Saturday November 4, 2017

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Another film day. I’m shooting with a Mamiya 7 and 43mm superwide lens (which is equivalent to and actually based on the design of the Hasselblad Superwide), one of the best wide lenses ever. I’m experimenting with film types – today I’m shooting with Ilford PanF Plus, which is nearly grainless on the Mamiya’s 6×7 cm negative. I’m also shooting with a Leica M7, which I will either keep or not once my M3 comes back from the shop where it is getting an overhaul.

I’m loving the tonality of these images. Pedestrian subjects are made special.

Day 2,924 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Harlem Garden
Harlem vacant lot
1185 Park

On this date last year (day 2,577): Warren CT fall foliage – in black and white.

Warren CT

Tuesday October 17, 2017

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Abroad with my Leica on the Upper East Side. The second image is of a building that we lived in for six months while our apartment was being renovated. Shot with film in my Leica M7.

Day 2,924 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life

Manhattan
Manhattan

On this day eight years ago (day 2): For rent Eight years ago was just post financial crisis so there ware a lot of for rent signs on store fronts. We’re seeing for rent signs again, this time because bricks and mortar retailers are being driven out of business by online stores.

Monday October 16, 2017

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Its my anniversary!

I started this project exactly eight years ago with images taken on Wall Street and what was then called Chase Manhattan Plaza (now Liberty Plaza). On October 16, 2009 I made the first live entry on this blog: an image of the Dubuffet statue “Four Trees” on the plaza. I’ve re-edited the images from day one and included two of them below.

I decided to celebrate my anniversary by shooting film. I’ve bought a Leica M3 from 1954, the first year of M3 production, as well as a Mamiya 7, a medium forma film camera that I characterize as a great big plastic Leica. The Mamiya is off being serviced; the M3 will follow it in a few days. I’m processing the film myself, and “scanning” it to digital with a setup that includes an LED light panel, a copy stand, some Besslar enlarger negative carriers, a Sony A7rii camera and a macro lens.

I plan on shooting film regularly, on days when I can find the time to fit the two hours of processing and scanning time into my schedule.

Anyway here are images from the former Chase Manhattan Plaza shot with film.

Day 2,924 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Dubuffet on Liberty Plaza captured on 35mm film
Dubuffet on Liberty Plaza captured on 35mm film
Chase building on Liberty Plaza captured on 35mm film

On this day eight years ago (day 1 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life): Dubuffet. I’ve re-edited the images from the first day.

Dubuffet on One Chase Manhattan Plaza
Wall Street Canyons