The Bowery

Jay Maisel's Front Door

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It was a cloudy day in Manhattan when I went out to lunch to explore the area around the Bowery to shoot.  I thought it fitting to start at one of my favorite photographers front door, Jay Maisel.   I had the pleasure to attend a seminar he gave at the recent PDN PhotoPlus Expo and walked away inspired by his words.  His greatest advice is always carry your camera and MYA (move your ass).  He doesn’t mince words which I love!

The Bowery is a really great place to shoot.  Cool buildings, small businesses and great graffiti.  This building caught my eye because of the sign, arches over the windows, and the different curtains, shades or lack of on the windows.

Chair Up

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I really love the lettering on this building and the juxtaposition of the graffiti and fine antiques in the window.

The Old Bread Company

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My first shot of  this building did not have a person in it. I decided to wait  until someone walked by and take another.  I preferred to use the one with the person in it to bring movement and life to a shot.

Symbolic Door

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If you know my style of shooting, I’m known for adding little people into a scene.  I call it my Lilliputan syndrome. I really liked having the guy on the left in this shot.  Again, it adds life to the scene.

Colorful Doors

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The sticker graffiti “Dedicated to Staying Medicated” caught my eye.  I also wanted  to frame the shot to include a glimpse of a high-end clothing store on the right.  Again the suggestion that this is not a run down area but a really interesting neighborhood.

Dedicated to Medicated

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I liked the bikes standing around this one doorway and the different shades of red.  If you look to the right again, you’ll catch a glance of another high-end store next to graffiti.  I just love this juxtaposition of graffiti and cute high-end stores in this area.

Bikes at 172

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One thought on “The Bowery

  1. Wonderful work, i googled the medicated sticker graffiti and came across your photos, i do almost the same thing, and today im set to
    Catch a picture of one of the pill stickers i saw on the henry hudson parkway before work. Check my site or email me back if interested in doing work together i like to travek to abandoned places in the city as well

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