I don't really fancy myself a photographer, but I do occasionally visit some curious places, see some interesting things, and meet some interesting people. On good days, I'll capture a bit of all this with my camera phone...

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Photo Essays and Galleries

Robots Will Kill

Fri, 06 Mar 2020

A For street artist ChrisRWK himself, the phrase "Robots Will Kill" is a reminder not to get into a rut, not to let routine kill creativity, not to be owned by your own processes. Robots Will Kill. Here is his latest at the 212 Gallery in the Lower East Side of New York City. Click to Read More...


The Electric Body

Sun, 16 Feb 2020

The The human body is moved by electricity, both emotionally and physically. Cells spark electrical pulses, which align to form movements, thoughts, behaviors, in a way that is not fully understood. And just as people are moved by internal electricity, they are also affected by external sources of energy as well. In his latest exhibit at the Perrotin NYC gallery, Danish artist Jesper Just looked how the electricity of the individual intersects with that generated from the outside. Click to Read More...


Our Venmo History

Wed, 15 Jan 2020

My Life in New York City: My friend Jess and I have basically been trading the same $100 back and forth across Venmo for the past three years now. Here is a visual accounting...

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The Murmur Trestle

Mon, 09 Dec 2019

Photos The city of Athens, Georgia, USA is at a loss as to what to do with this decrepit wooden railroad trestle, as it is sort of famous for being on the back cover of the 1983 R.E.M debut album Murmur, a murkily haunting album that has elegantly and stubbornly outlived its era -- much like the bridge itself. Click to Read More...


Forlorn Folks in Hotel Rooms

Sun, 01 Dec 2019

Edward American painter Edward Hopper was a painter of light, the real painter of light. He was also a painter of loneliness. In many of his paintings, there are few people milling about. Or if they are present, they appear solitaire, not communicating with one another. They look sad, wistful, or they look away. Both themes play heavily in the current exhibit his his work at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which focuses on his career-spanning focus of people in hotels and travel lodges. Click to Read More...


Find Your Angle

Sun, 20 Oct 2019

Some The Storm King Art Center is all about finding your angle. Not THE angle, because so much of the sculpture there has no ONE angle that gets the whole picture, just a perspective that makes sense to you. Click to Read More...


Walking into Yorklyn for a Beer

Tue, 23 Jul 2019

A Here is a photo journal of my recent walk to a brewpub in the tiny town of Yorklyn, Delaware, from the family farm just a few hills over and across the state line in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, I had not hiked this route in decades. So I caught it all as an Instagram story. Click to Read More...


Pete Ham's Prophetic Guitar Pick

Sat, 15 Jun 2019

The Here is solid silver guitar pick, designed in 1971 by May Pang for the Pete Ham, lead singer of Badfinger. After the Beatles broke up, the hippie underground swirled with rumors that Badfinger were the Beatles in disguise. Four years after Pang forged this pick, Ham hung himself. Funny she oriented it like a gravestone. Or maybe she saw into his troubled soul. Click to Read More...


Flatbush Caribbean Vibes

Sun, 31 Mar 2019

Caribbean I had spied this take-out two blocks down, Caribbean Vibes, that just exuded warmth and promised real yard-style cooking. Why should check this place out, I suggested after she clocked out from her dancing gig. You may have to wait a minute if you want to get that real Caribbean Yard-Style cooking in Flatbush, unless you can learn how to hustle your order through. Click to Read More...


Tags on the WillieB

Sun, 10 Mar 2019

A One of the hottest pieces of NYC graffiti property in New York City is the nameplate of the Williamsburg Bridge in New York. The bridge spans the Lower East Side in Manhattan and the Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The sign, along the pedestrian walkway towards the Manhattan side, gets a lot of eyeballs from passing walkers, skaters, and bikers. So, not surprisingly, the WillieB also gets a lot of attention from street artists, and is adorned with a fresh tag every few weeks or so. Click to Read More...


Ladies of the Pinball Machine

Sun, 24 Feb 2019

A Like any artifact of pop culture, pinball machines reflected the mores of the era. So is it a victory of feminist thought that the sexy ladies depicted on the backdrops of these machines -- to titillate coins from their owners pockets -- have evolved over the decades, from dude eye candy to rock stars championing their own journeys? Notes from our visit to the Silverball Museum Arcade in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Click to Read More...


Something Good is Worth Finding

Wed, 16 Jan 2019

Opening City street art offers free entertainment for those who wander about a lot by foot. Having spent a fair amount of time walking around New York City, I could not help but start to notice all the work of the street and graffiti artists -- who they are, what their styles are, and even how they evolve over time. Street art enlivens dull spaces, uniting communities in the process.Perambulation is how I have gotten to know PhoebeNewYork, who is the mixed-media alter-ego of street artist Libby Schoettle. Click to Read More...


