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curiously dislocated

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- photo by Mitch Waxman

Although it is the Mother of harlots, entering Manhattan on a regular basis is periodically required of your humble narrator, for none may trade nor sell in the City of New York lest this borough’s mark is upon them. Usually this journey is accomplished along the subterranean R line, but often will one walk over to the elevated N line on the 31st street side of the neighborhood just to mix things up. You take the low road, I’ll take the high road, and I’ll be in midtown before ye…

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The Shining City, a place which your humble narrator actually lived for many years, has become lost in an inferior incarnation of itself. One does not long for the era of sin and fornication recently passed, it is the modern facade of the City which agitates. Many disagree with me, arguing for acceptance of a halcyon and quite modern era of progress and development which will eradicate the mistakes of prior centuries. All I can tell you, in retort, is that I don’t see many autochthonous smiles in Manhattan. Also, $9 is too much for a tuna sandwich.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

An echo chamber, things there are no longer hot, nor cold- rather they are lukewarm. Don’t get me wrong, there ain’t no mountain spring water running out here in Astoria neither, there are oodles of things wrong in Brooklyn and Queens. I’m sure the Bronx and …Staten Island… likely have some problems too. I’m just saying that we don’t export them, unlike the unsustainable island of Manhattan, and that I- for one- am a lot more comfortable and likelier to be smiling here in Queens.

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March 15, 2013 at 4:34 am

Project Firebox 58

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- photo by Mitch Waxman

The intention, as it were, behind this shot was to force myself into working with a shallow depth of field.

Shocking tastes and shooting habits of mine highlight a certain passion for hyperfocal infinity, with a nearly fatal level of sharpness rendered in even the smallest of background details. If you ever click through to the larger incarnations of the photos presented here, you’ll witness this predilection of mine in abundant attendance. Committed for the moment to “doing a Costanza and enacting exactly the opposite of what normal instinct would offer am I.

It doesn’t live on the quietest corner in Astoria, at 31st Street and 23rd Avenue but stands tall nevertheless, a scarlet sentry recorded at a yawning aperture with obsequiously and quite squamous bokeh.

Also:

Remember that event in the fall which got cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy?

The “Up the Creek” Magic Lantern Show- presented by the Obscura Society NYC- is back on at Observatory, on February the 15th- Next Friday.

Click here or the image below for more information and tickets.

lantern_bucket

Written by Mitch Waxman

February 9, 2013 at 12:15 am

Project Firebox 56

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- photo by Mitch Waxman

Abused, perhaps it will find celebrity when Kaufman Astoria Studios takes possession of this street in Astoria which the movie studio has coveted.

Due to dwell on a demapped street, isolated from the surrounding grid, this noble firebox will soon sit within the security of the cinema industry, becoming part of some ubiquitous New York street scene in hundreds of police procedural dramas and hit Hollywood productions.

It waits, as it always has, for that day when it will be needed to summon aid for the needy, the helpless, the injured.

Also:

Remember that event in the fall which got cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy?

The “Up the Creek” Magic Lantern Show presented by the Obscura Society NYC is back on at Observatory. 

Click here or the image below for more information and tickets.

lantern_bucket

Written by Mitch Waxman

January 26, 2013 at 12:15 am

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