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Black and White Photography, New York: Thursday, February 24, 2005





I seem to do well in the area near my house. It is my own "secret garden" - there to be photographed over and over again. I've probably photographed this tree at least twenty times, mostly in the rain. Tonight, it was ethereal.

This was shot at f1.4, handheld, at 1/25th of a second, -2/3 of a stop so the highlights wouldn't be completely washed out.

9:59:22 PM    



There was this paint machine game at Freedomland. I actually can't even remember where Freedomland was, or whether it is one word or two, but for some reason my parents took me there quite often. In case you never heard of it, it was an amusement park. The machine had a disk on it that spun around, and you got some liquid paint in squeeze bottles that you dripped on it. The centrifugal force splattered the paint around. What I remember most was the way the inside of the curved walls looked after hundreds of layers of paint splatters.

7:42:09 PM    

I recently mentioned my friend, the guard at the Metropolitan Museum. I have not been able to double-source this story, and in fact, as blogs will do, I put it out for those who believe whatever is written anywhere, anytime.

A. GUMBLER, REPORTER AT LARGE

A major New York real estate developer has dropped plans to include a Wal-Mart in a mall here in New York, a move that would block the first New York City location for the world's largest retailer, according to published reports.

The New York Times reported that Vornado Realty Trust is dropping plans for the Wal-Mart in a shopping mall in Queens due to intense opposition from labor unions, neighborhood retailers and city officials concerned about the effect that the store would have on competitors.

In secret documents, this reporter has learned that Vornado intends to buy the Metropolitan Museum of Art building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, gut the museum of its art treasures, and put in the world�s biggest Wal-Mart.

The following are some direct quotes from a Vornado corporate intranet account email accidentally sent to my email account (Tornado):

�Estimated sales of the art would balance the NYC budget. How can Mike resist that?�

�We could bury FAO Schwarz for good. Imagine the Greek wing filled with teddy bears.�

�The Temple of Dendur would be costly to move. Maybe we can convert it to checkout.�

�Parking is problematic. Paving ten acres around Cleopatra�s Needle might do the trick.�

�We can cater to the tastes of NYC consumers. Reduce the lawn care department to fit into the present Impressionist wing and use the Atrium for pet care.�

�The fountains and front steps have to go. They encourage loitering and photographers.�

10:12:35 AM    


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