The Newtown Pentacle

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Today’s post is a bit of vouyerism from under the FDR Drive.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Pathologically early, your humble narrator is often observed loitering about in locations wherein a future appointment will take place. Menacing aspect and suspicious body language betray one such as myself as an odd but otherwise harmless outsider, rendering and relegating me down to background status. You stop noticing me, in my cloak of social invisibility.

Accordingly, I enjoy sneaking up on and photographing photographers these days.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

When you’re in the spot that these guys are, you stop noticing everything but what you’re shooting. Gear, pose, background, settings, trying to squeeze every drop of light from the scene that you can, composition- all that. On top of that you’ve got the problems of corralling the group into the shot. No fun whatsoever, except if you’re just a few yards back and like shooting shoots.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The photographer was lucky, a good looking bunch of kids willing to play along and follow instructions is a godsend. Where he wasn’t lucky was that it was raining and misty, which reduces what you do with the flash a bit. It wasn’t this scene that really drew my attention though, not at first. I had noticed this bridal party, of course, when I arrived down at South Street Seaport for a boat tour, but what had originally drawn my eye wasn’t them.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It was this other bride, who seemed to be standing alone as her friends went to the limo. I was actually hoping that some sort of bride fight might break out, but no such luck.

Now that would have been some photo, two brides duking it out under the FDR drive.

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Want to see something cool? June 2013 Walking Tours-

The Poison Cauldron Saturday, June 15, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Atlas Obscura, tickets now on sale.

Kill Van Kull– Saturday, June 22, 2013
Staten Island walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Working Harbor Committee, tickets now on sale.

The Insalubrious Valley Saturday, June 29, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Newtown Creek Alliance, tickets now on sale.

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  1. vouyerism? This is a Queens word, presumably,

    They are both fantastic photos, worthy of Time-Life or similar. The first one has it for the action, but the second for perfect composition.

    Joly MacFie

    June 10, 2013 at 5:29 am

  2. I L-O-A-T-H-E wedding photography.

    georgetheatheist . . artifice adverse

    June 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

  3. […] are ridiculous and are seldom ridiculed because we are out of frame when a photo is captured. I find these shots fascinating, and there are all these dramatic postures which are spontaneously displayed when photographers […]


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