to feel those emotions with photography again, and it really is as easy as making sure I take my camera with me wherever I go, which is what I always used to do.
Back in 2012 I saw that FujiFilm were releasing a new line of camera, the X line, and the whole concept appealed to me immediately. My favourite camera is still my completely manual SLR, a Canon AE-1 from 1978, and while I love how perfect and real a digital camera can render a photo, I also love the imperfections of film. Anyway, FujiFilm’s X line is basically a line of cameras that look like old-school SLRs with all the advanced digital technologies. They also have a film simulation option in several choices (colour or monochrome) so that your digital images look like film prints. Perfect for me, right? They aren’t cheap, hovering around the $1,000-1,500 mark, but I saved up and bought it in early 2013. And used it about 4 times. Granted, I had a lot going on, but I guess it was all for a reason as I recently pulled it out of my camera bag and started using it again, and to my delight it’s as good as I imagined it to be.
I’m so in love with this camera. Here is an album of shots taken over the past week. I need a lot more time and practice with it, but it’s already got its own little spot in the stroller and comes out with us wherever we go. I have some wonderful models too, although Luna tends to shy away from the camera these days, mainly because it makes her laugh. I suppose it makes for more interesting shots at times anyway. I’ve posted some of my favourites below, but you can check out the album on Flickr here. Our neighbourhood, our home, our friends, our life and things that catch my eyes while out and about.
I was recently looking through some photo albums on my computer for pictures I could use on my blog, and ended up going through all of the film photography I had done between 2010 and 2013. Between using a Holga and a Canon AE-1 from 1978 I had managed to collect quite a nice collection of images from NYC, California, Jamaica and Long Island, lots of memories of places and people and moments in time. I've not been very good at making the time for photography this past year, apart from taking many, many photos of my growing daughter and her many antics, but looking through the photos made me really miss using film. The element of surprise, the colours, the imperfections, the starkness of overexposure, the disappointment, the excitement and the fact that you only have one chance. I'm sure I actually still have half-used rolls of film in my cameras... I should use that as incentive to finish them off and start anew. It shouldn't be that difficult to through the Holga in the stroller or backpack! Stay tuned... In the meantime here are a few I picked out from the multiple albums I have on my hard drive. There are links to some albums below.