Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Well....not really. These pics were taken on an excursion by horseback to some local caves where you can swim in the underwater pools, a fairly well known touristy trip. The title was more in reference to the style of photos. Compared to the shots below, they are slightly 'off the beaten track' in that they aren’t of conventional subject matter or conventionally composed etc. This is nothing ground breaking and the shots themselves aren’t anything too special but for me they are far more visually interesting than the shots below. This is one of my problems with photography is that, as in art, my tastes often differ from the norm. Without sounding patronizing to everyone else I’m sure photojournalists would prefer the shots above than those below because they don’t follows the ‘laws’ of photography whilst also posing questions rather than presenting facts. For me photography is a tool that is often dumbed down by magazines and publishers who have their own reasons for picking the pictures they do but which are often driven by sales targets and potential advertisers. Anyway, I try not to rant on this blog and want to try and leave the pictures to speak for themselves, on this occasion I have failed miserably. Nevertheless my intention was to raise the point and to see if anyone would be interested in adding their own opinions on the matter. Please therefore feel free to comment.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
These shots were taken in Brooklyn, just south of Bedford Avenue in a slightly poorer neighbourhood. The kid was practicing pitching whilst his dad played on the courts, it was nice afternoon and there was a real community feel to the whole thing, somebody setting a bbq up for example to feed the players and their families after the match.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Think Blackpool, then try to imagine something even more tacky and with a bit more sun and you have Coney Island. This place certainly does have character and a lot of history. Only spent an afternoon their and these pictures don't really show how thriving it was-for some reason though I don't really want to go back.
I have no idea why I like this shot-I just do. Its not funny, it doesn't really make a comment, it merely cpatures a moment and was shot more of an instinct, my arm moving and my finger tripping the shutter before my brain had caught up enough to ask 'what are you shooting?'
Friday, June 16, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Handball-this is a really under-rated and under-exposed sport. All you need is a ball and a wall and your away. These guys play regularly in the lower east side and are completely passionate about it-all sorts play it ranging from doctors on their lunch break to kids from the street, as with all good sports it seems to unify people really well. Anyway I've been back a few times and want to build up a body of work on it-so watch this space.