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Better Than Real Because It's Not.


Wednesday March 21st 2012, 8:12 pm
Filed under: General

(Sep 11) It is past 9 PM on a Sunday night. I head into the city with the ubercamera for a familiar journey. I really don’t know much about how to use the camera still at this point (and still don’t), but I got some good results. Again, this may be the last time they do The Lights, and the neighbors must absolutely hate the installation. So, although I have to move in a couple of days, I get on the train.

the journey begins
Brooklyn Bridge, 1:15 AM. That brightness in the distance turned out to be The Tribute In Light.

bastards
Not only did the clouds defile the view, so did the contractor working on the bridge.

aimed in the direction of the statue of liberty
Despite these unfortunate circumstances, the ubercamera remained uber.

the lady herself
Oh how far my new camera has come from the others.

but there in the distance
At this point, I still wasn’t quite sure they were even on.

southwest
A look around… Downtown.

northwest
Midtown, Manhattan Bridge, Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. The top of the ESB is in the cloud cover.

for reals
There it is.

obscuration. didn't know it was a real word until i looked it up.
The clouds were unfortunate, to say the least.

imo, more meaningful than the official tributes
Tributes to the dead.

and the area creepily touristy about nine-eleveny
The new station. It is a big yawn, and no longer opens in a convenient spot (for me).

everything is for a reason
I wonder what that’s lit for.

maybe in this same location?
I do some version of this shot every time.

looks like smoke, right?
Phaser attack?

trinity church
This was the only decent shot out of a dozen in this same spot, which I’ve used in the past.

almost there now
One more “it looks like it’s coming from the building” shot.

the source
This one really is coming from the top of the building. This is the parking garage the installation sits atop.

the embarrassing 'freedom tower' is the name no more
The Lights are not actually at the World Trade Center. There, down the block, is the new One World Trade Center.

they're kind of awesome up close
Up close, and personal.

i took about 300 photos
I don’t like this shot so much, but it is the last one I took for the evening, and thus possibly the last one I’ll take of the Tribute In Light.


Thursday October 15th 2009, 3:16 am
Filed under: General

(September 11) For this year’s Tribute In Light, I decided to go to the Brooklyn Bridge. I probably should have gone further north, but Viza met me there and we ended up having one of those only in New York encounters with two girls that borrowed my tripod. Without further comment…


Sunday May 31st 2009, 6:58 am
Filed under: General

(May 10) Yep. I forgot to post the last part of the May 10th excursion… Under the Brooklyn Bridge are these odd fluorescent lights. I’ve seen them before, and while I’m still not sure, I think they’re supposed to be an artistic piece of some kind… although it’s hard to know for sure since there’s no plaque and I’m a heathen.

art?

utility?

bulbs?

expression?

installed or an installation?

cyclists
I really need a working bicycle

one of the eternal construction sheds
As I now always do, I walked home from DUMBO and the bridges

bam!
Past the Brooklyn Academy of Music

apparently not.
Will he?


Wednesday May 27th 2009, 3:11 am
Filed under: General

(May 10) The point of my trip out on May 10th was to see the de-fence Project. I got there too late in terms of lighting, but it got torn down the next day. Where I live, the landlord has put in dangerous illegal apartments the city knows about and has done nothing about, but put up some art without a permit, and the state takes immediate action.

carousel
This was a surprise. A carousel inside a storefront.

signs & bridges


When I reached the end, the end was near for de-fence.


Sunday May 10th 2009, 5:39 pm
Filed under: General

Another thinking tour. My return to the Brooklyn Bridge. Didn’t come up with any good ideas.

china ownz us
This journey began in Chinatown, on Canal St.

meltdown
While talking to Tony, I ran into this metaphor for our financial system

j&r
The Temple of Daniel

no thanks
Sushi, Blimpie, Pizza, and Pasta. Ohhhh kay!

red and white
Thanks to the Empire State Building, it’s a little different every time I’m here.

iconic
Brooklyn. The Bridge.

people, some real, one not
I wandered back down Smith St., past this illusion

it's never really dark in brooklyn
And then along Carroll, back to pseudoreal headquarters.



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