Tag Archives: Street Art
I think I’m officially the last person to visit the newish Faile mural on Houston and Bowery. It’s been up for a few weeks, but since moving to Brooklyn I don’t get out to the East Village as much. I’m a huge Faile fan already, but this mural is just stunning. Kate and I were visiting a new pizza place on the Bowery and I just happened to have my old Nikon FM2n and a wide angle lens.
Since the Os Gemeos mural disappeared in the Spring of 2010 this wall has pretty much been dead to me. There was a yawn-inducing Shepard Fairey piece for awhile and then a tag-riddled Kenny Sharf piece; neither added much to the city.
This one is a thing of beauty. As always, you can click on the picture for a larger version.
Yesterday Jess and Garrett posted some great pictures of the mural as well.
If you like Faile, here’s an old post from the pop up arcade they did in the Lower East Side.
I haven’t been able to grab any of the new Kodak Portra 160 lately (even Adorama and B&H are out of it), so I just grabbed a few rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 color film in the meantime. I’ve used Ektar in 120 format in the Hasselblad 501cm, so I knew what to expect from it – very fine grain and true color for most subjects. These pictures were scanned at Duane Reade, so they are little more saturated than they would be if I scanned them, but I’m too lazy to forgo the cheap scanning when I drop a color roll off at Duane Reade. Still, these are more true to life than Portra VC and comparable to Portra NC film.
I snapped this roll (roll number 49 of 2011!) in Williamsburg last weekend, while Kate was getting her nails done.
All images are from the Nikon F3 and Nikkor 28mm f2.8 Ai-s lens on Kodak Ektar 100 film developed and scanned at Duane Reade
Classic Blue Volkswagon Under Bridge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Abandoned Staples Cart on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Kam Sing Restaurant on Corner of Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York Deli and Grocery on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Thank You Shark on Roebling Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Crumbling Building Detail on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Red Building on Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Street Art and Early Moon off of Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Liquor Store on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Street Art off of Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
At Work, Artist Jef Campion
This is the first of a series of black and white film posts that I’m calling “At Work.” I’m always fascinated by the details in our everyday lives, so I’ve decided to turn the lens of my old Nikon towards people’s workspaces.
This one is appropriate to begin the series with, as Jef’s work was some of the first pieces of street art that caught my eye shortly after moving to New York. He uses Diane Arbus’ striking “Child with Hand Grenade” as one of the signature pieces for his street work. Arbus’ photograph of a boy gripping a grenade in his hand has startled viewers for over 40 years. Jef, an admirer of the troubled artist, enlarges her image and accents it with blood red paint dripping from the boy’s shorts.
War is a common theme in Jef’s work. Like many people, he is troubled by the amount of time, money, and lives wasted on waging war. His Grenade Boy is usually tagged with a bright red “Army of One,” “No More War,” or “Give Peace a Chance.” While we talked, I learned that Jef has been a New York firefighter, risking his own life for others for over 17 years. Besides his career as a firefighter, he works in his studio, where he has three or four fully mature pieces ready for gallery shows. His current body of work, both street and studio, has emerged from his experience of sifting through the wreckage from Ground Zero for survivors and fellow firefighters after September 11th. He spent weeks on site for the rescue and recovery mission and has used his art as a way to deal with the experience of being immersed in such destruction.
I spent some time in Jef’s spacious Yonkers studio photographing his work and tools.
Jef at work on a new piece dedicated to Diane Arbus, which collects targeted words from headlines of the New York Times editorial page over the last few years.
Again the concept of war takes center stage
Jef put a call out for theses specific letters from children’s building blocks for this unfinished piece. The blocks will be against a backdrop of baseball cards.
An art exchange from a fellow street artist. Exchanging work with other artists is a quick way to get your art up in another area. Jef has sent his Grenade Boy and Bride of War pieces to Cuba and Sao Paulo, Brazil for other artists to paste up.
Detail from current studio work
Jef and I are planning a night shoot as he pastes up his work locally. I’ll post those images here as well. As much of a fan as I am of Jef’s street art, I was really blown away by his studio work. It will be interesting to see what he does this year. You can see his street work on Flickr, as well as on the streets of NYC and LA.
