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Near year. New site. One simple page to house my thoughts, photos, and oddities.

2/28/21PY

Lili in the subway with the E Train going by

And A Blurry E Train

2/27/21Sourdough Skillet Pizza

Skillet Pizza

With Chorizo & Shallots

2/26/21Framed

Gowanus Framed

Gowanus

2/25/21Cupboard VIII

Cupboard VIII by Simone Leigh, 2018 at the Whitney Museum of Art

Simone Leigh, 2018 (Whitney Museum of Art, NYC)

2/24/21M.A.D.

Michael Aiello Dairy Store Front

Dairy Maid

2/22/21Gowanus

Gowanus concrete quarry 1 Gowanus Concrete quarry 2

Concrete Quarry

2/21/21My Mom With Her Dad

Charlie Marting with is daughter (my mom) on his knee

Charlie Martin & His Little Girl

2/20/21Snow Fight

Emma on the roof while it's covered in snow Emma and Niko on the roof while it's covered in snow Niko on the roof while it's covered in snow Niko throwing snow on the roof

Rooftop Fun

2/19/21Snowy

Snowy Smith Street Grocery Store

Smith Street Grocery

2/18/21Snowy

Snowy Roof In Brooklyn Snowy Subway In Brooklyn

Brooklyn

2/17/21My Crew

Emma and Niko in elevator

Going Down

2/16/21The Light

Mom In The Light

"There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, their light remains" — Unknown

I took this photo of my mom on the last night of her life. I think it was around one in the morning. My brothers, sister, her husband, Lili, and I were all nestled in a tiny room sitting around her bed. We sat there and talked and laughed and shared memories of our lives. It was sad, yet special. We were a family, together, for the first time in a long time.

I remember sitting there and seeing the light cascade down outside the window and how tranquil it looked. It felt spiritual. I was grateful we were all able to be there with her. And all I could think was I wanted to take a picture of how peaceful and angelic she looked. I wasn't sure if I would ever share it, but I want to. Because even as her life ended she shined. She always shined. She was a remarkable woman.

2/15/21Red Hook

Red Hook Weeds

Weeds

2/14/21Church

Crownsville Church

In The Snow

2/13/21Martinez Grocery

Martin Grocery Food Center on Court Street in Brooklyn in the winter

Food Center

2/10/21Crownsville Medical Center

Crownsville Medical Center

Archway

2/8/21Winter

Blue Winter Sky with trees at very bottom

Blues

2/7/21Crownsville Hospital Center

Crownsville Hospital Center Abandoned Quarters

Abandoned Quarters

2/6/21Snow Patrol

Niko, Lili, and Emma hiking in the snow in Crownsville Maryland

Crownsville, Maryland

2/5/21Kiss

Dad kissing mom

My dad kissing my mom. This is one of my favorite photos/possessions. My dad would probably be around my age now in this photo. I like to think they're together again. Somewhere. I sure hope so.

2/4/21Lady In A Blue Shawl

Lili Polaroid SX-70 photo of her sitting outside at Blue Bottle

Elegance defined

2/3/21Mug Shot

Emma and Niko Fuji Instant Camera Photo

Guilty As Charged

2/2/21Catherine Rosemary Love

Catherine Rosemary Love in her kitchen at 217 Ashton Drive, Gibbstown, NJ

1/10/1937 - 2/2/2021. Love you, Mom

1/31/21Crazy Tuco

My sister's dog Tuco

Sis' Dog

1/30/21Bread Game

Photo of my finished baked loaf of bread from the NY Times No Knead Bread Recipe

NY Times No Knead Bread (Came out decent. I need more practice.)

1/29/21All The News That's Fit To Print

Fuji Instax Wide 300 Photo of Lili reading the NY Times paper while sitting on the couch

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

1/28/21Alleva

Alleva cheese shop in Little Italy NYC

Little Italy NYC

1/27/21NYC

New York City Skyline From Brooklyn

via Brooklyn (4-minute long exposure with ND Filter)

1/26/21All My Favorite Songs

Weezer is definitely in my top five bands of all time. And while some of their late work is let's just say not their best... they still put out some great, catchy tunes. This new one thankfully falls into that camp.

1/25/21Portrait of a Hiker

Portrait of Lili While Hiking

At the top of Anthony's Nose, Cold Spring, NY

1/24/21Red Hook Stroll

Red Hook Brooklyn 1 Red Hook Brooklyn 2 Red Hook Brooklyn 3 Red Hook Brooklyn 4

In Winter

1/23/21Morning Light

Morning Light Coming Through Bedroom Window

With Sleeping Lili

1/23/21New Typhoon!

Wonderful to see new Typhoon. They've always been a fav of mine. I've gotten to see them a few times at Mercury Lounge (damn remember seeing live music!?) and they've always been great.

