I took my camera on the streets of my neighborhood on the evening of 12/12/12. Nothing in particular was happening so it needed something to tie the footage together. I improvised the guitar music over a track created in Otomata, an online program that creates music similar to the way cellular automata like the Game of Life creates movement. The audio is a bit over-modulated, but what the hell, I got it done before midnight. I’ll do better next time.
Vacant lot on Attorney Street.
It was a gray Sunday afternoon here in NYC. I had no inspiration for a photo destination. So I flipped a coin: heads, I go out, tails I watch Netflix. It was heads. I grabbed my gear and a die. Jiggled it in my pocket a couple of times then looked at it to see which side was up. 1: I go north, 2: go south, 3: go east, 4: go west, 5&6 continue in the direction I was heading. At every intersection I repeated the process. If I was unable to proceed I rolled the die until I could. The process is weighted so that it will take me further afield, by going in the same direction more often. But you can change the rules to suit your taste. For example 5 could be stay in that spot and try to find something interesting to shoot for five minutes. And 6 could be pick your own direction. The idea is to take me to places in my neighborhood that I don’t normally go. These particular rules are ideal for a city street grid, but they can be modified for suburban strolls by substituting: left, right, forward, backwards, etc. If the roll takes you back the direction you came, walk on the other side of the street.
The result today was, the sun came out, and I got a bunch of photos that I would never have found if I didn’t go on a random neighborhood walk.
Looks like this location on Avenue C for the New York City Housing Authority is for rent.
Not sure what to make of this paste-up piece off Avenue C, but maybe it makes cents to you.
I interpret this sidewalk piece on Stanton Street to say I kill you.
Meals Ready to Eat and bottled water given out by the National Guard.
What is inside an MRE?
At Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
I saw this truck having a hard time making the turn onto Stanton Street early Friday morning.
The food given away by Operation Blessing.
A generator was set up to charge cell phone batteries.
These people, heading west on 10th street near Avenue A were either evacuating from Zone 1 or dressing as evacuees for a Halloween Party. Aside from them I saw little sign of evacuation or panic buying. I did not see long lines or empty shelves in the markets I passed on Clinton, B, or A.