Never Get Out of this World Alive

Wed, 02 Jan 2019

Highlights No matter the year, January 1 always feels dreary. Everyone is hungover. It is usually cloudy and cold. No one feels like doing much of anything. Fitting then, that such a dire day claimed the life of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, Hank Williams. He died January 1, 1951 in the backseat of his car somewhere on a West Virginia back road, on his way to a show to Ohio. He was only 29, but alcohol and an addiction to pain killers had left him a shell of a man by then.

But on each January 1, in honor of ole Hank and his tremendous legacy of classic country songs, musicians get together in New York to pay homage, in a show called Hank-O-Rama. Click to Read More...


Christians and the Unicorn

Fri, 21 Dec 2018

Early What I learned today: Early Christians had a complex love/hate relationship with the mythical unicorn. Unicorns showed up in the King James and some Catholic interpretations of the Bible. Some churches would even stash away what pastors assumed were unicorn horns (narwhal tusks sold to them by traders, evidently). They coveted the supposed water-purifying properties of the horn, but while dreaming of finding a unicorn, they also spent much artistic energy depicting the capture and slaughter of the unicorn, as this 15th Century artwork at the NYC Met Cloisters museum show Click to Read More...


Friends of John Sargent

Wed, 26 Aug 2015

The Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray remained young while his portrait aged in an attic. John Sargent (1856-1925), in a way, pulled off the opposite trick, preserving on oiled canvas the full beauty and animism of people who are now all long deceased.

Sargent painted portraits of his friends, often trading a payment for freedom of artistic direction, which allowed him to more accurately capture their personalities. Tight with Claude Monet, Sargent often borrowed techniques from impressionism to make his work more dynamic and subtle. The results remain almost eerily vivacious over a century later. Click to Read More...


Open Studios: Bushwick Christmas

Fri, 12 Jun 2015

A "Bushwick Christmas" is how my pal Tania describes Bushwick Open Studios, which takes place in early June in Brooklyn NYC (June 6-7 this year).

Visitors throng the hood, seeking out art, drink, and camaraderie. The artists get their work noticed, the locals see a shit-ton of eye candy, and the bar staff pull their largest paychecks for the season. Everyone hits a roof-top party to watch the sun set on Manhattan. Celebrate!

Like any holiday, participants make elaborate plans in the months before, only to rush around in the hours prior assembling something, anything, for their soon-to-arrive visitors. This year especially so, it seemed. BOS2015 could have been called the seat-of-our-pants year, to hear a few artists describe their last-minute frantic preparations. Still there was a lot of cool art to check out. After all, something is new if you haven't seen it before... Click to Read More...


Waiting For The Sun

Sat, 30 May 2015

Onlookers Even during the apocalypse, people will still check their smart phones, I bet.

Here, westward-facing onlookers wait for the sun to descend between the two columns of New York City skyscrapers along 42nd Street, Friday, May 29, 2015, 8:10 PM. The urban equinox. ManhattanHenge. You can blame Neil deGrasse Tyson. Click to Read More...


Call This Number, Buy This Car

Wed, 27 May 2015

A Go on and call on your telephone. The number is right there on the For-Sale sign under the windshield 350-9801 all seven digits ask the guy who answers how much for the blue Chevy Impala with the 400 ci V8. He will tell you its a Historic Car. I bet he tries to sell it for $800 but you could talk him down to $600. It runs too. Do not believe him when he tells you it gets more than 8 mpg. Click to Read More...


From Monsters to Ghosts

Sat, 21 Mar 2015

The Street art is like television for urban perambulators. A secret channel open to anyone who just tunes in, it tells stories and captures your attention with brash spectacles of color and form.

When I first started walking about New York City five years ago, Roycer700 was one of the first street artists whose works I'd come to recognize. I'd see his monsters about town, everywhere. On neglected walls, hidden into industrial crevices, on anonymous post boxes, on the Williamsburg bridge. The man clearly got around.

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Bleak, Beautiful Roadwork

Sun, 15 Mar 2015

Margaret America is a vast country. Even today, there is probably too much land for the people who inhabit the place, and we lay much of it to waste. The tangles of roadway connecting our homes and points of interest are rarely scenic; they are littered on each side with hastily erected fast food joints, strip malls, scrub land.

Which is why Margaret Morrison's latest series of oils, shown by the Woodward Gallery in NYC, are so fascinating. She draws beauty from these ravaged wastelands, using not only the colors they exude, but also the promises they hold. Click to Read More...


Welcome to the Machine

Thu, 05 Mar 2015

The I don't know much about art, but one thing I do know a little bit about is LP covers. I grew up before MTV, which is to say before music came with visual accompaniment. Those days, when you bought an album, you took it home, put it on the record player and just listened. If you wanted visuals, you scanned the LP cover.

