Absenz

Shot Of The Day: March 31, 2017





QOTD: Das erklärts doch nichts.
— Fehlfarben
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Backstory: Are we really empty vessels or is that just what advertisers would like to think? — TAG

Locale: Rosebank, SI

Equipment: Nikon D40x / Zeiss aus Jena 50mm f2.8 Tessar 1Q (Preset)

 

Fehlfarben – Das Erklärts Doch Nichts: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYLw1FScbiw


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Mephisto

Shot Of The Day: March 30, 2017





QOTD:
Broadband people, semaphore subtext,
Ripped-off reflex, criminal insects
Crash course, blue blaze, riff-raff, heat wave,
Trip-track, knick-knack, guaranteed a fixed rate

— John Foxx
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Backstory: The in-joke here or perhaps the established causal relationship, between image and audio, is simply that the graffiti artist signs his work ‘Ray’. — TAG

Locale: Clifton, Staten Island

Equipment: Nikon D40x / Zeiss aus Jena 50mm f2.8 Tessar 1Q (Preset)

 

John Foxx – Ray 1 Ray 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=amAo2lQeMhM


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Ostalgie

Shot Of The Day: March 28, 2017





QOTD: Why are we always punished for being different?
— Winston Tong and Niki Mono
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Backstory: Did Cain really slay his brother? Is that what happened? Or is that Freudian (Trumpian?) Projection? Was Cain cursed with intellect and thus forever unforgiven? — TAG

Locale: Tompkinsville, Staten Island

Equipment: Nikon D40x / Zeiss aus Jena 50mm f2.8 Tessar 1Q (Preset)
Zeiss Tessar 1Q

 

Winston Tong and Niki Mono – Incubo (Live): www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIA7R65bYKE


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Zum Freitod des Flüchtlings

Shot Of The Day: March 27, 2017





QOTD:
Ich höre, daß du die Hand gegen dich erhoben hast
Dem Schlächter zuvorkommend.
Acht Jahre verbannt, den Aufstieg des Feindes beobachtend
Zuletzt an eine unüberschreitbare Grenze getrieben
Hast du, heißt es, eine überschreitbare überschritten.

Reiche stürzen. Die Bandenführer
Schreiten daher wie Staatsmänner. Die Völker
Sieht man nicht mehr unter den Rüstungen.

So liegt die Zukunft in Finsternis, und die guten Kräfte
Sind schwach. All das sahst du
Als du den quälbaren Leib zerstörtest.

— Bertolt Brecht
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Backstory: This is my favourite poem by my favourite poet (‘Zum Freitod des Flüchtlings W.B.’). It is tragically apt these days. — TAG

Locale: A sanctuary perhaps?

Equipment: Nikon D200 / AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

 

Woman Attempts Suicide At JFK: Read the article – New York Daily News


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Signs Of The Times (Part 3: Summertime Blues)

Shot Of The Day: March 26, 2017





QOTD:
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

— George Gershwin
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Backstory: It struck me as odd that the ‘Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene’ would find Uncle Louie unfit to dispense Italian ices. Even odder – this sticker was slapped on Lou’s little trailer in the middle of Winter when he only sells ices in the Summertime – when the livin’s easy. Is there a cure for Uncle Lou and his Summertime Blues? Time does tell… — TAG

Locale: Rosebank, Staten Island

Equipment: Nikon D200 / AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

 

Janis Joplin – Summertime: www.youtube.com/watch?v=guKoNCQFAFk


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Signs Of The Times (Part 2: Whatever Sign You Are)

Shot Of The Day: March 25, 2017





QOTD: Your water sign just lit my fire, you fill me with such Desire.
— Diana Ross
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Backstory: Apparently Top Tomato forms plurals with apostrophes. No matter, they do give out free coffee to ‘Service Men & Woman.’ Who is the lucky gal? I wonder… — TAG

Locale: You got a dictionary kicking around? We spell it ‘Rosebank!’

Equipment: Nikon D200 / AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

 

Diana Ross and the Supremes: https://youtu.be/DxW6QTXwJVE


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Signs Of The Times (Part 1: Beneath A Tuxedo Moon)

Shot Of The Day: March 24, 2017





QOTD: Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind…
— Five Man Electrical Band
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Backstory: I am always astounded and dismayed at the abundance of signs littering the landscape. Exacerbating the problem is the ever present illiteracy on parade. Of course, it is possible that Mike wore a tuxedo while slicing pork… — TAG

Locale: West Brighton, Staten Island (circa 2011)

Equipment: Nikon D40 / AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

 

Five Man Electrical Band – Signs: https://youtu.be/iZzVdomYHnI


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Nightmare Logic

Shot Of The Day: March 23, 2017





QOTD:
Territorial pissing contest, it sickens my nerves
Atrophy of morality, the people left to bleed
A foregone conclusion, the lock before the key
Raised on ideology and imperial democracy

— Power Trip
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Backstory: The mural is found on the rear of a store in Stapleton. Regarding the music: I can’t say for sure what motivated Power Trip’s lyrical attack on ‘Imperial Democracy’ but the album was released after Trump’s selection to the presidency. If you like thrash this little ole band from Dallas does it right. Politically they are reliable as well. Put the (double bass drum) pedal to the metal. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, Staten Island

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Power Trip – Nightmare Logic: https://youtu.be/kPwPwSQE9bs?t=27m28s


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In A Manner Of Speaking

Shot Of The Day: March 22, 2017





QOTD:
In a Manner of speaking
I just want to say
That I could never forget the way
You told me everything
By saying nothing

— Winston Tong
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Backstory: I like these globes of mysterious intent, they reside in the galaxy of Stapleton – specifically in the public library. Regarding the lyric, well, as the old proverb says: Keine Antwort ist die eindeutigste Antwort, die man bekommen kann. The video clip is truly wonderful – the editor spliced together scenes from Wim Wenders’ classic film ‘Wings Of Desire’ using the brilliant Tuxedomoon song as a soundtrack. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, Berlin (und Himmel)

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC

 

Tuxedomoon – In A Manner Of Speaking: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCT2OjgsgVM


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