Tuesday, January 31, 2006

My door

Real quickie lomo. A nothing shot. The hall outside my room. I ruined the shot with the flash. The afternoon sun was making my room glow. It would have been neat without the flash, even though everything in the foreground wouldn't be visible. This was the last frame on the roll, too. I just got another roll processed to get into tomorree. The shadow on the lower right is the shadow of the lens barrel. Another reason to avoid using the flash.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. Rudy (live) (Supertramp)
2. The Rhythm Method (drum solo) (Rush)
3. Duchess (Genesis)
4. Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead)
5. Looking For Water (David Bowie)
6. Check Your Mind (Idiot Box)
7. Tiny Cities Made of Ashes (Modest Mouse)
8. I Hear the Rain (Violent Femmes)
9. Love --> Building on Fire (live)(Talking Heads)
10. The House is Rockin' (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)

Monday, January 30, 2006

Walk on the Palisades

December 15, 2005 - I know I posted one from this series before. It was a couple weeks after a snowfall and rain was forecast, so I went out to shoot snow before it all got washed away.

I see dead trees. They're everywhere.

Even after growing up in this area and feeling like I've explored everywhere available to be explored, I think I'm just finding the extent of the hiking trails that run along the Palisades. I'm discovering trails that I never knew existed, or had found and forgot them before I had a chance to further explore them enough to remember them. Really, there's not much to explore or remember, which might explain things, but I want to before I leave here again. I think the signs are relatively new. The paint on the trees are old, used to mark trails. Our track team had permission (maybe) to mark running courses, and our marks were sky blue. That's the Palisades Parkway in the background.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. Sweet Depression (Deadweight)
2. A Cleaner Light (Kristin Hersh)
3. Nightshop (Fugazi)
4. The Chamber of 32 Doors (Genesis)
5. Mind Games (John Lennon)
6. Electricity (Drugs) (Talking Heads)
7. Can't Get Enough (Suede)
8. Rimbaud (Yuko Hara)
9. White Light, White Heat (live) (David Bowie)
10. Whatever Gets You Through the Night (John Lennon & Elton John)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Riverside Square Mall

December 10, 2005 - New Jersey is locally known as a mallrat paradise. It's not really deserved since malls are everywhere. Not that that has anything to do with this lomo, since this is an exterior shot. I remember it was a cold day and this was late in the afternoon a few days after a snowfall. Not particularly exciting.

So here's a black and white from the same day, outside the same mall, as a bonus. The river that the mall is on the side of is the Hackensack River. Real original.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. Only Shallow (My Bloody Valentine)
2. Medicine (The Sundays)
3. Rocket (Smashing Pumpkins)
4. Pervertimento for Bagpipes, Bicycle, and Balloon (P.D.Q. Bach)
5. Tripping Billies (Dave Matthews Band)
6. Last Single X-mas (Yuko Hara)
7. Collideascope (Dukes of Stratosphear)
8. Wear Two Eyes (Boom) (June of 44)
9. Soul Soldier (Throwing Muses)
10. Finale ("Company" - Sondheim)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Weird scenes inside the dollar store

Teaneck, NJ:

December 2, 2005 - My sister-in-law searching for baby stuff for her expectant sister.

Creepy Christmas stuff. I'm such a scrooge.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. Don't Mess with Bill (The Marvelettes)
2. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (Smashing Pumpkins)
3. Haisaiku Dochi (Shoukichi Kina & Champloose)
4. Prayer of St. Gregory (Hohvaness - Seattle Symphony)
5. Back in N.Y.C. (live) (Genesis)
6. Call Me (Blondie)
7. Tengoku no Bijin (Bakufu Slump)
8. Late Home Tonight, Part I (Roger Waters)
9. Human (Elastica)
10. Pennyroyal Tea (live) (Nirvana)

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Color negative archive project

I'm an obsessive archivist. Last month I took all my existing color negatives, reconstructed strips of negative into their respective rolls, and then chronologized them, using any number of resources to figure out when what was taken. Then I did what told myself I wouldn't do, and scanned them all. Needless to say, it took a while.

iTunes soundtrack:
1. Front Line (Stevie Wonder)
2. Does Your Heart Beat Slower? (June of 44)
3. You've Really Got a Hold On Me (The Miracles)
4. Refrain of Memory ("Haibane Renmei")
5. The Drop (Peter Gabriel)
6. Walkabout (Versus)
7. Help! (The Beatles)
8. Macavity ("Cats" - London)
9. Green Grow the Rushes (R.E.M.)
10. Never Enough (The Cure)

