March 26th, 2011
Found this at nadieseconoce.blogspot.com, a terrific site run by one Bob Arihood that photo-chronicles the Lower East Side & Tompkins Square Park areas and their inhabitants. No glam shots of young/rich/pretty LES condo kids. Think Mars Bar, folks who just got out of jail, & tons of little street scenes & details — from grim to perplexing to cute — that the average nyc-photographer misses. In the mood of his shots, his unsentimental (but still humane & engaged) focus on nightscenes and what some might call the seedier side of streetlife, he reminds me of Bressai.
As for the above — I’m glad someone else finds the sight of a gunk-caked berm of NYC snow compelling. One of my favorite parts of winter here is watching these monstrous sludgy beasts develop over the unthawed weeks, gathering debris, piss, shit, newspapers & hundreds of other decomposed uncatalogueables. All of it sealed and re-sealed over by dirt & oil and traffic chem & god knows what else.
The photo above perfectly showcases this species of nyc snowbeast at its finest. The lighting is so eerie and right on, feels like I just woke up from sleepwalking onto the set of a movie or police investigation. The little curb of white snow & the glossy sharp way the light hits the right side of the heap gives the whole piece balance, what with the left side sunken into matte shadow & that little black car in the background providing further blackening. Been meaning to post this terrific creep-out shot since the mega-snowdays of earlier in the year, and I’m happy to be finally getting around to it now.
Photo Source: nadieseconoce.blogspot.com/2011/02/snow.html
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