Category Archives: NYC

jagwar ma.

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Anyone who knows my musical history knows my own music as well as what influenced was DEEPLY entrenched in Madchester and the baggy sounds of the early 90s.  Jagwar Ma have recently brought back some of that bagginess with their debut album “Howlin”.  Well worth a listen and a purchase, in my opinion.

Jagwar Ma play Glasslands in Brooklyn on October 2nd.  I will be there.  Come say hello. 

“The Throw”

“Come Save Me”

 

 

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streetArt.

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I got my introduction to ‘street art’, as many people did, from Banksy and his extravagant street installations of art work—however it is important to remember that he is merely one of thousands of brilliant street artists across the world.  He happened to become famous, however street art is one of the newest and most exciting forms of art around.

I think what makes street art most fascinating is that it doesn’t exist in isolation (e.g. in a picture frame hanging from the wall).  It takes the best aspects of installations and art, and inserts them into a live setting where it can interact with its own surroundings and create something contextual, yet still enlightening.  I am a fan of learning how to see things differently; street art shows an alternative version of reality in the mundane, the every day, and the structures we take for granted.

To those into street art, some of these photos may be more ‘popular’ works seen, but i found them to be nicely compiled at this page on Memolition

 

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meditations.

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For the past few years—my favourite bands have all come from Sweden.  This week i’ve been listening to a lot of Holograms.  Their new record, “Forever”, was released this week.  Their 1st album was sort of a simple, straight forward affair—while the new album is darker, more complex, and dare i say Broder Daniel-influenced? (Broder Daniel is one of my favourite bands of all time).  They even titled the album “Forever”, just like Broder Daniel titled one of their records “Forever”. Hmm.

Holograms are playing 285 Kent Ave. on December 6th in Brooklyn.  you will find me there, lurking in a dark corner.

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“Exit Through The Gift Shop”

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I watched this a while ago, but was for some reason reminded of it today when i saw an article about Banksy.  Most people have seen Banksy’s work somewhere at some time either in person or online or on a record cover…and didn’t even know it.  Whatever you think of him, he is definitely iconic!  This documentary is less about Banksy, and more about the scene around him and prominently the french guy who tried to make a documentary about Banksy! ha.

90 minutes well spent watching this though! HIGHLY recommended!

 

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Pangea w/ borders.

What did the Earth look like 300 million years ago?

Well if we kept the current country borders, might it have looked like this?  Some fascinating new neighbours in this schematic!  I, personally, would love to go from Brooklyn to Morocco for dinner in the evening! ha!

Illustration by Massimo Pietrobon via bored panda

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all photos taken by Syed IEDEI.

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quote of the month: mediocrity.

I’ve never read anything that a gentleman named Norman Mailer has written, however while perusing Nolan Bushnell’s twitter feed, I came across this quote which is just phenomenal.

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all images taken at different times through different eyes connected to the same mind (IEDEI).

You’re just a spy too, as far as I know.

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intersection.

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i really enjoyed looking at these series of nighttime photographs by Navid Baraty of nyc streets and intersections.  many evenings, you’ll find me glaring out of my own window staring at the intersection nearby.  i do think they are fascinating for their motion and for their halt and go premise.

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all photos taken by IEDEI.

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It’s been a while since I posted some new photos.  I am exclusively using my 21mm Elmarit on the M8 these days….an amazing wider angle lens, and a whole lot of fun to shoot with:

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Have been taking a lot of photos.  It never gets old.  Creating never gets old.

all photos taken by myself using either a Leica M8.1 or Ricoh GRD3 and an assortment of M-Mount lenses.

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self portraits by Tseng Kwong Chi.

Today I had some time to kill while waiting for an annual NYS car inspection for the TT, so i walked over to a bookstore and saw a book of B&W photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi and was struck by their coolness.  These photos were taken in the 1980s and published in a series known as East Meets West.

To me, he comes across like a futuristic asian tourist-slash-government official investigator! brilliant.

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Guns are used by cowards.

