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Shot Of The Day: March 14, 2017





QOTD:
Your mama said, “clean out your head boy, don’t lay nothing on my child”
Your friends they said, “Your head’s in a noose boy lay some boogie on our minds”
And we stood like the rapids and I was like a new born child.

— Marc Bolan
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Backstory: I think NYC Arts Cypher is all about laying some boogie on our minds. It’s as Blixa Bargeld said – our future may not be bright but at least it’s colourful. In the time of Trump a little street art and some T.Rex might help to see us through. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, across the street from NYC Arts Cypher.

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

 

T. Rex – Rapids: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl7n4j8g-BM


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The Street And Babe Shadow

Shot Of The Day: March 12, 2017





QOTD: Your head’s a house, your soul’s the steeple. Babe, I do mean babe.
— Marc Bolan
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Backstory: Every day, while walking to work, I pass three 1967 Mustangs. It’s very strange…1967 is my favourite year for the base version of my fave car (1972 is my fave year for the Mach 1). How odd is it that I pass three ’67 Mustangs, no other year, each and every morning? One has a blown engine (a Shelby version, sitting in a junkyard on Castleton Ave.), one runs and is pristine (Brownell St., near the old Baptist church) and one is being repaired, awaiting parts (resting in the service station opposite Bayley Seton Hospital). It makes me miss my ’66 – with its 289 small block V8 it was a great car. I miss driving around, smoking Marlboro Reds, and listening to T. Rex on 8-Track. — TAG

Locale: Memory Lane (the Clifton side of the street – just south of Broad St, Stapleton).

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

 

T.Rex – The Street And Babe Shadow: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJq519nXMWI


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Confounded (Part 2)

Shot Of The Day: March 11, 2017





QOTD:
Have you seen the bridge?
I ain’t seen the bridge!
Where’s that confounded bridge?

— Robert Plant
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Backstory: This mural resides on a commercial building, adjoining a privately owned courtyard, on Beach Street. It’s a nice thing because you can see the bridge itself from Beach Street, although there are no palm fronds nearby. (Perhaps Robert Plant couldn’t find the bridge because its name was misspelt. The Verrazano [sic] Bridge is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, USA

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

Stapleton, USA

 

Led Zeppelin – The Crunge: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ONE2MZqRkM


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Confounded (Part 1)

Shot Of The Day: March 10, 2017





QOTD:
Excuse me
Oh will you excuse me
I’m just trying to find the bridge…
Has anybody seen the bridge?

— Robert Plant
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Backstory: A view of Beach Street with the Verrazano Bridge in the background. The bridge’s name is actually misspelled: it is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano – the man who discovered it, according to my surrealist son. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, USA

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

 

Led Zeppelin – The Crunge: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ONE2MZqRkM


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Start Wearing Purple (And White And Gold…)

Shot Of The Day: March 8, 2017





QOTD: If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government?
— Victoria Claflin Woodhull
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Backstory: Gogol Bordello play self-described “gypsy punk” – with a pronounced pro-Romani, pro-immigrant vibe. “Start Wearing Purple” isn’t a political song (it’s a love song of sorts written by frontman Eugene Hütz) but perhaps it could be? Should be? In any case I’m all in favour of wearing purple – and white and gold… To hell with patriarchy. — TAG

Locale: Inside the crazy thought that women deserve equal rights. Happy International Women’s Day.

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

 

Gogol Bordello – Start Wearing Purple: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkkIwO_X4i4


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The Name of Your Forgiver (Monochrome)

The Name of Your Forgiver (Monochrome)
 
This frame was shot in native monochrome (rather than being desaturated in post-processing).
 
The original text:
 
QOTD: Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts. — Mary Boykin Chesnut
 
Backstory: Trinity Lutheran, called Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche prior to World War One, is my favourite church. Alas I’ve never been inside. As Jack Warden quipped in Cousins: “God makes me nervous when you get him indoors.” Will I ever meet my forgiver? Hmm… Regarding the QOTD – Hannah Arendt, Elie Wiesel and others have correctly pointed out that the true face of evil, the most profound and yet banal, pedestrian, evil, is a an indifference to the suffering of the Insignificant Other. This profound lack of empathy is Evil Incarnate. And it wears not the Mark of Cain – but the Mark of Narcissus. So while the quote is about love v. indifference, in my dadaist algebra it is also about good v. evil. Tangential perhaps but back in the States we find ourselves adrift in a truly dislocated day. — TAG
 
Locale: Stapleton, USA.
 
Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC
 
Porcupine Tree – Dislocated Day (my fave Steve Wilson song):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3z2ikK6Fog

A Falling Star

Shot Of The Day: March 7, 2017





QOTD:
Passing light
Passing time
Passing traffic
And behind you
Across the sky
A Falling Star

And I wonder who you are

— John Foxx
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Backstory: This is one of six murals on the Beach Street side of the Pape building, now occupied by Eden II who commissioned the art work. This is the latest piece, there is room for one more on this side of the building and there are four empty slots on the Union Place side of the flatiron structure. I’m curious to see what comes next. — TAG

Locale: Stapleton, Staten Island

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

 

John Foxx & The Maths – A Falling Start: www.youtube.com/watch?v=C895qyfeA1c


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The Name of Your Forgiver

Shot Of The Day: March 6, 2017





QOTD: Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts.
— Mary Boykin Chesnut
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Backstory: Trinity Lutheran, called Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche prior to World War One, is my favourite church. Alas I’ve never been inside. As Jack Warden quipped in Cousins: “God makes me nervous when you get him indoors.” Will I ever meet my forgiver? Hmm… Regarding the QOTD – Hannah Arendt, Elie Wiesel and others have correctly pointed out that the true face of evil, the most profound and yet banal, pedestrian, evil, is a an indifference to the suffering of the Insignificant Other. This profound lack of empathy is Evil Incarnate. And it wears not the Mark of Cain – but the Mark of Narcissus. So while the quote is about love v. indifference, in my dadaist algebra it is also about good v. evil. Tangential perhaps but back in the States we find ourselves adrift in a truly dislocated day. — TAG

Locale: My daily walk…through the astounding neighborhood of Stapleton, USA. I love it.

Equipment: Nikon D5500 / Sigma 18~200mm f3.5-6.3 DC [top], LG G5 [bottom]

 

Porcupine Tree – Dislocated Day (my fave PT song): www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3z2ikK6Fog




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