Saturday, March 14, 2020

Photo Shoot Old Rail Tracks Brooklyn NY

I didn't really know what to photograph when a friend invited me on a shoot around some defunct train tracks next to Costco in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I remembered some photos of Walker Evan's where he photographed his collection of flattened soda cans on a white background. I found a white piece of plastic and did the same with stuff I found around the tracks. A good day then we went to Costco and watched people eat their awful pizza until the bus came.  

The Mugshot Story

Many years ago I was living next to a police station in Manhattan, right outside Hell's Kitchen. One night my friend and I found two very large garbage bags overflowing with old mug shots outside the precinct. The bags had broken and the mugshots were falling onto the sidewalk. We dragged them inside my apartment and started going through them. They were all from the year 1978 and the person's name, address and other stats were on the back of the photos. I went through them looking to see if anyone was picked up for murder. I only found one out of hundreds of mugshots. These were the days before caller i.d. and *67 on phones so I called one of the phone numbers on the back of the mugshots and and asked for the person it belonged to. The person that answered asked who I was and I told him "I found his name on a mugshot". "Well put it back where you found it" was the answer I got and I quickly hung up. The mugshots were lost in a move, who knows where they ended up!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Old Yearbooks

I love old yearbooks. I have a small collection but usually look at them on where I can screengrab the images I like or use the printscreen key. The above photo was taken from a middle school yearbook in Florida from 1972. I'm not sure why these students are the "Top Ten" but I like how the photos are in oval frames. When I look at photos like these I really want to know who the people are, what happened to them. I looked some of them up on Facebook and found a few of them. Maybe I will contact them and ask them to comment on this..........or maybe not!