Thursday, October 21, 2010

Assassination Tourism

I couldn't leave Dallas without checking out the site of the Kennedy assassination. Among the things I hadn't realized until I saw with my own eyes: JFK was shot on the entrance ramp to a highway; the exact spot where he was shot is marked with an X in the roadway; during breaks in traffic, tourists run into the middle of the street to have their pictures taken next to the X; the cars move pretty damn fast (they're about to merge with highway traffic after all), which makes me wonder how many more people have died on the same spot over the years.

Here's the window from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot (right, second from top) in the former Texas School Book Depository.  

The Making of an MLK Statue, Dallas, TX

Dianne, in red, told me the following story: Before this statue was erected in 1976 at the MLK Community Center in Dallas, the Dallas Arts Commissioner drove the head in his car to Atlanta so the King family could give its OK. 

I Was Robbed in Dallas, TX

While I was filming a video in a courtroom in this very building, someone (a defendant presumably) walked off with my backpack, stole my cash, iPod, sunglasses and CAMERA and dumped the ransacked bag outside the building. 

Signs of Dallas: Old & New

A cluster of signs across the street from the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center foretells the coming election while painted ads on the side of a building a block from where Kennedy was assassinated made me wonder if they signs were there in 1963, and if they were among the last things Kennedy saw before he was shot.

Texas-sized Thirst


I used a quarter to try to convey the surprisingly large size of this Dallas-made ice tea (free refills). 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dead Mayors' Club, Dallas, TX

Working on a video in Dallas, I had a chance to interview Council Member Delia Jasso (being miked by Niki). That she's a woman is hardly remarkable--until you see the photos in a City Hall corridor of the OWM (old white men) who once served as Dallas' mayors. It wasn't until Adlene Harrison in 1976 that the city had a female mayor. Bottom right is just a sampling of their pale, dry faces. I found the dude at bottom left so intriguing--the visual embodiment of old-school politician--that I thought he deserved a separate image.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Break Time, Dallas, TX

Starbucks obeys the law.

Green (not), Dallas, TX

The Marriot on North Pearl Street has--what else?--an ice skating rink in its air-conditioned atrium. And people wonder why America is in decline. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

 You're not allowed to take photos of the art at the ICA. Fortunately, 
I found something even more interesting to take pictures of.

SoWa Open Market, South End, Boston

We had the pleasure of hanging out with Jon, Margie, Alex and Noah on a clear crisp day in Boston.
This guy's shoes match his Great Dane's feet.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Dust Mote, Size L, Garment District

As we waited for a Bolt Bus to take us to Boston, sunlight began to creep around the edge of a building at 34th Street and 8th Avenue, lighting up a cloud of particles. What is this stuff? 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Leapfrogging over Thanksgiving, Flatiron District, Manhattan

I came upon a jolly crew this morning installing Christmas decorations and fake snow near Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building. 

If Buildings Could Talk, 23rd to 33rd Streets, Manhattan

The shadows in Herald Square (above) tell a story of things you can't see from the street. And Flatiron Building (below) tells a story of how much care was once put into even the smallest details of New York skyscrapers.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Garment District, Garment District, Manhattan

 I work in the Garment District and realized, as I was walking to work, 
that there were eye-catching objects to photograph in storefronts all around me. 


Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Undocumented, The Unemployed, The Sick, The Homeless, and The Despised, Upper West Side, Manhattan

A religious parade marched up Amsterdam Avenue this afternoon. The overarching theme (other than Hispanic/religion) wasn't clear from the signs and floats, so I looked online and found this description of the event:

13th Encuentro Hispano – Culture and Faith of the Hispanic Community of America • Amsterdam Avenue, 90th to 110th Street. All are invited, all races, creeds, languages, and colors, and especially the undocumented, the unemployed, the sick, the homeless, and the despised.

Earlier in the day, I took the photo below shortly after waking and finding that, after many days of rain, the sun was lighting the tree outside our window.

Harbingers of Halloween to Come, Union Square