Monday, January 23, 2006


December 1, 2005 - Remembering childhood suburban Autumns when we'd rake the leaves off the lawn and pile them at the side of the road for the municipality to pick them up. Walking home from school and plowing through other peoples' piles, ending up with sneakers filled with bits of leaf. And the always popular making huge piles to take running jumps into. That was the favorite, flailing around and burying ourselves in the smell and the rustle. Oh, and adults warning us that it was dangerous because cars might drive through the leaves and not see us.

Riding along in Englewood, I came across a road with particularly nice piles of leaves along the sides. I did what anyone would've done as long as no one was looking. I flopped back into a pile and took a self-portrait.

Then I got up and bemoaned having leaves all over my hair and in my jacket, and wondered if I had been smiling in the shot. What's the point of having a self-portrait in a pile of leaves if I don't look like I'm having a world of fun doing it? So I did it again.

Then I got up and again bemoaned having leaves all over my hair and in my jacket. Several passer-bys had gone by at this point.

iTunes shuffled:
1. Hang to Dry (Julie Plug)
2. Red (XTC)
3. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun) (Stanley Clark)
4. It's a Mistake (Men At Work)
5. The Vision (Victor Wooten)
6. Misty Mountain Hop (Led Zeppelin)
7. I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
8. Chant of the Ever-Circling Skeletal Family (David Bowie)
9. Panic in Detroit (1979) (David Bowie)
10. Pictures of Success (Rilo Kiley)

Saturday, January 21, 2006


Palisades Park, NJ. This little suburban town was made famous by some song in the 60s. It was also famous for some amusement park, I think. It is now a glorious Koreatown. They even hired a Korean cop! These towns are so white bread that I don't think they even have black cops.

I've been trying to figure out the economics of why the huge influx of Koreans to this area. There was a huge Japanese influx some 30 years ago caused by the Japanese bubble economy and companies sending workers to New York and housing them in New Jersey. The high number of Taiwanese is because of immigration restrictions towards Taiwanese professionals lifted in the 60s.

So far, I haven't figured it out about the Koreans, except that maybe they're doing the same community economic support thing that they did in LA and other places, where the entire community pitches in and supports new Korean-owned business. I certainly don't mind. They know how to cut Asian hair, and they have fashion sense, which the Chinese emphatically don't.

iTunes shuffled soundtrack:
1. Cry for Everything Bad That's Ever Happened (Le Tigre)
2. The Wanton Song (Led Zeppelin)
3. You Can't Stop the Music (The Kinks)
4. Ma Ma Ma Belle (Electric Light Orchestra)
5. It's a Hard-Knock Life ("Annie")
6. Fortune Teller (live) (The Who)
7. Spock On (Miss Gloria) (The Pugs)
8. Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist (Genesis)
9. David Watts (The Kinks)
10. Kayleigh (Marillion)

Friday, January 20, 2006

Hudson River Drive

So let's go back to November. Let's go back to ride lomos! At the time I took these, I had realized that I take too many shots on my rides and they all basically looked the same. But this was a late season ride, and all the Autumn colors had fallen, and I decided to take Bebe with me, and to be disciplined about not shooting the same thing over and over again. I did limit myself to shooting only two frames on that ride (I think I was trying to limit myself to one). These two are different enough, aren't they?

November 28, 2005 - There's a boat in this shot that I didn't think would turn up with the fisheye, but it's sort of there if you click and enlarge it. Yip...ee.

This is the low-point of the Hudson River Drive. The physical low-point, right at water's edge. I always want to stop here, but I usually don't. Across the river, there is the bridge that connects Manhattan to the Bronx, meaning that's the entrance of the Harlem River.

iTunes shuffled soundtrack:
1. Sunspots (Modest Mouse)
2. Rael (The Who)
3. This World Over (XTC)
4. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (John Lennon)
5. Runner (Bakufu Slump)
6. XIY (Pinback)
7. Bug (50 Foot Wave)
8. Start (Peter Gabriel)
9. Boss is Always Bossing (Rebecca)
10. Love's Recovery (Indigo Girls)

Thursday, January 19, 2006

We call it "Winter"

This wasn't today, but you get the basic idea.

