Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Darth turtle

I was washing out my turles bowl when I seen the dark shadow that was cast over him. It reminded me of his sneaky nature because he likes to snap at you when you aren't looking.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Information for project

Below is some of the information that I had gatherd for the book project about Brooklyn Heights, I don't think I used any of it!:
Know Your Neighborhood

Population: As of the 2000 census, 22,493 people live here, up 11.5% since 1990. Of that population, 77% is white, 7% African American, 5% Asian American, 7.5% Latino and the remainder, multi-racial.

Income: Heights per capita income is $60,973, which is up 14.5% from 1990. But, about 14% of our neighbors live in poverty, and less than 10% of them are over 65.

Education: 71% of the Heights population over 25 years old are college graduates; the comparable figure for all of NYC is 27%

Kids: The proportion of Heights kids in pre-school, nursery or kindergarten is about the same as it is in the rest of the city. But the proportion who are in elementary or high schools is less than half what it is city-wide. This suggests that when their kids reach grade school age, families start moving elsewhere, because they can’t afford or can’t get into private schools and are reluctant to send their children to a neighborhood public school. That’s why the BHA is so determined to help make PS8 a place you’ll want to send your kids.

Welcome neighbor! Only about 49% of residents have lived in their current home for five or more years. Some moved from elsewhere in the Heights or Brooklyn, but it appears that nearly 40% are new to the borough.

Homeowners or Renters? In recent years, co-op/condo ownership has increased significantly here. Of the 12,042 housing units in the Heights, 57% are renter-occupied, 40% owner-occupied and 3% vacant.

About those parking spaces: 33% of Heights households own at least one car. That’s over 3,800 cars, not counting workers, commuters, shoppers and two-car families. The percentage is slightly higher than Manhattan’s, but lower than the citywide or Brooklyn norms.

The message: The Heights is becoming more diversified and refreshed with more and more new folks moving in. Our job is to make sure these newcomers don’t just live in the neighborhood, but become a real part of the community. We think joining the BHA is a good way to start.


This is the top of a water fountain. I came in really close to try and make it look abtsract

This is another one of my many flower pictures

The one

This is one of my photos that I took when I was experimenting with the micro mode on my camera. I realy like it because it is like the only shot I managed to capture with a digital camera that has a shallow depth of field. It's so much easier to figure out a manual camera.

6 train

I have been dying to take a picture on the train but feared that a cop would try to take my camera or something. I had to wait for the perfect moment... the last stop on the 6 train!


I was in the bathroom when I realized that the soap was mysteriously stuck to the roof of the soap dish. I wanted to take a picture before I missed my chance, but it stayed there for about another two hours. How weird is that?

She's 97!

This is my great aunt on her 97th birthday. I took this about a month ago when we threw her a party. The funny thing is that her memory is better than mine!

Monday, April 18, 2005

Art and commerce

Out of all the photograpers on the art and commerce page, I would chose Stephen Lewis to shoot my final project. I really like his style of photography because he takes his subject and not only makes them the central figure, but he makes them the only figure. The subject is mostly taking up the whole page and in some cases the subject is so large that it is cut off of the page. I think that this approach is pretty useful when you want the veiwer to be 100% sure of what they should be looking at. I think that this approach is a good to take because it fores the audience to zero in on what you are trying to show them.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Sunshine Day pt. 2

In this photo I wanted to focus a little bit more on the detail of the flower.

Sunshine day

I just happened to be doing work for a different project when I stumbled accros these flowers. I just couldn't resist taking a photo. It was a bright sunny day and they just looked so beautiful in the sunlight.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Book project

For my book project I plan on doing a contrast between two areas in Brooklyn: Crown Heights and Brookyln Heights. I think I'm going to call it either the "Heights in Brooklyn" or "Two different Heights". I want to demonstrate how alot of the Crown Heights area is neglected while the Brooklyn Heights area is always very well kept. The houses and apartments in Brooklyn Heights are beautiful while the houses and apartment buildings in Crown Heights are either rundown or mediocre in comparision. Besides the residential areas in Crown Heights there are things like vacant lots that once had plans to become a church and old buildings that collapsed that are overlooked. There are so many stores in the area that were open at one time and
aren't open anymore. In the Brooklyn Heights area there aren't any areas that look run down or shabby like in crown heights. I just want to show the major differences within the same borough.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

About Oasisnyc

Well when I was putting my presentation together on the Williamsburg bank, I initally tried to use the Oasisnyc site. The site wouldn't respond everytime I went to it except for when I was done getting my pictures from GOOGLE for the presentation. It decided to work when I finally gave up on it. I found it kind of hard to find what I wanted on there anyway. Google was very helpful as usual.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

If I was an art director la, la, la, la, la, la...

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If I was an art director with a story for the fort greene area I would probably chose Fiorenzo Borghi as my photographer out of the Bill Charles site. I would choose him because the majority of the photographers on the site are either fashion photographers or they mainly take product shots. He's more of an outdoors photographer that mainly takes pictures of the scenery and the people that are in the photos are off to the side or in a corner of the shot. I would use his approach because the area will be more important than the people that are in it.