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colin kane is unzipped

i shot a promo for colin kane’s comedy show at Comix called “unzipped” the other day.  this wasn’t the shot he picked, but it was my favorite.  colin’s a pretty mellow guy on stage, but it’s like this picture is showing the beast inside that fuels his brutal humor.  maybe that’s why i like it so much.  andrew schulz and josh accardo are his guest comedians this time around and i pretty much love their faces in this picture.  kinda priceless.  tickets are selling for the may 24th show now, so buy your tickets HERE.

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my hood #3

check out the other shots of my hood here:

my hood #1

my hood #2

there's so many things i like about this scene. i mean, maybe its the girls braids with the blue beads, the motion of the throw, the girls vs. boys, the open courtyard, the trash in the corner... it's all really beautiful to me.

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dumbrella

i like to imagine the weather reporter talking about the size of a storm by the amount of crappy umbrellas that will be littering the streets the day after.  they’d be like, “well john, you can expect tomorrow’s storm to bring a minimum of 5-6 UPB’s (umbrellas per block – you know how T.V. people like to “abbreve” things) then the following day will calm down to about 2-3 UPB…”  last night we had a pretty gnarly storm, so this morning i walked down 9 blocks of broadway (almost a half mile) and back to document the carnage.  during that 9 block round trip i counted 86 umbrellas.  so that makes last nights squall a 9.5 UPB storm.

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eddie spaghetti from the supersuckers

had a chance to hang with eddie spaghetti from the supersuckers for a minute and shoot one of their shows.   lots of energy.  they were good – in fact, according to them, they’re the “greatest rock n’ roll band in the world.”

check out their website HERE

and their wikipedia HERE

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lightning from my hotel room

i can’t say, “light-NING.”  i grew up in the south, man.  so if i ever say the “ing” part of a word i feel like i’m betraying my heritage.  it’s always “lightin.”  or “fishin” or “weddin.”  that’s just the way it is.  i mean, sometimes like if i’m in the phone with a customer support lady from india i have to say the “ing” cause she’ll have no idea what in the world i’m saying.  i mean – sayin.

miami has had some ca-raaazy lightnin this week.  this is from my room at the eden roc hotel.

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my hood #2

more shots of my hood

straight chillin on the stoop

straight chillin on the stoop

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my hood

over the last couple of years i’ve been collecting cool pictures of inwood.  there’s so much life here and so much… idunno, man.. you just have to be here to feel what i’m talking about.  it’s loud, it’s social, it’s dirty and it’s beautiful.  kids play in the streets till the wee hours of the mornin while the adults play dominos or chill around the stoop or on lawn chairs or couches they drag into the street.  instead of sitting in front of a tv all night like an idiot, the people in my hood hang out and actually communicate with each other.  it’s hard for me to take pictures around here because people usually think i’m a cop or for some reason they don’t want their faces in front of a camera.  but people are usually cool with me shooting their kids, so i start with the kids and sometimes they’ll warm up to me.  many more to come…

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jesusita fire in santa barbara

i was staying at the fess parker’s doubletree in santa barbara when the jesusita fires started burning – these shots are from my hotel room balcony on the second floor.  one night we were eating outside and the wind changed and started blowing in ashes.  i said that it was weird to think that i might be inhaling some kids teddy bear – that’s pretty messed up, but that’s some hard reality right there.  all the vacant rooms at the hotel were slammed full with evacuees – some were sleeping in their cars that were packed full with whatever they could cram in before they had to evacuate.  in total around 80 homes were destroyed and another 20 or so were damaged.  i had a house burn down one time and that crap is no good.  but the free cookies they give you at the doubletree are fan-frickin-tastic.

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pic-a-pet slideshow and interview

UPDATE 20 oct 09

you’ll be missed, mr. madonna

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this summer i was lookin all over for venus flytraps.  i made calls to plant stores, went to home depot and some other places, but nobody had any left.  so one day i was walking down broadway past dyckman st. (200th st) in manhattan and i saw an old, small plant/pet supply store called Pic-A-Pet.  see, i’m a sucker for small, privately owned stores; the older the better.   this store had weathered a few storms in it’s day and the guy sitting down just inside the door seemed to be in about the same condition.  when i asked him if he had any venus flytraps,  he said with a smile, “yeah, we got em for 9 bucks.”  so i picked up two plants.  i asked him if i could have a receipt and when we walked near the register that looked like it hadn’t been used since before i was born he looked around for his receipt book.  it was yellowed with age and when he handed it to me, i looked it over and it was receipt #42 from the 70’s.  i said, “don’t write many receipts, huh?”  and he started laughing.  his name was Mr. Tony Madonna – a life-long new yorker; a real genuine kind of guy with a heart of gold.  it’s funny how once i stopped in to ask about flytraps and  now i stop in whenever i’m near just to say howdy to my new friend.  his wrinkled face and callused hands have a few stories to tell and if you stop in, you just might get to hear a couple.

look at the date.  how cool is that?!

look at the date. how cool is that?!

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Mr. Madonna

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