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Jersey Street Windows

Jersey Street Windows


Jersey Street is really an alley, barely wide enough to drive a small car through, and that could require have tires on both sidewalks. It runs 2 blocks long from Crosby Street to Mulberry Street with Lafayette in between.

Apparently metal shutters were commonly paced on building that faced alleyways, as it was thought to add some fire protection, presumably if the building across the alley was burning and throwing off sparks.

Tight quarters made for a difficult shoot and composition. Lens correction in Photoshop was able to improve matters somewhat, but distortion and odd angles are still dominant.

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  • LensScaperMarch 7, 2014 - 4:39 am

    This is such a good image, Mark. I don’t spot any unwanted distortion, I just love the angles of all those shutters. A pattern picture with added ‘blips’. It’s an image where my eye just enjoys roaming around it spotting all the marginal difference in the shutters – no pair precisely the same.ReplyCancel

    • MarkMarch 7, 2014 - 10:03 am

      Thanks Len. Good to know ti isn’t as troublesome as it seemed in my head.ReplyCancel

  • lisaMarch 8, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    This is really fantastic, Mark.
    Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

Washington Square Hotel

Washington Square Hotel


The Washington Square Hotel was built and opened in 1902 under the name Hotel Earle, after its first owner, Earle L’Amoureux.  It changed owner and names a various times over the decades, becoming the Washington Square Hotel in 1986.

It had its ups and downs along with the neighborhood it sits in. For a while it operated as a somewhat seedy residence hotel. Now it is seeing better days and Washington Square is once again one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city.

Of course no history of a New York hotel, however limited, is complete without a recitation of famous people who stayed there. For the Washington Square Hotel and its predecessors this includes: Bob Dylan, Dylan Thomas, Ernest Hemingway, Joan Baez, Bill Cosby, the B-52s, Maynard Ferguson, the Mamas and the Papas (who are claimed to have written California Dreamin’ there on such a winter day in NYC) , Barbara Streisand, Bo Didley, Phyllis Diller, Buddy Miles, Dexter Gordon, the Rolling Stones, and at least one Monkee, Davey Jones.

Finally, one day a waitress in the cafe asked if she could perform at the weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch. The management listened to her demo tape and let her have a shot — Nora Jones.

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The Corner Deli, Kenmare Street

The Corner Deli, Kenmare StreetYou cannot see the name here, but this is now La Esquina (The Corner), it appears to be a mash-up of an old NYC diner and a taco stand, which it sort-of is, but there is also a semi-secret restaurant downstairs behind a door marked “Employees Only,” where reservations are apparently a tough get. I’ve never been.

Black and white conversion created solely within Aperture.  I’m planning on doing a lot more of this, so I hope you’re ready to see a lot fo black and white from me for a while.

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  • Toby McNattyMarch 4, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Great shot, Mark! I ate at La Esquina last summer. We booked online about three weeks prior, but it’s definitely worth a visit.ReplyCancel

Seattle Skyline With Kingdome and Mt. Rainier- 1992

Mount Rainier and Seatt;e Skyline


Kodak Gold 200 film, Pentax 105R camera. I recently went looking through some old photos for personal reasons and found the shots I took an a bicycle tour of the Olympic Peninsula in 1992. I was surprised that some of them were better than I would have even hoped.  Sure, I look at some of the images and wonder what the heck I was thinking in terms of composition, but I still managed to capture some images I want to post here.

The Pentax camera was a pretty cool point and shoot with lots of cools features, including 5 flash modes, programmable interval shooting, a macro and super macro mode, both auto advance AND multiple exposures (most film cameras had one or the other), exposure compensation, date stamps, and more. All of this was in a small camera that could be used with one hand. I remember I took some shots while riding the bike on this trip and they came out OK.

This image was taken from the Space Needle. I budgeted in an extra day at the start of the trip* and was rewarded with gorgeous weather for a day trip in Seattle. I visited the fish market, and stopped in what was then the biggest Starbucks, which had just gone public with an IPO that very month. 1992 was a culturally ascendant time for Seattle which seemed to be everywhere in the popular culture. Besides the Starbuck’s IPO, Nirvana’s Nevermind and Pearl Jam’s Ten had both been released in 1991. The movie Singles came out in September of 1992 and Frasier’s first season was 1993.** None of which had anything to do with my trip. I just went because the tour fit into my schedule and sounded promising.

* Back then, airlines often offered lower fares if your round-trip required a Saturday sleepover. It was a low-tech way to charge different fares for business and recreational travelers.

** Also in 1991, George Costanze referred to Seattle as “the pesto of cities.”

I rode the monorail to the Space Needle and went to the top. I understand you cannot always see Mt. Rainier from here. Atmospheric conditions often prevent such views. I put a bit more of the foreground in the shot, but there was an obstruction. Most of my shots from the Space Needle have it – I vaguely remember dealing with it but cannot remember if it was a fence or something else.  I just cropped it out after I scanned this from the negative yesterday.

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Red Summer Sky



Because it is currently 18° F outside and we’re supposed to get another snow dump Sunday night.

This is just a random shot I took walking in my neighborhood last summer at dusk.

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