Monday, December 21, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Last week, on one of those unseasonably warm early winter days, we had the
good fortune of taking a “hard hat” tour that was part of a program organized by, Save Ellis Island, a non profit foundation.
A year ago, JR., the French street artist extraordinaire, was commissioned
by the National Park service to place photographs of early immigrants around several abandoned buildings that made up the hospital complex at Ellis Island.
The “ghost” images from 100 years ago create a powerful depiction of the millions who passed through this portal to American citizenship with hope, dignity and some trepidation.
The ferry ride over was filled with tourists from around the world coming to visit this iconic location. It pained me to think of what this place has symbolized, and how today, refugees in similar circumstances face such enormous obstacles to be welcomed here.
Hats off to Justin Trudeau and our northern neighbors for a lesson in human compassion.
All photos ©Ken Brown
Monday, December 7, 2015
Wherever there are public poster displays, there is also a long history of graphic shenanigans. A distinct sub-category of the ever present realm of poster graphics is a file I call, “Mona Lisa’s Mustache”. Here is a modest gallery of street side subversion with markers, pencils, stickers, glue, etc…
Monday, November 30, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
I love the creativity and diversity found in the many thousands of small
businesses that still make up a huge part of the economic backbone of
Bed Stuy, Brooklyn
all photos ©Ken Brown
Monday, November 16, 2015
Last week, I was biking down from Washington Heights and noticed an unusual array of signs and stores that at first seemed like an unreal cluster of vintage NYC authenticity. Of course it was, unreal that is, and I soon learned that the whole block had been made over as a replica of late 1970’s Times Square for a TV movie called, “the Deuce”, an early reference to 42nd Street.
I met a few crew members who were moving replicas of IRT Subway signs and getting ready for the night shoot. Their next task was to
Monday, November 9, 2015
I can’t seem to shake my fascination with the
ongoing NYC pose-a-palooza ...
aliens in Willyburg...
kicking out the jams on the Brooklyn Bridge
Mom get's the shot of friendly technicolor rats in Times Square
first selfie stick observed
and later on Coney Island
also at Coney Island
except in pix
at the Met
getting intimate with the art at Coney Island Art Walls
and lastly, a souvenir selfie portrait with a NYC turd
all photos ©Ken Brown