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A gentleman doesn’t need a gun to be a man.  BAN THEM.  The discussion is finally emerging.  Could we finally evolve as a society?  Remains to be seen.  A member of my family was held at gunpoint a few months ago while they were walking to work….every day 90 people in this country die from an idiot firing a gun.  Enough is enough.

Write to your local senator or government official.  Make it known you do not want guns circulating through your community.

If you are “pro gun” you should be (A) ashamed of yourself and (B) not commenting here, as your comment will be deleted and you will be marked as spam.   This is not a debate…this is me telling you what I believe should happen.  If you want a debate…go somewhere else.

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These photos are taken by me, using my Leica M8.1 (M8u) and a combination of lenses including a Summilux 50mm F1.4, CV Nokton 35mm F.4, Chiyoda Kogaku Super Rokkor 50mm F1.8, and a Summicron 40mm F2

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nyc subway.

Firstly, i detest taking the NYC subway.  Having said that, I will concede that it is the most efficient way to get around NYC, as well as the cheapest.  But it is dirty, too congested, unpredictable, chaotic, and most of all a deposition of individuals into mass movement.  I am not compatible with mass movements or mini-migrations of sorts.  I will assume that either you think I am (A) looking down upon commuters or (B) am an elitist.  The first is definitely not true, and the second is up for debate.

I did, however, enjoy these photographs by Daniel Zvereff taken in the subway.

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Most of these are taken with the Leica M8, although picures #3-7 are taken with my new pocket Ricoh GRD-III (which is great, by the way).

lenses used:  Chiyoda Kogoku  Super Rokkor 50mm F1.8 and Summicron 40mm F2.  The  Super Rokkor is total magic, i must say.

I will be posting some M5 photos next week.  The first roll was riddled with dust and scratches on the film (although they did look quite tastefully artful i must say).

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Sandy vs. Taxi.

I spotted this last week while walking around Brooklyn.  A gentleman who walked by told me they had just removed a tree off this taxi as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy a couple of weeks ago.  Brutal.

 

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been a pretty shitty and a pretty busy week!  Yet still, I am a spy of the world

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carl fudge.

Very, very cool.  Heavily influenced by Vorticism.

“The works presented by Carl Fudge follow the success of his exhibition The Black Country, presented by Galerie Richard in New York in 2011. Fudge is recognized as one of the first painters to incorporate digital processes into his technique. Fudge’s work refers to an area in the West Midlands of England. This region became intensely compromised during the industrial revolution, as coalmines, iron foundries and steel mills had left their black mark on the landscape. Fudge found inspiration in a series of woodcuts picturing this region by artist Edward Wadsworth, a member of the avant-garde Vorticism movement. Wadsworth’s woodcuts of slagheaps and furnaces provide a point of departure for Fudge in this new group of paintings and woodcut prints. Fudge’s ability to retain the influence of Wadsworth’s traditional woodcuts, even while deconstructing them through a digital process, is truly fascinating.  Because this series uses mostly a red palette, the viewer may decipher images of a crumbling city plagued by turmoil. In this way, this exhibition has a pulse that strikes a chord with the economic crisis we find ourselves in today.”

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me and my trusty M8 .1 + Summicron 40mm

 

(below with new 39mm Leitz Orange filter, which i’m sort of in love with at the moment.  Bought it for B&W photos, but am starting to use it for orange tint)

 

 

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This past week, i bought a new 40mm Summicron F2 for my Leica M8.1 (M8u) and man do i love it.  It is considered one of the finest kept secrets in the Leica world, and they are totally right.  The 40mm Summicron is one of the sharpest and most well balanced lenses, and it really makes the 35mm Voigtlander Nokton F1.4 feel more primitive and just not as nice to use.  Everyone with an M-mount camera needs this lens.  It does have a tendency to flare when pointed directly at sunlight, however most Summicrons and Summiluxes have similar tendencies.  All in all, a wonderfully compact and tight lens which is excellent to use.  Highly recommended!

Here are some of my favourite photos i’ve taken over the past week, taken with the new 40mm Summicron F2:

 

 

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