The New Year’s Eve celebrations are over for some around the world but here in NYC the festive are waiting patiently, in their pens at Times Square, for the ball to drop at midnight.
I thought I’d post this photo taken in 1989 in the Times Square area of 43rd Street and 7th Avenue (not on NYE!) How it has changed! There’s still tourists visible in my photo – just not as many as are there tonight!
Let me take this opportunity to wish you, my faithful supporters, a very Happy New Year. I hope 2016 will bring you peace, good health and much happiness.
The C train, downtown platform, uptown.
Last night was a bad night on East 100th Street. FDNY in attendance. One of the apartments I previously photographed burnt out. These picture after it was all over early this morning.
(PS I don’t know who lives there currently)
Dec 14 2015
El Barrio’s Bravest – fire out.
When you photograph in New York it’s hard to ignore construction. When I saw this call for construction photographs, run by the Society of International Commercial & Industrial Photographers, despite not really being a commercial construction photographer, I thought I’d send a couple of my images in.
Surprisingly this photograph was awarded 2nd place! 2nd place photo
I sent two other images in, this one, the latest in my collection of the ongoing work on the building across the street.
The final image was… well, I’m going to let you see if you can spot it! Let’s just say it’s not a typical construction site photo! Last one
It seems such an unassuming building tucked behind a small parade of shops but, its importance to me is beyond measure. It’s a building that I frequented regularly as a child. It’s the place I had an epiphany that put me on the path I continue to tread today.
I remember the event clearly. Back then the building housed the library. I was sitting on the floor researching a career in journalism. In one of the books I chanced on a chapter about photography. That was it. In that moment, in that building, my future identity as a photographer was set in motion.
Thank you Balsall Common Library!
The significant structure – the building that was the Library.
The building the library is currently housed in.
Support your local library. Libraries open up the world.
What brought up this subject? This Siott Gallery Interview
10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards
Nominee in Professional Architecture
I have one piece in this show. I’ll be at the opening, let me know if you’ll be going!
Opening : December 3rd (Thursday) 5pm
Runs : December 1st – 12th
Beautiful light and the workman just sitting in the warmth. No phone, no food, just being.
Park Avenue / 41st St
I am excited to announce that Siott Gallery has taken me on.
AND I am their very first photographer!
When I was planning the exhibition in Reading this past summer I heard of Siott Gallery for the first time when they generously posted information on our exhibition, Reading: A Start & A Return, on their own web and social media sites.
Why did they do that? They didn’t know us, they weren’t going to make any sales from us. Based in Reading themselves, they did it because they love the arts and want to encourage more people to get involved. They also wanted to show support for fellow artists. Who wouldn’t love their ethos – Discover art you love!
I encourage you to look through the artwork on their website. Don’t feel intimidated. If you don’t know much about art why not read through their blog first. The lively articles and interviews with artists will give you a way into understanding the contemporary art scene.
But back to my photography! Rounding out the Newtown trifecta that emerged from this summer (Turbine house, Reading College and now Siott Gallery) it seems perfect that the first series of photographs that Siott gallery will feature is Gated Community. This series was photographed in the same geographical area as the museum, college and gallery. So, if you missed them at the college (although they are still up until Nov 30th if you happen to be nearby) you can see the whole series here. I hope you enjoy them.
Gated Community at Siott Gallery
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Reading College are hosting my latest series of photographs ‘Gated Community’ until the end of November in the foyer. They held an open evening event at college last night allowing many of you to go to see the photographs and also discover what the college has to offer these days.
I would like to give a big thanks to the fantastic team at Reading College, with a particularly enthusiastic cheer for Dot and Keith. Also I’d like to give a shout out to anyone that went to the college (in all its forms) over the last 60 years. Did you know that there is an alumni association? Why not get involved. Reconnect with the college of the past and become involved again today. Here is the link that will give you an opportunity to tell your story and connect with other alumni.
Thanks to all those who took the time to visit the college yesterday. Here’s a photo taken by Janice Bradley at the event last night for those that couldn’t make it. It you couldn’t make it don’t worry check back tomorrow for more news on Gated Community!