I was born and raised in Brooklyn and still like to go back there, although the Brooklyn I remember is not the Brooklyn that’s there now. It does have some interesting areas and the street art is the best I’ve seen, as opposed to the random tagging that I see all over Manhattan. I was there a few weeks ago, craving those hazelnut praline pancakes from Sunday in Brooklyn that I keep seeing all over Instagram, but after a few minutes there I left. The wait for a table wasn’t bad (it was an hour, which for a Saturday afternoon wasn’t bad), but the space was small and I kept getting bumped into, no matter how out of the way I tried to be so I figured I’d try my luck another day. I noticed a lot of interesting street art while I was walking there so I decided to go back with my camera the following week. I didn’t want to waste any time waiting for a table at Sunday in Brooklyn (although it is still on my list for another day), but I did find a really good dim sum place nearby.
When you get off the train at Marcy Avenue (although that day the J and M trains weren’t going to Marcy Avenue, so I had to take the free shuttle bus over the Williamsburg Bridge) there is this huge mural a few blocks away. I always see people taking pictures there, but it is interesting. I had to do a lot of cropping for this picture, which I normally don’t like to do, because there is construction going on in that area and I didn’t think a porta potty in the foreground did anything for the picture. 😆
I know I say it in almost every post but I cannot wait for summer to get here, or at least the warmer weather. Being able to walk around for hours, or even the whole day, coming across interesting things and people really appeals to me. Except for going to and from work, running errands, or occasionally getting antsy enough to brave the cold, I’ve been mostly indoors when I can help it.
I wish there hadn’t been anything blocking this because it looks like an amazing piece of street art. Oh well. Part of street photography is just going with the flow. At least part of the art can still be seen.
Originally this was only supposed to be a street art post, but ever the street photographer, I took a break from walking around, planted myself out of the way and snapped anyone I thought was interesting. This is the one and only street photography picture. I like how in this picture the man is exhaling a huge cloud of smoke.
This mural took up a large part of the block and I wouldn’t have been able to capture it all so I just captured one of the most interesting parts. Look at all that detail.
I don’t like when pictures are too perfect. You know what I mean. Nicely framed, absolutely nothing obstructing your shot, light, angle, everything is perfect. Not like I ever have that problem. 😆 Obviously I don’t want it to look like a big mess, like you accidentally pressed the shutter when you weren’t even trying to take a picture. I kind of like this picture even though the bicycle is in the way. Of course, the street art is on point. In this sense, the bicycle adds to the picture, in my opinion.
In these last two pictures I wish I didn’t have anything obstructing my shot. I had to stand almost in the street (actually I was in the street) but practically against the parked cars so that I could get this mural. Because the parked cars on the other side of the street were blocking most of it, I had to take two pictures, but when you see them you’ll understand why I was so determined.