Posts Tagged dyckman

nyc – 11pm – 95 degrees

surfing the heat wave like a boss.

 

 

 

 

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my hood #6

here are a few pictures i snapped last saturday

this is beautiful. i friggin love everything about it. i love what's happening. i love where it's happening. i love the backwards/inside-out dress. i love that they let me take the picture. i love it all.

how basketball was born

by the look of that window, i guess they've played here before

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pei pei gets racy in some lacy.

pei pei lin is an actress – but she’d have a hard time acting like someone who didn’t have a killer body.

hair/makeup/styling shelleyvangage.com

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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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krissy drier in the rain

so we’re up on the roof taking shots in the rain.  it’s cold and dreary but everything looks awesome.  after i think we got the goods and before she’s about to freeze to death in that itty bitty dress, i call it a wrap.  we head back to the door and pull it.  nope.  pull it again – notta.  that sucker was locked up tight.  so here we are on the roof, it’s cold, raining and krissy is nearly naked.  i spot some ladies smoking way over on the roof of the building next to us and i’m yelling over to them, “hey!  help!  we’re locked on the roof!!” and they don’t budge.  they yell something back, but i couldn’t hear em.  i try to get them to come over to me, but they just wave their hands and go back inside.  so i hand over my umbrella and camera and start climbing down the rusty fire escape.  i make it all the way to the bottom and go back through the front door and take the elevator back up.  but by the time i got there, the nice ladies had come to krissy’s rescue.  thanks, nice ladies.

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erin

i was lurking through my archives and came across these shots of my friend erin.   erin came into town last year for a bit and we ended up shooting around my hood.  i couldn’t’ve taken a bad picture of erin if i tried.

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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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caitlin oshea

caitlin says she eats a pint of ice cream every single day.  i gotta figure out what kind so i can buy stock.  it’s doin something good for her figure.

makeup by joanna

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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?!

pic-a-pet

Mr. Madonna

the register

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