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After seeing Neil Baylis's beautiful floral tribute to Chromasia here on Monday, I spent the last couple days poring over my photos, fretting about which would best fit into the style of Chromasia's wonderful, saturated hyper-reality. And then my wife Sara reminded me that if Dave wanted only Chromasia-style shots, he would have asked us to post his own photos for him during the move. So I picked a shot I took a couple days ago that's definitely more joe's nyc than Chromasia.

Though I haven't spent as much time in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) as I have in certain Manhattan neighborhoods, DUMBO is closer to my Brooklyn home and closer to my heart. It certainly passes my test as a fertile spot for photography -- the neighborhood really reflects the people who live there. It's a real hot spot for illegal street art, for example, and experimental theater. Unlike so much of Manhattan these days, you won't yet see evidence of homogenizers Barnes & Noble, the Gap, or Starbucks -- just home-grown Brooklyn treasures like Jacques Torres Chocolate, Grimaldi's Pizza, and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

And of course, tatoo-legged contractors, renovating buildings in preparation for the invasion of more high-end home design stores...

-=-joe holmes

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comment by Donna at 12:16 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Apart from the tattoos, they look like twins, even down to the white socks!

comment by Peter Crymble at 01:41 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

think this is pretty darn cool

comment by lumen at 03:03 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

This is an interesting 'glimpse' sort of shot. Feels very random though.

comment by emarquetti at 04:31 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Thats the summer showing what is "hidden".

comment by rannie at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Joe what a great contribution to Dave's site. bravo

comment by Keith at 07:26 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Damn that's a lot of ink.

comment by bob at 08:00 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Joe -- great shot! I agree with your wife - your work is why David asked you to fill in -- and it's also the reason I, and everyone else, visits your site -- wonderful captures from one of the greatest cities in the world - NYC. Nice job!

comment by djn1 at 09:11 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Joe, this is a great shot, and your wife and Bob are both right – I asked all of you to take part on the basis of your own work, not because I thought you'd provide "chromasia-style" shots :-)

comment by joe holmes at 09:43 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Thanks for the comments!

I was out running errands and shooting again today and this tattoo photo was on my mind. It made me realize what fun it can be to catch a moment that's gone in the blink of an eye. (Another reason a digital SLR is so important in street photography -- I would have missed this shot with my Coolpix 4500. The zoom and shutter release are both way too slow.)

comment by pixpop at 11:00 PM (GMT) on 22 July, 2004

Hey.. that guy closest to the camera. I photographed him before he got the tattoos.


BTW Joe, I looked at this a number of times, and keep being drawn back to the bag in the guy's hand. Is that Newcastle he's carrying? No wait. Maybe it's just Snapple.

Emarquetti: Interesting observation. Having a tattoo is a bit like having a turbo. There's not much point unless everyone knows about it, so there's usually a badge on the car that says 'turbo'.

comment by joe holmes at 12:21 AM (GMT) on 23 July, 2004

>> keep being drawn back to the bag in the guys hand. Is that Newcastle hes carrying? No wait. Maybe its just Snapple.

Snapple it is...both guys were carrying lunch back to the work site...

comment by wvs at 05:52 AM (GMT) on 23 July, 2004

very nice street shot. it has a good color tone.
... and that plastic bag is about to rip!