Un-projects

By the Way

Here’s a selection of pictures stumbled upon, mostly in Brooklyn, occasionally in Manhattan or Providence or Philly. I don’t fancy myself a street photographer, and so don’t go looking for these. But once in a while I’ll have a serious camera with me, and in a pinch there’s always the …

Rome

When I visited Rome as a teenager, on a coast-to-coast bike tour way back in the 20th century, I was taken in by the magic. When I returned in 2015, I felt more subsumed than taken in; almost everywhere I fell into a tide of foreign tourists, flowing in and …

Paris

If I had to choose between the beauty and the weirdness of great faraway cities, I’d take the weirdness any day. Happily there’s no need to choose. The situation is really no different in close-to-home cities and non-cities, great or small. But travel seems to heighten one’s awareness of details, …

Dead Plushies

Here’s a typical un-project: a group of images born in the editing process, given shape, meaning, narrative, etc. entirely retrospectively. I suspect almost everyone with a camera works like this, at least sometimes. Many don’t work any other way. Did Gary Winogrand ever set out to do a project, in …