"POETIC POSTER DECAY"

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

END OF THE YEAR ODDITIES

                                 A modest gathering of end of the year oddball items...

aaaarrggggh...

the ecstasy of 99 cent land

subway peelings


serpent side street


say ahhhh

water the garden

all photos ©Ken Brown

PEOPLE TAKING PIX

             Welcome to 2018, and with this first dip into the new year, I return to a favorite
             subject, people taking pictures of people.









all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, December 11, 2017

BUS BILLBOARDS

In the world of advertising, every square inch of urban space is accounted for
and I am often amused by the casual passengers riding giant billboards
throughout the city,










all photos ©Ken Brown

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FELLOW CITIZENS

Of all the wonders this city delivers with great regularity, the cavalcade of characters and their arrangement with sets and settings continue to delight and amuse.

Union Square

Flag raising in Bushwick

In case you didn't know, reading is rad.

Taming gators in Long Island City

I was checking out this large framed floral piece when a
woman came by and admired it, saying it would look
good in her living room. I said, "It's yours if I can take your
picture".

Peeling poster walls in Soho always make great urban background for photo shoots.

all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 27, 2017

UPSTATE EXPLORATIONS

  I was visiting friends in a small town upstate on Thanksgiving and took a walk on a back road nearby. I’ve always loved old signage and was lured by this  beauty on an old and apparently abandoned building that a generation ago was a source for steady heat and real comfort.

I was curious about the possibility of other signs and explored further, only to find 
a partially overgrown road with a caved in house set back in the woods. Tires and
toys were scattered about and the fragments of lives once lived were everywhere
as nature moved in to reclaim.

               
                            The front porch was overgrown with moss and debris.

          My archeologist instincts took over as I explored the objects and what they                        might say about the time and culture they represented.
                           

                 A Peter Pan Records 45 release, “I’m Getting Nuttin’ for Christmas”.

           Insulation hovers over the one remaining room, with books, papers and          toys scattered everywhere. 

Beads Galore and a TV Dinner offer clues...
                            

   
                   Philosophy Made Simple in the Self Teaching Library gives  
          credence to the aspirational instincts of the inhabitants. 
                                           

               Creativity is apparent in this creature made from yarn remnants...   

            A mysterious creature, perhaps a musical instrument and a jar of              Redenbachers Gourmet Popping Corn, another diet clue.
                             

    After this brief exploration, I felt that I had a better understanding of the time frame and habits of the people who had once occupied the home. Of course, I also wondered why they left and where they went.  I may never know this part of the story, but for now, I knew it was time to get back to my friends home for 
Thanksgiving dinner.


all photos ©Ken Brown



Monday, November 20, 2017

NYC STREET PERFORMERS

           Here's a big "Hats-off" to the many people who contribute to the color and vitality
           of NY city street culture.









all photos ©Ken Brown

Monday, November 13, 2017

TORN POSTERS

   I've always been fascinated by urban poster graphics, as well
   as by their often strangely artful demise.








all photos ©Ken Brown