All images shot with Nikon FM2n and Nikkor 50mm f1.4 Ai lens on Fuji Nopan 400 speed film pushed to 1600 ISO and developed in Kodak D-76.
It was cold Sunday, like 15 degrees. We had already brunched, shopped, cocktailed, and walked around when Kate spied a salon that had an opening for a manicure. Off I went, knowing that I had one roll of color film and 45 minutes to kill. I headed over to Kent Street and walked north knowing there was a high concentration of street art. The following shots are with Kodak Portra 400 NC film, which isn’t the best film for a bright, sunny day, but I got some usable pictures.
I hadn’t seen this before.
The always colorful corner of Kent and Metropolitan.
Can’t resist the Roa rabbit
Number 210 from the road
And a close up of the watchful meerkats
Clown Soldier standing guard
This Gaia piece is what I was making a beeline for since I had never seen it in person
Gaia up close with Clown Soldier
Nice little jam on this wall
And as I was walking back to meet Kate, I noticed this You Would
This was a roll of Ilford Delta Pro 100 film in the Hasselblad. I always forget how much depth medium format negatives give you.
Corner in Greenwich Village with Village Vanguard
An almost shredded Twiggy in the Meatpacking District
Army of One, ASVP, Clown Soldier, and Alec in Meatpacking District. It’s a bummer that the Bride of War was torn down, but that’s how it goes…
Close up you can really see the texture of the paper laying against the wall
Last weekend I went over to Williamsburg to take some shots of the two Roa animals that reside there. Still loving the Nikon FM2n. It’s a fabulous camera, especially paired with one of my favorite all purpose color films, Kodak Portra 400NC.
On the way to Roa I noticed this nice growth of vines.
Roa squirrel. This thing covers the whole side of a building, it’s really cool to see in person.
The Mollusk Surf Shop is a beautiful building.
Left side of the Mollusk building
Close up of Roa’s rabbit further up towards Kent Avenue
A detail of the building
Until this roll, I haven’t been that pleased with Kodak Tri X 400. I used it several times at 400 and have developed it in both Ilford DD-X and Rodinal, but until I read up on people pushing it to 1600 with good results I hadn’t thought of pushing it. First of all it already seemed plenty grainy. I liked that. But it was also flat and not very contrasty. So yesterday I loaded a roll into the Leica M6 and set the ISO at 1250 (well 1200 on the Leica, which has a dodgy ISO setting if you ask me). I also developed it in Kodak stalwart D-76 instead of Rodinal.
These are the results. Very contrasty. Normally I would adjust the contrast up a bit with Tri-X, but didn’t need to touch it. Just scanned them in.
The Dynamic Duo? Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Sword Licker, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Kirby Chirbie, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Shopping Cart and Stairs, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Flash Life, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
Side view on Spring Street, Shot on the corner of the Bowery, NYC with Leica M6
I’ve been really liking the tones of the Fuji Acros 100 lately, but wanted to see how the Tri-X 400 compared shot the same day. Took the Leica M6 out this weekend with a bit of Fuji left and a fresh roll of Tri-X in my hot little hand.
First, the Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and the Leica M6; these shots were taken in the Meatpacking District.
Haculla and Freddy team up
The Bride of War and the Jester
Charlie and Albert
Buildings from the High Line
Flowers on the High Line
Now the Kodak Trix-400, which I pulled to 200 when I developed in Rodinal 1+50
The Olympia Garage on 10th Avenue in Meatpacking District
Switch of locations to an alley in the Financial District
Love how this doesn’t really call to mind the Financial District
Same here, not your usual image of the Financial District
Shot with Leica M6, Zeiss 35mm f2.0, and Fuji Superia 400 film
Banksy Art, Lower Manhattan, NYC
Banksy Art, Lower Manhattan, NYC
I noticed on Twitter that someone had seen a Banksy over by the World Trade site. So, I zipped over there during lunch with the only roll of color film I had (Kodak Gold) and snapped a few pictures. I went back the next day with some Kodak Portra 160 film and it had already been tagged into oblivion. I guess that’s what happens with street art. Am lucky that I used film for this though, because I made a huge 125MB scan of the negative and I can make a huge print of this really cool Banksy piece.