7/21/2014. Why is the guy on top smiling, and what is the connection to the sand sculpture of the naked woman bellow? Glad you asked. The guy on top is the sculptor. Recently I’ve been practicing Spanish with Rosetta Stone. To get the guy to smile, I spoke to him in Spanish — saying that the sculpture was my wife, that she needed a dress, a shirt, pants… well you get the idea. When he smiled I took the photo. Info: Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, black and white street photography portrait and still-life with Kodak 120 film.

7/21/2014. Meet Nick, automotive laborer, photographed with Kodak 120 black and white film in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. When I introduced myself to Nick and asked his name, he said, “Nick, Nick, and Nick,” a reference to the humorous movie, My Greek Wedding. Nick was born in Greece, and became a US citizen. He served in Vietnam, and when he later went back to visit Greece after the war, upon entering the country, customs said to him, “We got you!” They were referring to the mandatory armed service in Greece. With great relish, Nick produced his US service records, which exempted him from having to enlist in the Greek army.

Nick was very knowledgeable about my Rolleiflex camera and shooting film. He told me he did a lot of photography during his tour of duty in Vietnam. When asked if he still had these photos he replied he didn’t, and that he’d given them to his fellow soldiers. He still has many of his vintage cameras, primarily Exaktas, stored in a suitcase, and having not seen the light of day in decades.

7/21/2014. Meet Nick, automotive laborer, photographed with Kodak 120 black and white film in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. When I introduced myself to Nick and asked his name, he said, “Nick, Nick, and Nick,” a reference to the humorous movie, My Greek Wedding. Nick was born in Greece, and became a US citizen. He served in Vietnam, and when he later went back to visit Greece after the war, upon entering the country, customs said to him, “We got you!” They were referring to the mandatory armed service in Greece. With great relish, Nick produced his US service records, which exempted him from having to enlist in the Greek army.

Nick was very knowledgeable about my Rolleiflex camera and shooting film. He told me he did a lot of photography during his tour of duty in Vietnam. When asked if he still had these photos he replied he didn’t, and that he’d given them to his fellow soldiers. He still has many of his vintage cameras, primarily Exaktas, stored in a suitcase, and having not seen the light of day in decades.

7/21/2014 Black and white street photography portrait of a mannequin seemingly ready to pounce upon an unsuspecting woman pushing a walker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.

7/21/2014 Black and white street photography portrait of a mannequin seemingly ready to pounce upon an unsuspecting woman pushing a walker in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.

7/21/2014 Top: Black and white automotive photo of the infamous Ford Edsel shot with Kodak 120 film. Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.

Bottom: Hess Gas Station car vacuum and free air pump.

7/21/2014 Black and white street photo with Kodak 120 film of a seated man and umbrella in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. His job is emptying the water from automobile radiators into the large white tanks visible inside and to the right. This is done to be EPA compliant, and failure to do so entails hefty fines and even the possibility of jail time. Although I enjoy photographing the “action” by the boardwalk and amusements, it is good not to neglect the photographic opportunities in the surrounding area. These areas are more difficult to “harvest” and as such there are much fewer photographers doing so — all of which make it for me at least, more rewarding.

7/21/2014 Black and white street photo with Kodak 120 film of a seated man and umbrella in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. His job is emptying the water from automobile radiators into the large white tanks visible inside and to the right. This is done to be EPA compliant, and failure to do so entails hefty fines and even the possibility of jail time. Although I enjoy photographing the “action” by the boardwalk and amusements, it is good not to neglect the photographic opportunities in the surrounding area. These areas are more difficult to “harvest” and as such there are much fewer photographers doing so — all of which make it for me at least, more rewarding.

7/21/2014 Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn, New York. Black and white photograph of people in front of a huge black inflatable object.

7/21/2014 Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn, New York. Black and white photograph of people in front of a huge black inflatable object.

7/21/2014. Man contemplating whether or not to put on his shirt, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, Street photography with Kodak 120 film.

7/21/2014. Man contemplating whether or not to put on his shirt, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, Street photography with Kodak 120 film.

7/17/2014 Manhattan, New York City, West 28th Street near 9th Avenue photograph of a man practicing tennis against concrete backboard with shadows of trees — black and white with Kodak 120 film.

7/17/2014 Manhattan, New York City, West 28th Street near 9th Avenue photograph of a man practicing tennis against concrete backboard with shadows of trees — black and white with Kodak 120 film.

June 2014, early evening black and white street photo with Kodak 120 film of Kenzie Street, Chicago.

This photo is from my new book Chicago Calling — download the eBook for free from this link:

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/p4f77767aa5872908fe5b

June 2014, early evening black and white street photo with Kodak 120 film of Kenzie Street, Chicago.

This photo is from my new book Chicago Calling — download the eBook for free from this link:

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/p4f77767aa5872908fe5b

5/27/2014 Huntington Station, Long Island, New York, black and white street photography with Kodak 120 film of children and their mothers at their lemonade stand near New York Avenue.

5/27/2014 Huntington Station, Long Island, New York, black and white street photography with Kodak 120 film of children and their mothers at their lemonade stand near New York Avenue.