I just realized the frame counter on Bebe isn't working, so the end of the current roll of film will come as a special surprise one of these days. Joy.

current soundtrack:
1. You're In a Bad Way (Saint Etienne)
2. Play Dead (Versus)
3. Hateful (The Clash)
4. Seven Stones (Genesis)
5. So This Is Love (George Benson)
6. Tali Lama (Victor Wooten)
7. Exit Music (For A Film) (Radiohead) I wonder how many filmmakers asked Radiohead to use this piece as exit music for a film, but were turned down being told that it's the title of a song, not a descriptive of the song, and using the song as a descriptive would cheapen it. That's what I would have said, and I would have called them "wankers".
8. Nostalgic for Nothing (J Church)
9. Andy Warhol (David Bowie) "hol" as in "holes", not "hall"
10. Giyopela Omudou ("Betel Nuts" compilation)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


What's the use? This is so pointless. This was so long ago, but here are the Thanksgiving lomos.

My sister-in-law's sister (or my brother's sister-in-law), Peggy, cooking up a storm. The light leak is because this is the first frame on the roll. She's a high-power lawyer who used to prosecute war criminals in the Hague. If I had known her when she did that, I would have begged her to be her love slave assistant. Mind you, she's considerably older than me. She's older than my brother. Not that age means anything. She works for the New York Stock Exchange now.

Cheese and wine. And a lovely fruit tree.

Poor ex-living thing. At least it's for a good cause. When people die, we don't feed anything. Usually.

current soundtrack:
1. Sweet Charity ("Sweet Charity")
2. Why Don't We Do It In the Road? (The Beatles)
3. Movin' Out (Koji's Song) (Billy Joel)
4. Thrilla in Manila (The National Joy Band)
5. Please Do Not Go (Violent Femmes)
6. Do You Think It's Alright? (The Who)
7. Angel (Echobelly)
8. Aku Rela Kau Behagia (Javanese street musicians)
9. Corporal Clegg (Pink Floyd)
10. Badlands (Bruce Springsteen)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Dated pics.

Oy, this will really date how long ago these lomos are from.

Driving across the George Washington Bridge. I know I have other shots like this, and likely to have more shots like this, but I can't help it. As long as they prohibit camera use on bridge, I'm going to keep wanting to use my camera on the bridge.

We were driving to Peggy's on the upper west side. She was cooking:

Straight scan.

For Thanksgiving:

poor bird.

current soundtrack:
1. I'm Going Slightly Mad (Queen)
2. She's Gone (Hall and Oates)
3. Giant Steps (alternate take) (John Coltrane)
4. Concrete Jungle (live) (Bob Marley & the Wailers)
5. Cowboy Dan (Modest Mouse)
6. Autopilot (Seam)
7. Napoleon (live) (Ani DiFranco)
8. Spies in Love (Princess Princess)
9. Going Under (extended version) (Marillion)
10. (Reach Out) I'll Be There (The Four Tops)

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Ride-by Shooting: Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Well, there's not much to shoot in this town. Once I drive up Palisade Ave., I turn right on Summit St. If you look closely at the end of the road, it just sort of disappears. That's because it drops off into a nice downhill.

Well, you can't really tell from a lomo that this is downhill. Sorta, maybe. You can see it level off at the bottom. It was recently paved and I end my bike rides going down this hill. Nothing grander than zipping down a hill on a newly paved road. But it's not that steep and not that long and the fastest I've been able to reach is maybe 39 mph, pedaling hard.

current soundtrack:
1. Go For It! (Dreams Come True)
2. Shine-O-Myte (Rag Popping) (Bootsy Collins)
3. An Ode to No One (Smashing Pumpkins)
4. Few and Far Between (10,000 Maniacs)
5. Mending King (Three Mile Pilot)
6. Slippery People (live) (Talking Heads)
7. Come Into (Enon)
8. Ladybird (XTC)
9. Julia (The Beatles)
10. Pushing the Buttons (Modest Mouse)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Ride-by Shooting: Englewood, NJ

November 24, 2005 - Intersection of Grand Ave. and Englewood St. That's a piano store on the corner. It used to be a small, local music store called Gilsonite, and it was a few doors down from the corner, but it was bought out and expanded. I think the only thing I still have that I bought at that store is an Electro-Harmonix Small Clone chorus box. The same one Kurt Cobain used on "Come As You Are" (really, I dialed it up once and it was the exact effect), and can be seen in the liner note photos of their "In Utero" CD.

