Poet For Hire (It was worth it)

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Let’s start with a formal portrait of a young man who calls himself Odz Nens. He has set up his typewriter and chair near Boston’s Frog Pond.

He creates poems for passersby on any subject of their choosing. Currently his entire income comes from this endeavor.

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He studied bioengineering at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana

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He’s a gentle, pensive guy. He told me many cities have street poets. Boston has a few. New Orleans has the most.

I asked him for a poem about street photography.

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Here It Is:

Roving Eye

Eye wants

what eye wants. I’d like to say the story’s on the street,

                                                                       though I’ve turned down

                                                                        many a blind alley.

Industry anoints the street with oil.

Glancing light

anoints the street with

                                                                         a halo unseen.

When the puddles froze over

                                                                         in New Orleans

passersby took pictures

                                                                         as if they were the moon.

 

 

Madison Avenue, New York City

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I’ve got a confession to make and it’s a little embarrassing, living as I do in a city. New York has too much everything. Too many people, too much noise, too much traffic, too many things to do…too much, too much, too damn much! One could also say it’s got too many picture worthy places.

…but I won’t.

Coming Soon

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I was on my way back from trying to take a decent photograph of a new Blue Bottle coffee bar that had just opened in the financial district here in Boston. The area where it was located had lots of angles and what I thought were good places for a wide angle composition but all the shots I took were pretty lousy. 

Coming back home through the Downtown Crossing area I spotted this guy hanging on to a lamp post. Bingo, everything clicked!

28mm Glory

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Coply Square on a nice day presents a wonderful photograph opportunity. This shot was taken from the steps of the Boston Public Library looking across the square toward Trinity Church. A tight cluster of tourists had assembled to listen to their guide and presented a perfect foreground element.

As usual I had at the ready my trusty Ricoh GR with its fixed 28mm lens. All it took is one shot.

Gay Pride “Belles”

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Boston holds a huge gay pride parade every year. It’s a celebration of sexual diversity and frankly, for a photographer, presents a gold mine of subjects. These “belles” were all seated in a row along one side of Boston’s main public library. It was unclear to me whether they intended to march or just enjoyed dressing up and being noticed. Either way their dresses were a rainbow of color presented an easy composition.

Portrait Of A Good Street Photographer

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Street Shooter

He or she is a hunter with a killer instinct. Silent, moving as necessary, sometimes slow, sometimes not.  Restless eyes scanning, scanning.

Alone?

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What does alone mean in todays hyper digital society? I’m not sure. However sitting on a storage crate, under a dingy underpass, staring intently at a very powerful little electonic device is as good a working definition as any.

 

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