Brooklyn Changing

I have been documenting the big building boom/gentrification going on Down Town Brooklyn for a while. Fulton Street, you can tell, was once a shopping esplanade “a la Paris”, which became rundown and sleazy  in the 1950 after the highways that were built led the gentry to move and abandon Brooklyn for the suburbs. Now the 99c stores are disappearing, replaced mostly by chain stores who can afford the rent. Once again, everything changes.

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Around the World

Here are some postcards for around the world

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Pipes

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Interior/Exterior

There are inspiring scenarios all over and I find them everywhere, inside and outside. I always regret when I didn’t shout, STOP THE CAR!!!, or I didn’t turn around and walked back to get that shot of that special place. Here are some examples of when I did!

 

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Inspiration

I get asked often where I get my inspiration. I usually say that I don’t know, that things just pop up in my head. Images and colors appear as out of “nowhere”. But where do they come from? I believe it must have been something that I at one point have “taken in, that’s “coming out”?

I don’t look much at art or go to art museums or galleries. To me the interesting part is already over when a painting is hung on the wall. I am interested in the “problem solving” aspect of creating. The problem solving for a “fine artist”, to me, seems to be a deeply personal process and If  I’m not intimately familiar with an artists life and process, I am usually not that interested… Unless of course  it’s very beautiful with shapes and colors or techniques that “speak to” or interest me.

Where you really get to see problem solving is in design. To me looking at a beautiful AND functional chair is much more interesting than paint on a canvas. “Utilitarian” graphic design, the kind that nobody pays attention to, the kind that’s just there, is were I find some amazing gems. You’ll find them on signs, labels, tickets, menus, text books, and let’s not forget packaging!  That’s why I find a trip to the flea market, corner deli, supermarket, airport, pharmacy and my favorite – the hardware store,  much more inspiring than a gallery.

I have my little collections of things. “On Board Safety Brochures” from different airlines (btw, who designs these treasures?). Cans, Old Betty Crocker cook books.  And yes, I do have a box fetish! Enjoy my little collection and hope it will inspire!

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Glimpses of Nature

As a committed city girl my nature experiences are a somewhat limited. Sometimes nature comes to me in small glimpses, and that’s enough. I’m not  going camping anytime soon.

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Parking

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ENTRY

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Signs

 

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Old Treasure

In 1986 when I was living in Stockholm, Sweden, attending graphic art school I found a treasure in a container. In a little old wooden box, that once had contained butter, were old large photographic glass negatives. I locked myself in my school’s darkroom for a weekend and developed tiny “contact sheet” images.

3 small, black and white photographs, the size of the negatives themselves have been kept in a box all these years and followed me across the Atlantic to New York. One day recently, I decided to scan these images into my computer, blow them up and retouch them in Photoshop. To my absolute amazement, faces and personalities appeared with such detail and clarity that it was a little spooky.  I was looking into faces that were looking back at me from what I would guess was around 1925-30.

I contacted a museum in Stockholm that informed me that this was the KFUM’s (Swedish scout organization = YMCA) gymnasts, and that the group picture was taken at their headquarters that used to be at Snickarbacken 7 in Stockholm.

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Makes Me Smile

 

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Garfitti

 

When my daughter was younger, she could not say the word “graffiti”. She would pronounce it, “garfitti”. So when I thought of a name for this post, that seemed just right –  Garfitti.

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