Palisade Avenue. This is a view of my high school which just built this extension to the theater building. Being a theater/orchestra geek playing string bass, I spent a lot of time there. I wonder what the extension is.

Palisade Avenue. Driving up the cliffs of Englewood Cliffs. It's not terribly steep, all the streets that go up to the cliffs area are pretty straight, and I didn't know what switchbacks were until I got to California. It was a "big hill" even to walk when I was growing up here, but now, on a bike, it's barely a challenge. It's a challenge if I'm dehyrated and hadn't eaten and it's 110 degrees.

1. As I Lie (J Church) <- San Francisco punk band song about getting hit by a Muni bus on Market Street.
2. Voices (Cheap Trick)
3. In Hiding (Genesis)
4. Love Struck Baby (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
5. Mary Queen of Arkansas (Bruce Springsteen)
6. Cello Suite No. 2, IV - Sarabande (J.S. Bach - Yo-Yo Ma)
7. I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues (Lena Horne)
8. Okinawa Song (Ryuichi Sakamoto)
9. Phony Rappers (A Tribe Called Quest)
10. Rebel Music (live) (Bob Marley & the Wailers)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

around the house

It rained hard on November 22nd. This isn't a past roll, this is the second most recent roll, but I slowed down shooting and got more discriminating about subject matter, so it just seems like it. And it goes all the way back to November! Oy. The rain was pelting the window screens of what used to be my brother's room.

November 23rd was nice and sunny. It would seem this is a nice room with its nice afternoon sun, but it's really the hottest room in the Summer (sweltering) and the coldest room in the Winter (drafty). And since it doesn't get a neighbor's wireless signal, I don't spend that much time in here. It does have a TV, though. Ah, suburban luxury. Wherever I live next, I will not get a TV.

1. Oh! Pretty Woman (Van Halen)
2. Market Square Heroes (Marillion)
3. Perspective (Peter Gabriel)
4. Hang to Dry (Julie Plug)
5. Get Crazy! (Princess Princess)
6. Don't Worry About the Government (Talking Heads)
7. Help! (The Beatles)
8. Bury Me With It (Modest Mouse)
9. From My Window (Keiko Matsui)
10. Thousand Knives (Ryuichi Sakamoto)

Monday, January 09, 2006

Coming to the end of past roll redux (hopefully)

November 12, 2005 - Cemetery. Dumont, NJ. It's a teeny cemetery of the New Jersey provincial style.

November 1, 2005 - Not sure what I was going for with this, but I think I failed. At my parents' house.

October 31, 2005 - A bit too personal for posting, but whatever. I shot it, might as well post it.

10 song shuffle on iTunes:
1. Ho-Sho-Su (Goro Yamaguchi) shakuhachi music
2. Accretions (Shriekback)
3 Independence Day (Ani DiFranco)
4. The Magnificent Seven (The Clash)
5. Ballet for a Rainy Day (XTC)
6. Tres (Pinback)
7. San Juan (Sukay) Andean flute music
8. Teddy Boy (demo) (The Beatles)
9. To Life ("Fiddler on the Roof")
10. Sometimes (My Bloody Valentine)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Past Roll Redux , pt. 6

October 29, 2005 - Sunset outside my window.

November 1, 2005 - Here's another of that same scene as below. I liked that there are people at the picnic table, but the sun's glare is what probably prevented me from posting this before.

George Washington Bridge from the Henry Hudson Drive in Fort Lee. Maybe you can just see the tiny pinpoint of red that is the Little Red Lighthouse.

10 song shuffle on iTunes:
1. Azuma Jishi (Katsuya Yokoyama) shakuhachi music
2. Purpose ("Avenue Q")
3. Waters of March (David Byrne & Marissa Monte)
4. Mediterranean Sand (Keiko Matsui)
5. Northern Lad (Tori Amos)
6. Time (Rebecca)
7. ...Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)
8. Genius of Love ("Stop Making Sense" version) (Tom Tom Club)
9. Pan in "A" Minor (Amoco Renegades Steel Orchestra)
10. Aqualung (Jethro Tull)

Friday, January 06, 2006

Part 5 - Past Roll Redux

October 19, 2005 - Another shot of my southern exposure window that, as with the shot from a few days ago, I'm not sure why didn't get posted before. I've had those windchimes for over 20 years. In the shot also is my as-of-yet un-named cactus.

