New York old photos

New York old photos

Some more nice New York City old views. Times Square, 1935. Betty Boop CARTOON on the marquee from Paramount Theater. The Hotel Astor you see in the upper corner came down mid-sixties, along with Penn Station and Singer Building. Not a good time for beaux-arts. We miss them now. Don’t we?

 

Cheers

Primarolia

Back in Greece for summertime!

Everybody knows when he plans to travel in Greece that is an amazing mix of ancient historical sites and modern conveniences and activities. While in Greece, you can explore ruins dating back thousands of years, stay in a sleek, ultra-modern hotel, or in a traditional one and spend your days on the beach enjoying the sun, surf and …taking pictures.

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But besides that you can enjoy meals prepared the way Greeks have been for hundreds of years made from local products, and dance the night away in any of the numerous bars and clubs.

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So we did so! Yesterday we visited a nice seaside cafe-bar-restaurant in Western Peloponnese close to Patras, named “Coralli” on Niforeika beach. We started drinking iced-coffee and we ended drinking beers and any liqueur around! Great place, great time, great sea, great Greece.

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DON’T FORGET to take your camera along to capture moments you’ll want to remember always as a souvenir of your trip to Greece. We will stay until the end of August. So I share many unique photos I take.

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Stay in touch and enjoy…

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New York photographs of a lost emotional era

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Broome St. in SoHo circa 1935. You can make your signs here!

Old photographs, especially black and white but not only, are always inspiring. At least when I have one in front of me, I can’t help reminiscing other times, trying to find myself in the position of these people I see on it or even mentally “walk” those streets and live a bit of the past itself.

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A panoramic New York view from Fairchild Zeppelin in 1931

The photographs of New York have a special place in my heart. These are the streets I walk and love; are the paths that they have their own story, the roads walked by native New Yorkers such as Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Tony Bennett, James Caan, Maria Callas, Sofia Coppola, George Gershwin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tom Cruise, Humphrey Bogart, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Lucille Ball, Al Capone, Jennifer Lopez, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Robert de Niro, Kirk Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Mel Gibson, Melanie Griffith, Rudolph Giuliani, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Harvey Milk, Herman Melville, Billy the Kid, Marx Brothers, Stan Lee, Burt Lancaster, Stanley Kubrick, Lady Gaga, Scarlett Johansson, Rita Hayworth, Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Franklin D. & Theodore Roosevelt, Lou Reed, Al Pacino and the list goes on and on…

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“The Godfather” the crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola premieres in a Broadway theater on March 15, 1972. A great time patina…

Having some old but extraordinary photographs of the city, I thought that perhaps the reprints will be for others a special case of an excavation memories. So I want to print them on high quality paper and sell them without a profit (!) on my eCharta Shop. I’ll do that soon!

The pieces are a whole heap! I’ll show some in this blog for time to time and the rest you’ll find them on my eCharta Shop.

Cheers

Primarolia

A coffee at a time

Is Coffee a necessity of life, or an indispensable pleasure?

It is certainly a pleasant thing. Conversation flows over a pot of coffee, yes?

I took a picture outside of my coffee shop. Well, it’s not mine! This is the coffee shop I buy my coffee every day. Nice picture down to the point, huh?

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Enjoy yours…

Primarolia

Our photographs

Me and my wife we love photography. We love to shoot anything with any camera we’re holding at that moment. We know that moments are unique. We live them once in our life time. No moment is repeated. That’s it. Once. You have it or you lose it forever. So, we agreed always have our camera with us without lugging our whole photo bag or a tripod around like a tourist in our own town; just have our camera body and one lens handy.

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This is Mercer street NYC just few hours before Sandy hit!
On the street was just me and my wife! Sunday morning is quite unusual 🙂

We took some pictures in the day Sandy hurricane was approaching NYC. It sucks walking in the street and seeing something awesome and not having my camera with me to capture that perfect slice of time!But I had it at this particular moment. And you can see Mercer street empty just a few hours before Sandy hits.

This is a street photography and I believe street photography is all about photographer’s vision for the streets and people’s lives. Satoki Nagata the photographer from Chicago said: “There is no debate between candid or posed. Portrait or not. Not about “decisive moment”, wide lens or not, not about DSLR or rangefinder, hipshot or not, prefocus or not. These debates are meaningless “details” and useless to make better images. Related with other genre, street photography is the one with no constraint.” But there is just one question to be answered; what the photographer’s vision to the world is. Because the street IS our world we’re living in. If the photographer has no vision, image becomes nothing more than snap shot.

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I took this photo some time ago in West Village fire station. It’s just an iPhone shot! Nothing special. But I loved the color!

My wife was born in Greece and we return often there. Greece is a magic place to shoot! Sometimes I think that I have to shoot every second that passes by. It is amazing place to discover your vision. Your real photographic talent and a way to approach humans in every day life. The Greek islands are very famous and unique. Many photographers want to go there and shoot the hell out of them. There are just …right. We were in Santorini couple of years ago and we took over 3000 shots. We just kept the good ones. They were about 2987! It is amazing that you can’t erase a thing. But as “photographers” that we beleive that we are unique individuals we see the world differently than anyone else (well, everyone with a camera in hand has to beleive that) we selected about 250. After each shoot me and my wife, Maria, come back and look at our images and talk about what we could have done better and what worked.  It’s exciting and inspirational not to mention fun! The Santorini experience was the most difficult one.

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The famous Santorini sunset. We couldn’t miss that. This is a shot selected among 119 others.

I don’t do it for money …yet. It started as a self-expression. And still is. I recently shared an auction platform, eCharta, that you can sell paper items ONLY! I now have a Store with paper collectables. I’m going to upload my picture too. Soon. In this blog I decided to post our every day shooting experiences and I see how it goes. I’d love to hear your comments and your suggestions.

Cheers

Primarolia