Tuesday May 6, 2014

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.

Dag
Dag
Book party
Book party
Andy
Andy

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.

From the High Line
From the High Line

Thursday March 20, 2014

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Cocktails with an old friend who runs a publishing house that happens to have published a lot of winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Later, at home, a lovely moonlit night out our dining room window – not a perfect image because I shot fast, using a beanbag on the window sill rather than a tripod.

This is day 1,617 of one picture every day for the rest of my life.

Albert
Albert
Moonstruck
Moonstruck

On this day one year ago (day 1,252): Candles.

Candles
Candles

Thursday March 28, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here we are at a dinner party for David Young, and English friend who has been here for an extended period of time but is now moving back to London. Shot with my Leica M.

Flowers
Flowers

On this day one year ago: Where is Caravagio. The Whitney Biennial. Mostly evanescent art. I asked the question “When future generations look back on us who will be Caravagio?”

Biennial I
Biennial I

Tuesday February 5, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – We had a party this evening in honor of a visiting German friend. I shot it with my Leica Monochrom and a 1837 Carl Zeiss Jena 8.5cm Sonnar lens. The Sonnar was designed for a pre-war Contax rangefinder camera, not for a Leica, so it took two adapters (one of them is quite complex) to fit it on a modern camera. It’s the classic small camera portrait lens of its era and has lovely rendering, but focus is flakey so I adjusted it so that focus was accurate at its close focus distance and focused by moving my body. I bought it in anticipation of the Leica M, which permits through-the-lens focusing without relying on the rangefinder, which doesn’t couple accurately with this lens. Here are some samples:

Friends 2
Friends 2
Friends 3
Friends 3

On this day last year: Superbowl.

Superbowl
Superbowl