October 28, 2005 - No idea why this didn't get posted before, maybe because it got caught up in the deluge of Autumn color bike ride shots that even I was getting sick of, but this is quite nice.

October 28, 2005 - I have an idea why this didn't get posted before (aside from the blinding glare), and I think I have other similar shots to this. I was trying to imitate a fave black and white photo of mine because I'm like, dude, such a geek, but wasn't sure what I was trying to get out of shooting the scene with a fisheye lomo. This shot is flipped to match the black and white:

December 24, 1995 - Hudson River Boat Basin

10 song shuffle on iTunes:
1. Air ("Hair")
2. Stop the Show (Built to Spill)
3. The Infamous Date Rape (A Tribe Called Quest)
4. Torch Song (Marillion)
5. So This Is Love (George Benson)
6. Tres Bien (Le Tigre)
7. Moon Mist (Duke Ellington)
8. Just Calling (Tara Jane O'Neil)
9. What Sarah Said (Death Cab for Cutie)
10. There Is a Sucker Born Every Minute ("Barnum")

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Who'da thunk I'd get so much mileage out of lomos I didn't post? (pt. 4)

October 19, 2005 - Maybe too many drum shots in recent days, oh well. I'm not ashamed of my Phil Collins "Phil's Choice" signature ride. Marshmallow-head that he became in later years, provoking even the ire of the South Park creators, he's still my fave drummer of all time. Jimmy Chamberlin may have changed my life when I really started playing regularly and thinking of myself as a drummer, but Phil Collins has been around a whole lot longer, and was blowing me away in those all-too-important high school years when I only wanted to be a drummer. It doesn't even matter that this ride sounds nothing like on Genesis records. If anything, it's from his 90's era big band experiment which went over like lead balloon. John Bonham would round out my top three fave drummers.

Suburban living at my parents' house. Hopefully for not too much longer.

10 songs shuffled on iTunes:
1. Murder Sounds (Enon)
2. Sally Simpson (The Who)
3. Mankind (Pearl Jam)
4. As Long As He Needs Me ("Oliver!")
5. I Don't Need Anything But You ("Annie")
6. Heading for the Light (The Traveling Wilburys)
7. Dazed and Confused (live) (Led Zeppelin)
8. Rebecca (Pete Johnson & Big Joe Truner)
9. Chan Chan (Eliades Ochoa - "Buena Vista Social Club")
10. You Were the Long Way Home (764-HERO)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Past Roll Redux , pt. 3

October 11, 2005 - Another version of this was posted before. This wasn't. In Manhattan with my sister-in-law.

October 14, 2005 - Attempt at enhancing a low-light shot during rain in my parents' backyard. I didn't post it before because of the obvious low quality, but it's neat in its own way for a review.

October 15, 2005 - Sunset from my room at my parents' house. Hm, not sure why this didn't get posted before. Didn't fit my aesthetic back then? Whatever.

10 songs shuffled on iTunes:
1. I Love the WB (Versus)
2. Overture/Audition ("42nd Street")
3. Jezebel (live unplugged) (10,000 Maniacs)
4. Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good) (Skunk Anansie)
5. Tango Till They're Sore (Tom Waits)
6. Willie the Wimp (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble)
7. Steve Biko (Stir It Up) (A Tribe Called Quest)
8. Front Line (Stevie Wonder)
9. Deep Forbidden Lake (Neil Young)
10. Beat the Time (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians)

Sunday, January 01, 2006

More past roll revisits:

I wondered if there were any other lomo shots from past rolls that I missed. There were!

October 6, 2005 - 168th Street in Manhattan. My sister-in-law's sister had a weekly DVD screening since she got this fab flat screen TV. Passing the parking garage next to her building, I whipped out Bebe and shot.

And two of the George Washington Bridge from October 9:

I like the shadow/reflection of the bridge on the water.

shuffled on iTunes:
1. Well, Well, Well (live) (John Lennon)
2. Rescue Me (Madonna)
3. Lilydale (10,000 Maniacs)
4. Sweet is the Night (ELO)
5. Anti-Western (Camera Obscura)
6. Message in a Bottle (live) (The Police)
7. Capri Pants (Bikini Kill)
8. Nostalgia (Archers of Loaf)
9. The Rhythm (XTC)
10. Broken Radio (Rainer Maria)