In case you’re wondering what I’m up to, I working on cataloging my Bronx images (mostly from about three years ago). This is one of those lucky catches. I was driving by the House Bronx of Detention when I decided it was a spot I should at least try to photograph. I expected guards to come out as soon as the camera made came out, but although there were guards walking in and out, nobody paid me any mind.
That’s the irony of street shooting. You just never know who is going to be touchy and who won’t. As a general rule, city workers, especially if they’re working in public are the most touchy. But not always. And sometimes it just depends on your own karma. But back to to the picture. Yes, I watch the black cat scramble up the fence, make it’s way over the barbed wire and jump – and that was the shot I was waiting for. I caught him just before he landed and scooted off.
And then off I went.
IMPORTANT; I PLAN TO PUT IT IN THE PRINT STORE TOMORROW, AND I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SELL AT LEAST ONE OF THESE SINCE IT IS ONE OF MY BEST SHOTS SO IF YOU ARE A PHOTOGRAPHER, OR JUST A LOVER OF PHOTOGRAPHS, PLEASE DON’T TWEET OR COMMENT THAT YOU LIKE THIS, SINCE THAT IS THE KISS OF DEATH AS FAR AS SALES GO. THERE ARE TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS OUT THERE THAT REALLY HAVE THE KNACK. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. IF YOU COMMENT THAT THIS IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE BECKERMAN’S WELL – THAT’S THE END OF ANY POSSIBLE SALES FOR THIS PRINT. I SHOULD PUT A SMILEY AT THE END OF THIS – BUT I KID YOU NOT. IN FACT, IF YOU COULD WRITE SOMETHING DISPARAGING ABOUT IT, THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST THE RIGHT EFFECT.
I’ve put most of the Paris / French shots together; most of the Southwest, there’s still The Mermaid Day Parade which I shot for about eight years in a row, and of course the collection for the Bronx which took me about a year to do.
Once everything has been put into a handy place – then I’ll begin to lay them out into small books. I haven’t decided whether they’re going to be based on place yet; but at least I’ll have a good idea on where to find everything.
I was also asked to contribute to a new photography startup that sounds pretty interesting. My first step is to add to my todo list, another list of articles, either that I’ve written already; or that I could write in the future. The site will be backed by a large photography company, and it should be a good mix for both of us in terms of what I’ll call cross-pollination. I almost always have more to do than I can handle these days, so I have to be careful who I say “yes” to.
Anyway, if a black cat crosses your path, you may wind up in the HOUSE OF D