Posted on April 13, 2017
He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion…no, make that: he – he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yeah. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.’
Uh, no let me start this over.
He was too romantic about Manhattan, as he was about everything else. He thrived on the hustle bustle of the crowds and the traffic. To him, New York meant beautiful women and street-smart guys who seemed to know all the angles…’.
Ah, corny, too corny for my taste. Can we … can we try and make it more profound?
He adored New York City. For him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. The same lack of individual integrity that caused so many people to take the easy way out was rapidly turning the town of his dreams in…’
No, that’s going to be too preachy. I mean, you know, let’s face it, I want to sell some books here.
He adored New York City, although to him it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture. How hard it was to exist in a society desensitized by drugs, loud music, television, crime, garbage…’
Too angry, I don’t want to be angry.
He was as tough and romantic as the city he loved. Behind his black-rimmed glasses was the coiled sexual power of a jungle cat.’
I love this.
‘New York was his town, and it always would be.”
― Woody Allen, Manhattan
Posted on January 11, 2013
I’m not much for lists beyond the “to do” list that helps add some sense to my days, just thought I’d share some things from the past year that inspired me, made me think, laugh etc… throughout the next few weeks. All my following posts will only update to my blog at https://lourussophotography.wordpress.com and Facebook Photography Page at https://www.facebook.com/LouRussoScenes so follow or like!
First off, James Nares STREET at The Wadsworth Atheneum. STREET is an unscripted 61 minute high-definition video filmed on the streets of Manhattan that is simply amazing to watch. Shot using a camera normally intended to be stationary while shooting fast-moving objects (Phantom Flex) the camera was mounted on the back of an SUV while it roamed the city streets. When played back in super slow motion, every facial expression and movement of the people on the street becomes, well, beautiful. One of my favorite pastimes has always been people watching, STREET brings it to an entirely different level. The typical intensity and determination of the city street-walker is slowed down and presented as mellifluous dream-like movements. While some slowly move, others are motionless, frozen in time while on a cell phone or waiting to cross the street. The normally unseen flicker of fluorescent lights seem to strum the guitar played by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, an original piece which was composed for the video. A man stands on a street corner and with eyes closed, rubs his forehead with his hand. What’s his story? Money problems? Health? And then you realize that this image you’re staring at is most likely just a second in time, just some guy who blinked while rubbing his forehead. And that’s what interests me. Taking an everyday action or idea and presenting it in a way that strips it of its reality and redefines it. The hour-long video is actually just under three minutes of footage. You have to check it out! Here is a link to two short clips. http://www.thewadsworth.org/street/