Monday 4 March 2024

THE FOUR QI PAOS | AI Generated Polaroids





I find generating AI "Polaroid" images to be visually very attractive...Polaroids and AI share the speed in which either are "processed" to become visible, and both are imperfect in their realism.

The prompt I used is "Create a realistic photograph of an Asian African woman dressed in an orange cheongsam, with black hair styled in curls, black accessories, and red lipstick, shot on "Polaroid"."

Saturday 2 March 2024

LENA THE ÜBER ARTIST | Monochrome

Lena (aka Lena Whooo?) is a German multi-dimensional artist, an actress, a model, a theater teacher, an environmentalist, an activist and a book author.

We scheduled a photo shoot at Freeman Alley, the famous graffiti'ed alley on the Bowery in New York City.


Black-and-white photography is considered by some to be more subtle and interpretive, and less realistic than color photography. Monochrome images are not direct renditions of their subjects, but are abstractions from reality, representing colors in shades of grey. Black-and-white photography is considered by some to add a more emotional touch to the subject, compared with the original colored photography.

That said, the color version is here














Friday 1 March 2024

BODY PAINTING EVENT | Washington Square Park


The bodies of 20 or so individuals were canvases for artists who had their skins beautified with colorful designs for an event in Washington Square Park. The models walked as a group to the park and posed for photographs under the iconic arch. The photoshoot was held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, February 24th despite the freezing weather.

There were more photographers (with cameras) and others with cellphones than there were models, which led to considerable jostling to get to unobstructed spots. While the group posed for the cameras, some of the models also posed on their own, much to the photographers' delight.

As Ximena Tovar was the most accessible to me, here are some of the photographs I made of her, followed by others of the whole group.











Tuesday 20 February 2024

Freeman Alley | Graffiti Heaven

 

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Monday 19 February 2024

PALESTINE RALLY | Washington Square Park


Accompanied by J., I attended a Palestine rally that started in Union Square and ended at Washington Square Park. The crowd was estimated at roughly a thousand; mostly young people of different backgrounds and ethnicities. The march from Union Square was closely monitored by the NYPD, that directed the marchers to walk on the sidewalks, but not on the avenues. I asked a few people if they knew where the march would end, but no one knew...so the leaders of the march who probably improvised as they walked along.

The rally and the march was in support of the health care workers of Gaza, so a number of medical organizations were represented. 

A Moroccan woman exchanged a few words with us, then gifted J. a small keffeyieh, and tied it for him in the traditional way. In Washington Square, a few speakers led the political chants, which were followed with dances; perhaps dabkas?

A drummer kept the beat during the march.
The front line of the march included a Haredi Rabbi.



In Washington Square Park (Note the sign warning not to share any personal info)


Two photos by J. ⇩⇩




NANDA | On The Bowery


Nanda Gremo is a student at Fordham university, and a dancer at the Ailey school, class of 2026. She’s Taiwanese American, formerly lived in Beijing, and recently returned to live in New York City where she was born. She was photographed on the Bowery, at the Basquiat Atelier and in front of the legendary Overthrow Boxing Club in Manhattan.














THE FOUR QI PAOS | AI Generated Polaroids

I find generating AI "Polaroid" images to be visually very attractive...Polaroids and AI share the speed in which either are "...