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Black and White Photography, New York: Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Did you ever notice how interesting some of those folks are who sit on the benches (seemingly for hours) between the wall and the inner line of vendor stalls? Some are vendors themselves, which makes sense, but others are just unusually dressed people staring off into space, almost as if they´re riding a motionless subway. Some really look catatonic. They´ve chosen an equally unusual resting place, because the view in front of them is typically the rear section of a stand (not the most flattering presentation of the vendor´s wares, to say the least). Robert.

Yes -- I've been shooting them when they are nearby.  I've been thinking that I might end up with a little photo essay if nothing else from this whole thing.

At this point I am planning to be there Friday.  But it depends on a) the weather and b) how I feel after Thursday (I will be out tomorrow for sure).  I will put a note in the blog the day before I go out.

7:35:40 PM    

The new street rig is just too simple -- but I'll be out there again tomorrow (Day 4).

Table, 3 small grids from Home Depot, and a bunch of clamps.  The sign is simplified also.  It just says:

"PHOTOGRAPHY : DAVE BECKERMAN"

It seems to me that if you put the whole spiel up about how the prints were made it just drives people away.  If someone wants to know - I'm happy to explain the MIS Curves to them.  I still don't have a lot of large prints, but will bring what's around.

Stupid Item Number 73.  I was so exhausted today, that when I got out to Home Depot and bought the rigs, I saw a line of people outside the store with carts and stood behind them.  After awhile, I noticed that the line wasn't moving much.  I began to ask the guard questions about why did they only have the one cashier and he said that was all they could afford.  People were complaining about how slowly the line was moving.  Well - after a while - and I'm not sure how this dawned on your truly - I came to the realization that this line was for RETURNS. That took about 10 minutes.

So, I went back in and found lots of open cashiers and paid for the three items. Total cost: $15.  In case you are thinking of doing this - (not waiting on the wrong line) - the stuff you need for an outdoor display is in the kitchen shelving section.

4:44:07 PM    

Back from Home Depot - bought a couple of shelving grids.  Should do the trick.  Just in time to watch Tom Ridge testify at the 9-11 hearings.  This guy does not make me feel secure.  He talks in such generalities, that I can just picture people in the various departments -- the ones that actually do the security work -- laughing at him.  Just more political mumbo jumbo.  I really wouldn't be surprised to see planes heading towards some other big buildings while this guy is yammering away.

Every word, every phrase is hackneyed: "we are in the analysis business."  He talked about how everyone can now communicate with each other.  Just yesterday, the head of the Fire Dept. and the Police Dept. of NYC said that they still couldn't easily communicate with each other.

It reminds me of when I had to make a visit to AT&T -- to try and hook them up to a network in at the Ad Agency.  This was a few years ago.  Turned out that AT&T was still using 286-based pcs.  There was no way they could be used without a total upgrade.  Sort of like the FBI.

The top level of an organization is all smoke and mirrors.  You get down to the worker bees and find out what is really going on.  I don't know anything about Tom Ridge - but he reminds me so much of one of our big CIOs.  Great big empty suit.  Yet everyone believed he knew what he was doing - until he lost the firm a few million bucks and got a golden parachute so no one would know how he had screwed up.  Maybe it's just the haircut that gives it away. 

12:30:07 PM    

The dress rehearsal for the play ran until after midnight.  I can tell you one thing, it was lucky I brought Fujicolor Press 800 since the play was, for the most part dimly lit.  It was a tricky thing to do: no flash was possible as it would be too distracting, and there was no way to move around during the shoot for the same reason.  On top of all that, it was a play with long stretches of silence, in a small theatre with no audience, where you could hear the actress breathe.

I sort of knew ahead of time that this might be the way it was, though I expected the play to be brighter.  My plan was to bring the tripod, stay back in the last row (about 10 rows back) and shoot as much as possible with long lenses, i.e. the 70-200 and the 100 f2, which is what I did.

I asked the actors afterwards if they heard the camera and they said not at all (Elan 7).  Shooting in color also made sense, at least in retrospect, since color had symbolic meaning.

As far as the play itself -- I can't say that I understood that much about what was going on - dense language, but I also wasn't bored and in the second act, things seemed to clear up somewhat.  I thought I would be tired, since it had been a long day -- with street selling as well -- but actually -- I wasn't until it was over.

Actors: God Bless Them One And All.  What a life.

6:08:55 AM    


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