Which is why, at this year's Pulse NYC contemporary art fair, I gravitated to the oil paintings of J.P. Roy. His work reminded me of those album covers from progressive rock-era British bands of the 1970s, especially those from Roger Dean and the Hipgnosis studio. Click to Read More...


Street Art Banished by Instagram

Fri, 30 Jan 2015

Instagram I am not entirely sure how many cultures this image could piss off, really. It is a quick camera phone capture of some rain-washed paste-up street art in Williamsburg. A veiled, topless woman, rife with religious symbols, gives the viewer a heavily tattooed finger, with what appears to be 'thug' tattooed across her stomach. But it was probably the nips that got it taken down from Instagram. Click to Read More...


Strong Enough to Bend

Thu, 01 Jan 2015

/ This is Cassie, Karoaking in a neighborhood bar in Hedgesville, a small West Virginia town just outside of Martinsburg. When I came in, Cas was singing a frisky Dolly Parton song. Click to Read More...


Farewell Smile

Mon, 29 Dec 2014

Korn/ When I first heard of the passing of New York City street/graffiti artist Jeffrey Gamblero, AKA Korn, I was bummed I didn't have any shots on hand to share. After all, I've seen his wicked creations all over the city, and followed his progress on Instagram, but somehow neglected to post a few good photographs from my about-the-town ramblings. Then today, I was walking, pretty much at random, down a side street in deep industrial Bushwick, and, lo, this delivery truck decked out by Korn just rolled up and stopped momentarily right in front of me. Click to Read More...


Proctor Plantation

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

Henricus In whatever abode you currently dwell, it is probably a damn McMansion compared to the modest quarters inhabited by the middle-class residents of an 1611-era Henricus settlement, a replica of which is maintained at the Henricus Historical Park, just south of Richmond, Virginia. Click to Read More...


Live Blogging the Accidental Marathon

Sun, 30 Nov 2014

Running I accidently signed up for a full Richmond, Va. 2014 Anthem marathon, thinking I would run the half. At first I figured I'd just jog as much as possible, taking breaks every mile or so to snap pictures. Click to Read More...


Your Crap Goes Here

Sun, 12 Oct 2014

Gowanus Whenever it rains heavily, New York City's East Harbor sewage treatment facilities spill their excess waste water into the Gowanus Canal. So when in NYC try not to flush when it rains. Click to Read More...


Meet the Mayor of Williamsburg

Sun, 28 Sep 2014

The Whenever a situation needs to be goosed a bit, Tania calls in the Mayor of Williamsburg (Not an actual elected official). He's on the right in this photo, the handsome gent with the dreadlocks and top hat. Click to Read More...


Ron English, Circus Babies

Sun, 21 Sep 2014

Ron Culture-jamming we used to call it, back in the day. Ron English is one of the artists currently working to subvert the images and messages we get from corporations paying to get them in front of us. Click to Read More...


Alabama Haybale Art

Sat, 09 Aug 2014

Jim We found Bird's Farm more or less by accident, driving Alabama Route 43 south from Eutaw, as a scenic diversion off the highway, to New Orleans. Not a lot happening in those back-country parts, so it can be a bit unsettling to suddenly see a row of surreal creatures lined up in a field, all fashioned from hay bails and assorted junk. Click to Read More...


Cern's Succulent Balloon Monsters

Sun, 30 Mar 2014

Succulent What better way of demonstrating the depthly volume of your new gallery space than by having large, sometimes menacing, balloon creatures loom over everything? The rain outside was torrential, and mighty cold, but worth sloshing through last Friday eve for the debut of Succulent, a Greenpoint gallery, run by street artists Cern and Sek3, that had plenty to gaze enjoyably upon. Click to Read More...


Art on the Williamsburg Bridge

Sun, 23 Mar 2014

Williamsburg Of the five major bridges crossing into Manhattan over the East River, the Williamsburg Bridge is the one most adorned by graffiti/street artists. It connects two artistic-minded NYC communities, the Lower East Side in Manhattan and Williamsburg on the Brooklyn side. Click to Read More...


Life in Lakeside

Thu, 06 Mar 2014


Railroads Of My Youth: Emory Grove, MD. (Western Maryland)

Thu, 01 Jan 1981

Photos These crude photos, shot in the late 1970s on a point-and-shoot 126 camera, were taken along the Western Maryland Railroad (then recently rolled into a giant merger with B&O/C&O merger for what was called then Chessie System and now known as CSX). This route went from Baltimore to Hagerstown and Cumberland, via Hanover, Pa. Click to Read More...


Railroads Of My Youth: Lemo Junction, Pa (Conrail)

Tue, 01 Jan 1980

Snapshots These photos, originally taken in the late 1970s on a point-and-shoot 126 camera, capture the train traffic rolling through the Conrail Lemoyne Junction (AKA Lemo Tower), in Lemoyne Pennsylvania, a few miles south of Enola Yard, and across the Susquehanna river from Harrisburg. Click to Read More...