Yesterday I went into New York to set things up for my weekend "Digital Platinum" workshop at The Penumbra Foundation. I also got to spend most of a very chilly afternoon shooting in color around midtown. Not for the first time I was struck by the density of street advertising in the city. In the next posts advertisements will either be front and center, or as here, unavoidable side features of just about anywhere you look at in NYC.
For many years it was a bicycle store, but when that closed the space seemed to have a run of bad luck, with this mattress outlet being the latest in a series of businesses to open and quickly fail. It seems strange because the town is having quite a bit of a revival with a thriving arts scene and urban renewal and there's no reason to think this is a bad retail location.
Sometimes I see something that might make a picture, and as I frame the shot I either hear or peripherally see something about to happen that will make the scene more dynamic. The structure that channels the Naugatuck River through Torrington, the heavy winter light, the graffiti and the snow are all interesting, but the blue car rolling through changes it all.
Twenty-five milliliters of freshly mixed platinum solution. I'm printing a new set of small Pt/Pd prints from a picture series made over the past couple months in forest parks and preserves here in Connecticut.
Also, I'll be teaching my "digital platinum" workshop this coming weekend at The Penumbra Foundation in NYC—I understand there are a couple places left.
Here are iPhone snaps of this morning's four prints in the clearing baths.