Well, it started this time with a NYT story on an exhibit at The International Center of Photography, featuring my favorite genre, "street." Out of nowhere came to mind an image from India that I had chosen to make monochrome. That one always bothered me for some reason. I had wanted a series of monochrome for my India portfolio for a reason: everything in India is COLOR! So I chose a series of images that were more grit than sheen, more dirt than gloss.
My new quest was to process this image again, but in a muted, desaturation of the original capture. Just enough color to break up the monotony but still keep the mood.
So here is the before and after:
Well, you be the judge. Sometimes ya just gotta do this stuff.
Last night met my happy-camper son (new job; new girlfriend) to sample the wares of Bier International - 113th St. at Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th Avenue). Some excellent selections from europe and far flung places like Sri Lanka. Not much of a vibe one way or the other, but will write that off to old man winter and a relatively early start time. They have sidewalk tables for the warm months, so will go back again once we thaw out here.
Some pretty obvious signs of gentrification going on in this part of Harlem. This area is just above the northwest corner of Central Park; not too far from the big ass cathedral. Not sure how to take the gentrification part. Harlem has such a deep and vibrant culture; hate to see damage to that. Residential construction ranged from air-rights extensions over row houses to modest height towers.
Nice way to end a long day of train rides and sitting on my butt for a 6-hour Photoshop seminar.
Indian writer Satya Vadlamani and I are sending out proposals to literary agents and publishers for our book "Bharat … from the lens and the pen" ... this image begged for another try at processing. Here is the result. Always nice to get a "do-over" - if only the rest of life worked that way.
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