Red Hook Revisited

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Last summer I spent two weeks in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, Red Hook and shot steadily every day.  My first thought was that I would rephotograph my favorite images from the 1980’s.  The problem was that the neighborhood had changed so much that I could not find the exact location of many of the images.  I was disappointed and have not edited the images too much since then.  But lately I have started to  edit and realized that though I did not rephotograph the old images, I was working in a similar vein, on the edges, on  the dead ends and in overgrown lots and streets.  I loved the wild edges of the harbor then and was happy to see that still they  exist.

The changes in the neighborhood have been significant, as most people know, the area has been  “gentrified.”  Now this is not necessarily a bad thing, but for me  the  big change is one called air conditioning.  The eleven years I lived in the Hook, I did not have air conditioning nor did most anyone else.  At night, everyone was out enjoying the cool breeze off the harbor and everyone knew everyone else.  Now, the streets at night are empty.  People aren’t sitting outside, talking to their neighbors.  I missed the connections, the way everyone knew my name back then  and the way my neighbors looked after each other.  The streets were never empty in the old days.  Still last summer,   I walked the streets and   ran into a few old timers who remembered me and they laughed when I showed them the old photographs and said, oh, you will never find that again.  But I did find the edges and realized that was what I was looking for all along.

Here are a few examples of the new work from the Hook.  I hope to have a portfolio up on the website soon.




Another post on selling photography

As most of you know I fell seven feet from the top of a ladder the other day and broke my hip.  Boy does it ever hurt and recovery is both expensive and slow.  My website manager extraordinaire,  Angela Prosper has convinced me that selling my work is the only way to...

Self-Portrait after 911

Self-Portrait after 911

Here is another one of a kind print from the early 2000s.  This is a self portrait taken with my old Mimaya TLR (twin lens reflex):  the film slipped when advanced.  I would get many frames that overlapped (a precursor to the pinhole images I do today).  The camera...

Janet and Jess

Janet and Jess

I wanted to make a new Home page and have my website open up to it.  But alas, my template will not allow it.  Might have to change, but in the meantime what I wanted to do on the home page was offer one item for sale each week.  This week it is an old school contact...