"POETIC POSTER DECAY"

Monday, December 5, 2016

"FELLOW CITIZENS"

                        A favorite ongoing category in my street side rambles is 
                   “fellow citizens”. You may even recognize a few of them…










                                                all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 28, 2016

HAND PAINTED WALL SIGNS

               I have been a long time fan, follower and advocate of the hand 
               painted sign. Original hand painted wall signs are a rarity in the 
               city and the combination of disappearing old buildings and the
               arrival of huge vinyl billboards have taken their toll. However, 
               I have noticed in recent years, there has been a renaissance 
               of this ancient craft with the arrival of several new mural 
               companies, all passionate about the combination of art and 
               design on large scale projects. 

                                   









                                            All photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 21, 2016

SHOE REPAIR STREET SIDE GALLERY

     Small street side businesses have a long history in NYC and though rare 
    today,there are still some wonderful examples. This shoe repair stall under
    an awning in Chinatown has been there for over 25 years and I always 
    enjoy the constantly changing gallery of artworks by the children and
    grandchildren of the owners.









all photos ©Ken Brown
   

Monday, November 14, 2016

URBAN ODD-IBILIA

             This past week has been so disturbing that I felt that this week could 
           use a change of channel with a quick dose of urban odd-ibilia… 








    


                           all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 7, 2016

POLITICAL ART

I have been documenting political commentary on city walls since Ronald    Reagan and, as we careen into these last days of the most painfully disruptive campaign I have ever seen, there is a palpable sense of dread and discomfort. The primary cause is a complex and alarming amalgam of America’s ugly side which manifests in the form of Donald Trump.This dark cloud of bloviating insanity has been creeping across the land for far too long and I can can only hope that human dignity and compassion will rule the day on Tuesday. Please Vote!










all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, October 31, 2016

MASKS

             I’ve been collecting and photographing masks for many years and
             here’s a quick dip into the archives as we close in on that special
             national mask holiday.














                        HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  ...and special thanks to
                        all the friends and shops who contributed.

                         all photos ©Ken Brown