1/22/21Coffee-Rubbed Tri-Tip

This recipe comes via the NY Times Cooking app (arguably the best cooking app out there). I was a little concerned the spice rub would come out tasting too much like coffee and be overpowering, but I'm happy to say this was superb. I think it would work even better if you have access to a grill — but alas city life meant we went with the pan-roasting/oven method. Even with that you get a excellent char and crisp outer crust. We went with medium rare (which c'mon is the only way you should ever cook a steak). This was an absolute winner — well except Niko — poor dude didn't love it. Still this will be making more appearances in the future for us for sure.

Tri-Tip Steak With Dry Rub

Initial Dry Rub

Tri-Tip Steak With Dry Rub 24 hrs later

24hrs Later

Tri-Tip Steak With Dry Rub after roasting

Resting After Oven Roasting

Tri-Tip Steak With Dry Rub cut open

After Resting — Perfectly Medium Rare

Tri-Tip Steak With Dry Rub plated

Plated (with quinoa and oven-roasted vegetables

1/21/21A Walk Through Chinatown

Chinatown NYC 1 Chinatown NYC 2 Chinatown NYC 3 Chinatown NYC 4 Chinatown NYC 5 Chinatown NYC 6

Taken with "Shōmei" — My Fuji X-T4

1/20/21NYC

Downtown NYC from Brooklyn Bridge Park

In B&W With Winter Grass

1/19/21Orange & Red Door

Building with orange and red door in Red Hook Brooklyn

In Red Hook

1/18/21Isolation

Lone tree in a field at Storm King Arts Center Andy Goldsworthy Storm King Wall wrapping around a tree

Winter at Storm King

1/17/21What A Drag

Here's a newish tune (2017) from an oldish band. Well technically a newish band from John Davis called "The Lees of Memory". But he'll always be the frontman and songwriter for the '90s band Superdrag to me. It's great to see him still putting out music.

1/16/21Empty Cafe

cafe on Smith street in Brooklyn NY shot with film

Fujifilm GW690II & Fuji Pro 400 #film

1/15/21Holy Moly

saint pauls church on court street brooklyn new york

Sky

1/14/21Brooklyn

Brooklyn Skyline looking south toward Bay Ridge

In B&W

1/13/21A Break

Just a quick note I've decided to hop off social media for the foreseeable future. Don't worry, this isn't some diatribe about the ills of social media. I think social media can be quite wonderful and enjoyable. Just personally I felt like it was sucking up a lot of my time. And I have a lot of things I'd like to tackle and focus on for 2021, so something had to give to make time for it all. Social Media was an easy one to purge. And two weeks into 2021 I've enjoyed being "off" it.

I do still check Twitter from time to time for latest events. But, I've unfollowed everyone there and on Instagram, too. Don't take it personally. For the love of God please care less whether I follow you. Just again, for me, I needed a break from "feeds".

I plan on using this site to post any content or thoughts. I like the idea of my own little space in the vast universe of the Internet. So, if you ever want to get in touch you'll need to drop an email — gasp — by clicking on the icon at the top right of the page or hitting this link.

1/11/21There can be only one

Like any photographer I lust after a bunch of different cameras (and yes I'm already very lucky to own some amazing cameras and lenses). It's just so easy to get swept up in the gear game. And it's fun to dream, too. But, the truth is I still adore my five-year-old Fuji X-Pro2. To me it's the perfect camera in so many ways. I mean just look at it! It's a sexy ass camera.

photo of Fujifilm X-Pro2 Camera on white desk

I go through these bouts where either I feel like everything I'm shooting is crap. Or I just don't feel like shooting at all (mostly because I tell myself my photography is crap). But then I grab my X-Pro2 and it just fills me with this buzz. The "thunk" of its shutter still can't be matched IMO. To me it just feels right. It makes the act of taking a photo a joy for me. I'm not sure I'll ever feel that way about another camera. If someone told me tomorrow I could only keep one camera and one lens there is no doubt I'd keep my X-Pro2 and my 23MM lens. And I'd be totally OK with that.

1/10/21Happy 84th

mom on sofa at 217 Ashton Drive

Mom

1/9/21Curved Shadow

lamp post shadow on wall

I've been shooting a lot in B&W lately and digging it.

1/8/21Happy (50th)

Angela at Art Museum

Pete

1/7/21Mother & Child

Niko and Lili on bed

Amor

1/6/21This Gal's Got It

Lili with Light Leak

Flair

1/5/21Stars & Stripes

Flag and Subway

In Decay

1/4/21Branches

Branches in Ice

Natural Sculpture

1/3/21Penalty

Parking Garages

Boxes

1/2/21Hot Dam

Kids at Croton Dam

New Year Crew

1/1/21Hello World.

beach

Welcome to 2021

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