Month: February 2014

i love ny… the ongoing affair

It started back when I was a teen… the year of Star Wars, 1977.  A time when tourism in NYC was more like a season of survivor urban style.  Rotting to its core,  the idea that a slogan could help save the city and still be around some 35 years later must be every ad man’s dream.  Today it is the unspoken mark of the tourist,  but it is also so much more.  It is ubiquitous and it is NYC. Because as NYers we all have those days when we really do ..   love ny.   

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it is even in the trash beneath our feet in Queens…

 

 

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For several years now I have been using … i love ny… as a window into what makes us the same and yet so different in this city.  So whenever I get a good group together I will be posting here.  

For  more of the series head over to www.cybersharque.com/gallery.htm  and http://www.flickr.com/photos/bytegirl/sets/72157626596284257/

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winter is an extreme sport…

 

 

In the beginning we were full of optimism.  The first snows were enchanting,  they seemed almost festive.  We were hopeful warriors intent on winning the game.

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But then… it started to pile up.   And pile up and pile up some more.  and it kept snowing. At this point even the halftime speeches were wearing thin…. and it kept snowing.

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So now we are in the last quarter of the game,  outscored,  out played.  Defense is shot and there never really was an offense.

So I leave you with,  “stay warm nyc”.  

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a trip down the lane…

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A walk in NY can mean many things, and a theme seems to be emerging.  How many times can you say,  “you never know what you are going to see,” and get away with it? You will have to let me know.. because I have a feeling it is going to come up here often.  

 

 

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Style is subjective… and no where is that more evident than the streets of NY.  

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All shot on Broadway and 7th Avenue between Times Square and Union Square on a cold winter’s day.  

giddy fan girl stuff

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Giddy fan girl stuff?  Yep,  that is me,  the giddy fan girl.  I love street art,  I love the adventure of the hunt,  the thrill of finding a new piece.  I love recognizing an artist’s work and following their evolution through the artform.  I love the colors, the words, the graphics and  the deep meaning behind some pieces.. or the lack of meaning and pure joy at just being there in others.  I have really loved watching the art come into its own and enter our mainstream consciousness.  The growing pains have not been easy as witnessed in the whitewashing of 5 pointz (a topic of another day).. but the medium has grown and evolved.

Giddy fan girl you say… getting there,  I promise.

What was once looked at as pure vandalism and hooliganism is now sought after and respected by many.  Artists such as Meres One are working on paid commissions for pieces that will reach millions of eyes. Their voice being heard in the mainstream.  Stumbling on to their work in the street is one thing, watching them work quite another.  I am in awe of the talent,  their ability to reach the masses, to be seen,  because as artists on any level, isn’t that what we all want?  I stand in the shadows and photograph afraid to approach them because what do I have to add?  “Hey,  I like your work”  … who doesn’t?  And what is supposed to come out as “Hey, I like your work” more often than not is stumbled, mumbled gibberish and gush because I feel ten again ….  with David Cassidy standing right in front of me.  

So giddy fan girl took these shots back in December when Meres One was commissioned to do a wall for Rag and Bone in Soho…  I mumbled “hey, I like your work” in passing,  but lingered much longer watching in awe….

I am a talent junkie,  I need your fix,  keep creating!!

fangirl out 

for more in this series go to http://www.facebook.com/photographybybytegirl

Chor Boogie at The Cubes

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Why does a place get into your blood?  For many it is a connection to the land where they were born.  For others it is a connection to the people.  For me it is generally neither..  When my eyes first saw Santa Fe I didn’t know a soul,  but I knew in that initial glance that it was home.  It took me almost 20 years after that first beguiling encounter to make it my home…. but I knew.. I always knew.

With New York City it is different.. it isn’t the land (one island is generally as good as the next) it isn’t the people,  although the scope and diversity of the population  play into the equation.  It is NY’s uncanny ability to deal with my ADHD…”look squirrel” comes at ease in a city where the squirrels number in the millions and they aren’t limited to just the fuzzy tailed rats.

Every day in NY there is possibility.. the possibility of seeing something you have never seen before.. the possibility of light, color and magic…

So what does this have to do with Chor Boogie at The Cubes?  Magic…  You don’t have to be searching for NY to find you… You can just be walking down the street and be at the right place and the right moment,  have a nice security guard notice you pressing your face against a window, and instructing your entourage (generally the dragged along family) to stand in specific places to block shadow and glare,  and invite you into a private world of creation.  I had this luck.. But is it luck?  Maybe it is just NY recognizing my need to constantly chase the next squirrel…either way NY has a knack of always knowing..

 

for more in this series of captures… check out my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/photographybybytegirl

for more on Chor Boogie at the cubes…. check out his facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CHORBOOGIE01 or his page at http://www.chorboogie.com

Putting out fires

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These days it seems like all I am doing is putting out small fires.  Extended stay in NYC, missing Santa Fe but still a few fires that need putting out.  As nice as it is to be out among the people,  I miss the quiet of the mountains.  

Taken on Thursday in the Times Square subway station.  Never saw a fire but they were definitely prepared.