Mannequins peeking

Mannequins peeking · Sat, 28 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2011 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved

Did you miss our friends, the mannequins? They came back today to say hello. We catched them peeking at our neighbors, bad, bad, bad mannequins… This was a “complicated” setup as well. With no c-stands or alike, I hired a human c-stand to hold a very expensive gobo (big black purse) to stop the strobe light from reaching the left mannequin. This strobe was held still by another human c-stand (one of my hands), while the other hand held a very sofisticated diffuser (cover from airline pillow) in place. The camera was triggered by the timer and was in a gorillapod tripod. It´s a pitty I don´t have an image showing this setup, because it was quite funny.

MoMa stairs

MoMa stairs · Fri, 27 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2011 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved

Today I was at the preview of “Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective”. Unfortunatly no photography was allowed, but fortunatly MoMa has a lot to offer in term of photography. My favorite spot is this one.

Note: I didn´t have access to my computer and had to sacrifice the quality of this post in favor of making the post. I´ll  exchange the photo as soon as I get back my computer and my workflow.

Happy 1st month!

If you haven’t notice already, our first month in this endeavor has already passed. It hasn’t been easy, but sure has been fun! Take a look at the archive. For this anniversary, I decided to change the tagline just a bit.

Happy 1st month!!!

Distractions · Thu, 26 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2011 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved

I have lost count of how many of these dangerous holes are in the streets of Manhattan. When combined with colorful and enterteining posters, hey, you better watch out!

Bus stop

Bus stop · Wed, 25 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2011 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved

I have been willing to do this one for some time, just couldn’t find the bus stop with the proper light (that is, enough light). I was lucky to get a bus pass by. I don’t usually show my second choice picture of the day, but today, oh, was such a close called, that here it is. Which one do you prefer?

Alternative bus stop

Alternative bus stop

Behind the curtain

Behind the curtain · Tue, 24 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2011 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved

With this photo I wanted to combine several composition techniques to make a successful image. This is a very contrasty image due to the black interior curtain combined with the strong reflections from the white walls in the building in front. The light and dark elements advance thru the image in perpendicular axes crossing in the lower left third of the image. Each has a different element of repetition or pattern; the building contains the scaffold and the windows, while the curtain fabric intersects itself thousands of times.

Diner sign

Diner sign · Mon, 23 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2011 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved

A freaking cold night! I took my hands out of my pockets for a few minutes while taking a bunch of shots from this Diner sign and almost lost my fingers. As some of the previous images, this one was taken handheld while zooming in and out.