NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’m still lugging around the Leica Noctilux f.95 lens. it weighs almost two pounds, more than doubling the weight of my Leica monochrome camera. Here is some architecture from the street and in image at a book party for a friend’s new novel.
Day 1,854 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day five years ago (day 28): Phones – old technology in Grand Central Terminal. I made a more energetic image on this spot a week later.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Another Friday evening here – this time for Francesca’s birthday. I shoot with my Leica Monochrom and f.95 Noctilux lens in situations like this. The light was very poor so an evening of shooting yields few keepers.
Day 1,849 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
CAMP PENDLETON CALIFORNIA – An interesting couple of days. I’m here for a reunion of my Marine Corps officers Basic School class – catching up with guys who I last saw in Quantico decades ago. I was most impressed by the fact that the active duty Marines who were our hosts were uniformly polite, respectful and helpful.
Day 1,841 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 745): freak blizzard. (This is a different edit of October 30, 2011 than the one that I used three years ago).
NEW YORK NEW YORK – My firm had a lovely outing this evening at the Central Park Zoo for summer associates. The idea was to bring families to try to prove to them that we are human beings. Harsh light made photography hard until a found myself in the chiaroscuro depths of the Penguin House. Taken with my Leica Monochrom.
Day 1,707 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day last year (day 1,343): Metropolitan Club. I’ve re-edited the group of pictures that I took on this day last year. I like this one much more than the one that I posted a year ago.
NEW YORK NY and ANNISQUAM MA – We started this morning in meetings in midtown where I had a chance to catch a moment of transcendent light on Park Avenue. Followed by a long drive to Anniscquam and a pre-wedding party. What a day.
Day 1,695 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
On this day three years ago (day 599): Chrysler again. Originally shot and posted in color. I recently reprocessed it as black and white which I prefer.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We lent our apartment to our daughter, Francesca, for a party in honor of two of her friends who have achieved major life transitions. Of course Basil the Norwich Terrier was in attendance so here Francesca an he are, in blatant violation of my “no pictures of dogs” rule.
Day 1,677 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We had a book party today for our Swedish friend Dag Ahlander, who has written a book of advice on living one’s life as a “retiree”. I used quotes here because Dag has been in constant motion since he left the Swedish diplomatic service. Here’s Dag, taken with my Leica Monochrom.
Day 1,664 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.
On this day four years ago (day 203): Sunset from the High Line. This was originally taken and posted in color. Here I’ve converted it to black and white.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Well, today is my birthday. I don’t like making a big deal of these anniversaries so we had a small family dinner out at Maialino, Danny Meyer’s displaced Roman Tratoria on Gramercy Park. I caught more tulips (i’ll soon get over this) in the rain, and then Alexander and Baby V at dinner. It was dark at Maialino so I brought my f.95 Noctilux and of course my Leica Monochrom.
Day 1,658 on one photo every day for the rest of my life.
AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS – We’ve met up with ten friends from all over Europe who share a common bond: the are (or are married to someone who is) celebrating a major birthday right about now. With a lot of help from Maria we’ve organized ourselves to come here for three of four days to visit the Rijsmuseum , which has been closed for eleven years for renovations, and generally to have fun. Obama was here last week; thank God we weren’t because security rendered this city immobile; his photograph speaking in front of The Night Watch, the most prominent picture in the Rijsmuseum’s collection, was widely published in the US.
Anyway, enough idle chit-chat. The new surroundings have energized me so I’m suffering a bit from shutterrhea. The landscape images today are from the first few hours after my arrival, in the lovely light that inspired Vermeer. The final two images are of our group of friends in the library of the Rijsmuseum.
Day 1,626 of one photo a day for the rest of my life.