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In August my family and I visited the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown. It was the first visit for our girls, who were happy to see Van Gogh’s Starry Night after the painting and artist were featured in a Doctor Who Episode. It was also my first visit in an embarrassingly long time, and my first chance to see the museum after a complete interior redesign several years ago.

It was quite crowded due to a promotional free summer Friday deal we were not aware of, but there were still a few quiet corners here and there, although they rarely stayed that way for long.

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I was searching my back catalog for something completely unrelated and stumbled across this photo. To say I had forgotten about it would be to overstate it’s effect on my mind. I’m not sure I ever really noticed it, or gave it a single moment’s thought 5 seconds after I snapped it. This is apparently the first photo I took during a family weekend trip to Philadelphia almost exactly one year ago.

The modern fancy building looking over the pair of more mid-century designs is One Liberty Place., and I really couldn’t tell you much more than that, except that I love how it turned out.

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This Queens Boulevard Sunset was taken one evening in July. I emerged from the subway coming home from work and there was this amazing sky. I knew I had a few minutes before my bus was coming so I walked about a block to get to a better photo spot and nabbed this with my Fuji x100s.

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So far this week I have used the bicycle locking stands reflected in the window as a jumping off point to discuss issues of art,design, function, creativity, repetition and change. 

Today we loop back to form and function.. Black and white film uses different chemicals and creates a different analog negative than does color film, and as such they are processed differently. Classic black and white film has chemicals that turn turn dark when exposed to light, along a simple binary color line of white on one end, black on the other, and infinite shades of grey in between.

This black and white film,, however, uses color film type chemicals and is processed as color film to create a black and white negative, creating a seeming break between form and function.. Yet the purpose of such films was to simplify processing for consumers at local film kiosks and storefronts, as such places often lacked the equipment for classic black and white processing.

None of which is relevant to digital photography, where the decision whether to render in color or black and white or color need not be made until long after the image is captured. The paradox of film is that limiting yourself in advance – with your choice of film, black and white or color, ISO rating, and even choosing different films that render colors differently or create varied amounts or types of grain – can cause you to see the world in certain ways inspired by how you expect the film currently in your camera will react to the conditions in front of you.

Horses for courses.
Tools for telos.
Form for function.

 

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Monday and Tuesday I used the bicycle locking stands as a jumping off point to discuss issues of art,design, function, and creativity. Today is about repetition and change. This image is functionally equivalent to yesterday,s, except this one adds two cars in the reflection, and subtracts a person walking across the street.

When I began this blog, I went a long time before I repeated a scene, subject, or even neighborhood (with the clear exception of series such as Bus Stops and Crosswalks).  I have long since given up that limitation, but still always consider when it makes sense to display similar images.

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