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.
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.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Today is a little bit of an embarrassment. I actually took a picture of the clock in Grand Central Terminal, one of the most photographed objects in the world. Not even at a very interesting angle – I’m going to try again with a longer lens.
Day 2,904 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this day five years ago (day 10,78): Coral Beach Club, Bermuda, which has subsequently filed for bankruptcy.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – Really nice light on the North wall of PJ Clarke’s. I shot this with my Sony A7Rii and translated to black and white. In the translation I was able to adjust gray values to bring out old lettering on the wall that I hadn’t actually seen while snapping the image – in this one respect translating from color is superior to the native black and white that I get from my Leica Monochrom.
Day 2,814 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I had the benefit of some visual riches today. Midtown street scenes worked well. Interestingly we had an invitation to a party in the 86th Floor penthouse at 432 Park Avenue, the needle luxury building that I’ve been circling from the ground for a while. I got a tour of the common facilities – a pool, gym, restaurant and so on – as well.
Day 2,645 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I’ve done all kinds of angles on 432 Park Avenue – the recently finished 86 floor residential condo at Park and 56th Street. I’ll be doing more in the next week, including images from the 86th Floor penthouse. Today it’s a close up from an adjacent building.
Day 2637 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent a couple of hours today torture testing lenses,shooting out our dining room window, which is the ultimate brick wall test. Later, the Empire State Building from the James Beard Foundation Gala at the Rainbow Room.
Day 2584 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.