LONDON – I took a walk today in Notting Hill along Portobello Road. Thursday is a quiet day here; no throngs, no antique stalls, few food stalls. We had a near perfect Neapolitan-style pizza for lunch.
Day 1,743 in one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – We’ve taken advantage of being in New York on a weekend to go out to dinner with some friends to a local place offering French comfort food. The light’s very low but not bad so portraits all around. Earlier in the day harsh light on the street. Both with my Leica Monocrom and 75mm Summicron lens.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Housebound today with work. We’ve also got a baby watch going on here. Laura and Alexander are staying with us while some work on their kitchen is being completed. She’s had some contractions (her due date is Friday) so we’ve got a baby watch going on. Today I put my f.95 Noctilux lens on my Leica M and practiced focusing around the apartment. Here’s an example:
iPhone shot of dinner at 11 Madison Park:
Here we are at 11 Madison Park, shot by a server with my iPhone:
NEW HAVEN CONNECTICUT – We drove down to New Haven for the day – Maria is speaking at a publishing symposium and I’m catching up on the culinary wonders of New Haven and the redone Yale Art Gallery. Food-wise I decided to go for historical significance – I had lunch at Louis’ Lunch, where the Hamburger sandwich was invented in the late 1890s – there seems to be some confusion over the date. It’s still in a parking lot on Crown Street, but its now a tourist destination. No kidding. A tour bus was standing in front of it when I arrived. There are exactly three places at the counter, one table that seats six (that seemed to be occupied permanently by locals) and three pew-like contraptions with tiny tables. The burgers are still cooked on unique vertical cookers and served on lightly toasted wonder bread. The meat quality was indifferent. Not a place to return to.