Street Art/Photography: To Chinatown & Back

Street Art/Photography: To Chinatown & Back

Today I decided to take the 35mm out today to see what I could get. I definitely prefer the 55mm for street, as I had to toss a bunch of shots that normally I would have been able to keep. I did take a lot of shots of street art, which the 35mm handled beautifully. I only had time for a short walk since I had to get back to make the pasta we were having for dinner. My mother is an amazing cook, but I am really particular about my pasta. I know she thinks I make it too firm, but our favorite Italian restaurant, Il Corallo, makes it even more firm. I wish I could get my pasta like that.

I’m not even sure what I was going for with this shot, but it definitely caught my attention. One of the categories for the monthly challenges for my photography group is reflections. This would have made a good shot, but that category is for November and the shots have to have been taken during November.  

35mm, a7Rii, color, digital photography, documentary photography, dragging, handyman, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, ramp, reflection, Sony, street photography, Zeiss lens

a7Rii, Chinatown, color, documentary photography, flowers, looking up, Manhattan, moon, mural, New York City, no people shots, Sony, stars, street art, Zeiss lens

 

The closer I got to Chinatown, the more cool street art I saw. I had never walked down this street before, but I saw this mural from a few blocks away so I just kept walking until I found it. This was across the street from where some kids were playing basketball. School had just let out and there were a lot of kids in the streets, although not as many as I expected.

 

I always wonder how they manage to paint the sides of buildings. Really tall ladders? Do they rappel down the side? If anyone knows, I’d love to hear the explanation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35mm, a7Rii, Chinatown, color, depression, documentary photography, hopeless, Manhattan, mural, New York City, no people shots, sad, Sony, street art, wall art, Zeiss lens

I had another shot of this mural, but with someone standing in front of it. That was originally the shot I was going for but I wound up liking this one better.

35mm, a7Rii, black and white, Chinatown, cobbler, documentary photography, intercom, Manhattan, New York City, red, shoe repair, sign, Sony, Zeiss lens

This one didn’t turn out bad considering that I was walking as I took this shot. I had my camera on continuous shooting, as usual, and this one turned out the best. I only had a second before people going in both directions walked through my shot, so I quickly took a few pictures.

35mm, a7Rii, black and white, Chinatown, documentary photography, Manhattan, New York City, playing games, sitting, Sony, stairs, steps, street photography, Zeiss lens

These guys were so engrossed in their game that they didn’t even seem to notice all the people walking by them. It was a nice day outside. Sunny and cool. Perfect for enjoying the last of the warmer weather, if you’re into warmer weather. I personally am a cold weather gal.

35mm, a7Rii, berry, blue, color, digital photography, documentary photography, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, no people shots, Sony, Zeiss lens

 

I have never seen berries this color. Does anyone know what kind they are? I definitely did a lot more non people shots this time around. Street photography takes time and I only had a little over an hour to go out with my camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

35mm, a7Rii, black and white, blur, digital photography, documentary photography, feeding the birds, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, Sony, wings flapping, Zeiss lens

I was standing out of the way by the curb when all of a sudden, these birds started going crazy. Birds poop and fly at the same time, and not wanting to be a victim of a bird turd, I looked to see what was making them freak out. This man had a bag full of bird seed that he was tossing to the eager pigeons.

35mm, a7Rii, art, color, digital photography, documentary photography, kissing, Lower East Side, Manhattan, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, mosaic, New York City, no people shots, Sony, Zeiss lens

I had never gone into this park (Martin Luther King Jr. Park) before despite having it passed it many time since I moved to Manhattan. The gate always seemed to be locked when I passed by. Lately I had been seeing it open, so I decided to walk through this time since it was on my way home. There were cool art pieces, a few murals, and even a gazebo.

35mm, a7Rii, color, digital photography, documentary photography, gazebo, Lower East Side, Manhattan, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, New York City, no people shots, Sony, Zeiss lens

35mm, a7Rii, color, digital photography, documentary photography, Lower East Side, Manhattan, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, mural, New York City, no people shots, positive, Sony, street art, uplifting, wall art, Zeiss lens

35mm, a7Rii, color, digital photography, documentary photography, Lower East Side, Manhattan, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, mosaic, New York City, no people shots, pink elephant, Sony, Zeiss lens

35mm, a7Rii, athelete, basketball players, color, digital photography, documentary photography, dream big, Lower East Side, Manhattan, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, mural, New York City, no people shots, Sony, street art, wall art, Zeiss lens

The last mural is my favorite. It’s what made me want to go into the park all these years. I would see it all the time through the gate, but I’m not sure if it was this exact one, or if it was a different one that was painted over with this mural. Either way, the detail and artistry is beautiful.

It was good to get out with my camera again, but I am just. So. Bored! I hate seeing the same things every day. It doesn’t help that I’m getting the travel bug again. I wanted to go to Cairo and Alexandria, but after this summer I am just done with the heat. I’m leaning more towards Paris this time, if I get to go anywhere at all. Hopefully I’ll be able to go. I already have an itinerary planned, including a day trip to London on the Eurostar.

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  1. November 2, 2018 / 5:40 PM

    You’ve come across some beautiful murals, I really like the one with the arms and the sculptures in the park are nice like the pink elephant!
    Have you planned another trip? Have you ever been to Canada? There are many beautiful things to see on your continent and in your country! 🙂

    • Tina
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      November 10, 2018 / 12:35 AM

      Hello Anne! So sorry. I thought I had responded to this already. I’ve never been to Canada but it is actually on my list of countries to visit one day. My aunt and uncle went there on vacation one time (I can’t remember which parts) but they both loved it and said that the scenery was incredible.

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