Now let’s pay a visit to the “What a Porn Writer Sometimes Does to Relax” Dept…. 😉
I am fascinated by the various feminine faces on cable news and like to make pictures of them right off the screen…
Natasha Bertrand, commentator on MSNBC
Ayesha Rascoe, commentator on MSNBC
Mieke Eoyang, commentator on MSNBC
Molly Crabapple, commentator on MSNBC
The point-of-view (POV) shots when the tv commentators look directly at the camera are particularly interesting to me. They remind me of the erotic video clips where dominatrices talk directly to the submissive viewers and tell them all the lowly tasks they’re going to have to perform…yep, that’s the way my mind works sometimes 😉 …anyway, it strikes me that having the commentators talk directly at viewers like that is pretty bizarre. Of course, sometimes they talk directly to the host who’s off to the side, as in the Rascoe and Crabapple pics above.
Now, I also take a lot of pictures of buildings because female models are not casually accessible on the streets of New York as I saunter along. 😦
After all, buildings are almost (but not quite) as beautiful, enigmatic, and supple under the caress of light as women! 🙂
Residences on 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue, 2017
New skyscraper in the Flatiron District, 2017
Midtown skyscrapers and new construction seen from Central Park, 2017
Moon over Columbus Circle construction, summer 2017
Yes, the pictures I take of buildings are in many ways surrogates for pictures I would prefer to take of women. It almost seems as if the buildings are posing for me, just as I would have models do if they were readily available!
I’m such a fuckin’ goofball…
Building in Chelsea, summer 2017
When there are pictures of women on buildings, so much the better! 🙂
Near Times Square, 2017
Midtown, Fall 2016
Other times, I photograph buildings that are naturally lit in a sensual way that evokes stories, scenes…I can just imagine nude models illuminated in these ways…the side light, the dappling shadows…
On this very spot at 46th St. and Eighth Avenue once stood a great porn video store, DVD Blowout, as well as a legendary bar, the Full Moon Saloon. Now we have this recently opened hotel. November 2017
I love the reflections of light on this two-story building. November 2017
~~Digression: see that sign BAR in the center of the picture just above? Forty years ago, maybe more, the space that the bar inhabits on Eighth Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets was a topless bar called Hungry Hilda’s. One night in ’76 or so, a friend of mine gave a tip to a dancer and she practically jumped into his lap in gratitude, which he didn’t understand at the moment. Only later when he went to pay for another beer did he realize that instead of the single he thought he’d given her, he’d mistakenly slipped her a fifty he’d just gotten in pay from his part-time job…$50 being quite a tidy sum in 1975! End of digression. 😉 ~~
Finally, I can even use one of my pictures of buildings to express my admiration for a dominatrix I admire, Goddess Resha, who can be found on Twitter here. She has a most entrancing penchant for sometimes sheathing her amazing legs in blue nylon stockings…
…and the photo below expresses my enthusiastic feelings about the matter! 😉
Near Columbus Circle, Winter 2018
I love the spontaneous pictures the late Garry Winogrand took of women on the street; those would be my ideal projects…
But my attempts at candid street photography were not too successful, as I could never really relax and be bold enough to go for the shots I wanted. Oh well, everybody does the best they can. I think when you understand what the building photos mean to me, you might see their extra dimensions if I’ve at all succeeded in making any decent pictures.
So I look through the trees, across the pond, at the lovely giantesses beyond…
Central Park, autumn 2017
I found the Winogrand cover photo here. Its first edition sells there for $795! It’s a great book, and he was an extraordinary photographer. The screencap of Goddess Resha’s Twitter header is used with her courtesy, and the rest of the pix in this post are by yours truly and © 2018 Irv O.Neil.